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#1 toomanytoys84 ONLINE  

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Posted July 11, 2016 - 02:31 PM

Today at work I had to take out 1999 F350 cab and chassis flat bed on a 2 hour round trip. Fueled up. Looked the truck over as I usually do. Took off down the road. Made my drop off started back I get on the interstate and a guy goes by and stops and flags me that something is wrong. I had the windows down, truck is pretty loud so I never heard anything funny. I pull off and the gas tank is hanging down and the skid plate is dragging on the ground. The only thing keeping it from falling out was a rusted off bolt and the fuel lines!

Luckily I had plenty of straps and was able to strap the tank back up into place and make it back to our shop.

What a mess. Called the Ford dealer and ordered a new tank, new skid plate, and new straps. Gotta replace that when I out the new wood on the bed.

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Posted July 11, 2016 - 02:33 PM

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It is in need of some tlc. Going to get one of the guys to wire wheel the frame paint it and check for anything else that might be rusted bad


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Posted July 11, 2016 - 02:37 PM

I had the front strap rust through on a '95 Dodge. Only the filler neck and what was left of the back strap was holding it up. 

I had a rusted rear spring hanger give out on a '94 Ford going down the highway... thats not fun


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Posted July 11, 2016 - 02:40 PM

Replacing the fuel and brake lines would be a good idea.


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Posted July 11, 2016 - 03:21 PM

Wow that's scary. That could have easily caught fire from all the sparks from the dragging skid plate. Glad someone noticed it and you caught it in time.


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Posted July 11, 2016 - 05:01 PM

Nice he stopped you.
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Posted July 11, 2016 - 06:07 PM

When we have the bed and the fuel tank off we will wire wheel as much of the frame as possible and give everything a good once over.

We acquired this truck in a buy out of another company. We paid 2500 for it. So far it's gotten all new front brakes, calipers, soft lines, pads, rotors. Rear brakes, all the hardware and everything for the e brake. Front end alignment. 6 new tires. New exhaust from the manifolds back. New plugs and wires.

Now a gas tank, skid plate and straps.

We could probably of bought a nicer truck but we fix what they give us.

Up until the gas tank falling off today the truck runs great. Decent power. Surprisingly nice ride. Comfortable. I enjoy driving it!

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Posted July 11, 2016 - 07:35 PM

A Ford had a rusty strap, I can't believe it  :poke:  :rolling:  :rolling:

 

Seriously, glad you didn't have a major accident or fire. 


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Posted July 11, 2016 - 07:42 PM

A Ford had a rusty strap, I can't believe it :poke: :rolling: :rolling:

Seriously, glad you didn't have a major accident or fire.


Better than the 3 f150s that keep blowing plugs out like it's their job. It's very annoying.
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Posted July 11, 2016 - 07:55 PM

Better than the 3 f150s that keep blowing plugs out like it's their job. It's very annoying.

What engine are you talking about?  I have a ford van with the 5.4.  Neighbor has had his blow two plugs.


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Posted July 11, 2016 - 07:57 PM

What engine are you talking about? I have a ford van with the 5.4. Neighbor has had his blow two plugs.

These trucks all 3 have the 4.6

The last one I jammed in there with quick jb quick weld on what was left of the threads. It's in there...

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Posted July 12, 2016 - 06:48 AM

What engine are you talking about?  I have a ford van with the 5.4.  Neighbor has had his blow two plugs.

 

The 5.4L just has to have a special tool to remove the plugs as they will almost guarantee to break off on removal. I have heard of plug blow out on the 5.4 also.


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Posted July 12, 2016 - 07:36 AM

These trucks all 3 have the 4.6

The last one I jammed in there with quick jb quick weld on what was left of the threads. It's in there...

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That's weird.  I've owned both the 5.4 and the 4.6 I have now for a combined 16 years and neither ever gave me any issues like that.  The only complaint I have about the 4.6 is that it's a little under powered for me even though most people seem to like them.  I guess you get good ones and bad ones in all makes.


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Posted July 12, 2016 - 07:42 AM

That's weird. I've owned both the 5.4 and the 4.6 I have now for a combined 16 years and neither ever gave me any issues like that. The only complaint I have about the 4.6 is that it's a little under powered for me even though most people seem to like them. I guess you get good ones and bad ones in all makes.

Those trucks are well over 200,000 miles. I'll snap a couple pictures of them. The beds are bowl shaped inside. The outsides look like they went through a war. They have been very abused.

A friend of mine had one that blew out 3 plugs. It had 150,000 and it was reasonably taken care of mechanically.

These have been coal mine trucks since new and they don't take care of vehicles at all.

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Posted July 12, 2016 - 07:50 AM

Those trucks are well over 200,000 miles. I'll snap a couple pictures of them. The beds are bowl shaped inside. The outsides look like they went through a war. They have been very abused.

A friend of mine had one that blew out 3 plugs. It had 150,000 and it was reasonably taken care of mechanically.

These have been coal mine trucks since new and they don't take care of vehicles at all.

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I kind of figured that was the case.  The 5.4 I had had 175,000 on it when I got rid of it.  Still ran like a top but I wanted to upgrade.


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