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oh'mike 11-24-2013 06:45 AM

Got me a new truck-------
 
My old truck spun a bearing on Thursday---It was a fine old truck 247,000 miles . I knew it's time was coming--but still a sad day---RIP old girl.

Yesterday I bought a used Ford super duty dually with a set of utility boxes.

My first diesel truck---I'm in for a learning curve---I do love the space--she's got some years on her but very few miles--and was owned by a neighbor who is well known for keeping his trucks in top repair.

We started loading it with tools yesterday---Perhaps Jim or Ross could post a picture of it---(I never did learn to post pictures)---Mike----

PoleCat 11-24-2013 06:54 AM

I drove one of them from Indianapolis to Miami. Never needed to refuel.

oh'mike 11-24-2013 07:00 AM

I have no idea what kind of mileage this will get---the previous owner was a heavy equipment operator and this truck is equipped with a 100 gallon refueling tank and two on board tanks---

part of his compensation for hauling fuel to the sites was free fuel for his truck--

So he never kept track of fuel use---

PoleCat 11-24-2013 07:09 AM

We topped it off in Miami before it got loaded on a ship for Haiti and it looked like I squeezed between 19 & 20 mpg out of it. I was in a caravan with an old bus that topped out at 60 so that is what we drove all the way down there. It was not cheap to fill her up.:no:

oh'mike 11-24-2013 07:16 AM

That's good mileage----Unfortunately ,this truck has not got a working gas gauge---
The only thing on the truck that doesn't work-----

BigJim 11-24-2013 07:18 AM

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I like your truck buddy, you will get many years out of that one.

The photos were a little hard to save, for some reason they were not in the format my PC could read them. I had to send one to my email to be able to download and save but here it is.

oh'mike 11-24-2013 07:19 AM

It has a five speed manual trans---gosh,it's nice to be shifting gears again---

oh'mike 11-24-2013 07:20 AM

Thank you!

BigJim 11-24-2013 07:35 AM

Mike you could take the lights off your roll bar and maybe take the racks off your van and put them on the truck for your ladders someway.

Maybe some of the fellows who live up North can give you some tips on how to maintain a diesel in cold weather. I know you will want to plug that plug at the front bumper in so the oil will stay warm. Always wait until the glow plug light goes out to crank. I used a very small amount of staring fluid to crank one of my older diesels with, but not much at all, you can blow the heads if you use too much.

Also there is an additive you can put in the fuel tank to thin the fuel in cold weather which helps. When you change oil make sure it is for a diesel not a regular gas engine.

Make sure you don't make the mistake I did, I assumed that all pumps that set by themselves at the service station were diesel and I put 10 gallons of racing fuel in one of the tanks before I realized it wasn't diesel.LOL

I had to tear off an addition on an old house I was restoring and use my Dulley to pull it away from the main house, worked like a charm, that truck is a pulling son of a gun.

oh'mike 11-24-2013 07:43 AM

Good laugh--the seller warned me to plug in the block heater---I forgot, I was out in the dark at 5 AM plugging it in---

I figured I'd remove the light bar and add a second or third cross rail as a ladder rack--I have a welder and might fabricate something---my welding skills are minimal--but I never have had a failure---just not as pretty as some guys do.

BigJim 11-24-2013 07:56 AM

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Originally Posted by oh'mike (Post 1270657)
Good laugh--the seller warned me to plug in the block heater---I forgot, I was out in the dark at 5 AM plugging it in---

I figured I'd remove the light bar and add a second or third cross rail as a ladder rack--I have a welder and might fabricate something---my welding skills are minimal--but I never have had a failure---just not as pretty as some guys do.

That will work for the racks, I loved my Dulley for sure. You might want to do your own oil changes, I like to have dropped my teeth when I had mine changed,13 years ago it was $85 when a car was $20, but they did change my filters.

rossfingal 11-24-2013 07:58 AM

Good advice from Jim!
Make sure you use the fuel additive, that Jim suggests - during cold
weather!
Yeah, watch out with the "Starting Fluid"!!! :(
I think, for a diesel the oil is spec. - "SE".
Take the "mars lights" off and rig something with 2" inch, galv. pipe.
(Use unions!)
Cheap and fairly, easy to do!
(Cheaper than buying a rack!)

See every "dog" - has his/it's day!
(Even a cantankerous, "Super Hero" - such as yourself! -
You are a "Super Moderator", aren't you?!?) :)

Merry X-Mas!

Rossi

oh'mike 11-24-2013 08:07 AM

I'll be asking for advice ---He gave me enough oil and filters for two oil changes---He recommended 5,000 miles between changes--

He didn't say any thing about a fuel additive--so thanks for mentioning that---

rossfingal 11-24-2013 08:11 AM

Also - "dualys"? -
Carry a couple of cans of "flat-fix" -
No fun if an inside tire goes down! :)

Yeah, what "Jim" says about oil changes!
Ouch!!!

PoleCat 11-24-2013 08:43 AM

That set of bubble gum machines would good your lawn mower.


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