1990 F350 Dually Lifted – GR8WHY | 1990 Ford F-350 This ’90 Ford is one of the coolest OBS trucks in the country, and we drove to Idaho to check it out!
Sitting in front of the Emmett Diesel Performance shop in Emmet, Idaho, this ’90 Ford is a great example of what a vintage body style truck can look like.
1990 F350 Dually Lifted
There are a lot of nice diesel pickups in this country, but a disproportionate number seem to be in California, Texas, and Florida, and they take up all the space in the national magazines. If you live in other states, your chances of getting your truck featured in a publication are much smaller. And if you live in a small town in a remote state, it’s almost impossible to get the attention of a magazine editor.
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Stan Jones of Emmett Diesel in Emmett, Idaho knew it was an uphill battle to get anyone to pay attention to his OBS Ford. But the OBS Ford is so cool that he thought someone would notice. Stan sent a photo of the 1990 ton to editor Bob Carpenter with a list of parts put on the truck.
Bingo! The timing was perfect, as Bob would be 150 miles from Emmett, Idaho on a trip. Mr. 8-Lug pointed his rental car in the direction of Emmett and found the crew still working on the 1-ton. A second turbo was being installed, and the fit was not what the guys expected. On top of that, the local sign guy was late with all the letters. As the sun got lower and lower in the sky, the workers continued to speed up their efforts, and there was barely time to take pictures. However, the photos turned out great, and now everyone in the country can see the handiwork of the Emmett Diesel brigade.
This crew cab pickup uses a 5.9L Cummins engine from ’97. The pump was fitted to the G56 transmission, a South Bend dual disc clutch kit was installed, and Diesel Power Source D-Tech 62 and S480 turbos were installed. The 12-valve engine features a set of DDP 140hp injectors, a 140hp fuel plate, water-methanol injection and a 5-inch exhaust. An electric fan cools everything. Speaking of cool, BD Cool Covers dress up the engine, but the machined fins help dissipate some heat. A Ford intercooler 6.0L keeps the intake air charge nice and cool.
When you arrive at a photo shoot and the mechanic is cutting the pipes for the new turbo, you know he’s going to cut things some slack!
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A major mod for the 12-valve engine was the addition of a dowel pin killer kit from TST Products. ’89 through ’98 5.9L Cummins have a spigot connecting the front gear housing to the block. The problem is, the dowel hole goes through the block, and over time the dowel can back off and then fall into the engine. The plug can fall into the oil pan or completely destroy your engine. The KDP fix is easy (well, a bit of work, but definitely DIY).
“Stan Jones of Emmett Diesel in Emmett, Idaho knew it was an uphill battle to get anyone to pay attention to his OBS Ford. But the OBS Ford is so cool that he thought someone would notice.
A FASS 220 gph fuel/water separator operates at 65 psi and ensures good water-free fuel reaches the engine. The 90 was lifted 5 inches with Pro Comp products and rides on 35-inch tires mounted on 18-inch wheels. The wheels are attached to a Dana 80 in the rear and a Dana 60 in the front. Marches are 4:10 with lockers.
The attention to detail on this truck is commendable. The white suspensions combined with touches of orange here and there really make a difference. It’s not hard to see why Stan calls this truck the GR8WHYT.Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums > Old, Classic & Vintage Trucks > 1980 – 1986 Bullnose F100, F150 & F-Series Bigger Trucks
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I’ve been wanting to do this build for a few years now, but between moving from TX to SC, fixing up the house, changing jobs, getting married and having a son it hasn’t been a priority. Well, last Saturday, I finally got a project truck! It’s a 1985 F350 diesel! The bed, rear end, wheels and transmission are missing, and the engine will need to be rebuilt/replaced, but with so little rust for this area I couldn’t deal with it for $500! (One of those rust filled ones with 350,000 miles will sell for at least 5-6k around here and powerstrokes and Cummins trucks are usually 16-30 and up.) My dream is to convert the 6 speed to a 4×4. , lift it 6″ and run 35″ Dick Cepeck very country or 8 inch and run 38″ Michelin XMLs, and rebuild and swap in a 6.9 or swap in a Cummins. I also got a nice rear bumper for $20! Some on Craigslist I’m waiting to hear back on extras on some axles and looking online for a key return kit. Pics coming soon! I’d like to see some pics of the 1980-1997 crew cab 6″ lift and 35″ and 8″ lift and 38″s!
Even though Ol’ Red is a gasser, it did a great job hauling it up and down the mountain trails of SW NC!
The cabin looks in pretty good shape, but it looks like you still have your work cut out for you.
I think 73-79 ended up in the truck area, they have a section with only one cab, maybe they want to stop there to see what’s going on.
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I like to click through all the truck posts from other years to see what other people are up to, even if I take some of what they do to use in my truck.
I.e. how to paint the FORD lettering like the factory did on the tailgate or custom door hinges for the flare sides, or even good looking bed side wood extensions, not just 2×4’s bolted together.
That’s a 2wd frame. It will have to be converted to 4×4. The best way to go about getting a lift at the same time is to put a key reversal kit on the front. Here is a link.
That will give you 2 inches of lift, and the stock front 60 axle and springs will give you another 2 inches. So you’ll need lift springs to go higher than that. I assume you’ve lifted a truck that high before? If you do all the suspension, axle changes will be required. The above kit will make it easy to modify the frame to accommodate 4×4 front axle leaf springs.
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They didn’t do 4×4 dubbing until 1999 when super duty came out. I know you see them running, but they change from a cab and chassis truck, they are the only dual front style that was made for the first trucks. Don’t fall into the trap and buy a cab and chassis in a double 4×4 and expect to use the rear as well. The cab and chassis had a special frame and a special width to accommodate standard rear beds and such. Is your truck the correct pickup frame? If so, you will need a double pickup for this.
If you need a motor, I’d lean towards Cummins. The original 6.9 and 7.3 engines are good engines, but underpowered. They need a turbo to get any power, and they didn’t come with a turbo until late 1994 about half a year before the powerstroke came out. All the 6.9’s and 7.3’s you see running with turbos are mostly aftermarket. They work well, but don’t have the power potential of a cummins.
If you’re after the international engine, I’d discard the 6-speed idea. It doesn’t do anything to give an extra gear in the middle over the zf 5 speed, and it’s not an easy shift. And it will also need a 6-speed transfer case. The 5-speed stuff is included in the first Ford transfer cases.
You may want to consider getting axles from a Ford pickup later. Although they will have metric wheel models, they will be easier to find and will also give you rear disc brakes. Do some searching, the previous front axles use coil springs, not sure if it can be changed to the 2wd coils you have now.
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If you need a motor, I’d lean towards Cummins. The original 6.9 and 7.3 engines are good engines, but underpowered. they need a turbo
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