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Old 03-11-2013, 05:16 PM
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Some pics of my IDI and a question

I have owned my IDI for about two and a half years. I got it with around 170k on it and I just hit 202k. It has had the dreaded head gasket leak at the rear of the drivers side head. I run the Power Stroke oil filter and change the oil every 3,500 miles. The fuel filter is changed every other oil change. I did a radiator flush when I first got it and I run distilled water with green coolant. It also has a new water pump, coolant hoses, fan clutch, thermostat, coolant temp. sensor, and the radiator was cleaned at a radiator shop. The truck has never overheated on me. I have to add around a quart of oil about every 1,500 miles and about a quart of coolant every 2,000 miles. The truck runs great, but the rear of the drivers side head is always covered in oil and you can see green drops.... I don't tow anything but, it always has a load.

Is it okay to keep using it as long as the oil and coolant doesn't mix?

I have heard that if I reseal the top end of a high mileage engine that the rings will start to leak(blow by).


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Old 03-11-2013, 05:20 PM
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:14 AM
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I guess I'll join oilburners.net
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:18 AM
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That's a pretty spanky welding truck

Is it smoking pretty bad?


And don't get pouty about not getting a lightning quick response

The polite thing to do is just bump your thread.

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Old 03-13-2013, 08:33 AM
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Thanks. It only has some white smoke on cold start which I believe is normal. It drives great and there is no visible smoke when driving and warmed up. I periodically check the oil/coolant levels and don't have to add too much. I just want to make sure it's okay to keep using it because I want it to at least get to 300k. I have put +30k on it with the head gasket leak already and who knows when it started leaking.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:44 AM
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My opinion? No. Get it fixed (or fix it yourself) while it's still a relatively minor problem.
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Thanks.

Anybody else have any say on this?

Any IDI owners/experts?
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Old 03-15-2013, 05:45 PM
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I'm no expert but my idi had a good loss of power, and blew tons of white smoke when the head gasket started to go I guess it finished, but I ended up selling it to another guy to fix, I would go ahead and fix the problem before it gets much worse. Beautiful rig ya got there btw, what conversion package is it?
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:15 PM
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Thanks, it is a Centaurus conversion and it still turns a lot of heads. It had running boards and all kinds of other crap I took of when I first got it.

The truck is pretty slow but I figured it was normal since these IDI's aren't known for being power houses. However it does not smoke while driving and it is very reliable, a lot more than the 6.0 it replaced.

Should I add ARP head studs when replacing the head gaskets?
Should I use stock replacement gaskets?
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(Should I add ARP head studs when replacing the head gaskets?
Should I use stock replacement gaskets? )

Yes.

That's a very nice looking truck to be almost 20 years old, if your wanting 300.000 out of it then
I would go ahead and fix it right and you should be able to get that out of it with easy. Good luck.
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