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Looking to help out my son
Hello all - Just joined because my son wanted a diesel 4x4 long bed crew cab. Despite the know issues, he bought a 177,xxx mile 2006 F-350 SRW 4x4 out of Texas. Yup, needs work, blows coolant out the tank, but seems to run real strong. He is driving very little and keeping coolant topped off while trying to figure out what is next. Does not have EGR delete, but had a FORD OEM cooler and EGR replaced at 160,XX miles before he bought it. FOund competent mechanic who works strictly on Ford Diesels (lots of 6.0) and he diagnosed head gasket issues as you might expect. So we know that the engine is coming apart, and want to fix it once right. Truck is VERY clean, straight, no rust, drive and shifts well, new tires, everything works, no drips, leaks or fluids used other than coolant. It could use a left front hub but other than the engine issues, that is all it seems to need. He has $16.5K in it and wants to spend the $$ to make it right to drive another 100,000 miles. Of course until it is torn down we won't know what we are into, but it drives smooth and strong right now.
Will be researching the following questions, many of which are already discussed on this forum:
Are the heads OK - what are options if not OK - and what shop to use if repairing
Same question on the block - hope that is OK!!!
Of course ARP head bolts will be used on rebuild
EGR Cooler (BPD or similar) vs EGR Delete, and which to use?
BPD oil cooler replacement vs. Stock oil cooler ( like the BPD cooler approach but it is spendy)
We will add Amsoil by-pass filtration - use amsoil kit or BPD, or ???
Coolant filter - do I need if going BPD route? If staying with OEM oil cooler will add
Stock Ford oil filter vs. BPD oil filtration
Insight CTS or DashBoss
Tuner, needed? If so which one?
Based on what I have read and researched, listed below is our current inclination, budget always an issue, but want to do this once - assumes heads can be repaired and short block is solid, but if not it is just more $$$$
Add BPD oil cooler, delete Ford OEM
Retain FoMoCo Oil filtration (vs BPD)
Add oil By-Pass Filter from BPD using Amsoil filter
EGR cooler from BPD
ARP head bolts
Add Insight CTS, consider adding EGT and Fuel Pressure monitoring to insight or analog
Option - add tuner like SCT to allow EGR valve to be turned off and on - would also like to tune for mileage, truck hauls people, camping equipment and bicycles.
What is wrong with this logic? Overkill? What have I missed? Better approaches? Lots of experience here that we wish to tap into.
Thanks! Great to be part of the group, looking forward to everyone's input.