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Old 01-17-2014, 06:24 PM
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Fuel pickup foot necessary?

I'm planning on doing the hutch/harpoon mods (Using Strictly Diesel's kit) in the morning and have no idea what shape my fuel pickup foot is in. Pulling the bed for some other maintenance so it'll be easy to get to. I called a couple ford dealers around here to see if they had one just in case but nobody can get one til wednesday. If my foot is broken, do I even need it? The kit I'm using has a prepump filter. I could see needing something on the end of the line to block big pieces but I'm thinking I could run to NAPA and get a universal sock to put on it if necessary. Just trying to cover my bases ahead of time, always like to have a plan. I searched but couldn't find where anyone said "run it barefoot with no pickup foot and no worries" or "no matter what you do don't start it without the foot on it!" Thanks for the suggestions
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I don't think you NEED it, but there is the chance that something close to 3/8 in diameter could get lodged in there down the road and then you would be in trouble.
It's probably un likely though.
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Old 01-17-2014, 08:39 PM
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I'm crossing the same bridge aswell putting my rr kit and I'm ripping the filters and mixer out but I don't think I will sleep better at night knowing theirs less chance of a clog

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Old 01-18-2014, 05:58 PM
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Foot turned out to be fine.
Got the hutch and harpoon done, it's an hour job once the bed is off.

Also pulled the bed, removed the front bed floor crossmember and fabricated a new one, beat/ground/chiseled all the rust off the frame and crossmembers from the cab back to bare metal, and got a coat of rust converter on all of it.

Tomorrow is fab the other bed floor crossmembers and paint the frame.
Had a little trouble with the strictly diesel kit, 2 of the hose clamps stripped and one of the studs on the bracket broke loose so I couldn't tighten it. No big deal I had hose clamps and just welded the stud back. All in all, the install was simple. Getting that fuel tank plastic ring back on was the worst part of the whole mess, would've been much easier with a second pair of hands I took a lot of pics just haven't uploaded them yet. Once it's all done I'll get pics up. Really happy with all of it so far.
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Did it quiet the motor down much? I've been debating on doing this but not feeling like dropping the tank or lifting the bed.
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Did it quiet the motor down much? I've been debating on doing this but not feeling like dropping the tank or lifting the bed.
Having to drop the tank is what's kept me from doing this.
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Old 01-21-2014, 12:52 PM
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It's really not that bad a job.....

What I did was, drove around until the "Low Fuel" light came on and then parked it. I then connected a hose to the drain tube (from the Filter Housing's yellow lever, on the rt side, next to the exhaust manifold). Then I took my starter pak and powered the fuel pump.

This emptied the tank (left only about a Qt of fuel) AND gave me a good indication of how much fuel I had left when the light came on (@5gal.). With the tank empty, dropping it was an, easy, "1-man job".

Go spray some PB Blaster on those long threads that hold the tank strap now
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Old 01-21-2014, 01:31 PM
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You dont need the pickup foot. I dont have one, of course I am running a 5/8" pickup... but none the less just cut your in tank kit to where its 1/2" off the bottom of the tank.
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Old 01-21-2014, 05:43 PM
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Pulling the bed wasn't that big of a deal but I did it at work with a crane. Other than having a couple minor issues with the kit I bought from strictly diesel, I highly recommend the hutch mod. In conjunction with Riff Raff's fuel rail crossover, truck is MUCH quiter than before. I'm figuring out photobucket so I can post the pics and I'll put a thread up in the 7.3 general forum
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