BACK IN THE DAY
1992-1994—The OBS Era
The front wrap changed again for ’92 but, again, the basic body shape didn’t change much. This time the front end was more rounded. For some reason, Ford diesel fans are calling this generation IDI the “OBS” for “old body style.” We suppose that’s because the Power Stroke also used this body well into the ’90s. The interior got a big makeover again. The powertrain options changed little.
The big news came in ’93, when the turbocharged version of the IDI diesel became an option. The NA IDI continued as the baseline diesel option but the output had increased to 185 hp and 360 lb-ft, the highest power and torque levels the NA IDI would achieve in factory trim. The Power Stroke was a mid-year entrant for ’94 and the IDI trucks were soon in the “Oh, by the way” category.
Corey Zakeosian’s OBS ’94 Supercab dually is a turbo diesel truck but was purchased with the Truxarossa body kit from the Ford dealer. Ford and the dealer network had agreements with various kit makers and coachbuilders to convert trucks.
The OBS interior was pretty whiz-bang and definitely at the top of the class for the era in ’92.