Halfway through 1994, Ford began outfitting their diesel trucks with a new engine. Built by International, the 7.3L Powerstroke was about to change the diesel truck industry. This V8, 444ci (7.3L) engine was turbocharged, had direct injection and came with a hydraulically actuated, electronically controlled unit injector (HEUI) fuel system. The new 7.3L Powerstroke delivered unmatched power, torque and improved fuel economy. +Read more
The introduction of the 7.3L Powerstroke began the use of electronically controlled diesel engines in pickup trucks. Those would later be common in Duramax and Cummins diesel engines. Coming in at 210 horsepower and 425 pound foot of torque, the 7.3L Powerstroke changed the market with respect to power. The first generation of the 7.3L Powerstroke had a simple two-valve design which resulted in a diesel engine that could easily last well over 300,000 miles.
The 7.3L Powerstroke from 1994 to 1997 had a bore of 4.11 inches and a stroke of 4.18 inches. It came with a cast iron block and cylinder heads as well as forged steel connecting rods. It had a compression ratio lower than its predecessor at 17.5:1. An empty 7.3L Powerstroke weighed in at a colossal 983 pounds. It brought a hauling and towing capacity to the 1994 F-250 and F-350 that was second to none.