A week ago I dyno'd my truck. I didn't use a dyno tune and the operator was having problems with how he was laying on the power to keep it in 5th. As well, even though it was a dual eddy current dyno, it was not loaded enough to let the truck build max torque, so it kept running out of RPM before the PW or boost were maxed out. To add insult to injury, it developed a miss on the drive into town. To make a long story shorter, the truck put out 790 lb-ft and 440hp, not bad for 3 second runs (I am not kidding) and a miss. He did over 15 runs and the temp never broke 1000*. So I drove it home somewhat disappointed, played with it for a few minutes and it was acting like it was running on 7 cylinders. So I put it in the garage and got ready to go to work.
So I was out of the country last week and this morning I played with the injector connections and hooked up the AE to see what was broke. Of course, I can't duplicate it and the truck is running strong. There is a slight vibration at 1200rpm, but it shows perfect on the power balance test. So when I deselected each injector, #8 sounded slightly different than the others. I pulled the harness off and on re-installing it, the plug was not latching correctly. My next step was to pull the clip and of course, it slipped off and fell under the intake manifold.
I tried to get it back, but it just wasn't cooperating. I called the local dealer and he can't get any in till next week (need to buy 4@ $8 each). So I call up a recycler and he says he has a 6.0l in the yard and it may have them. So I go to pull another one to take with me and as it is just about in my hand, I hit a wire and it decided to join its buddy in the valley. 4 recyclers later and no clips...
So here is what I made out of some spare Stainless TIG rod. It works as good as the pretty ones from Ford. I will retrieve the originals when I do my oil cooler later this or next year, assuming they are still there. The rod is quite similar as far as strength and spring.