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A 500HP ’99 SUPER DUTY THAT DOES IT ALL
With 300,000 miles on the clock, everything needed to perform an overhaul in his possession, and a background in diesel mechanics, Ken Houston tore the 7.3L in his early ’99 F-350 apart before subjecting it to 500 hp and 1,000 lb-ft on a regular basis. During the rebuild, he would add ARP main studs and a Melling low-pressure oil pump, weld the cam gear, and install ARP head studs, shimmed Comp Cam’s 910 valve springs, and Smith Brothers chromoly pushrods.

Most of us remember when we found our diesel engine of choice. For Ken Houston, his addiction to the 7.3L Power Stroke began as a young boy, after his dad brought home an ’00 F-450. Believe it or not, Ken’s father was a Chevy guy, but back around the turn of the century the 6.5L Chevy he owned didn’t want anything to do with the 36-foot gooseneck trailer he needed to pull.

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