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Old 05-08-2011, 05:25 AM
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97 Daily Driver / Tow Pig Build....

I picked up a '97 F-250 Powerstroke 4x4 extended cab, automatic. It has 110,xxx original miles on it. The original owner only ever towed his 16' pontoon boat with it. He bought it new in '97.

This is going to be my tow rig and daily driver.

Plans:
- 3" Down pipe to 4" exhaust (Done)
- Chip
- Intake (Done)
- 2" front leveling kit
- Line-X bed
- Line-X rocker panels

I don't want to do a whole lot to this. Just keep her maintained so she last me a while.


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Old 05-08-2011, 05:28 AM
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I had to replace the rear tank. It was a pain in the ***.


I got a new stainless steel exhaust put on. It removed the factory cat and added a flow through muffler. It also replaced the restrictive down pipe with a 3" round down pipe. I can't decide if I like the muffler or if I want to take it off completely.

Exhaust kit in the box.


On the Rack.



Factory Down pipe and cat.







I got a new Westin bumper from Summit. Finding a good used one was a pain in the ***. The weight rating on the bumper is 8,000# load and 800# tongue weight. I don't trust a bumper for that, so I put a Class IV hitch on it as well that has a rating of 7,500# trailer (10,000# with weight distribution) and a 1000# tongue weight.







Hitch Installed.




The hardest part was deciding where to put the factory 7 pin trailer plug after the bumper and hitch was installed. Since the truck was ordered from the factory without a bumper, the factory location wouldn't work. I decided to drill the hole in the bumper instead of letting the plug hang down. It was nerve racking, but I think it looks a ton better.




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Old 05-08-2011, 05:29 AM
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I have been getting pretty good fuel mileage. Mainly in town driving and I get 16.9 mpg with it. I drove the truck on the interstate to my dads and back last week (185 mile round trip) and I filled up when I got back from 1/2 tank (front tank only). I got 18.9 mpg on the interstate. Both mileage readings is unloaded. The in town number includes some heavy foot action too. I was quite amazed by the fuel mileage. It is much better than the 8-9 mpg my Dodge was getting.


I hooked the trailer up and towed with it the "new" truck for the first time. It pulls amazing. I need to find out if it will hurt the transmission hauling the XJ like below in OD. The XJ and trailer combined weight is about 5,500#.

Truck and trailer only.


Truck, trailer, and XJ.



I also can't decide if I want to put on a leveling kit. The front sits a tad bit lower than the rear with a load. I don't want it to look sagged when I load the truck.
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Old 05-08-2011, 05:30 AM
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I took the bed off on last week to fix the fuel tank venting problem (now holding 42 gallons of fuel). When I had it off, I found a little typical Ford rust that needed immediate attention.

I also undercoated everything that wasn't the body color with rubberized undercoating. Hopefully this solves the rust issue.















"Hey, why ain't we moving?!"
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Old 05-08-2011, 05:31 AM
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I added a bug shield 5/6/2011.






I also added a set of gauges to it on 5/5/2011. I thought I should monitor the EGT's and the transmission temp.


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Sweet truck, man!
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Thanks. It is a work in progress.
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Looks great, wish I had enough time to get mine done.
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Thanks. It is a work in progress.
What else you got in the works for it?
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What else you got in the works for it?
TS Chip, leveling kit (unless I can find a Dana 60 cheap), factory side steps, intercooler, and other small things.
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