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  1. Ken Blythen
    04-09-2011 01:12 AM - permalink
    Ken Blythen
    Thanks Roger.

    Between the combination of my 3.54 axle, hilly terrain, & a 60mph speed limit, I don't use OD.
    At .67:1 the truck needs to be traveling @75+ mph for rpms to be comfortable.
    So I'm gaining durability going to a C6 (plus a little converter slippage). IMO the AOD should never have found it's way into the heavier models.

    Over here we're paying around equivalent to $US 6.55/US gal for 95 octane.
    I don't need to do a high annual mileage, but it still stings filling both tanks.

    The C6 I'm going to use has been checked over & is still in good condition - presumably rebuilt, but not knowing it's history I've pretty much decided to stick with the year-correct fluid (Mercon/Dexron III) until I do have to rebuild it; then go synthetic like you.

    Enjoy the vacation Roger & thanks again!

    All the best,
  2. Ken Blythen
    04-03-2011 03:28 PM - permalink
    Ken Blythen
    Hi Roger

    I've read several posts of your C6/towing experience & wondered if you can give me some advice?
    I am replacing the AOD in my F250 with a 1978 C6 - the year after Type F fluid was replaced by Mercon in the C4 & C6 transmissions.

    Do you have any thoughts on using Type F instead of Mercon in this (later) trans? The net is full of casual comments but.......
    Thanks very much.

  3. ClydeSDale
    06-18-2009 09:10 PM - permalink
    Hey Hometown,
    Appreciate the compliment. Clyde is an F250HD ... during it's era that puts it in the same class as an F350. The F250HD and F350 GVW was only 100# different. The front end is pretty much maxed out by specs since I have the camper/towing package and the rear end springage is virtually the same as an F350 from the axle to the overload springs. One time I had two cubic yards of 3/4" washed riverstone in the back and she handled it just fine. If I hadn't needed another full yard of rock I might have had the guy diump on another 1/2 yard of rock, but I knew it wouldn't handle a full yard.

    Appreciate a softer ride if you're not hauling heavy loads. With the tires inflated to hauling pressures it rides pretty rough. If you haul heavier loads infrequently go with a set of booster air bags in the back and remember no matter how heavy the suspension your bearings and tires will only handle so much weight.

    Regards, Roger (Clyde S Dale)
  4. Hometown Pride
    06-13-2009 01:06 AM - permalink
    Hometown Pride
    Hey Clydesdale, Nice truck mine is similiar, 1980 l6 C6 2wd reg cab long box and some type of brown tan interior all originalo, bought it a couple months ago. Anyways I was wondering what the suspension consists of on your truck. Mine is real soft now, 30 yrs old. I am looking to beef it up, your truck looks like the perfect role model. Thanks if you get around to it

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  • About ClydeSDale
    Life Experience: Chauffers license since 18, class A CDL/endorsements, USAF hvy equip operator (Red Horse VN),law enforcement, BS Plant Science/Ag Engineering, 18 yrs R&D Equip Mngr for major ag seed co. (HD Gooseneck towing), Ford sales since '96
    RV camping, 1 acre yard, old Sears garden tractors, reloading,
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    Clyde S Dale, Camper Pulling Workhorse
    1984 F250HD XLT RCLB 4X2 8600 GVW 460 ^Timing C6 Track-loc 4.10's
    Trailer Towing/Camper Pkg K&N in/DynoMax out All synth fluids, fully temp gauged
    4-core HeatbusteR radiator, dual OE plate type tranny coolers 74,000 original miles (and counting)
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