In this video Tom introduces his newest project, a turbo charged propane fueled truck. He is putting a new under carriage under a 1957 International pickup truck. He is doing the project for a couple of reasons. One reason is that it is very difficult to find parts for a 1957 International pickup truck. Tom took a 1980 Chevrolet one ton, single rear wheel, long box frame and shortened it 26 inches to fit the body style of the International. The truck has a 4 inch lift kit.
The second reason is because he wanted to build a truck tall enough for propane tanks to fit in between the rear frame rails. The tanks will slide in under the rear sub frame. The propane fueled truck will be a little taller than most trucks to avoid the rear axle bumping up against the propane tanks.
It will be fun to see where this project takes Tom. Propane could be a great alternative fuel for the future. Company fleets have been dabbling in the everyday use of propane as an energy source for transportation for a long time. If an engine is designed to run on propane only then large horse power gains can be obtained. Propane is a derivative of natural gas, and natural gas is plentiful in the United States. Propane also burns cleaner for fresher emissions, extended oil change times, and long engine life.
Let us know what you think of this new project!