Best of the Cummins-Powered Ford Truck Craze
This Super Duty is one of the cleanest examples we’ve seen yet.
If you’ve been paying attention to recent truck trends you know that we’re in the midst of a Cummins-powered Ford revolution. Some love it and some hate it, but these diesel swaps are everywhere these days. The latest? The recipient of a 12-valve Cummins, this 1993 Ford F-350. The truck was built by the oil-burning masterminds at Dirty Diesels, a full-service shop located in Reading, Pennsylvania.
The now Cummins-powered Ford was originally a two-wheel drive XL model with few frills. The shop originally planned to swap in a 7.3-liter Power Stroke, a 5-speed transmission and call it a day. But then, they undressed the truck down to the frame and powder-coated it. That’s when things began to get serious, and a 2005 suspension and some coil springs were installed along with the pièce de résistance: a 12-valve Cummins engine.
Why the heck would anyone do that, you ask? Well, the 12-valve Cummins motor is one of the best diesel engines ever built. It has quite the reputation not only for producing tons of torque but also being virtually unkillable. It has to be, because the engine was originally designed to power construction and other heavy-duty equipment.
Regardless, most Ford folks will decry the engine’s use here because it gained its reputation for powering Dodge Rams into the late ’90s, and that’s understandable.
Aside from the engine controversy, this ’93 is quite the looker. The gorgeous paint matches up well with the 22×12 American Force wheels, and even though this generation of F-Series is pretty clean, to begin with, a cowl hood and roll pan smooth it out nicely. The old rubber/vinyl XL interior is gone too, replaced with Lariat leather-trimmed buckets.
The end result is a truck that folks will either love or hate. But as for us, we just appreciate a clean, well-constructed build when we see one!