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Ford 6.0 guys have I lost my everloving mind?? Input welcomed!


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26001 on combined or 10,000 trailer. Thats federal. Not state. 

I am not saying you cant do whatever you want. DOT is starting to check these hotshot drivers more as there are getting to be more of them all the time. 1 ton truck with a tandem dually gooseneck and start running around the country. Probably can get away with it until you don't. 

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16 hours ago, new guy said:

26001 on combined or 10,000 trailer. Thats federal. Not state. 

I am not saying you cant do whatever you want. DOT is starting to check these hotshot drivers more as there are getting to be more of them all the time. 1 ton truck with a tandem dually gooseneck and start running around the country. Probably can get away with it until you don't. 

Around here if it's got a name on the door you are subject to a DOT stop.

I see DOT with the landscapers pulled over all the time and they are usually just a pick up with a car trailer and a couple of zero turns.

Pick up or car it doesn't matter if your driving a "commercial" vehicle there going to check you out.   

Pulled me over on a Sunday in 3/4 ton pick up Farm plated with a dump trailer.

Went over everything on the truck and trailer and pulled the portable scale out.

What an A-hole he was, it was all good he wasn't happy about that.     

 

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14 hours ago, Rawleigh99 said:

One of the companies makes a mechanical 7.3 clutch retrofit for the 6.0.  the downside is it is noisier all the time.  The upside is you don't have the electric clutch.

Yeah I’ve got to research my options.  Driving home with heater full on and window down trying to take it easy was miserable.  
 

I’ve not had any issues with overheating till now but I’ve also not towed anything as heavy either.  I’ll get it fixed before I tow again.  
 

The truck needs new cab mounts too. I think I’m going to get the energy suspension polyurethane mounts and call it good.    It rides rough anyway :) 

 

All in all I’m very pleased with this truck for what I have in it.  I do wish it was extended cab and a nicer interior but I can live with the “poverty cab” lol 

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9 hours ago, B.B. said:

The truck needs new cab mounts too. I think I’m going to get the energy suspension polyurethane mounts and call it good.    It rides rough anyway :) 

 

not im pressed with the energy suspension poly bushings, didnt wear any better.  i replaced them on my 03 3x, i would get about 70K miles out of them on the stabilizer bar in front before it would start knocking. It didnt help with ride, maybe cornering was a lil better than oem. 

The only good thing is they were lifetime wty so got them replaced for free. 

mine had original fan, never had any issues with mine, thats a bummer, maybe too many swine dust bunnies in it - dont get the 6.0 HOT it will not turn out well. 

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On 12/19/2020 at 2:40 PM, B.B. said:

22hrs on the road but I made it home. Ford needs a new fan clutch. 

 

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Looks good.  What brand is that trailer?  Were gonna need some pic of tractor you know?

I can believe you made it with out a OJ like chase since its so reckless.????

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2 hours ago, TroyDairy said:

Looks good.  What brand is that trailer?  Were gonna need some pic of tractor you know?

I can believe you made it with out a OJ like chase since its so reckless.????

Trailer is a corn pro built right here in Southern IN.  Tractor is a 1586 tri stripe that I will probably part.   Runs great but has something wrong with second gear and now steering and brakes quit.  

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On the cab mounts.  I hear you on the poly mounts.  According to energy’s website they got the squeaking taken care of.   
 

I know I don’t want the factory mounts as bad of shape as these are in.   Dorman makes a replacement too that might work.  I just know I gotta do something as the originals are shot.  
 

I haven’t had a chance to look at fan options yet.  I didn’t know there might be a difference in plow equipped trucks.  

 

Searcy, I tried my best not to get it hot.  A couple hills pushed it but it quickly cooled back down.  It’s running fine and isn’t building pressure in the cooling system so I think it’s fine.  Wasn’t much I could do with what tools I had with me on the road.  

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Haven’t done much with the Ford lately.  I did replace the fan clutch with a 7.3 clutch and left that awful fan shroud thing out.   Haven’t pulled anything with it yet but at least the fan cycles now. 
 

Last thing I pulled with it was that 1566 and that was before I updated the fan clutch.  

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never heard of doing that, never had any probs with my fan clutch on mine other than it would come on when I made trips to colorado from missouri about 3/4 the way across ks and run all the time till I got about to that same point coming back and then it would shut down - never knew why it did it but I made probably 8 to 10 trips and it acted the same every time so i thot it was normal. It never acted like that at our elevation here so figured it had something to do with my truck being a flatlander and or the stock programming in it being an 03. 

best thing you can do is USE that 6.0 drive it daily even if its to get groceries a couple times a week, they do not like to sit. 

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After sitting all summer at the farm other than a trip to town just to charge the batteries and circulate the oil I used the ole Ford this week to bring my little New Holland tractor to the new homestead.  I have several chores around here I need it for.  

 

The Ford is going to get oil changed soon as I have 4 gallons of Schaffer 15-40 for it and a new motorcraft filter.   I still need to replace those cab mounts too.

I do really like the way this truck pulls the trailer.  

 

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On 7/10/2020 at 1:55 AM, jass1660 said:

Superduty calipers seize up on the equalizer pins more than anything. Then they don’t move back after application. The hoses need changed every 5-6 years as they swell on the inside and limit fluid flow. 

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The shifter in the Ford has always been a little sloppy and loose, but I didn't take time to investigate until the other day when I drove it and it wouldn't start...   I had to take out of park, and then put back in park to get it to trip the safety switch.   It then started fine without issue!

 

I update this to explain, this was the easiest repair I've ever made.   Two little torx head bolts at the base of the steering column had backed out (common Ford problem) and caused the loose shifter.   Tightened them up and it shifts like a brand new truck!   

 

I can't believe I've put up with this as long as I have considering how easy it was to fix!   So if you have a loose shifter in your Ford, crawl under steering column and take a look! :)

 

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BB great thread,  you've got  a great truck. Not sure if you did a EGR delete, you'll find an increase in power and fuel mileage if done. The FICM power relay will eventually give you problems. Throw an extra relay in the glove box and check the relay socket for heat damage. It's in the fuse relay box next to the coolant surge tank. The spade connectors can be replaced if damaged by flipping the box over. Your overheat can be caused by  cavitation pitting behind the water pump impeller.  BUT it's really a low mile motor and I would think that your Mechanic would have caught that when he changed the water pump. I always took a Sharpe and marked the coolant surge tank for coolant height so I could tell if it was leaking coolant from either EGR cooler or Radiator hoses usually. Keep up on your coolant service.

Oh BTW, if you ever have to pull the cab on a ford power stroke use a two post hoist. NEVER lift the cab by running a strap through the windows, it will be a trip to the body shop

 

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