It’s actually built in Japan for Ford by Shibaura. They’ve proven to be very durable. Especially since these little Ford diesels don’t have EGR, EGR coolers, DPFs, regen cycles, DEF, CP4.2, or any electronics!
My other Ford diesel is bolted to a 1984 Pettibone "Extendo 66" telehandler.
There is a very little internet data about the engine online, but it is a Ford BSD 444. This is a 4 cylinder 4.4L: engine with a 4.4" bore and 4.4" stroke. I guess 444 was appropriate nomenclature, but it leads to a lot of false internet hits on the Navistar T444E engine (aka 7.3L Powerstroke). The BSD is a Brazilian Ford/New Holland tractor engine, that can be scaled up and down in size from the 3.3L 3-cylinder to the 6.6L and 7.8L sixes (used to go into school buses and dump trucks). My shop manual indicates that there is a BSD 444T turbo version and a BSD 442 gasoline variant of the same engine. I have never come across the gasoline version of it, but somewhere in the world it exists.
Not terribly exciting, but it starts and runs in the background, which industrial equipment is supposed to do. And the smoke keeps mosquitoes at bay. The engine has no grid heater nor does it have glow plugs; instead it had an optional ether injection kit (which this particular specimen does not have). I purchased an air-intake grid heater from a Cummins 6BT, but I haven't welded it in yet. Altogether including the telehandler, it weighs 21,000 lbs, so nothing I own can tow it.
No OBD II port on this thing, and I definitely pull out the old SAE toolbox when wrenching on it.
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