Caterpillar-Powered Ford Dentside Is a Sweet & Sour Build

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Badass Caterpillar-Powered Ford truck is bound to stir up the hornet’s nest. But we’ve found a reason why it shouldn’t.

Ruining the day of a discerned Ford fanatic isn’t very hard. All it takes is proof of a non-Ford-powered Ford truck, and the damage is done. After all, here at Ford Truck Enthusiasts, we believe there’s nothing more sacrilegious than ripping the heart out of a Blue Oval truck. We’ve had to deal with Chevy-powered Model A hot rods for decades now, and we’re tired of it!


Does the above make this Caterpillar-powered Dentside the same kind of evil? Plenty of folks might think so, but after doing a little research we realized that they shouldn’t. It turns out that Caterpillar-powered Ford trucks have rolled out directly from the factory in the past. The C-Series and L-Series trucks, for example, and even the F-650 and F-750 which originally came equipped with Caterpillar 3126 or Cummins ISB motors. What happened? Caterpillar decided to exit the market in 2010, and Dearborn chose to stop outsourcing diesel engines for the heavy-duty trucks altogether in 2016.

How’s that for a history lesson? We understand why some folks might freak out when they see a Ford toting a Caterpillar or Cummins motor under the hood, but there’s no reason to. The monstrous Dentside shown in this video by BUILT DIESEL MAFIA is a perfect example of that since it packs a Caterpillar 3208 motor under the hood.


The 3208 was mostly used for marine purposes such as tugboats, ferries, and yachts. The venerable diesel lump has also seen use in plenty of government and agricultural machinery, like garbage trucks and combine harvesters. The fact that it’s now in a classic Ford, in our unbiased opinion, is pretty darn cool.

In this day and age, it doesn’t take much to trigger folks on social media, but we think you’ll appreciate this mad beauty.

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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