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Hello everyone reading this,
I'm the new guy finally. After a long time of looking in the windows, I figured I would make it official, so hopefully I can contribute what I can, and learn what I don't know (which is a lot). That is the important part, the rest that follows is optional reading.
I am a long time Ford lover, especially the trucks. The first vehicle I bought when I was 16 is a '99 Ford F-350, 7.3 Powerstroke, 6 Speed manual, 4X4, extended cab long bed pick-up. I have used that truck for work from day one (literally), and still own it today, and certainly will still be driving it years from now.
Basically stock, just a NAPA 6637 on it. I also converted it from a single rear wheel to the Dana 80 dually, upgraded the rear leaf springs and modified a flatbed to fit.
The poor guy was bought new as a construction truck and was fairly abused when I "rescued" him. They ran the engine out of oil several times (I did not know that at the time) and sadly the engine started giving me fits when I was out on a hauling trip. The engine literally used it's last power stroke to get me that last 400 miles of the trip back to my driveway. If any vehicle is going to give out, the drive way is the best place. It was tough, but considering that it served me well before and considering how hard it is to find a diesel manual 4X4 of any make or model, I put a brand new from Ford engine in it.
Hated to put it to work so quickly, but due to my job hauling horses across the country I spent two hours putting 100 miles on the new engine, hooked it up to the trailer and was on the road less than 12 hours after first-start-ever. I took it really easy trying to allow the engine to break in until about 1,200 miles (still the same load) then I let the truck do his thing.
That was 100,000 miles ago, so I'm coming up on the full break-in period, haha.
Anyway, sorry for the long winded post, but there is a little background. This truck is pretty much the second half of me considering all the near death encounters, long miles, and months at a time living in the truck. May not get to the top of the grade as fast as a hopped up smoke snorting Cummins, but I know we will ALWAYS make it to the top and get to where I need to go safely.
Rain or shine, blizzard or dust storm, -60 or +125 degrees, hell and or high water: Ford is in my heart, and my heart is in Ford.