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The Inside Scoop on Ford's New 7.3L Gas Burner

How is that for a click-baity title? For the past few months we've been treated to a plethora of wild speculation on future product releases from Ford. There are certain websites out there who build an audience on posting what amounts to fan-fiction headed by a click-bait title and passing it off as fact. We've had the discussion on that level of journalism here before, and you can find my feelings on it pretty easily. That brings me to today’s topic, Ford’s supposed new Big-Cube Gasser as discussed in this thread on SVTP:

SVTPerformance - New Ford 7.0 DOHC Motor in the Works

All this speculation started around a year ago when an internal document leaked out containing Ford’s updated oil recommendations for their engines. The most immediate point of concern on this doc was a listing for an as-yet unheard of supercharged 5.2L V8, undoubtedly destined to be the powerplant for the upcoming GT500 Mustang. However, buried a little lower down the list was an entry for a 7.3L gasoline fueled engine. Big Block fans rejoiced, but could the celebrations be premature? Here is my take on it based on over a decade covering the Ford market.

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The document that started it all.

Most of the...
Let Me Get a Look in There | SVTP Tool-Tech | USB Borescope Camera


Ever wonder if you’ve had some detonation in your engine, and possibly some damage to the pistons? If you could buy yourself some peace-of-mind for $20 would you do it? Well I did. One late night after a few bourbons I was doing a little online shopping, which is always a good idea, and I ran across this super cheap bore-scope camera. While I didn’t have an immediate need for it the features, low price, and my lowered inhibitions all conspired to get it to my door with 2-Day Prime shipping.

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The two biggest selling points for me were price, around $20, and the fact that it’s a USB device. It works in a manner very similar to an old-school web-cam. You just plug it into your computer’s USB port and use any video capturing software you may have to capture or view the images. The camera body is similar in size to a AAA battery and the attached cable is needlessly long. Best of all, there is a ring of USB-powered adjustable LED lights built into the camera body.

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While I bought the camera without a job in mind, it wasn’t too long before I had a task that would have been nearly impossible to complete without it. To make a long story short, it’s in the video below, I dropped a bolt in an impossible to see are of a 6.7L Powerstroke...
A Little Snip-Snip | SVTP Tool-Tech | Lisle Hose Cutters


If you work on vehicles long enough you're going to have occasion to trim a few hoses. Be it a supercharger install or running a vacuum line for a boost gauge it's going to happen sooner or later. And one of the things you're going to struggle with is making a clean cut, especially with a knife or razor blade. That difficulty also increases as hose diameter increases. Luckily, there's a better way.

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A few years ago I was installing a Magnuson Supercharger kit on our SVTP Project 2012 Mustang GT, and that thing came with a pile of hose that had to be trimmed to fit. I knew I didn't want the final project to look like a hack job so I ordered a set of Lisle Hose Cutters. Let me tell you, once you use these things you will not go back to using a box cutter.

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The handles are a high density glass-filled nylon that are ergonomically sculpted, and the triangular shaped is extremely sharp. Best of all, they are made in the USA. I've used these things more times than I thought I would. A year ago I replaced all the raw water hoses in the engine on a twin-engine boat with a generator. The only issue I ran into was with some of the 2-inch diameter raw-water intake hoses with a steel support wire. With a little...
What's in There? | SVTP Tool-Tech | Longacre Oil Filter Cutter


The mystery of the hidden, it always seems to spark a bit of curiosity in my mind. Oil filters are one of those topics that car guys love to argue over. I'd say it ranks right up there with the classic Ford Vs. Chevy and the ever-popular 'Which brand of oil?'. However, it's typically not a great idea to judge a book or oil filter by its cover, so to get a good idea of which one to buy you really want to see what's going on inside the can. That's where the Longacre Oil Filter Cutter tool comes into play.

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This thing is basically a combination can-opener/pizza-cutter designed to gut an oil filter. The intention is to check inside used oil filters in order to make sure nothing nefarious is going on inside your engine. No one wants to see glitter caught in the filter pleats. However, I may have taken things a bit further than most.

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A few years ago we collected a metric-shit-ton of Ford Motorcraft FL-820S oil filter variants with the intentions of finding out what exactly is the best filter you can buy for your Ford. Well the Longacre Oil Filter Cutter is what makes this inspection possible. This is definitely a uni-tasker tool, and a bit...
Getting Out of a Tight Spot | SVTP Tool-Tech | Lisle Exhaust Hanger Removal Pliers


It's a formula as old as hot-rodding. Swapping in a aftermarket exhaust system is one of the holy trinity of mods (Intake, Tune, and Exhaust). Whether you do it for more power or better sound, chances are a new exhaust system is pretty high on your list of first-round modifications. Further; since this is SVTP, there's a pretty good chance that you'll be tackling the install yourself.

If you're anything like me you've spent many-a-Saturday laying out in the driveway fighting with a ridiculously tight rubber exhaust hanger support. Have you ever really taken a close look at those components? They're designed to be easy to put together, and that's about it. The Ford engineers designing the thing didn't really care to prioritize ease of removal because that's not a process that's done very often in the repair shop. So what we, the end user, is left with is job that is often much more difficult than what should be necessary.

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This is where the Lisle Exhaust Hanger Removal Pliers come into play. These things make the job of removing an exhaust system way easier. Wanna see how? Check out the video below:


You can buy the Lisle Exhaust Hanger Removal Pliers featured here at the link below:...
Remember Your First Time? | SVTP Tool-Tech | GarageBOSS Drain Pans


We all have to start somewhere, and for many of us the first time we turned wrenches on one of our vehicles was to do routine maintenance like an oil change. That’s where I got my start, and it has led to a serious avoidance of lube-shops and mechanics that is still going strong today. Doing a little work in the garage is the next best thing to a vacation, and if you just spent your income tax refund on a VMP Supercharger or some-such go-fast part it may have to double as a vacation.

However, there’s a few things you need to in order to reach a new level of ratchet based zen. An understanding significant other help, cold beer is an absolute necessity, and the right tools can make all the difference. That’s why we’re starting a new weekly series of SVTP Tool-Tech Videos. We’ll be covering everything from basic hand tools, to specialty tools that can make the difference between a relaxing weekend install and an endless Hellscape of bleeding knuckles and foul language.

To get things kicked off I thought it would be a good idea to start with the basics. As mentioned, I got my start changing oil on my Ford Ranger. Castrol GTX 5W30 and a Motorcraft FL-820S were my friends, and once they hit 3,000 miles they found themselves committed to the dark recesses of my trusty oil drain pan. I had a bunch of different pans...
It's been a busy few days since the Second Annual Ponies in the Smokies event in Sevierville, TN; but we're finally getting caught up here in the office. That being the case, it's time for us to share some of our experiences and a few pics (71 to be exact) from the event. In particular, I'd really like to feature the First Ever SVTPerformance/SVTOA Total SVT Display.

For the first time anywhere we attempted to assemble one of every SVT and Ford Performance model (including Cobra Rs) into a single show field. We came very close to completing the collection, only missing the current and elusive Ford GT, and the sight was something to behold. Plans are already underway for the 2019 iteration of this presentation, and it's looking to be quite interesting.

As for the rest of the event, unfortunately due to weather and work obligations we were only able to make it into town for the final two days. During that time Travis, Troy, Jeff, Kevin, and the rest of the #PITS crew put together the biggest and most historically comprehensive indoor Mustang car show you're going to find; not to mention the over 500 cars in the outdoor display area.

Once again it was awesome meeting SVTP Members and reconnecting with a few of our great SVTP vendors. It was particularly fun getting in a night of slightly-less-than-sober Go-Karting with the crews from MGW, VMP Performance, and CJ Pony Parts. Though some aggressive driving tendencies were displayed, all managed to escape the evening...
ACTION! FORD DEALERS BRACE FOR SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER AS ORDER BANKS OPEN FOR EXCLUSIVE 480-HORSEPOWER MUSTANG BULLITT


DEARBORN, Mich., March 29, 2018 – Like the 1968 hit movie “Bullitt,” Ford dealerships across America are bracing for a late summer blockbuster as orders have officially begun for the limited-edition 480-horsepower 2019 Mustang Bullitt.

The iconic 2019 Mustang Bullitt traces its roots to the legendary Highland Green 1968 Mustang GT fastback Steve McQueen thrashed in the action thriller “Bullitt” 50 years ago. Complete with classic cue ball shifter, the 2019 Bullitt bundles the latest Mustang GT Premium and Performance Package content in a sleek, understated design – while packing a hefty punch.

The new Mustang Bullitt delivers even more power, thanks to its performance open air intake, Mustang Shelby GT350 intake manifold, plus a larger 87-millimeter throttle body and unique powertrain control module calibrations delivering 480 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque* and deliver a top speed of 163 mph – an 8 mph increase versus the latest Mustang GT. A fully active black NitroPlate™ quad-tip exhaust comes standard.

Bullitt customers have two color choices – Shadow Black and classic Dark Highland Green. Appointments include subtle chrome accents for the unique black grille and front windows, classic torque-thrust 19-inch aluminum wheels and red-painted Brembo™ brakes.

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JUST IN TIME FOR ST. PATTY’S DAY: NEED FOR GREEN MUSTANG DEBUTS



DEARBORN, Mich., March 17, 2018 – This time of year, green is on everyone’s mind. With spring just around the corner, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and rivers of green – everyone feels the need for green. Now, there’s one more green cause to celebrate – the all-new Need for Green hue available on the 2019 Mustang.

Hard to miss, Need for Green is dynamic, bold and modern, and further adds to the 2019 Mustang lineup’s personalization offerings and furthers Mustang’s ability to highlight self-expression.

“This is a color Mustang fans will celebrate because of its confident and youthful attitude,” said Barbara Whalen, Ford color and materials manager. “Need for Green is vibrant and jumps out at you, giving Mustang owners a look that definitely stands out in a crowd.”

Need for Green will be available this summer across the 2019 Mustang lineup.

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FORD READIES NORTH AMERICA’S FRESHEST LINEUP BY 2020 WITH ONSLAUGHT OF CONNECTED NEW TRUCKS, SUVS AND HYBRIDS


  • Building toward its vision of smart vehicles in a smart world, Ford is revamping its lineup, building on truck, SUV and commercial strengths, investing in new propulsion and delivering full connectivity to pave the way for over-the-air updates and the Transportation Mobility Cloud
  • Ford brand targeting North America’s freshest lineup among full-line makers by 2020, replacing more than 75 percent of its current portfolio and adding four new trucks and SUVs
  • All-in push on hybrid-electrics to bring new capability and features to customers on high-volume, profitable vehicles like F-150, Mustang, Explorer, Escape and Bronco; battery electric vehicle rollout starts in 2020 with performance utility and six BEVs by 2022
  • Ford announces Ford Co-Pilot360™, a package that includes standard automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning and other driver assist features
  • Redesigned organization and product development system sharpening focus on customers and market insights to define bets; new tools and technology to improve speed-to-market by reducing sketch-to-showroom...