WTF kind of luck today.....
Well, today was not the best day. I got everything back together, looking pretty good, a hell of a lot better than it was before the problems started; cleaner, shinier, new parts, etc.
I tightened up the loose trim pieces around the headlights that had been really bothering me since I bought the truck, but broke one of the mounting pieces in the process. No sweat; probably $25 on Amazon, but on principle, I was pissed.
I put the batteries back in, and turn the key to the start position, and hear a bunch of clicking from near the power distribution box ( and the IDM). I start freaking out, and checking to make sure that I didn't do anything wrong, or hook anything up wrong. I get out the multimeter, start checking things, then notice that I put the batteries in on the opposite sides and decide to swap them just in case one was going dead or something. Long story short, I hooked up one in reverse. Glad I didn't blow anything up.
Switched the terminals, and things seemed fine. The clicking stopped, and more importantly, the truck started and seemed great. I let it warm up, it seemed fine, I went on a short test drive, and the fuel filter restriction light came on, but it seemed to have no issues, so I figured it was air trapped in the system. The light went off after I bled the line a bit. On a longer test drive, it seemed to do great. The light came back on, but no problems at first. I was really pushing it, trying to make sure the pump was keeping up with the demand, but driving on a dirt backroad. The road got really bumpy, and trouble started. After a little ways, it lost all power and stalled out. I immediately thought it was the IPR harness, which came off all too easily when doing the replacement. I pulled it, and found that one of the connectors was totally loose in the harness. Like a dumba$$, I went on my "short" testdrive with only a few tools. My needlenose pliers ended up stuck under the fuel bowl until a teenager whose house I stalled out in front of came out and lent me a pair. Got my pliers back, and the IPR harness reattached.
It'll have to be replaced. I'm ordering the pigtail harness, but I can't wait for it to get here. I might have to remove the solenoid and solder the wires right to it temporarily til the new harness comes. Once I got home, it must've been getting a weak connection, because when I revved it, it blew lots of white smoke, and wouldn't rev past 2500. On the start of the test drive, it would rev beyond 3000 no problem.
I'm hoping my luck with this truck gets better, because I'm about fed up.
1996 F250 eclb, 4x4, 7.3L PS
425,000 mi and counting
Viair 444C/6g air tank on frame, Hadley air horn, Hella auxiliary reverse light, DIY WVO conversion; Efuel, dual FuelLab FPR's, 90g RDS tank, aluminum tube-in-heater hose, hotfox heated fuel pickup, copper coil-wrapped filter, 40-plate FPHE, auxiliary coolant pump, 2000lb winch-crane bolted to the frame. Ranch hand front bumper. Big winch.