Three Of A Kind
We usually cover utility vehicles in the pages of 4WHEEL DRIVE MAGAZINE, but as long as the vehicle is a 4x4 that goes off-road, it can (and may) appear here. Many of our readers tow their rigs to the dirt, so tow vehicles are of interest.
Stuart Stout of Hurricane, Utah, owns three Ford F-Series 4x4 diesel trucks that have racked up a cumulative 1,171,000 miles! These trucks aren’t stock. They’ve been modified to deliver levels of performance much higher than OE, with the 1997 F250 even returning respectable times at the drag strip.
All three trucks are used every day to haul trailers, carrying everything from roofing to farm and ranch supplies, including animals.
Stuart purchased his 1997 F250 4x4 when it was 1 year old with 2,200 miles on the odometer. He immediately installed a chip, exhaust, and air intake. At 150,000 miles, he installed Stage 2 injectors, turbo, intercooler and a transmission from Brian’s Truck Shop. He ran it that way until 460,000 miles, with the only repairs required being minor brake issues. The alternator was replaced at 460,000 and the truck soldiered on until 507,000 miles, when the original 7.3L failed due to a chipped exhaust valve. A new Wide Open Performance 7.3L with cryoed block, girdle, billet rods, fire-ringed heads, and head studs were installed. The truck can do the quarter-mile in 13.5 seconds and pulls every day. It now has 600,000 miles on the clock.
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|Vehicle:||1997 Ford F250 4x4 Pickup|
|Owner/Hometown:||Stuart Stout/Hurricane, Utah|
|Engine:||Wide Open Performance Ford 7.3L Powerstroke diesel|
|Transmission:||BTS E4OD automatic|
|Ring and Pinion:||4.10:1|
|Rear Differential:||Detroit Locker|
|Suspension:||Add-A-Leaf up front to level truck|
|Tires:||305/70R16LT Cooper Discoverer S/T|
|Wheels:||16-inch AR alloys|