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Old 09-09-2013, 07:39 PM
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rocker arm dilemma!

OK,so I have a 04 350 w a 6.0.two weeks ago I had a rocker arm break on me sitting at a stop light. ( thank god I was close to home).talked to international and they said ford part only.so I go to the dealer and they tell me they can't get any!?! Wtf.so as I'm talking to him I guess ford is redesigning them and the release date isn't till the end of October. so now I've got a giant paper weight in my driveway and need to haul my car and some other stuff soon let alone I need it for work transit.does anyone have and leads on where I could get a rocker arm for the exhaust side(combination).just getting more pissed by the day that I have a 9 year old truck I can't buy parts for!been a ford man since day one but they have really screwed the pooch on this one. Any leads would be great!thx
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:53 PM
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Try auto nations or something, its formerly Toulsey Ford, so just google Toulsey Ford, its out of MN, great prices. Also Sunrise ford is another one similar to Toulsey. If not start calling dealers around. They started putting holes in the rocker arm and have been back ordered for months now. I thought they had the old ones in stock still but I guess theyre out. I did studs 2 months ago and was going to do updated rocker arms but they were out of stock. Also you can get them for $20 on ebay. Ford should still have the plastic clips, just replace that and make sure you put a new pushrod in and you should be ok. Put some engine builders prelube on moving parts when you put it together
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:02 PM
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Thanks man.actually ordered a used one off eBay last night to get me by till the new ones are out.also picked up a set of ARP head studs to for when the new rockers arrive.
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:13 PM
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Good luck, take it slow. I missed a step and the bottom half of the standpipe was still in when I lifted the head. Luckily no damage though. If youre doing it cab on, the special tool is absolutely necessary, and the rocker arm carrier has to be on when you set the drivers side head down
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:36 PM
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Doing them heads on it.was a ford tech at Whitman and friendly ford.there's a lot of debate about new head gaskets but I'm taking my chances n doing them one by one.had head gaskets done 30k ago at Brondes under warranty which om pretty sure caused my problems now.they are hacks man.I'm got a lot of little bolts to replace that I'm sure ended up missing and they deemed not nesesary.I'll do a write up on how it goes.
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