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07-16-2019 10:45 PM
Adrion I'll do it but I'm up in Austin
07-16-2019 04:00 PM
wiredgeorge After I mustered out of the service, worked for a year as a welder making exhaust systems... then the Fed called me and I went to work. My first Prez was Jimmy. First year we had a "REGRESSIVE PAY RAISE". This means they actually made my second year pay less than the first in order to catch up senior salaries which they claimed had been too low. First year pay was $8923 and I was living overseas and things were tight. Jimmy was a peach (no pun intended?).
07-16-2019 03:44 PM
SparkyF250
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I am a vintage motorcycle Mechanic specializing in carburetors (Japanese) and Tractor Supply is a wonderful source of 10W40 (Rotella dino is 15W). Never looked at coolant there but will make a trip soon. I used Rotella T6 full synth at my last oil change about 200 miles back. Is this a waste of money or will 15W40 Rotella work as well? The oil change was more than I made a month as a buck private way back when!
LMAO yeah the pay in the 70's was pathetic, I served under Jimmy Carter and he capped our pay every year until he was running for reelection. Didn't work, first time I voted for president I gladly voted for Reagan.

These 6.0's seem to like synthetic oil quite a bit. Rotella now has T6 in 15W40, since you're in TX might be a good idea. And only use Motorcraft filters and make sure your truck has an OEM oil filter cap. Some aftermarket filters came with a tall cap that won't work with a Motorcraft oil filter.
07-16-2019 03:34 PM
wiredgeorge I am a vintage motorcycle Mechanic specializing in carburetors (Japanese) and Tractor Supply is a wonderful source of 10W40 (Rotella dino is 15W). Never looked at coolant there but will make a trip soon. I used Rotella T6 full synth at my last oil change about 200 miles back. Is this a waste of money or will 15W40 Rotella work as well? The oil change was more than I made a month as a buck private way back when!
07-16-2019 03:27 PM
SparkyF250
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Thanks. Requested to join Mil group. 1971-74 US Regular Army; Army Security Agency stationed Sobe Okinawa.

FYI: Bought OEM cooler, gaskets and OEM HPOP upgrade kit. Not sure of the history and unlikely to visit a dealer any time soon to get an OASIS done. The dealer in Hondo (I am in Medina Co TX) is not cool.

Folks have a lot of opinions regarding OEM vs aftermarket and I am sure some of you have had good luck with aftermarket but as I am old and conservative, will stick with what Ford sells unless there is an over riding reason not to. After buying a 6.0L, I am pretty sure Ford isn't the be-all; end-all in engineering expertise but some of the aftermarket stuff appears to be trouble at a low price while some is not so bad and I just don't have enough knowledge to make informed guesses so I don't spin the dice on aftermarket.
Hell you.re older than me, I was Reg Army 76-79 Ft Hood TX, Giebelstadt Germany and I got out at Ft Lewis WA
Ford parts..yes, Ford coolant...hell no

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Use small words... What is Navistar? I assume Cat means Caterpillar? I thought these 6.0L were made by International???? ELC? What does that stand for? Assume it is engine coolant...

(never mind the Navistar question... see it is a company that owns International...)
International owns Navistar. LOL, you found it.
ELC is Extended Life Coolant, Cat EC-1 is the spec

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Another dumb question... Caterpillar ELC... This stuff looks super expensive by the gallon and the system uses seven gallons if my google brain is correct. Is a gallon of this stuff mixed with distilled water or is this straight (premixed) coolant? Where is the least painful place to buy this stuff?
Tractor supply and Advance Auto sells Rotella ELC it's $17.99 a gal (here) get 4 gallons. And get concentrate you can't get all the water out when you flush it. That's why we tell everyone to do 3 or 4 fill N drains with distilled water after a hose flush. Then you add 3 1/2 gallons of concentrate and top off with distilled and you'll be at 50/50 with a gallon of 50/50 left (if you top off the remaining 1/2 gal of concentrate)
https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...tifreeze-1-gal
07-16-2019 03:19 PM
SparkyF250
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Youíre absolutely right, I installed fumoto drain valves in both block drain ports so I could flush all the crap out of the block. Get all the crap out of the cooling system and run good coolant and that OEM cooler will last! Iím running shell rotella elc, itís CAT certified.
Yeah I'm running Rotella ELC as well
07-16-2019 01:52 PM
wiredgeorge Just got off the phone with Junior125 and he told me much the same thing. Saw the Cat stuff online for like $50 a gallon!!!! and it was premix I think. This would triple the value of my truck.
07-16-2019 01:12 PM
2wheel I used rotella elc from tractor supply 19.99
a gallon and uses 3 gallons of concentrate.
07-16-2019 12:56 PM
wiredgeorge Another dumb question... Caterpillar ELC... This stuff looks super expensive by the gallon and the system uses seven gallons if my google brain is correct. Is a gallon of this stuff mixed with distilled water or is this straight (premixed) coolant? Where is the least painful place to buy this stuff?
07-16-2019 12:47 PM
wiredgeorge
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Actually the OEM (your case OEM design) oil cooler is a good system, the problem has been Ford's choice of coolant and customers failing to maintain cooling system. If you run Cat EC-1 ELC like Navistar recommends and flush it occasionally it works just fine.
Use small words... What is Navistar? I assume Cat means Caterpillar? I thought these 6.0L were made by International???? ELC? What does that stand for? Assume it is engine coolant...

(never mind the Navistar question... see it is a company that owns International...)
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