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post #1 of 21 Old 11-15-2006, 08:00 AM Thread Starter
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Greetings from England

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I'm going to really need you guys! About three months ago I sold my Chevy Silverado 454 and bought a 1995 F250 Powerstroke Diesel. Considering that I don't know anything about diesels (I'm a custom bike builder), this was perhaps foolhardy and even more so because there is absolutely no support or knowledge of this vehicle over here.
This didn't occur to me as I happily drove my new aquisition for 3000 miles or more without a hint of a problem. Then one day it died and I started reading forums. It seems that, apart from serious diesel-heads, everybody has problems with the reliability and complexity of this unit, unlike my old Chevy gasser, which could be repaired with a self-grip wrench and a heavy hammer.
Love the truck and in Britain, it's almost unique and twice the size of anything else. Got to find a way to keep it going!

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Welcome to the board. There are some good people on here that should be able to help you with your venture. Some are actual Ford diesel technicians and very helpful in addition to being extremely accomodating. I unfortunately am in your shoes when it comes to diesel info. Stick around and I'm sure someone will be along to assist.

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Welcome aboard... You've come to the right place for information and help... I'm sure one of the techies will be along soon....

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Thanks for the warm welcome fellas.
I got into US trucks because I build bikes which are too long fit on the average British Ford or Mazda. Started with a Chevy and now the Ford. I soon noticed that kids point in wonder at the beast as it rolls past and even more importantly, every female I know seems eager to climb into the cab, hence, I got hooked. This reaction is because, over here, we've always had higher prices at the pumps, so almost all UK vehicles are what you'd probably call "compact". Most British diesel pickups have 2.7L four cylinder engines.

Hey, can you hear my English accent when you read my posts?
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i couldn't even imagine having a truck that large over in england i remember when i was over there the last to summers the biggest truck i saw was a Toyota Tacoma lol minus the H2 hummer i saw that was promoting a new video game

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I lived in Italy for 3 years so I couldn't even IMAGINE something that size on a European street anywhere. You must draw a ton of attention.
We have some great Technicians on here who are always willing to help. What all problems or symptoms are you having with the rig?

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That's a monster truck in the UK!

I spent a lot of time working in the UK, away from my family.... and that is indeed a BIG vehicle for your neck of the woods!

Nothing wrong with England, but I'll never forget how good it felt to land in Toronto, after 2-1/2 months in England, and see a full size Ford truck on the tarmac!!!
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Ok, since you asked, here we go. Truck died without warning about 40mins into a journey. Running perfectly up until that moment. Flatbed home. Read some threads. Checked all fuses. Ordered cps from US ebay, waited. Swapped out cps (bolt head was round ), still no start. Replacement CPS appears to be pattern part. Have ordered genuine Ford replacement just in case (will keep as spare, if not). Oil level good and clean. Fuel in filter housing and no water. Glow plug timing seems about right. I reckon need a diagnostic interface for ipaq, or some way of pulling up codes. Any suggestions?

Only slight worry before sudden death was that the oil gauge would sit at 0 at idle and had done so since I got the truck. Any increase in revs, however slight, caused it to jump instantly to normal where it would stay during driving.

Truck has covered about 3000mls since I got it without a hint of trouble.

It seems to be stock under the bonnet, as far as I can tell, though the exhaust is huge. I don't know if 4" is standard or this indicates some previous modding.

Sorry. Bonnet=Hood

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