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I finished it up last night,(Saturday night). Primed it up, started it. It stalled the first time, started it again, ran rough for a tad then it cleared up. Runs great now. I took it for a few short test drives last night after I flushed the coolant and topped off all the fluids. I didn't get to change the tranny fluid yet, that'll probably be next week. I drew a vacuum in the ac system last night, let it sit overnight, came back this morning and the vacuum was holding...no leaks. recharged the AC this morning. It takes roughly 4 12oz cans to get it nice and cold. I gave her a nice wash inside and out. I drove it for a 15 mile jaunt this morning to go buy some more freon. I'm taking her to work tomorrow morning, thats a 60 mile hike one way... so if she makes it without any issues I feel like I'll be home free to enjoy this mother once again. It actually went back together much easier than I thought it would. The old man still has a memory like a steel trap...lol. I spent a good part of the day today just going over the connectors and screw points making sure that I didn't overlook anything. I had to walk away from it a few times yesterday when I was putting it back together..those are the times when I come back to it and theres a possibility that I forgot to tighten something. I'm usually pretty good about not walking away from something until I'm at a logical cutoff point...
Anyway, the injectors all seem to be operating fine. I'm pretty sure that I had a small High pressure leak somewhere which is what prompted this tear down. That, and it's been needing head gaskets for awhile.. I think one of the dummy plugs or the standpipes had a leak which would cause my cutoff issue.I also installed a new OEM IPR , and STC fitting while I was in there, I think the coil in mine was getting tired and it would cutoff when the temperature in the engine bay would get too hot. I had changed the screen in the IPR about 2 yrs back. when i pulled out the IPR this time the screen was still intact and had very little debris in it, and thats after I did the oil cooler in it last year. It pays to be clean when doing any kind of work in the oil system. A vacuum cleaner is my friend.
If I had to do this job all over again, I wouldn't be so apprehensive about doing it. The boogie man I don't know is much scarier than the boogie man who's *** I just kicked. The truck runs smoother than it's ever been!
Oh and BTW. I reinstalled that crusty injector whose copper oring seal was leaking. Cleaned it up with a wire wheel, took it apart to check that the spool valve was free and reinstalled it. HaHa. Low budget, you know. I'm in this for right around $2000 and that's including e Cometic gaskets and belts and new wire harness for the glow plugs and fluids.
Last edited by Xalky; 06-09-2019 at 07:07 PM.