When it comes to diesel engines, the Ford Power Stroke family has garnered a mixed reputation over the years. The Ford and Navistar developed 7.3L Power Stroke that debuted in 1993 is simply one of the greatest diesel engines ever built, while the 6.0L and 6.4L engines that followed were anything but. That isn’t to say these engines don’t have their fans, who are surely drafting hate mail at this very moment. Nearly all Ford Power Stroke fans will agree however that the 6.7L V8 that debuted in 2011 is the best of the post-2003 bunch. At least we’re sure that the owner of this 2013 Ford F-350 Platinum Super Duty would agree, considering his Ford truck currently has over 1.3 million miles on the clock.
This story comes by way of YouTuber PowerStroke Tech Talk W/ ARod, who shared a video of this incredible truck on his channel. The 2013 Ford F-350 Platinum came through his shop, which appears to be in Metro Detroit thanks to the Livonia Police Department SUV in the background. The truck’s odometer is currently pegged at 999,999.9 miles, though the owner’s use of the trip computer and a log book puts the actual mileage at around 1.3 million. That is an average of 162,500 miles per year since new, which is more than most vehicles ever travel in their lifespan. As a result, the owner of this Ford F-350 has had to replace quite a few parts over the years. The engine has remained however, and there might be a few specific reasons for that.
According to the video, the current owner of this Ford truck acquired it when it had “just” 98,000 on the clock. That said, the 6.7L Power Stroke already had its entire emissions-compliance system removed at that point, including the infamous EGR and DPF systems. These two bits of technology wreaked havoc on both the 6.0L and 6.4L Power Stroke V8s, so it’s no surprise to see an owner throw those out. The removal of those systems aren’t the only thing that’s kept this motor going however, as the current owner is fairly meticulous when it comes to maintenance. This Ford F-350 gets an oil change with a new filter every 8,000 miles, and the owner also runs Lucas Oil high-mileage stabilizer. Spent oil is regularly sent out for lab analysis as well, just to ensure everything is healthy inside. Stanadyne diesel additives are used at every fill-up as well.
Now one doesn’t simply get to 1.3 million miles on an engine without replacing some things that surround it. This 2013 Ford F-350 is no exception to that rule. The owner recently replaced both the transmission and the transfer case, and it sure sounds like the truck is about to get its fifth turbocharger. The truck has also chewed through three sets of belts, 12 windshields, two batteries, four alternators, and five radiators during its current ownership. As far as the driveline goes, the owner has also replaced three sets of 4×4 hub locks, two U-joints, and surprisingly only two sets of brakes.
The Ford truck certainly doesn’t present its mileage upon visual inspection, which is also due to the owner’s meticulous care. They repaint the front bumper every year, as well as fit new headlights and fog lights annually. The interior has been totally reupholstered too, which is why it looks so dang good.
We don’t often see vehicles with the equivalent of 5.4 trips to the moon on their odometer, at least not on anything this side of a long-haul semi truck. That said, this 6.7L Power Stroke packing Ford F-350 has joined that club, and appears like it will keep on going. That is just impressive any way you shake it.