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Going Against The Grain

Cummins Swappers—Eat Your Hearts Out!
 
Posted February 7 2012 03:02 PM by Mike McGlothlin 
Filed under: What's New, Trend Observations

DT360 (non-intercooled version)

  This is a bit old, but it's one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time. Maybe it's because I'm an IH/Ford fan at heart, but check this thing out—it might just be the new alternative for engine swaps...


 When it came time to ditch the Power Stroke, the owner of this '99 Super Duty chose a different route than everyone else. Instead of a 6BT Cummins, he picked up the next best (if not better) thing—a ’93 DTA360. It's a 360 ci (5.9L) inline six mill from International, and is said to be twice as strong as its Cummins counterpart. Making the engine fit and function definitely required some custom parts, like motor mounts, an adapter plate, and flywheel. A 4R100 from Brian's Truck Shop (BTS) handles the engine's grunt, and is controlled with a PCS controller. Carson Stauffer Diesel Service helped out greatly with the swap, and even fitted the engine with a 215hp P7100. According to the folks at Carson Stauffer, it wasn't much different than performing a Cummins swap.


 Engine Facts & Rumors:

 *The DTA360 incorporates the wet-sleeve design of the DT466 engine, and is built with (apparently) much beefier parts than a Cummins. 

 *According to some, the stock head bolts, torqued to 180 ft-lb, can handle up to 300 psi of boost!

 *It's also claimed that the 360 ci engine's factory bottom end can handle 3,000 hp!


 The fact that you can find DT and DTA360's for next to nothing in salvage yards (oftentimes in old school buses) makes them a much more affordable variant than swapping a 6BT Cummins into your truck.


 Here is a closing argument to make a case for this kind of swap gaining traction, and it's straight from the owner:

 "The Cummins swap was getting popular so I wanted something different. The DT360 is dimensionally similar to the 5.9L [Cummins], same displacement, but much stronger in almost every category."


 Here is a video of the truck in action



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