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On the topic of gas guzzlers
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mutt    Posted 07-12-2002 at 08:51:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I read this formum most ever day, but rarly post, but the topic on the gas guzzlers made me do some figuring. If you pull on to the big freeway, push it up to 75mph, set the cruse, the tack is reading say 2300 RPMs, you keep it there for one solid hour, the engine will have made 138,000 revolutions. with any engine with 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 cylinders, every time one cyl. goes down on the power stroke it is pushing another one up on the compression stroke making it ready to fire, pushing another one up to fire. I soppose they could make them cheaper to operate, but the way I look at it, if my ole Ford makes it there and back, I just fill it up again, check the oil, hug my dawg and go worry about something else that I can't do anything about either.

David Ransom    Posted 07-13-2002 at 22:51:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would think that for going 10 to 40 mph over the speed limit for an hour, you should meet at least one cop. However, you probably wouldn't, at least as long as you stayed on state highways and avoided interstates :-(

Deb in La.    Posted 07-12-2002 at 12:19:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
My small ford pick up has 200ooo miles on it and the only thing i've had done to it is , replace the tires,the radiater, and they had to dig a rock out of the turn shaft under the truck! i'm still driving it all around back and forth to the country two or three times a week, 80 miles there and back, it's a perfect farm truck! Great on gas! good day to you! Deb & Ray in louisiana.

Burrhead    Posted 07-12-2002 at 13:27:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ma Burr's v6 Ranger has 190,000 on it my F350 diesel has 400,000 on it, the F150 w/302 has 174,000 my dotters Explorer only has 68,000 showing on it but the speedo has been unhooked for years. I guess we'll just keep running these til they wear out.

Jonathan....hey burrhead    Posted 07-12-2002 at 14:18:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
what year is your f350?. I've heard that the older diesels that were before the powerstrokes were very troublesome engines, have you had any problems?. Also how many liters is your truck?.

Burrhead    Posted 07-13-2002 at 11:36:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've always heard that about the older fords too Jonathon but that has not been my experience to get a bad Ford diesel. I think it has to do with preventitive maintenance.

The 350 I drive is a 91 w/7.3 at about 400,000 miles. All that's ever been done to it was I had the heads worked last year when it burned a valve. That cost me roughly $800 including new gaskets. I did the labor myself.

The other 350 is a 90 and has a 7.3 with around 300,000miles it's never had a repair wrench on it except the injector pump went out at about 100,000. It cost $325 to have it rebuilt.

The F250 is a 86 w/6.9 mileage unknown. The speedo has'nt worked since about 93-94. It has about 118,000 showing when it quit. It makes a 125 mile round trip 5 days a week-sometimes 6. It is the toughest truck I ever had. Everbody and his brother drives it unmercifully cause I put dual staright pipes on it when the muffler burned out.

My neighbors don't get the mileage or service as I do but they just don't perform maintenance right, they never add any thing to the radiator to keep the blocks from cavitating and their engines start putting oil in the water or vice versa.

I keep my trucks serviced to include keeping the PH right in the radiator water, and I change the oil regular. I'm the only one in the crowd who only uses Mobil Delvac motor oil and Mobil brand oil and fuel filters. They cost a little more but I like running a wore out pickup 400,000 mile.

P.S.- I use Exxon blue marine grease, the kind they use in boat trailer wheel bearings, for my chassis lube and so far have never had to replace a tie rod, and only have replaced 2 u-joints. I grease my trucks every Saturday if it's not raining no matter if we used them alot or not.

I won't buy a new Power Stroke they just don't pan out good around here.

When I build or repair a Ford Navistar engine for a neighbor around here I always go to the Navistar truck dealer for parts. Navistar on average is less than half price on parts than Ford or NAPA, and NAPA can't get anything but rings and bearings at the store near me.

Jonathan    Posted 07-13-2002 at 20:04:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
sounds like you've had excellent luck with them. I do firmly believe in taking care of things myself and use a grease gun regularly. Most people are totally unaware their vehicles have grease fittings on them.
Thank you for sharing that,

Redneck    Posted 07-13-2002 at 15:39:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
What causes the cornbinder engines in the fords to stink so much?I've run diesels a long time and never had another brand smell like them.If you have to follow one it will bring tears to your eyes.

Burrhead    Posted 07-13-2002 at 18:01:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know why the Ford stink like that but they do it in a pull or at idle both.

I set the injector pump timing up on mine including the 6.9 to about 15 degrees instead of the 8 degrees Navistar says and I set my fuel flow up 1/4 turn over spec and none of the 3 stink like that. This 6.9 black smokes in a hard pull but neither of the 7.3 smoke anytime except when cranked 1st time of a day til they warm up.

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