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CLAS­SIC OBS LINES WITH A 550-HORSE 7.3L

Diesel World - - Contents - JA­COB WHITE

You look back over the last 100 years of pickup trucks and there are a few mod­els that will al­ways stand out. Some just had that look—no mat­ter how old they get, any­one can ap­pre­ci­ate them when they’re kept clean and sim­ple. The ’56 Ford F100 or a short­bed ’69 Chevy, they’ll just for­ever be clas­sics. For a diesel en­thu­si­ast, it’s hard to ar­gue that the ’94-97 Ford OBS won’t be a model to fit that “clas­sic” cat­e­gory as the years con­tinue go by. It’s been 20 years since the OBS body style was re­placed by the Su­per Duty and find­ing a nice, low-mileage ex­am­ple is vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble. Ev­ery once in a while you’ll cross paths with one that makes you wish you’d never sold the one you had 15 years ago. Sure the 7.3L Power Stroke is short on power by to­day’s stan­dards, but it was a solid en­gine put into a great truck.

Zac Gib­son of Mor­gan, Utah, just hap­pens to have one of those time­less old body style Fords. After speak­ing with him for a bit about the truck, we’d al­most bet his blood runs Blue Oval blue. Gib­son bought this 1997 sin­gle cab F-350 from the orig­i­nal owner with 55,000 miles on it clear back in 2001. Shortly after it was sport­ing a 9-inch sus­pen­sion lift and 38x15.50 Thorn­burg mud tires, and while it was not real prac­ti­cal as a daily driver, Gib­son fell in love

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