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By Thomas West
The F250 nameplate has been used since the 1950s at Ford Motor Co. to designate its heavier duty pickup trucks. In the 1980s Ford started installing diesel engines manufactured by International Harvester in its pickups. Since the diesel V-8 was much heavier than its gasoline counterpart, the F250 HD (heavy duty) was formed. In 1999 this truck became known as the Super Duty. In 2001, the Super Duty still offered a diesel V-8 made by Navistar, which Ford dubbed the Powerstroke.
M/F The 2001 Ford F250 Powerstroke was available in many different cab and bed configurations. The wheelbase for a regular cab was 137 inches. A Super Cab with a short bed had a wheelbase of 141.2 inches, and a Super Cab with a long bed had a 158-inch wheelbase. The Crew Cab model with a short bed had a 156.2-inch wheelbase, and the long-bed Crew Cab had a 172.4-inch wheelbase. The tread width on all models except Crew Cabs was 68.3 inches for the front wheels and 68 inches for the rear wheels. The track on Crew Cab models was 68.7 inches in the front and 68.1 inches in the rear.
M/F The turbocharged Powerstroke V-8 diesel engine was an optional power plant in the 2001 Ford F250 Super Duty. It displaced 7.3 liters, or 444 cubic inches. The cylinder bore was 4.11 inches, and stroke was 4.18 inches. The power output was 275 horsepower at 2,800 rpm and 525 foot-pounds of torque at 1,600 rpm. Fuel delivery was by HEUI (hydraulic electronic unit injection) direct injection. The engine oil refill capacity was 15 quarts, including the oil filter.
M/F A Ford F250 equipped with the Powerstroke engine had some features that were not available in F250s equipped with gasoline engines. The water-in-fuel warning light was one of these features. When this light illuminated on the dashboard display, the contents in the water separator in the engine compartment needed to be emptied. The Powerstroke engine also had an air-filter restriction gauge, which allowed owners to see at a glance if the air filter element needed replacement. The Powerstroke engine also contained a glow-plug system that ensured quick starts on cold days. The glow plugs, one per cylinder for a total of eight, came on automatically when the ignition key was turned on. The engine's main computer turned the glow plugs turn off after a certain amount of time.