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Project PowerStroke: A Build On A Budget

Hello I am new to Powerstroke nation and I have a project truck I bought extremely cheap (1300$) I am trying to get the truck too look as good as it runs. When I bought the truck two weeks ago these were the problems


- needed a glow plug relay


- rust work ( surface rust everywhere, only rot on bed wheel wells )


- glow plugs (apparently as stated from previous owner)


-Shift Linkage ( Would not go into park or first





The first thing I did was replace the glow plug relay ( as advised by a friend who owns a powerstroke) Still then it would not start even if cold. I tried diagnosing various other things. Until my metals shop teacher told me to check the battery fluid. Sure enough there was a hole in the bottom of the passenger side batter about the size of a half dollar. No wonder the glow plugs were not getting hot enough. We'll it was -7 today and started up first try! So now that that is out of the way I fixed the shift linkage it was just two of the bolt backed off (Classic problem). Now on to the body work which is maybe the largest problem I have had so far! I cleaned up the passenger side rocker area no problem NO ROT it's crazy. I went to the drivers side and found a rot hole about four inches long and proceeded to fix that as well. That's when I noticed that the drives side front fender and the door are way out of alignment. The space between the fender and the door at the top is less then quarter of an inch and then at the bottom it's about three quarters of an inch in space. I know that the hinges on the door are loose but that was not it. So I took it to a buddy of mine and he pointed out the obvious. The truck needs a front drivers side body to frame mounting bracket (right under where the pedals are ) is broken rotted through. I would like to make my own because I have all the materials to do so and this truck is not my daily driver . I am trying to get this to look great and am planning on showing you ever step of the way! PLEASE HELP me through this order I am very new to owning a powerstroke and diagnosing it's issues!


This is all the information on my truck!


-Ford F-350


-Powerstroke 7.3 turbo diesel


-317935 miles on the odometer


-6 position chip 0-140 billy dog


-Cold air intake intake


-315-75-R16 Goodyear tires


-Wheelbase 133.0 inProject PowerStroke: A Build On A Budget-imageuploadedbyag-free1390960241.134313.jpgProject PowerStroke: A Build On A Budget-imageuploadedbyag-free1390960264.405086.jpgProject PowerStroke: A Build On A Budget-imageuploadedbyag-free1390960290.548309.jpgProject PowerStroke: A Build On A Budget-imageuploadedbyag-free1390960307.019248.jpgProject PowerStroke: A Build On A Budget-imageuploadedbyag-free1390960331.136746.jpgProject PowerStroke: A Build On A Budget-imageuploadedbyag-free1390960364.875481.jpg


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not a bad looking truck, and a really good deal

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Yeah so far it Is turning out really we'll I started removing the rust off rear wheel wells I got the panel patch kit on the way should be here tomorrow ! Project PowerStroke: A Build On A Budget-imageuploadedbyag-free1391035984.762935.jpgProject PowerStroke: A Build On A Budget-imageuploadedbyag-free1391036037.929888.jpg


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You stole that truck! Good luck in getting her back in tip top shape.
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Any more updates on the truck? It looks like your doing a nice job with the rust.

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I have done this so far! I re painted the tailgate. All paint is pealing because the previous owner did not scuff up the stock green paint so it has nothing to stick to. He also painted the stock chrome grill black. I used paint stripper to get that off. I AM STUMPED NOW! My running lights cab lights and dash lights all do not work! I have replaced the light/ dimmer switch. I have checked all fuses twice. I have no idea what to do! HELP PLEASE


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