1970 Ford F-250 Crew Cab: Low-Budget, High-Value

A Classic Ford Crew Cab Gets Cummins 4BT Power

Jason Thompson
Nov 1, 2011
Photographers: Jason Thompson
David Lonnecker of San Diego, California, used to have a Dodge pickup with a built 5.9L Cummins. He loved the engine but has always been partial to classic Ford trucks. So like a growing number of diesel enthusiasts, he decided to build his own truck—the way he wanted it.
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David contacted us a few months back to be in the Readers’ Diesels section. With one look, we decided he needed three pages in Diesel Power to highlight the restoration of his ’70 Ford F-250 (with 80,000 miles). He told us people in newer trucks often come up to him at stoplights or while he’s parked to ask questions—or just stare. This proves a cool diesel truck is still possible on a budget. Originally, these older crew cabs were built for specialized work detail. Today, David mostly uses his pickup for running the family to the beach or for off-roading in the desert.
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