The rumble of a powerful engine, the thrill of customization, and the relentless pursuit of horsepower – welcome back to the 73 garage, where enthusiasts gather to celebrate the art of performance. My name is Brandon, and today, I invite you on a journey through my history with 73s, shedding light on how this passion sparked and grew into an enduring love affair with these trucks.
While we’ve been sharing some exciting shorts recently, I wanted to delve deeper into my origins with these trucks, the driving force behind my enthusiasm for the performance industry. Today, I aim to provide a glimpse into the financial aspects of building such trucks, sharing insights and tips from my extensive experience.
But before we dive into that, I’d like to extend a special thanks to our sponsors for their continuous support. Jelly Bill Performance, led by Brian Jelich, stands at the forefront of 73 tuning. Additionally, Complete Performance, known as CP Addict on social media, offers a comprehensive range of parts and accessories for these trucks, ensuring your performance needs are met.
Let’s rewind to the beginning of my journey. In 2010, at the age of 17, I acquired my truck, a 1997 F250 heavy-duty, for $7,000. Originating from Fort Pierce, Florida, this one-owner truck held a significant place in my heart. Its original cost was around $33,000, as indicated by the preserved window sticker, embodying the essence of a truck that had served its purpose in towing.
My interactions with the original owner revealed a history deeply intertwined with utilitarian functions, primarily towing, leaving traces of its legacy in the worn interior. Over my 13-year ownership, I’ve undergone transformations and learned extensively from the 73 Community, shaping my understanding and fueling my passion.
Let’s dissect the customization journey. From the exterior to the heart of the machine, modifications have been extensive. The headlights, sourced from CP Addict, and the rugged Rigid Industries driving lights augment the truck’s original XLT bumper. The truck’s royal blue metallic coat, a repaint from its original color, adds a touch of personalization.
Underneath, the suspension underwent alterations, with a CP Addict’s one-inch leveling kit in the front and a DJM drop Shackle at the rear, ensuring a balanced stance. Noteworthy additions include Gear Offroad wheels and Nitto NT420 tires, enhancing both aesthetics and performance.
Venturing into the mechanical realm, the engine underwent a significant metamorphosis. Boasting enhancements like Manley connecting rods, Swamps Diesel injectors, and an IRA Diesel turbo kit, this powerhouse churns out an impressive 650 to 700 horsepower, a testament to meticulous modifications and investments.
However, such endeavors come at a cost. To put it into perspective, the machine work alone for the engine tallied approximately $4,000. Additions like transmission upgrades from Diesel Site and a comprehensive fuel system escalated the expenses significantly. These investments, though hefty, have yielded unparalleled reliability and performance, enabling a decade of daily driving without major hiccups.
The pursuit of power and speed in these trucks demands financial commitment, a fact often daunting to some. Yet, for enthusiasts like me, it’s an unwavering passion that drives us to push boundaries and explore the untapped potential of these machines.
As we wrap up, the cumulative cost of these modifications might seem substantial, but for those entrenched in this community, it’s an investment in an irreplaceable experience. Stay tuned for upcoming content, installations, and more insights into the 73 garage family. And if you want to be part of this community, grab a Seven Three Garage sticker – a small symbol of a vibrant passion that unites us all.