Austin Piper - Bull Nose 86 F-250 7.3 Powerstroke

Austin Piper - Bull Nose 86 F-250 7.3 Powerstroke

Key Features
Year: 1986 F-150 Body / 1995 F-250 Engine/Chassis
Engine: 7.3L Powerstroke
Transmission: E4OD W/ Modified Valve Body and Multi Disk Converter
Fuel System: Home Made Electric Fuel System, Stock Injectors (For now)
TuningPHP Hydra with 1023 Diesel Custom Tuning
Paint Color: Firemist Red
Wheels & Tires: 20x12 Gear Alloy Big-Blocks & 305/50/20 Nitto 420 Tires

From The Owner:
          My truck started as a 95 7.3 Powerstroke I bought off my uncle for $250 and some body work I did for him. when I got the truck it was just a cab and drive-train - it needed a lot of work.

The truck sat for at least 5 years like that before I got it. The frame had already been sandblasted and painted, but was dull from storage. I repainted the whole frame and suspension to bring back its shine.  It also has new front to back copper/nickel brake lines, a new booster, master cylinder, and all new calipers and hardware.

The wheels are 20x12 gear alloy big blocks wrapped in 305/50/20 nitro 420s.

The body is actually an 86 F-150; the fenders were rust free but I had to install new wheel arch panels in the bed.  While doing the other bed-metal work, I welded on a roll pan to flow with the body.  In order to do the body swap, I had to cut down the front frame rails to make the bumper fit.  I made custom mounts to snug the bumper up to the body, tighter than factory, then color matched it to the truck. The bed bolted fit perfectly in the factory location. As far as the front clip, I had to alter the lower fender mounds beneath the cab.  I also had to change the cowl panel; everything else, however, bolted up in factory locations. 

Under the hood: I built brackets to hold the intake, coolant bottle, and washer bottle as it was an entirely different setup. The core support had to be changed to an 80's style in order to accept the bull-nose grille and headlight buckets. Also, the truck truck didn't have cab lights so I installed them before painting.  I installed new body style GM tow mirrors, welding plates to the door for a mounting surface and stalling an inner brace prevent shaking from the weight.  The mirrors have working tinted marker lights and turn signals in the glass and the mirror caps were painted to match the truck.  The paint is a custom color called Fire-Mist Red.

I kept the 95 cab because I liked the newer interior better.

The interior was refurbished with leather power-heated seats from a Mazda tribute.  I used an overhead console from a 90's Tahoe, while the steering wheel and center console came from a mid 2000's F-150.

The dash has a custom double-din kit from OBS INTERIORS that I painted, along with the other dash trim, to match the truck. The overhead console has a custom gauge pod I built to hold two gauges along with my pillar gauges and console gauge to allow for thorough monitoring.   

Windows are tinted with 5% on the brow and back windows and 20% on the sides.

The motor is all stock internally, however I cleaned it up and replaced most of the gaskets, replaced the water pump, and rebuilt the oil cooler.  I repainted the motor charcoal grey. 

The truck is running on 1023 Diesel Custom Tunes loaded on a hydra chip.  It has a custom electric fuel setup I built myself. 

For the turbo, I'm running a s366 with a custom T4 kit I built using the stock up-pipes and a super duty inter-cooler and piping.

For the exhaust, I have a 3" down-pipe to 4" exhaust with dual 6" miter cut stacks. The transmission is close to stock, other than a rebuilt valve body and twin disc billet torque converter. 

The truck also has a horn-blasters train horn kit installed.

My truck has been featured in Diesel Power magazine, with a half page article and small spot on the cover!

Wish List:
Soon to come is hopefully a new set of injectors from Full Force Diesel to compliment the S366 and hopefully coil spring swap up front. This truck has come a long way in two years.  

I have done all the work myself from engine to the paint and body; however, I couldn't have done it without a couple of great friends.

Special Thanks:
* Jacob Brunecke
* Zach Rocco @ Rocco Brother's Diesel Performance - Salina, PA
* Jimmy Kravetsky @ Performance transmission - Saltsburg, PA.

Jul 29th 2019 Dustin Hogate

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