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Old 04-08-2010, 07:30 AM
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Cab off -- worth it?

It's time to do some work to the ol' Ferd... the F350 (details in sig) is leaking at the up pipe gaskets, I'd like to install a Wicked Wheel, and clean the CAC tubes, and if I'm doin' all that, it would be reasonable to me to replace the HPOP o-rings while I'm in there, (I understand they are problem prone) as well as any turbo pedistall o-rings that need it, and do the crank case vent mod that NC hornet recomends.

So here's my reasons for this post...

I would like someone who knows these trucks and the details of what all little parts, things that go wrong doing these repairs, etc. to tell me what parts I need to have on hand when I do this... and if possible would like to order all the parts from one place and know that it's a complete "kit". Maybe this is where Raul will have something to say...

Second, due to the turbo and up-pipes being back under the dash, is it worth lifting the cab and front clip to do this work? I can get into a shop with a lift, and a weekend to do the work... Sure seems like it would make the whole thing much easier if there wasn't fenders and cowling to work around. Give me some feed back please!
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Old 04-08-2010, 08:46 AM
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As far as pulling the cab... I wouldn't. You can have that turbo and up pipes out in less then a hour. They are not too hard to do.

It would be easy to do it with the cab off. I would bet you would spend more time pulling the cab then you would for the entire project.
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Old 04-08-2010, 09:15 AM
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Just wondering if the time vs easier access would be worth the frustrating vs difficult access... if that makes sense. Input and ideas welcome....
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Old 04-08-2010, 10:12 AM
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Oh yeah I got ya. Trust me, once you start working on it you will see it isn't too bad.
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Old 04-08-2010, 11:46 AM
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So how about a list of parts??? Stock up pipe gaskets and all related parts, the turbo has to come off to do that as far as I know, so all gaskets/seals needed there too.

Wicked Wheel... where to get one, along with the above parts needed????
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:30 PM
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If you had a 6oh tht would b a differnt story but on these 73s no need
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OK, so I'll keep the cab on... but it's the parts list I now have no clue how detailed it needs to be.... and what common problems show up when doing this... which bolts tend to break, etc.
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Old 04-08-2010, 03:52 PM
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You ought to replace those up pipes with a set of international ones. Like these... Riffraff Diesel: IH Bellowed Up-pipe Kit that way you won't have to mess with them again. They are spendy but well worth it.

I wouldn't mess with Orings on the HPOP. It wouldn't be a bad idea to stick this in your glove box, it is a full set of Orings for your truck... It is a great kit and comes in handy.
Riffraff Diesel: "Mechanics Parts Cabinet" Combo kit

Here is a wheel for you..
Riffraff Diesel: Anti-Surge Compressor Wheel

Spray it all down the night before with penetrating oil, especially the down pipe and up pipe clamps. They can be a real bugger if they have never been off before. Issues that could happen.. Up pipes bolts won't come out. Then you will have to get in there and cut them off.
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Old 04-08-2010, 03:55 PM
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Oh, and use a torque wrench!! stick with factor torque values.
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Would these torque values be in the Haynes shop manual I have?
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