I have a 1995 F-350 Crew Cab Dualie with the 7.3 power stroke. It is a 5 spd manual. 4.10 gears. I checked the owners manual and it say that the trailer towing capacity is only 10100# but if I had an automatic in would be 12500#. I can't believe there is that much difference between the two. Any and all help would be appreciated.
I think the 1995 auto had a 20000 gcw, and the stick was at 17000 lbs. I looked at the owners manual of a 97 the other day, and the stick and auto were both the same. Im not sure if there were any changes to the trans between 95 -97. If there wasnt any changes you would be fine using the auto's tow rating
Work truck: 90 Pete 379, cat 3406B turned up
personal: Late 92 f 250 xlt ext cab 7.3 idi 4x4 5 speed(converted to f 350)
do some research on this message board, there have been lots of people that have pulled 20K plus with these old fords, just start out slow and break early, These trucks are more than capable of pulling 20k, the ratings are underrated for liability and wear and tear issues. Follow the laws but realize you can hook up and pull just about anything out there
1992 F-300(F-250 with DRW) Ext. Cab, LB, Dana 50 4x4, E4OD, 10.25 Sterling All stock work truck. it's ugly but I'm slowly liking it more. Just bought it in Sept.
I suspect you're misreading the Owner's Guide. The numbers you quoted are for the 460 V8 gasser. For my '99.5, the GCWR and tow ratings for 7.3L engine were not included in the Owner's Guide, but they were included in the PowerStroke supplement.
The '95 thru '97 trucks with PowerStroke 7.3L engines should have the same towing capability. The '97 specs in the '97 Trailer Towing Guide say 20k GCWR for diesel engine and 4.10 ratio, for both the stick shifter and the automagic slush box. And the "tow rating" with 4.10 ratio is 13,400 with 4x4 or 13,800 with 4x2, regardless of tranny. I'll bet the PowerStroke Supplement for your '95 says the same thing.
Your comments are valid for the trucks with 460 gas engine. Maybe Ford put a heavier-duty clutch in the hand-shaker trucks with diesel engine?
My Sierra Blanca in the sig pic was a great pickup for 11.5 years. I sold it a coupla years ago. I drove a hand-me-down 2003 F-150 SuperCrew 4.6L 2V for a while, but it was unacceptable for towing more than a rowboat. Replacement is a 2012 F-150 EcoBoost SuperCrew Lariat that tows my 5,000-pound TT like a dream.
Last edited by SmokeyWren; 10-08-2011 at 10:03 AM.
You are correct, I was looking at the 7.5 ltr numbers because I could not find ANYTHING for the 7.3 diesel in the owners manual. Even in my Powerstroke supplement book, nothing about towing. I did speak with Believer45 who sent me the 1995 Recreational Towing Guide. The manual trans went from 10100# to 10700# but the auto was still at 12500#. I did run into an old Ford Mechanic who is a guru with ANYTHING Ford. I asked him about the poundage difference. He said the only thing he could think of as to why the auto podage would be more than the manual poundage is the clutch being the "weak" point. He said if I was going up hill or starting off pulling a heavy trailer and shifted the torque on the springs on the clutch would be HUGE. If I abused it shifting I could/would prematurally wear the clutch. We both agreed the clutch was cheaper then a new auto transmission. Just my two cent on what I found out.