It is about 35 miles to my work. With the increasing cost of fuel and with our economy getting more like Europe, I needed to change my long-range plans for a commuter vehicle. The area I live in has a lot of deer accidents and first-time adult drivers. To reach my goal of a 30-mpg vehicle that was safe for my five-person family, I decided to put a 4-cylinder diesel in a full-size pickup. I started this project in 2006. The original idea was to put a naturally aspirated Perkins 4.236 into a 1985 F250 Crew Cab. The Perkins was too tall to fit without a body lift kit. That was something I didn’t want to do. I have young children who would have a hard time getting in and out of the truck. I did some research and decided that a Cummins 4BT would fit my needs. I’ve had a soft spot for Cummins engines since my years in college, so that made the change a little easier. A friend sold the Perkins for me and I kept saving money until I had enough to buy a 4BT. While waiting, I found another 1985 F250 that didn’t need as much bodywork and paint. I got the other truck and a 4BT around January 2007. There were about 20 4BTs at the place that I got mine (Adelman’s Truck Parts, Canton, OH). I got a small education on some of the different options. I chose a CPL858 with a gear-driven power-steering pump, a Ford belt-driven vacuum pump, and a small-block Ford bellhousing setup. I didn’t get the T19 transmission that was mounted to it, because I had already bought a Toploader 3-speed Overdrive for the truck and I had a diesel T-19 at home.