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Howzit guys. Alright I just bought a 1995 F350 crew 7.3. Its got 135,000 original miles.
I have been researching for a while now and know that I want to do a 2 tank system for WVO. I live in Hawaii where it rarely gets under 80 deg.. I was planning on putting in a heat exchanger (where?) any way but other than that and another in line fuel filter what else do I have to do?
Should I drop the front tank and clean it (with what?) to get rid of any algae and If Ive got it out any way is the stock pump ok for a while till I can afford a better one or should it be replaced before the first tank of WVO?
Also, how crucial is it to test every container of oil you pick up?
Sorry if these are all questions you"ve ansewred a bunch of times but would really appreciat any help. Thanks again.
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Are you talking about dropping your stock tank? Unless your truck is having problems running on diesel & you suspect that something is going on in the tank then no you don't need to drop it.

Keep the fuels completely seperate until they reach the heads. Do not use the stock fuel pump. Do not use the stock fuel filter. You will never get a proper purge.

Frequent testing for water is very important. Do you need to test every cubie?? I would say yes. I test every cubie I get to make sure it is water free.

Do you have any sources locked up yet? How are you going to process your oil?

Living where you do means you do not need to put as much into heating your VO as I do where I live. I would still go with a FPHE mounted as the final thing your VO goes through before the heads, a heated pickup & I would do a Tube In Hose to heat your fuel lines. Thats should give you all the heat you will need. I insulated all my fuel lines but thay probably won't be required in your location.

Make sure you have a VO temp gauge & pressure gauge. They are very important.

2001 f-350 ext.cab. 7.3 auto non dually. 262k miles. New HD tranny at 67,000 miles. Boost, EGT, Tranny temp gauges. 04/10 DIY check valve VO conversion. 20 plate FPHE,Fass HPFP set at 70 PSI,TIH, 10 micron spin on filter with coolant wrap, 150 micron prefilter, hrydraforce purge valve, 40 gallon greasecar tank with hotfox, SS braided hose to heads, Oil temp, pressure & fuel level gauges. 110K miles on grease.
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The whole tank cleaning thing was something I herd locally but yes the stock tank.
I guess I will plan on testing every cubie for water. What is the easiest way to test for water? and what about testing for acidic properties?
No I dont have a source yet. Just bought the truck 4 days ago. I was planning on doing some foot work today on looking for sources. Any sugestions? Fast food, sports bars?
I Have'nt decided yet on how to process the oil. Cost will be a issue and I have read so many varrying and contradicting methods. I think Im starting to lean more towards settling in a drum with spout in bottom with a 6 in. raised pipe? Then possibly even filter after settling? Any suggestions on that would be awesome. Already picked up a few plastic food grade 55 gal drums. Going to build a little process station in the corner of the yard, just need to settle on a process before I do the build.

So basically as far as the 2 tank system goes I should start in the tank with a heated pick up and beefier fuel pump then to a in-line heated tube and then finally to a FPHE just before entering the heads. And every thing should be run on new (seperate from stock) fuel lines? Does it matter where in the system the filter is? and can I use the stock electronics for the new fuel pump?

Thanks for creating a whole lot more questions. Just kiddin. Appreciate the help!
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