I bought this beast back in Oct. 2009. It has a 7.3L IDI diesel engine in it with a ZF 5spd, Dana 80 rear end with disc brakes and 5.13 gears. It has around 126,000 miles on it.
I've had it around a year and a half and I've only put about 30 miles on it. I bought this with very little knowledge about the truck diesels. My only real diesel experience before this was fixing my dad's VW diesel rabbits he use to own. And I rented a U-haul box truck to help my youngest brother move a few years back. It was completely gutless and would barely do 55mph empty! This kind of had me worried about buying an older Ford diesel truck when I found this one.
This truck was listed on an online auction ( not ebay ) . They had an inspection day to check out all the items they were selling. So I went and checked out the truck. I didn't really know what to look at with the diesel engine. But I started it up and ran it some. It seemed ok to me. I didn't know to check and make sure it wasn't started and warmed up. So I had no clue about any cold start issues.
I ended up winning the auction for the truck and I also bought another 20 foot car trailer in another auction at the same place.
Here's a pic of the trailer. It's a H&H Speed loader MX tilt bed trailer. It's rated for 12,500 pounds. Which is the reason I got it. I wanted a heavier trailer. I found out I hate the tilt bed!
So I'm building some tall sides for it and am going to use it for hauling scrap metal.
So I went and picked up the truck and trailer. The truck started fine ( the owner had warmed it up earlier ) . I drove the truck home ( hauled the trailer home behind it ) . It ran great, great power, just a slight haze of black smoke when you really got on it. I got home and backed the trailer into my driveway, unhooked it and drove the truck down to the gas station to fill up the tanks. This is when I found the first problem. I pulled it up to the diesel pumps and went to fill the tanks. The front tank filler neck is hid under a little trap door in the flatbed floor. It sticks straight up. So when you go to stick the pump nozzle in you dump the diesel that was left in the nozzle all over the place.
Once the front tank was full I moved to the rear tank. The filler neck for the rear tank was mounted to the bottom of the flatbed. I pulled the cap, put the nozzle in and started to pump. The diesel came right back out and dumped all over my boots!
The idiots that built the flatbed mounted the rear filler neck below the level of the frame!
So that made the rear tank useless! I paid for the diesel and drove home. After I backed into the driveway I hopped out and notice something dripping from under the back of the truck. The front tank was leaking!
I grabbed a clean 5 gallon bucket and threw it under the tank.
The next day I came out to the truck and tried to start it. No go. I tired cycling the glow plugs a few times. Still no good. Finally I got mad and did it one more time and just kept cranking until I got it to fire up.
Since then I've been doing of searching, reading and have figured out some of the issues. But I haven't fixed any of them yet.
Instead of buying the parts for it I've been sinking the money into parts for my 54. Well the time has come I've decided I need to either sell/part out the Super Duty or fix it. I decided I'm going to fix it. So I've been saving my penny's and started picking up parts.
Here's a list of what I'm going to do:
Replace the starter ( yes I burnt it up cranking it too long
Replace the glow plugs with some new Motorcraft ones
Replace the glow plug controller
Replace the original injectors with a set of new Delphi ones
I'm going to have a local diesel shop rebuild my Injector pump ( I'm going to remove and reinstall it )
Replace the injector return line kit
Convert it to an electric Facet Dura-lift Fuel lift pump
Add a couple Golden Rod fuel filters
Replace all the fuel lines except the injector hardlines
Dump the two stock fuel tanks and selector valve for a single small Semi tank ( 50-65 gallon )
Add a coolant filter
add dual exhaust with some free flowing mufflers (Hooker Aero chamber )
Change all the filters and fluids ( including flushing the cooling system )
I also need to get a different set of rear tires. And figure out out a place to mount a couple spares.
I'm going to also build some taller wood stake sides for the flatbed. I'm going to stack 4 - 2"x10"x 14' pieces of lumber to make the sides.
Sometime down the line I am going to also add a Spicer "Brownie box" aux. transmission to add a second overdrive. With the 5.13 gears and 16" tires you really rev the engine to go much faster then 60mph. I do make some longer hauls with my trucks so it would be nice to be able to run 70mph or so with the engine sounding like it's the end of the world.
Once I'm done with the mechanical parts I want to eventually change up the exterior a little. I want to add a functional Mustang Boss 429 hood scoop. Then paint the cab and front clip bright blue, black out all the trim, and add some modified 1970 Mustang Boss 302 style stripes. I also want to build a massive front bumper with a grill guard and winch mount. With my plans for the bumper I shouldn't have any problems with import cars getting in my way!
I did a crappy picture modification in a paint program. It gives you an idea about what I am shooting for. The flatbed and rims will also be painted black.
This isn't a real cool project. But it is a pretty big project for me. I'm going to try to get it and my 54 done, someday.
Ok enough of my babbling.