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Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Las Vegas Baby!!
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WOW!! 35 years on the retired truck says volumes about the care your dept. gives it's vehicles. Your tax paying public should be thrilled. I'm curious to know how many miles are on the 76 Power Wagon. Cudo's to everyone involved with that truck.
The replacement Ford will be night and day different to the old Dodge but since your guys own private trucks they should be expecting some improvements. The owner's manual in the new truck will tell all about maintenance, just follow Ford's advice.
Since the 6.7 is new to the entire world, we have no real data on what to expect. The new 6.7 drive train has performed very well for the first 6 months and I do not know of any particular problem with it so far. There are hit and miss issues with them but nothing stands out as a problem, so far.
It sounds like you plan to use the new 550 off-road so I would suggest buying or building some nice skid pans to protect the bottom. The 6.7 has a plastic oil pan and even though that sounds scary, it is a pretty tuff part. I doubt it would hold up against a tree stump though so get some skid plates installed.
Do you have a pulling tractor or truck?? What classes are you running??
2012 F450 Ultimate Lariat pkg, 4X4, FX4, 5th wheel prep, camper pkg, 40console40 seat, Ingot Silver and Black guts
Reese Elite 18k 5th wheel
DuraFlap flaps all 4 corners
60 gal aux tank in bed
7.4 mpg as shown @ 70mph and 25740 lbs gross!!
2012 Fuzion FZ310 Monster Edition Toy Hauler 12,500 dry 16,500 loaded to play. 3100/3500 pin weight
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