I get in, turn the key, and suddenly I'm inexplicably dying to have a barbeque. It's a feeling I can't shake because I'm driving an otherwise stock 2008 Ford F-150 that's powered by liquid propane (LP), that ubiquitous grill fuel. (Methinks the column shifter should be a spatula.)
Our subject F-150 features fuel-system modifications developed by Roush Industries, the same folks who build all manner of high-performance Mustangs and contributed engineering expertise to the Ford GT supercar. This particular truck is designed for fleets that have easy access to propane, thus nullifying concerns over having to daisy chain a series of Rhino tanks. Although the current customer demographic includes municipal and commercial fleets, the push to run vehicles on something other than gasoline is likely to entice private citizens to consider propane in the coming years.
The Roush Conversion
Roush's offering is serious, as it matches the significant capabilities of the gasoline-fired F-series when it comes to crankshaft horsepower as well as payload and towing. Roush currently offers LP conversions for just about any 2008 F-150 powered by the 5.4-liter Triton V-8 engine, which is available in trucks offering three cab choices, three bed lengths, and five trim levels.... Read full article