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fatguyzinc
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so a few years back when my younger boy was diagnosed with leukemia,
we went through a "fire sale" period to help cover the unbelievable medical
bills. on of the first things we sold was our towtruck, a 91 F350 4x4 diesel crewcab.
it had $7k worth of tow equipment, but we needed $$$ NOW, so we took the first
guys offer who showed up with cash. we only got $9K for it.....

it was an AWESOME truck, we put a banks turbo on it, dual 3" vertical exhaust
stacks in the bed, converted to manual front hubs, had no rust and was super
clean and nice, even the A/C worked. we installed and hooked up all the tow
equipment ourselves. (the controls are in the red toolbox, it was bolted down
to the bed floor as per the wifes idea. worked PERFECTLY.) and at 8940lbs
unloaded, it still knocked down 21mpg @55mph while making enough power &
torque to light the rear tires even when it had a car on the wheel lift....

well, several years later, we aren't struggling quite so bad. so, I'm looking for
another one to replace the 'hillbilly limousine'. ( that's what my kids called it..)

I'm going to have to sell my spare 454 (built already.) and the GMC safari van, but
I'm looking... theres one out in Waianae I need to go check out, its a 460 not a
diesel, but it IS a 4x4, crewcan 1 ton F350. hey--beggars cant be choosers!
if that don't pan out I will bide my time, somethings bound to come up sooner or later.

time to start saving for the next wheel lift too I guess ! heres the former one.
man, do I miss that truck! wheel lift under the frame, and a boom/recovery crane
with a 12000lb warn winch in the bed. I did some CRAZY 4x4 recoveries with this truck.


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That's a mean looking truck, brother. Good for you.

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Nice Zinc.

A Ford 460 Ford is a great Engine.
Canted Valves like a Big Block Chevie V8.
No Gasoline engine gets fuel mileage like a Diesel engine does pulling a light or Heavy Load.
If the 460 Ford gets just 4-8 mpg loaded towing do not be surprised.
Diesel engines are Superior With their Thermal Dynamic Efficiency.
And the Fuel Burn Time is much longer than Gasoline.
More Torque- Work is done with Less.

The Cummins 6 Turbo Diesel is my Favorite in Pickups.
Cranking out 900 HP is not impossible today.

Those Ford 6.0 Turbo Diesels I hate.
Worked on many.
Torture is just the beginning with them repairing.

The Old Ford 7.3L V8 Turbo Diesel is Excellent.

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maniacmechanic wrote:
Those Ford 6.0 Turbo Diesels I hate.
Worked on many.
Torture is just the beginning with them repairing.

The Old Ford 7.3L V8 Turbo Diesel is Excellent.



yep, the 6.0 is a piece of garbage--who specs torque to yield head bolts
on a turbo diesel? that's a 100% guarantee for blown headgaskets-and on
those trucks, pulling heads means pulling the cab off the frame!

the 7.3 IDI was what the hillbilly limousine had, it was fricken awesome.
when they put electronic direct injection and raised the fuel pressure from
14Kpsi to hydraulically driven 65Kpsi+, that's what became the powerstroke...
but mine was all mechanical injection, NO electronics. although it only made
maybe 375hp with the turbo, it had to be pushing close to 675ft/lb easily....

reliable as a rock, and would bang on the 3800rpm rev limiter all day/everyday
without even so much as overheating. (stock was 3200rpm I think, I raised it
via a screw on the intake manifold somewhere...) we did everything on that truck
ourselves, including an engine swap when it cracked the flexplate. (we thought a rod
had let go from the CLANK CLANK CLANK when it was running, that's why we pulled
motor. once we found the flexplate, decided since its already out lets put the new one in anyway!)

I sure do miss that truck. gonna start looking for a replacement when I get home next Thursday.

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fatguyzinc wrote:yep, the 6.0 is a piece of garbage--who specs torque to yield head bolts
on a turbo diesel? that's a 100% guarantee for blown headgaskets-and on
those trucks, pulling heads means pulling the cab off the frame!

the 7.3 IDI was what the hillbilly limousine had, it was fricken awesome.
when they put electronic direct injection and raised the fuel pressure from
14Kpsi to hydraulically driven 65Kpsi+, that's what became the powerstroke...
but mine was all mechanical injection, NO electronics. although it only made
maybe 375hp with the turbo, it had to be pushing close to 675ft/lb easily....

reliable as a rock, and would bang on the 3800rpm rev limiter all day/everyday
without even so much as overheating. (stock was 3200rpm I think, I raised it
via a screw on the intake manifold somewhere...) we did everything on that truck
ourselves, including an engine swap when it cracked the flexplate. (we thought a rod
had let go from the CLANK CLANK CLANK when it was running, that's why we pulled
motor. once we found the flexplate, decided since its already out lets put the new one in anyway!)

I sure do miss that truck. gonna start looking for a replacement when I get home next Thursday.


6.0 is Ok once you replace all the Hidden O-Rings in the HIPPO Injection system, all 8 injectors, the HIPPO Oil Pump, a Fresh Remaned or New Turbo, Add ARP Head Studs.
Some guys Love them. I don't.
Torque to Yield Head Bolts started in 1988 with that Oldsmobile Quad 4 DOHC 2.4 cyl.
Allows a Computer automated cylinder head torque machine to fasten to specs.
Torques all head bolts at once.
I ran a Similar machine on the Assembly line while I worked at Caterpillar in 2005.
The Fasteners were torqued down to 900 ft/lbs about 14 bolts at once in the Final drive Units I built.

Next truck I buy will Be A Dodge Ram with a Cummins Turbo 6.
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Oh Yeah.
Need a Remaned FICUM for that Ford 6.0 diesel too.
International Disaster put into Hundreds of thousands of Fords.
That engine caused many Mechanics to Retire Early or Quit the Ford Dealerships.

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Hey zinc, did you contact the guy that bought it and see if he would be interested in selling it?

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Torch wrote:Hey zinc, did you contact the guy that bought it and see if he would be interested in selling it?



no, I'm sure he will want more than he paid....normally I see those IDI crew 4x4 F350's
going for $15K+ on eblay, without any tow equipment....he just caught us when we had
to have money right that fricken second so I let it go--normally I would have held out for
maybe $20K.

this next one will again be done on the cheap, all work by me/wife/kids, hoping to end up
equipped roughly same for around $8500 IF possible-gonna take some real creative horsetrading
to hit that, but we shall see....

most of us 'CARCRACKHEADS' --and I call y'all that affectionately, and include myself in that group--
can almost always "make something outta nothing".

still aint got enough to even buy the truck yet, much less the equipment. but I'm lookin, and scheming....

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fatguyzinc wrote: "make something outta nothing".

That's normal living here in the south

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Torch wrote:That's normal living here in the south



yep, and all the real car freaks I know are the same.
however, the 'checkbook hotrodders' are another story...

I remember seeing a t-shirt somewhere that had a half
crusty/half finished 32 ford (I think) and the title was
"hot rodders-americas first recyclers". true, oh so true.

we even save mayonnaise jars here for nuts and bolts holders,
takeout and big yogurt containers for leftovers to send
home with friends, heck the wife even washes off and saves
tinfoil sometimes....gotta save a buck where/when you can !

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