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post #1 of 18 Old 02-20-2013, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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new f450 owner need help!!!

hey everyone im knew to this forum and new to the ford powerstroke scene. i recently purchased a 1999 ford f450 completly stock it was a retired police emergency service vehicle so it has the utility on the back which i should be getting rid of asap..i would like to know what should be the first thing i should look at and be aware of. i wanna go pretty crazy with the truck but a not to fast pace she is a crew cab with 53k miles on it..any ideas will be wecolmed always would like to lift it.
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congrats on the purchase.., Sounds like you found a creampuff.

I'd start by changing ALL the fluid...oil, trans, and rearend. Next, depending if its a E99 or L99..(L99 has "diesel" badge on the door), if L99, i'd change the coolant to an ELC, so you dont have to maintain SCA's. E99, well ur stuck with either the gold or green stuff, maintaining the sca levels.

I'd then, clean the engine bay up good, covering the power steering cap and alternator, dowse the engine with simple green, let soak, then "lightly" pressure wash it clean. From there, you can make a DIY boost leak detector..(google's ur friend) on how to go about it, spraying ur cac boots with soapy water, then pressurizing the system...any leaks, fix ASAP.


Then, take a look behind the turbo at the uppipe collector. Any visible sign of soot either there or on the firewall, well, you have a leak at the collector..gotta fix that too

From there, if oil / fuel, present in the "valley" of the motor, gotta find the culprit..mainly the drain valve on the fuel bowl and/or turbo pedestal leaking from the EBPV rod..(riffraff has a "cabinet kit" for all these orings).

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Thanks for all the info i will do all these things asap...im a newbie when it comes to terms whats a creampuff? Lol
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Cream puff is a low milage nice truck . Got any pics ?

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Re: new f450 owner need help!!!

What are you going to do with the service body?

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I will try and post pics later i was thinking of jus scarping the service body and trying to make a bed fit even tho i read its pretty hard
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I will try and post pics later i was thinking of jus scarping the service body and trying to make a bed fit even tho i read its pretty hard
What kinda shape is the bed in ? They bring good money . Putting a bed on a 550 is not that tough . Do you have any fab skills ? The only bad part is a filler between the truck and the bed . There is a company in Kentucky that makes a kit to do it . Manning truck bodies

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i pretty good when it comes to fabricating stuff jus need a push in the right direction on how to do it...the truck is way past do for a show truck but with time ill get it looking decent.. theres just so many things that i see that i want lol. this is a big move up from my maxima.....jus have to learn to post pics...hmmmm
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Re: new f450 owner need help!!!

Where at you located? Don't scrap the body it could come in handy.

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