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So the first thing I did when I got the truck was yank the running boards and the chrome fender guards off. I spent pretty much an entire day just washing and scrubbing and cleaning the truck inside and out top to bottom.
Mechanically the truck was in great condition, turns out, the transmission had just been rebuilt before the bank seized it. The only thing it seemed to need was some work on the glow plug system and the blinkers/hazards not working.
I ended up having to leave the truck at home while I was off on the road. During that time I ordered the White Rogers GPR and a set of Motorcraft GP's (haven't installed the GP's yet). I also ordered the HPX line and the 203* thermostat and had it waiting for me when I returned.
During the 5 days I was off I managed to put in all the parts I had ordered (minus GP's), do all the in tank mods, modify the fuel lines from the pump to the tank, change all fluids front to back to royal purple with the exception of the engine (Rotella T 15W40), flush the coolant system, and bit the bullet and ordered a TW 6 pos.
When I pulled the fuel filter it was full of crud. About a solid inch of gunk say on the bottom and the heater element was deteriorated. I pulled and rebuilt the filter housing and installed a new Ford heating element. Upon re-installing the return line I managed to break the threads off the regulator housing as I'm sure many others have done. I immediately ran inside and had a billet unit with springs, seals, and fitting over night shipped to me from Bob over at Dieselorings.com. (Great guy there, even refunded me some of the shipping costs when the rates changed)
I threw the truck back together and made a maiden voyage down to Baton Rouge and back. Upon which I discovered a water leak and noticed it was using a small amount of oil... That night I headed out in it for south west Wyoming...
2001 CCLB DRW 4X4, 6spd, TW 6 Pos, 6637, 4" turbo back, 203* stat, Driven Diesel Reg Return, HPX, CCV mod, 33" all terrains
Project Luxury Work Truck
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