Let me know what you think. Need help and suggestions, comments always wanted/welcome. To start, 1996 F250 2wd Crew Cab Short Bed. I purchased April 2012, it now has 190XXX miles. Truck is in pretty good shape for a Michigan truck, minor rust on body/frame.
While changing my alt, I noticed oil build up and leaks from what seemed to be coming from every gasket and seal on this engine. Oil pan was the worst, or so it looked. Being laid off for the season, I seem to have enough time for a project, so lets pull the engine. Welp, while the engine is out, lets do everything that I had in mind when purchasing the truck. I would like to hit 300+HP, more is better. It will be a DD but have intentions on another vehichle. Blah Blah Blah, engines coming out, things being done.
Turbo Rebuild (ordered)
Gen 2 Wicked Wheel (Ordered)
Non-ebv Pedestal (ordered)
ARP head studs (ordered)
Hypertech tuner (purchased locally)
Many Gaskets and Seals
NEED Suggestions on:
DIY E-Fuel, Opinions/Suggestions (something close to this Electric Fuel Conversion - PowerStrokeNation : Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum
OR the one posted on this forum )
HPOP, leaning towards SD setup, opinions/suggestions
Injectors, Based on whats said, what are some suggestions (what can I do to improve my stock ones?)
Suspension needs work. Lift/level is still being tossed around on what exactly I want to do. Body/Bed mounts need repair. Lets clean up the frame at the most convenient time.
This thread will become more rich with pictures!!!
Starting with the engine, I begin to take off easily accessible, in the way components. Turbo is next to come off, but oh no, that will prove the be a large waste of time. Spent a good amount of time trying to get the previously rounded bottom/driver bolt of from the y-flange. After many failed attempts with heat and swivel socket, combo wrech, crow foot and many other tools that broke or made worse, time to cut. Limited access proved to make the cutting a failure. Long story short, engine has to come out with the turbo.
Most is off to start to lift engine out, while leaving the trans in place. This proved to be a tight fit with the turbo on, but was possible with two people.
Engine on stand, getting ready to perform cylinder leak down test, some components need to be removed to get the fitting into the glow plug hole. As you can see, engine is very nasty. I sprayed it down but quickly as it was below freezing. Extensive cleaning is planned, for now I only wiped the areas around the valve covers.
Well the damn harbor freight leak detector malfunctioned. So that is put on the back burner for tomorrow. I just wanted to confirm the rings were alright as the heads will be rebuilt and head gaskets replaced.