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Old 06-27-2018, 01:04 PM
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Talked to the machinist today, it will be another two weeks before he even measures it. WTF?

Purchased a power steering pump, ac pump, dryer and variable orifice tube (Arizona trips). All current peripherals now.

Sandblasting is done. I will paint the usual stuff this week to throw on the block and heads when done.

New head bolts, which? Not going Arp, it's not a Viagra truck. OEM/IH?

Now that I have extra time. Thinking of switching the OBS valve cover gaskets to powerstroke??? The engine harness is detaped, degreased and eliminated unnecessary wiring (fuel bowl & etc).

Moved GPR to fender. Less stuff in the way when I work on it AND I will be.

I have too much time to think here. Maybe a 2014 steering box? Now would be the time.
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Old 06-27-2018, 09:49 PM
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"I have too much time to think here. Maybe a 2014 steering box? Now would be the time."\

You aren't kidding there buddy.........I bought a Swamps engine because I didn't have time to build one. It has now been apart coming up on a year.

I'm just about to stop finding things to take a part........

Latest one: I pulled the cowl plate off to replace the hose going to the washer nozzle and clean out the the leaves. Noticed the sealant was failing so I gutted the wiper mechanism and prepped to paint the interior and bottom of the cowl with Mastercoat. Sure nice to just stand in the engine compartment to work on it though.
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Old 06-27-2018, 11:00 PM
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Here's the while I'm here list so far:

Pull inner fenderwells to get rid of deteriorated fiberglass sound blankets

Pull core support to replace with one with no cracks.

Paint frame up to firewall. Remove everything including steering box

Push back firewall so no more BS with down pipe and up pipes.

Build reinforcement plates for cracks in firewall after getting a bit carried away.. we'll see when the engine is in but I estimate you can at least put your whole hand between the firewall and everything.

Dismantle AC box and clean out (Yuck!! Highly recommended) Move vacuum reservoir for more valve cover clearance, cover AC box in sound deadener / heat reflector

Clean out cowl and vent areas, clean seal paint cowl with Mastercoat. (POR but better) RUST was staring under failed butyl. In a CA truck.

Replace all the tired butyl sealant in firewall.

Lube all wiper parts with penetrating spray gel teflon grease

Fix washer nozzle

Install power steering cooler in prep for hydroboost.

Install RSK (had it for some time why not no engine weight walk right up to it to work)

Install sway bars front and rear

New cab mounts.

Install electric fuel. Incorporate existing extra fuse and relay spots to make factory looking install. Using 2 stock SD pumps in parellell set up for redundant back up.

Going Irate T4 and installing intercooler so that goes in on the way back.

Considering reworking to put AC condenser in front of IC since 100 degrees is common for us.

Working on a custom Donaldson Statopore air filter (huge)

Installing valve covers backwards for intake to valve cover breather clearance.

Custom oil fill set up to allow above

Linex Valve Covers just to see if it quiets injector solenoid noise.

Jet Hot coat the manifolds and turbine housing.

Working on a 2 speed eddy current drive electric fan clutch

Installing US Gear exhaust brake.

Dissassemble, clean and re wrap wire looms

Probably forgot a few things......
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Mine since 2001: 91 F250 RC 4x4 5spd 7.3 IDI 4.10LS Banks Turbo Electric Fuel 92 D60 w 97 brakes and Powerlock Hydro boost Flatbed
Hers since 7/03: 96 F250 CCSB 7.3 PSD 4x4 5spd 3.55 LS D60 AMP Powersteps Currently ungoing 22 yr Rehab Incl Swamps Long Block, S364.5, IC, RSK etc.
2 Harleys 7 Horses about 50 cows +-
Diesel Mechanic 40 yrs
Now 120 truck Fleet, 80 plus CNG powered
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Old 06-27-2018, 11:03 PM
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Forgot I'm wrapping the up pipes and sleeving the downpipe for less heat in engine compartment and faster spool up.
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Hers since 7/03: 96 F250 CCSB 7.3 PSD 4x4 5spd 3.55 LS D60 AMP Powersteps Currently ungoing 22 yr Rehab Incl Swamps Long Block, S364.5, IC, RSK etc.
2 Harleys 7 Horses about 50 cows +-
Diesel Mechanic 40 yrs
Now 120 truck Fleet, 80 plus CNG powered
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Old 06-27-2018, 11:05 PM
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Been thinking about a steering box that wasn't designed in the 70's (Part # starts with a D you know) Taked to a friend in business (does all my fleet but a lot of custom work too) says the new boxes are ok but not all that. Still thinking about it.
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Hers since 7/03: 96 F250 CCSB 7.3 PSD 4x4 5spd 3.55 LS D60 AMP Powersteps Currently ungoing 22 yr Rehab Incl Swamps Long Block, S364.5, IC, RSK etc.
2 Harleys 7 Horses about 50 cows +-
Diesel Mechanic 40 yrs
Now 120 truck Fleet, 80 plus CNG powered
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Old 06-28-2018, 04:41 AM
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That is an impressive list. I have many of those done and some haven't occurred to me. Thanks, I shouldn't have even read that.

One aspect I disagree with is moving the condenser in front of the IC. Instead, replace the stock orifice tube with a variable orifice tube (RockAuto ~$3) or a smaller one. Once the freon is evacuated, it only takes about 2 minutes and a ~$10 AC quick disconnect tool (Napa). I meet an AC guy in the Arizona desert and his AC air temp was 43 degrees. The variable type is best if you are in colder temps regularly, it helps prevent evaporator freeze ups. The variable type senses pressure. At idle, when AC pump pressure is lower. It shifts to the smaller orifice size to increase cooling. He recommended to only use MAX AC when outside temps are >95 to prevent freeze up.
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2 Donaldsons, 3" dp, ACs & Hydra w/PHP & 1023, DIY 60 gl tank w/6 gl sump, eFuel/Cat filters, T500, HV LPOP, Aeromotive RR, Auber instruments & IDM mod, KC Drop in SXE, boost fooler, RiffRaff bellowed up pipes, 6.0 IC & 3" plenums w/RiffRaff inserts

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Old 06-29-2018, 11:34 PM
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Forgot another item. Mitsubishi 215 amp alternator. My Auto Electric guy is very impressed with these. He tested mine on the bench and it made about 180 amps at idle. He loaded it to 200 amps for a few hours and it didn't even get hot. He says one of the most robust diode bridges he's seen.

Located new clutch fork boot and ZF inner shift boot.

Looking for new cowl drains, they are located at the bottom of the cowl area behind the lowest rear part of the front fender. Nothing new. Found a pair on e bay but seller couldn't find them to ship so gave me a refund. They are like fish lips or an air cleaner evacuation valve. May adapt those since oem is discontinued.
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Hers since 7/03: 96 F250 CCSB 7.3 PSD 4x4 5spd 3.55 LS D60 AMP Powersteps Currently ungoing 22 yr Rehab Incl Swamps Long Block, S364.5, IC, RSK etc.
2 Harleys 7 Horses about 50 cows +-
Diesel Mechanic 40 yrs
Now 120 truck Fleet, 80 plus CNG powered
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Old 07-03-2018, 07:18 AM
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When I did my cowl, I threw them away. We boondock A LOT, so my truck is parked under trees for weeks. I mounted stainless steel screen under the cowl to prevent leaves and pine needles from getting in there. When I cleaned mine, there was about 8" of "compost" sitting above the "fish lips". My truck was from New Mexico so there wasn't enough moisture to collect and rust out the cab.

GM, did you replace the ball stud when you did the clutch fork. I found a Ford dealer who has some new old stock and reasonable.

The machinist schedule is beginning to be BS. I'm beginning to think I need to find a short block vendor? He will not state when it will be started or finished. Swamps is 1 to 3 months and more than I need? I might call them and check if they would consider a basic/stock rebuild? I'm not going to gamble on a pick-an-pull. BlackWater looks nice, but they have enough not happy customers.
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2 Donaldsons, 3" dp, ACs & Hydra w/PHP & 1023, DIY 60 gl tank w/6 gl sump, eFuel/Cat filters, T500, HV LPOP, Aeromotive RR, Auber instruments & IDM mod, KC Drop in SXE, boost fooler, RiffRaff bellowed up pipes, 6.0 IC & 3" plenums w/RiffRaff inserts
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Old 07-04-2018, 01:18 AM
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I had the same long discussion on the reman before ending up at Swamps.

There are others that I entertained. Some are still possibilities.

Diesel Innovations was actually more reasonable than Swamps. I wanted my engine assembled with my parts and dyno'd so they were out but only on that.

Blackwater has a good standing with one member on here, he had good luck but since sold the truck. Looking broader on Blackwater you find some negatives.
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Mine since 2001: 91 F250 RC 4x4 5spd 7.3 IDI 4.10LS Banks Turbo Electric Fuel 92 D60 w 97 brakes and Powerlock Hydro boost Flatbed
Hers since 7/03: 96 F250 CCSB 7.3 PSD 4x4 5spd 3.55 LS D60 AMP Powersteps Currently ungoing 22 yr Rehab Incl Swamps Long Block, S364.5, IC, RSK etc.
2 Harleys 7 Horses about 50 cows +-
Diesel Mechanic 40 yrs
Now 120 truck Fleet, 80 plus CNG powered
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Old 07-12-2018, 10:16 AM
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I called the machinist Monday morning and it's been 5 weeks and he hasn't touched it. Could /would not give me a date when he would get to it? So I picked it up and took it
to Baril's Engine Rebuilding in Green Bay. 3 days to get the measurements and it will be done in 2 weeks. Baril has 13 employees and opened in 1986.

I have everything ready when the block and heads are done.

One thing I'm scratching my head over is trying to clean all the sandblaster sand out of the oil pan. Sand got wedged in the seam between the pan and windage tray. Every time I clean, I get a few more sand particles. I'm seriously thinking I will buy a different pan because of that? Of course I have my weld in dipstick tube fitting in this pan. All the pans in the Wisconsin salvage yards are rusted crap.
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2 Donaldsons, 3" dp, ACs & Hydra w/PHP & 1023, DIY 60 gl tank w/6 gl sump, eFuel/Cat filters, T500, HV LPOP, Aeromotive RR, Auber instruments & IDM mod, KC Drop in SXE, boost fooler, RiffRaff bellowed up pipes, 6.0 IC & 3" plenums w/RiffRaff inserts
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