GOIN’ FOR BROKE

A BUD­GET-BUILT, 600HP 7.3L PULLER

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Mak­ing the most of any sit­u­a­tion is what life’s all about. For Zach Green, that meant con­vert­ing his once daily-driven ’02 F-250 into a ded­i­cated sled puller. Af­ter a wreck on black ice landed the truck on its roof back in 2012, his in­sur­ance com­pany con­sid­ered it a to­tal loss. He didn’t feel the same way—as even though the truck had rolled, the da­m­age was min­i­mal. Af­ter a lit­tle time with a porta-power and a wind­shield re­place­ment, ev­i­dence that it’d been up­side down was vir­tu­ally nonex­is­tent. Still, the ’02 F-250 could no longer be reg­is­tered in Green’s home state of South Carolina, forc­ing him to im­pro­vise. It was here that the “Goin’ for Broke” idea was born: a bud­get-built 7.3L that could mix things up on the lo­cal Carolina Truck and Trac­tor Pullers cir­cuit.

Long Block Swap

With a pow­dered metal rod ver­sion of the 7.3L Power Stroke un­der the hood, Green knew it would never sur­vive the kind of power he wanted to make. Af­ter hunt­ing down a cheap ’97 long block—an en­gine equipped with forged-steel rods—he re­sealed the oil pan and low­ered it into the truck. The few hard part up­grades the 7.3L did re­ceive were a set of Stage 2 bee­hive valve springs from Swamp’s Diesel, Smith Broth­ers pushrods, and ARP head studs.

300/400 Hy­brids, Gen3 HPOP

Jump­ing right in, Green opted for a set of 300/400 hy­brid in­jec­tors from Per­for­mance In­jec­tion Sys­tems, along with all the sup­port­ing mods re­quired to keep them happy. Ad­e­quate high-pres­sure oil vol­ume is on tap thanks to a Gen3 pump from Swamp’s Diesel (cou­pled with a fac­tory 17-de­gree unit). Suf­fi­cient fuel sup­ply makes it to the in­jec­tors cour­tesy of Irate Diesel Per­for­mance’s ba­sic com­pe­ti­tion sys­tem, which works in con­junc­tion with a reg­u­lated re­turn setup from Diesel In­no­va­tions. The dual tasks of tam­ing the 400% over noz­zles and keep­ing the con­nect­ing rods straight

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