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Old 01-18-2017, 11:58 AM   #181
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What a great looking Thor. I understand the void, you feel. I always like
"traveling buddies" too. Get that bus going, soon. It will help to take your mind off your lose, sooner.

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Old 01-18-2017, 07:19 PM   #182
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Thanks, 1olfart & double07 there is definetly a void after 13+ years of walks & chaseing rabbits threw the fields everyday, but the circle of life must go on ( Ahhcooonamatada) < not how you spell it but no worry's.

Tango. that sounds like a horrible idea to me aswell i just spent alot of money rebuilding my turbo would hate to destroy it.
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Old 01-18-2017, 10:27 PM   #183
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Sorry to hear about your dog. Never easy.
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Old 01-18-2017, 11:35 PM   #184
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Horrible idea?...I agree. But a bunch of guys on the 4BTSwaps forum have apparently done it (?).
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Old 01-22-2017, 11:09 AM   #185
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Trying to stay busy, but it is hard. Rubber undercoating,? fire proof spray.? I don't know what the hell this crap is but It is gone, dam I love power tools.

What is next.?

* upgraded transmission cooler going to drop in a 21 row get rid of my crappy little 12 row. drop temps in half

*full transmission service

*performance tuner chip

* beilstien shocks & steering stabilizer whenever I get a day off work.

* rear air suspension install.







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Old 01-28-2017, 08:22 PM   #186
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1"1/8 whole saw & a cordless yea i will have to change filters more often but but she can actually breathe now, it's like trying to run a marathon while trying to breath threw a straw just does not run well.

I also got my steering stabilizer in so quick swap out done, & got the the egt properly drilled & tapped.

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Old 01-28-2017, 08:29 PM   #187
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8-glow plug's
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Kick ass & take names, busy weekend for sure got the driver side all done took half a day tomorrow will be passenger side.









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Old 01-28-2017, 08:36 PM   #188
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My intake manifold has been haunting my dreams, it keeps telling me "why the hell would you port & polish everything else but me.?" so Monday I'm taking it into work to knife edge the ports & polish the **** out of it, than ceramic coat it, i know know you are wondering why.? cause i have done so dam much why should i fall short on this one last thing.?



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Old 01-28-2017, 08:41 PM   #189
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Upgraded transmission cooler to replace the stock.

In transit is my 4 bilstein shock's in the mail they should be here monday or tuesday, i am also waiting for my an upgraded power steering cooler that should be here in a day or two as well, so a lot of good things are happing.
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Old 01-28-2017, 10:11 PM   #190
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So after reading your thread. I'm left with one big question...
If I buy a Ford 7.3 and don't do any of your mechanical upgrades,
Would it still have a decent bus?

Amen to you ! Thanks for sharing.

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Old 01-28-2017, 11:00 PM   #191
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So after reading your thread. I'm left with one big question...
If I buy a Ford 7.3 and don't do any of your mechanical upgrades,
Would it still have a decent bus?

Amen to you ! Thanks for sharing.

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Those are reliable engines that have been around for a while now. He's like a hypochondriac. You don't have to do all of this but more power to ya!
Most importantly I would say is to decide where you will be going. If you will be avoiding mountainous regions it's a lot easier.

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Old 01-28-2017, 11:21 PM   #192
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oricha1984 - mechanical upgrades are not necessary but i do plan on keeping this for a very very long time, plus live in it so i natually just love to take pride & upgrade my prized possessions. major transit companys, private buisness, ambulance company's, school districts etc..use the 7.3l everyday without issues, cause they are very well built. The newer 6.0's are reliable too just not the older ones.
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Old 01-28-2017, 11:27 PM   #193
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Other than filters and fluid change, I was looking into which tranny cooler to buy. I see you when with trucool. Good reviews online.

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Old 01-28-2017, 11:53 PM   #194
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oricha- i was going back & forth between a 26 row from a 6.0 &the true cool, im not towing anything & i occasionaly will do mt. Roads. So i settled for tc. But the 6.0 coolers will drop right into the 7.3l either way you cant really go wrong.
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Old 01-29-2017, 06:55 AM   #195
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I put a tranny temp gauge on mine. With my stock cooler it rarely goes over 180 degrees- I don't think its ever hit 200. (And ambient temp has a BIG effect-that 180 during the day will go to 160 at night.) On a Ford diesel forum I go to, one of the posters is a former Ford transmission engineer. He says all testing is performed at 220 degrees.
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Old 01-29-2017, 12:10 PM   #196
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sdwarf36- that is good to know cause here in southern California the summers can get pretty bad.

Chasing engine codes led me to this glow plug, you can't upgrade one thing & expect for everything else not to break down, but I think the engine code is gone for good. I I have my meter on a low ohms reading but it still over loads, it reads on M.ohms but it should not.

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Old 01-29-2017, 11:33 PM   #197
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I put a tranny temp gauge on mine. With my stock cooler it rarely goes over 180 degrees- I don't think its ever hit 200. (And ambient temp has a BIG effect-that 180 during the day will go to 160 at night.) On a Ford diesel forum I go to, one of the posters is a former Ford transmission engineer. He says all testing is performed at 220 degrees.
It does makes sense to invest in a temp gauge before doing the upgrade.

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Old 01-30-2017, 07:26 PM   #198
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Last item to be ported & polished. She looking sexy, I am 100% satisfied.







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Old 01-31-2017, 10:31 AM   #199
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Three shocks in the mail two to go, should be here today.


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what my side projects look like if I am not jumping out of planes or running off mountains. Level 5 anyone.?

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Old 01-31-2017, 10:32 AM   #200
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The beginning of a little Sour Mash perhaps?
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