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F450 DUMP 7.3L UpDated and questions

Hey Guys,

Im new here, Have read a ton and finally have some questions for the pro's. I was going to include some pictures but cant figure out how. Let me know on that one too.

I have a 2002 f-450 xl Dump truck i bought this spring. Since then i have done a complete facelift from 2002 front end to a chrome 2007 front end. Headlight conversion, recon clearance lights, new paint job on the dump, lettered the truck out, 21" simulators,semi tires, LED's all around, backup lights for plowing, rear flashers and a pinnacle strobe on top as well.

My questions for you guys are:
1) How do you get the dash removed and out of the way to add switches below the radio and cup holder. I cant seem to get the dash out from behind the wheel. Since it doesnt tilt because its an XL Package, i am having a hard time.

2)Do any seat style from the 2002 f-series line up, fit the crew cab f450? I would like to upgrade the vinyl bench to some more comfortable bucket seats.

3)When driving there is this weird squeaking noise from behind the dash, when i engage the brake's the sound stops. Any idea what this could be?

4)Again, since the truck is an XL package, it didnt come factory with fog lights, and that is something i have, and ordered, thinking it was just a plug and play type deal. Since its not, Is there anyway to wire fog lights in with the headlamps, so when the head lights come on, they can come on as well?

5) There is an oil leak coming from the gasket holding the oil pan dipstick, to the actual oil pan itself. My mechanic told me that the whole engine has to be taken out because there is no way of fixing it without dropping the oil pan and fixing it with the engine out of the truck.

6) My truck starts horribly in the cold. It was 30 degrees in Michigan today and i went out to start it,and it took 4 cycles of the glow plugs and 6 attempts of that before it would turn over. The starter,glow plugs, and relays are all good but still has a ton of struggle starting. Any clue on what could make it easier, or is this common? Just plug the block heater in and make sure its on all the time when not in use?



Thanks for your help in advanced,

Jason D
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