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Back before super-sophisticated, computercontrolled, high-pressure common rail fuel systems like today’s Piezo injectors and CP4 injection pumps came around, the 7.3L Power Stroke was a great option for the 3/4-ton truck market. Back then, GM had the 6.5L Turbo Diesel some of us would like to forget ever happened, Dodge was steamrolling the market with their mechanically injected 5.9L Cummins, and for Ford fans, the 7.3L Power Stroke, with its Hydraulic Electronic Unit Injector (HEUI) and it’s 275 hp, was a welcomed sight.

Originally a 2WD longbed truck, Schroder opted to shorten up the chassis to a shortbed model Ford never offered. This not only helped reduce the overall weight of the truck, but it also allows for better suspension setup and weight transfer.


However, by todays standards, the 7.3L is outdated technology with limited horsepower potential, so opting for such a dinosaur to power a dedicated drag truck seems odd. And yet, for Dennis Schroeder, co-owner of Strictly Diesel in Phoenix, AZ, the 7.3L Power Stroke is what he knows. It’s a powerplant he’s extremely familiar with and, when it comes to being consistent at the drag strip, familiarity can be one of your best friends. Racing is all about making power, being consistent with that power, and being confident in how your vehicle will react pass after pass. While the 7.3L isn’t an obvious choice for a drag race application, it was always the obvious choice for Schroeder.

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