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Old 08-22-2017, 03:51 AM   #41
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2000 ford f-350 diesel.....cured me of fords.
I looked at an 03 f350 with the 6.0 in it. This engine is known for being a POS, although I don't know much about powerstrokes. It has a whining noise which sounds like the turbo going out. Looks like you have to pull the cab off the frame to do any major engine work on it. No thanks. On the other hand, I have done some work on an isuzu cabover truck recently and those are awesome to work on. I am excited to actually work on a diesel for once and gain some experience with them.

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the fuel filter on the old school GM v8 diesel is a giant pain. the box on the back of the firewall/intake area. wtf were they smoking?
Not the good stuff apparently. I hate changing the spark plugs in the gas ones, especially the s10/blazer. Not that ford/mopar are any better in that respect, but still. Also did the plugs on a base model 2009 f150 the other day, 2wd with the 4.6. Surprisingly easy. The engine bay is much less cluttered than the earlier models. Also noticed that it now has a rack and pinion setup and doesn't suffer from that characteristic play in the steering that most ford trucks have. I was pleasantly surprised with it...I am guessing it helps to have the old 2V 4.6 in an engine bay designed for a 5.4 or an ecoboost.

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Old 08-22-2017, 09:40 PM   #42
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the new cars have the one coil per cylinder now. and i guess the coil packs seat directly on to a rail that supplies the power so yeah that is much cleaner.
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I've spent some time working on an early 1990s isuzu 14' truck recently. It's actually quite easy to work on but I've had a hell of a time finding a steering box for it. A new one is over 1600 bucks and the remanufactured ones are all dorman products. I finally managed to track one down in a junkyard but the pitman arm and steering linkage are different (trucks were made 10 years apart) so I needed to take the pitman arm off the junkyard box. That thing was a real fucker to remove. I have a pitman arm puller but it's not big enough so I resorted to using these:



Frankly I am surprised my garden variety jaw puller held up. One day something is going to do it in. I cranked down on it with the impact until the jaws were about to slip, then got it glowing red with the torch and swung at it with the mini sledge. The puller is really just there to hold tension on it. After about 5 cycles of heating it and wailing on it with the hammer it came loose. There was a surprising amount of rust on the splines (for Washington) Now I have to do the same thing to the busted steering box and transfer the pitman arm over. Hopefully with all the leaking it has done the splines will be lubed up lol.
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Back at it with the isuzu (well technically it's registered as a GMC W4500)...same shit, different day. It's been steering like a champ since the new box was installed, but now it has a crazy brake fluid leak and a seized wheel cylinder. Those lug nuts were a fucker to get off...I had to go out and get a 41mm deep socket and a 21mm square socket (I think it's called a budd socket) since it's a dually. My 1/2" impact struggled to remove them with a 3/4" drive adapter. The torch was also needed but at the end of the day it did it. Then a 10lb sledge hammer to knock the drum loose. It's a lot like a regular pickup truck, just bigger and heavier. I am actually really starting to like this truck. It's very simplistic compared to the 'murican ones.
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Need a gas tank for a late 90's 4 door Tahoe... apparently they are not being produced at the moment, total WTF
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Need a gas tank for a late 90's 4 door Tahoe... apparently they are not being produced at the moment, total WTF
Damn. A Silverado or suburban tank won't fit?
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Apparently not - 2 door tanks for days... no re-pop 4door tanks anywhere...
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Weird... you'd think they'd all be the same since they are all built on the same platform. Then again GM loves to pull weird shit like that.
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