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We all have our favorite pastimes, hobbies, and whatnot. I’ve gone from boats to dirt bikes to off-road truck racing, back to boats, to overlanding and more. More recently, it’s been drag racing.

The old 7.3L that I bought as a tow rig in 2003 went under the knife a few years back for a substantial overhaul. 300/200 injectors from Swamps went in; a fuel system from Irate Diesel backed the injectors up; an Adrenaline HPOP from Diesel Site kept them fed with oil; fire-ringed heads (cause I was planning on swinging for the fences at some point) also from Swamps were used; N2O from Nitrous Express and a turbo from BD provided the air/O2; a transmission from Diesel Site backed it up; along with a ton of other parts here and there. All of this netted the truck a healthy 596hp at the wheels during my last dyno session. I know, for you new truck common rail guys, that’s not a bunch of power for the parts involved. Well 7.3Ls are a different animal. Now, up until a year ago I was drag racing the truck almost weekly when I ran into an issue at Sacramento Raceway. During a bracket race I got on the nitrous a little too low in the rpm and spit out the rear main seal. Or at least that’s what I assume caused the leak, given the situation. Took me a year before I got around to fixing it and then, go figure, the first time back in it hard, the transmission gave up the ghost and blew a clutch basket. That’s all part of racing. Breaking parts is inevitable.

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