A little know fact, NHRA has a rule which makes it manditory that all top fuel and funny cars use billet aluminum blocks. I would think that these blocks are pretty much indestructable, and your proble right on the 25,000 price tag, maybe more? It will be iteresting to see how far a guy can go with this kind of tec. 1000 hp might not be out of the question.
the billet blocks are in the neighborhood of 5-6k, not bad really but they are mass produced.
If there was enough market for them an aftermarket cast block could easily be made for the powerstroke. There is a small company in michigan producing big block ford iron blocks. Cast iron blocks run about 2k-2500. One could easily do a powerstroke with siamese bores thicker cylinderwalls, and beef up the pan rail area, with splayed bolt mains you wouldn't have to buy a girdle.
if you want a badass crank a billet one can be had right now for about 3k-3500 near indistructable in every aspect....
Billet is definatly the way to go, with the power these motors can produce I am suprised that we don't see more stuff like this being used. Although its evedent that someone's gears are turning, and a light buld may have come on somewhere. I really think this part of the picture will grow as times goes by, you look at how big tractor pulling is , I believe the truck pulling will be there in time just as will drag racing. This is what drives the performance companys to develope new tec.
I agree, as more and more ppl get into the Diesel Performance era like they really have started doing in the last few years then very soon there will be more companies mass producing billet reinforced blocks and other parts for the 7.3L, IMO the 7.3L has come along way but I still feel like there is a lot more power left in this motor!
Every motor has more potental than the one before it, I use to build motors on the side 15 years ago,we didn't have half the stuff they have today. with all the RND work going on and a market for perfomance it is only a materof time till you see 1000HP being a normal every day thing. Think back 5 or 10 years and look where we are today, pretty damn scarry if you ask me.
the cost of the block itself is aroud 30 grand enless you buy a lot. then you have to have the heads milled, figure around 10 grand a set. But the big cost upfront is going to be the programming to tell the machine how to do mill the block, that can cost who knows.
Notice the triangular aluminum piece on the right with the water fill neck on it.
Then notice all the hoses on the back side of it. That's where all the coolant goes into and out of the block. ONLY the block. There are no water passages inside or into the heads.
Now THAT is something to think about with blown head gaskets.
Before you say that's fine on a N/A motor...won't work on our turbo motors....notice that twins sitting behind it on the left that usually hang off the front of it.
Something to think about.
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