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#1 Ryan313 OFFLINE  

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Posted November 12, 2015 - 05:07 PM

I have gotten into trucks more than tractors, I enjoy that they have more going on and are more complex; however, I don't like that they usually cost more. Due to my interest in trucks, I'll make my first thread in a while about what I am driving now.

Quite a while ago I was posting here, trying to figure out while this truck would not run, turns out, it was the injector o-rings. This truck was my father's, he bought it new and he used as a service truck for his buiseness. He passed away and we tried to sell it, and over time as I started pulling trailers on a regular basis, and hauling more stuff my 1996 F150 became too small, it was a very capable truck for its size, but I needed more. Did I need an F450? Absolutely not, but we already had it... So why not? Besides, I still find occasions to use it to its full capacity.

The truck is a 1999 F450 with a 7.3 and 4r100 automatic tranny.

Here are some pictures, the first rack body is the day my Dad brought it home from the dealer, then onto the service body. Most of the pictures speak for themselves, however the one with the engine out is to replace the rotted oil pan, which is a common problem on the 7.3 in the north. The dozer is one I was working on, it needed a rebuild on the starter. The others, don't need much explaining.

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Posted November 12, 2015 - 05:20 PM

Welcome back Ryan. Truck is looking good.
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Posted November 12, 2015 - 05:28 PM

Flatbed back on then?? I like those lot better than the work beds if not in a business. Looks good. Hey, thought you went into the Army or something to be Welder??? You that guy, or am I thinking someone else?  Didn't happen then?  Interests change. I once worked on old junk cars, tired of that, went on to old pick-ups, tired of that, then into BIG old trucks and COE stuff, never ended up as I wanted, sold all that and THEN, into Big tractors.........got too many, then started on GT's and even "getting out" of those soon too. Always wanted to build nice rod or rod truck, guess never will now.  Heck I once even dabbled in Motorcycles, but just jap and small ones in my younger days. Sometimes you just gotta "Move On" and change your ways for the better hopefully.


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Posted November 12, 2015 - 05:30 PM

Glad you finally got her running right.  Very capable truck for sure!  Very nice job on the flatbed.   :thumbs:


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Posted November 12, 2015 - 06:23 PM

Very nice job on that bed! I like the hitch on the frame like that! Glad to see you back, Ryan! We need a good PK guru here!


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Posted November 12, 2015 - 06:29 PM

.........got too many, then started on GT's and even "getting out" of those soon too.

>sigh<  Really? How about motorized hang gliders?



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Posted November 12, 2015 - 09:17 PM

You just want Me to Crash and be out of your life!   Thanks, I Like You too! :( :shoot3:


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Posted November 13, 2015 - 08:54 AM

Nice job of resurrecting your dads truck! That looks like a very capable hauler.
You should not have to worry about being overloaded,making for a safer haul.
"better to go frogging with a 12 ga., than bear hunting with a willow switch."
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Posted November 13, 2015 - 11:55 AM

Truck is looking good.  Is that you hanging out the window on the first pic?



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Posted November 13, 2015 - 05:15 PM

Thanks guys! I am very proud of the truck. The only thin I don't like is the tranny, it's on its 3rd one. I believe it is because the transmission fluid cooler was never changed, which should be done whenever a tranny goes. Being that I plan to use is a hauler, I want to put in a zf6. When ford made them, they made it so everything will swap between auto and standard. Once you have the parts, everything will bolt on. I am looking at a donor truck right now, but the guy is hard to get a hold of.

Bill, that is my brother in the picture, he was 10-11 there. Now he is 26.
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Posted November 13, 2015 - 09:44 PM

Throw a fairly common ZF-5 behind it. They are bullet proof trannys, and a heck of a lot easier to find than the 6's!

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Posted November 14, 2015 - 07:02 PM

Throw a fairly common ZF-5 behind it. They are bullet proof trannys, and a heck of a lot easier to find than the 6's!


I had thought about it, but I figured that being a hauler, the extra low end hearing would benefit me greatly. The final gear ratios come out around the same on the 3 trannies, so I won't gain anything there. Besides, it would have come with a zf6 of it was standard from the factory, so that's what I'd like to put in it.

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Posted November 14, 2015 - 07:26 PM

Nice looking truck Ryan.  It's nice to see you back again.






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