Throwback Thursday: Video History of Ford Diesel Trucks

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This week’s Throwback video features a look at the history of diesel powered Ford trucks, starting back in 1983 with the 6.9L International Harvester mill and continuing through 2008 when this video was made.

That 6.9L IHI engine was in use from 1983 through 1987, and the video gives us a look at each model year that used that engine before moving onto the 7.3 International Harvester diesel that was introduced for the 1988 Ford F-250 and F-350.

The IHI 7.3L was offered through 1993 in the Ford F-250 and F-350, but in 1994, the world met the PowerStroke diesel. This 7.3L diesel was used from 1994 through 2003 and it was during this era that the Ford diesel program really blossomed – which is evident by the wide variety of trucks shown in the video.

In 2003, both the 7.3L and 6.0L PowerStroke were offered at some point and come 2004, the 6.0L was the only diesel engine offered in the F-250 and F-350 until the 6.4L PowerStroke came out for 2008.

Unfortunately, the video was made in 2008, so it ends with the 6.4L PowerStroke, but we know that this venerable mill was replaced by the current PowerStroke measuring 6.7L.

Not only does this video offer solid information on the various eras of the Ford diesel truck engine program, but it also shows how diverse the heavy duty Ford truck crowd is – with everything from mud trucks to plow trucks.

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