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F150 Engine Upgrade 460-Big Block Power

Posted in How to: FourWheeler Network by Harry Wagner.  (Work ata Nate's Precision)
The writing was on the wall for the 351M in our F-150 from the moment we dragged it home. There were some good components, like the Edelbrock intake manifold and MSD ignition, but a bent pushrod and missing lifter were indicators that the engine was on borrowed time. While Cleveland and Windsor motors enjoy a loyal following and good aftermarket support, the same cannot be said of the Midland motor. This led us to explore other engine options for our Ford.
 

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1977 Ford F-150 - Everybody Loves Raymond

1977 ford f 150 project raymondBy Harry Wagner Featured in JP Magazine on June 1, 2011
A year has passed since we flogged our F-150 at the Cheap Truck Challenge. Since then it has spent more time at Nate’s Precision getting fitted with upgrades than it has on the trail. You have seen some of these upgrades in past tech stories, like our Offroad Design Doubler (June ’14), the rear Sterling axle with Sierra Gears and a Detroit Locker (Jan. ’14), a 460 built by L.A. Speed (page 40 this issue) … basically all of the parts that we needed to support the huge 41-inch Pit Bull Rockers that we added last year for the Cheap Truck Challenge.

“Nate Jensen and Bernie Dettrich brought our vision to life”

Our goal was to turn Raymond into a hardcore wheeler with the look and feel of an old farm truck. The crew at Nate’s Precision has created plenty of impressive vehicles that we have featured on these pages in the past, so we knew that they had the chops to turn Raymond into a capable wheeler. Nate Jensen and Bernie Dettrich at Nate’s Precision brought our vision to life with pipe bumpers and faded paint hiding 1-ton running gear and a custom suspension. Below are the top 10 upgrades than can be applied to any rig to turn it into a capable 4x4 able to run big tires reliably.

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Hot Shot Secret Dealer

We have been a dealer for Hot Shot Secret since 2011.  Mile after mile, the injectors in your diesel power your performance on the road. The injectors are under extreme pressure, up to 35,000 PSI, which efficiently atomizes fuel, providing a cleaner burn for more power. But high pressure leads to high temperatures, which burns the oil inside your injector. The oil changes into a gummy, sticky residue coating the internals and creating friction. That sticky friction is called “stiction”. Your injectors with stiction can’t deliver optimum performance. First a decrease in turbo boost, then loss of power and hard starts. Your oil pressure drops; you experience hesitation, idling, and excessive black smoke. Your lifetime fuel mileage decreases. Severe cases of stiction are often misdiagnosed as “failed” injectors.

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