So to start off with I have a friend who is a service writer at a local ford dealer. I have heard nothing but great things about the powerstroke tech there so I decide it is ok to take the truck in to have the work done.
This started off with a leaky bed plate and a chattering rear end as well as a 15 degree delta oil cooler (right on the cusp of warranty). The gentleman I bought the truck from was generous enough to throw in a PREMIUM care extended warranty. So this is what we started with for warranty work.
I snowballed that into the following: ARP studs, BPD EGR cooler, Rotella Ultra ELC (did my flush just before I took it in), STC fitting update, Stand Pipes, Dummy Plugs, OEM HGs, Had my heads checked for cracks (none after magnafluxing, YAY!) and had them decked .003 on driver side and .004 on passenger side, turbo cleaned, IPR screen replaced, new degas bottle and cap, new drive belt, new clamp on turbo and some other misc things. Best bulletproofing I could come up with as this portion was all on me $$$ wise.
I am hoping its ready for some tunes now, but I have to water the money tree again to get $$$ for the SCT LOL!!!!
To add insult to injury the tires were dry rotted and they didnt want it leaving the shop for liability reasons without getting new tires so 1500.00 worth of 295/60 nitto terragrapplers later the truck also has new tires. I went with 295/60s for a bit more width and still remain stock tire height (pretty much).
So without further adieu I know how everyone loves pics so here is a sample of what I could get with my iPhone on the multiple trips I made to the dealer.
Heads after machining
Motor out and TORN DOWN!!
WAY up high waiting for motor to be reassembled
And some shots during my shakedown drive - I think the tires turned out good