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Old 10-04-2010, 07:29 PM
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6.7 Longevity Questions

My Fire Dept. will be taking delivery of an F550 Brush truck. It'll have a 6.7 in it. was wondering what to focus on for maintenance. Is there anything specific to look at. Our last brush truck was a '76 power wagon so we trying to keep this for a long time. Just wondering what to look for. It wont be used all the time. maybe only once or twice a week max. Let me know. Thanks
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:56 AM
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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??
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:07 AM
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I don't know the exact milage on the truck. Im from NJ and i go to school at Penn State. Ill check when i get back. We are buying it from a company. I wasn't too involved in the spec. out so im not sure what it comes with off road wise. I will probably be involved in the maintenance because i am the only one with a powerstroke, even a diesel for that matter. Yea, we will look into skid plates if they arnt already installed. Ill post pics of it when we get it. It should be here before the end of the year.

To answer the pulling question. It a club here at PSU, we are a 1/4scale tractor pullling club. we compete against other schools. 1/4 scale means about the size of a ride on mower. Its slightly bigger. all custom parts pretty much. 3 B&S V-Twins linked together by belt drive.
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