My name is Vinny, I work at Lead Foot Diesel Performance were we get to play with all diesels including the big stuff. But our passion is making these pickups haul balls.
I have had a ton of Diesels including 5 7.3L's 4 different Cummins and I recently purchased two F-250's with the 6.0L engine.
After 8 years in this business I never thought I would own a 6.0 from all the issues we have to fix on them. But one day it hit me like a brick in the face (I recently watched Home Alone II with my kids, this analogy works!)..... most of the trucks coming to our shop for the bullet proof package had well over 300,000 miles on them "MOST" not all.
I started thinking maybe a 6.0 wouldn't be so bad to own. I had really never driven one for an extended period of time so aside from the basic test drive around the block after we finished working on one I had no reason to really bash on them like I had been doing for years.
An opportunity arose for me to purchase a 2003 6.0 for nearly nothing.
I jumped on it, the truck was towed here because it didn't run, and hadn't run for 2 years. I ended up throwing a set of batteries in it, just to see if I could diagnose the issue with our IDS computer.
As soon as I put the batteries in, the truck fired right up. I went ahead and changed the oil and cleaned the fuel tank out since it had been sitting for so long. The lift pump was weak so I installed a FASS Titanium 150 instead of installing another factory lift pump.
I drove the truck for several months and was really enjoying the 24 mpg that comes with a Standard Cab 2WD.
After a while I noticed the truck was skipping pretty bad in the mornings, I started saving up for injectors. I have watched hundreds of customers replace one injector at a time, there's no way I was going to tear this thing apart 8 different times. I ordered all 8 injectors, a Bullet Proof Diesel 58 volt FICM and a regulated return kit.
With the new injectors and fuel components installed the truck freakin' RIPPED!
I had the first small taste of 6.0 performance and decided to go against my initial decision to leave the truck alone.
I ordered the SCT 5015 so I could keep an eye on the engines vitals, like ICP pressure and FICM voltage etc.
I also installed an S&B cold air intake and sent the EGR the way of the dodo bird.
The truck was ridiculous. It put a huge smile on my face for the first couple of days, but then I started realizing it wasn't much fun trying to feather the throttle pulling out onto the highway, trying to keep the truck from spinning in circles.
So I got rid of the pizza cutters that were on it and threw on a set of Drag Radials we had at the shop. It would stick awesome, but those tires are sketchy in the rain. After a couple races with the other guys here at work I noticed the radiator was leaking. Not bad but I hate leaks, so I ordered the Mishimoto all aluminum radiator to get away from the brittle plastic end tanks.
That's pretty much were the truck sits for now. I don't want to push the stock head gaskets anymore, the truck has 320,000 miles on it and stock head bolts.
I want to spend the next year truly Bullet Proofing this engine. Front mount oil cooler, billet water pump, head studs, O ringed heads, auxiliary transmission cooler, and back halving the rear end are all on the list. Most of the parts I need are already here sitting in our warehouse. I just have to find the time to do everything without holding up a lift required for customer's trucks.