'95 F250 4x4 - Bringing It Back From The Dead....
Ever since I sold my '97 F350 PSD 4x4, I'd been regretting it. Recently, after getting stuck in the mountains of Eastern Arizona after a few big snows in my 2wd, I decided that a 4x4 would not be a bad idea. When you're trapped alone for a lengthy period of time, you have lots of time to think.
When I got back to TN, I started looking for another 7.3. I looked at a bunch of trucks, but just couldn't find the simple XL base I was looking for. Finally, a '95 appeared, and I got it for a decent price due to the myriad of ailments from which it suffered.
The good: Powerstroke!!, ZF-5/42, well used but not rust body, XL trim (simplicity), new brakes, calipers, rotors, M/C, booster, clutch master, line, slave, MDRP 4" exhaust, etc.....
The bad: totally blown out tie rods, ball joints, u-joints, synchros, clutch, nasty bench seat with a hole in it, wasted steering gear, and a horrific fuel leak. I'm amazed it made the drive home as bad as the steering and fuel leak were.
It seems overwhelming, but it's not - ya just have to triage the worst of it, and work your way to the easy stuff.
I plan to keep it mostly as Ford delivered it for now, with the exception of converting the dual mass clutch to a single mass. I'm not in love with the TTB front end on the F250, I like the concept, but w/o the coil springs & radius arm the F150's had, I don't see where it really will work all that well. Ultimately, I need to find a Dana 60 solid axle front end and swap it and I think I'll be better off.
Anyway, I'm going to chronicle my rebuild here.
'95 F250 4x4 ECLB 295k - ZF5, Southbend, 4.10, van pedestal, EBPV & CCV delete, 1.0 ex housing, 3" DP, 4" exhaust, BFAF, 140v IDM, MagHytec diff cover, HD front springs, 16x8 alloys
'95 F-Superduty 4x2 CM 12' Flatbed 33k - E4OD, 5.13, Banks intercooler, van pedestal, EBPV & CCV delete, 1.0 ex housing, 3" DP, 4" exhaust, BFAF, PHP tunes, 6.0 fan, 140v IDM, TruCool, MagHytec diff/pan, Dieselsite external trans filter, Autometer gauges, 180w LED light bar