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cant go wrong with cody's truck. we have a few lucky membrs with these old OBS treasures. these trucks are keepers. I actually bought a new 96 and a new 97 just like cody's except they were the correct color. white of course. ;)

but that blue on cody's is so pleasing to the eye :thumbup:

 

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Thank you guys. I'm pretty happy with it. It definitely looks good when it's all cleaned up. 

It still needs alot of attention. Some things I would like to upgrade and some things that are just plain worn out. It's nothing a little time and money won't fix.$$$

I do get alot of compliments about it. I even had a guy show up to my house wanting to buy it. He didnt like the price I quoted him. You don't put this kind of time money into something your planning to sell. I'll never get it back out of it unless I drive it for a long long time. 

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hope ya do drive it for a long long time. it should outlive all the newer versions of that truck for certain with less expense to keep going.

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Looks great, Cody. I love my '97 CCLB. I have no plans on ever selling her. She's hauls/tows everything I've asked her to, and have absolutely no complaints.

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Hi guys. I am still fighting the good fight. My truck is still running good. I still love the turbo setup. Its probably my best upgrade so far.

 

I have been looking into a tranny swap lately. I would like to swap in a zf5 and ditch the e40d. Im currently looking for a donor truck with a manual tranny if any of you know anyone. 

 

Its also time to replace the body mount bushings. I ordered a poly kit from energy suspension this morning. 

 

I called the local wrecking yard this morning looking for a tranny but came up short. They don't have any sf5 trannys available. I did however score some v code leaf springs. Looks like the rsk has been set in motion. I can't wait to make this thing ride better.

 

I hope all of you are well. I apologize for not being online for a while. Time flies when your not having fun. Ill keep you all updated on my progress.

 

 

 

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Thank you sir. Even an idi 7.3 will work. 88 to 97. A cclb would be best so I could use the drive shafts aswell.

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if you guys hear of someone needing some 4 inch lift springs I had on my 97 obs let me know. has 8,000 miles on em. springs shocks and hardware.

 

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Hey guys. I just thought I would update some pics since all the others got deleted. 

 

Not much news to update. I been hauling the trailer around and loving the way the truck runs pulling the trailer. I really think it runs happier under a load. It almost seems quieter. I don't really care to daily drive the truck anymore. It rides very rough and shifts too hard for my taste. 

 

I still haven't bought the rsk. I plan to get it installed this winter. I also still need to do the body mount bushings. I put the 5 speed swap on hold until I can get some money together. I had a couple awsome donor trucks slip through my fingers and it kinds ruined my ambition. So much to do and so little time. My second son is due to be born in about 4 weeks so free time is about to be reduced to 0.

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Nice clean looking work you're doing there. And Nice shop, especially the gantry. Wish I had one of those. 

 

Congrats on the son.

 

 

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Thank you. The shop is at work but they let me use it anytime I need it. 

 

Yes I would like to swap in a 5 speed. I have never liked how my truck shifts. Its not my daily driver. I use it to haul the camper and sometimes for work when my 6.0 dies (seems to happen every 6 months) so I'm not too worried about getting tired of shifting. 

 

I will keep the 5 speed swap on the list and keep looking for a good donor. First thing I want to do is get the rsk and body mount bushings done. I just need to find some free time. I may end up waiting until things slow down over the winter.

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2 hours ago, Mopar1973Man said:

Im waiting to see the final picture all assembled. Very impressive setup.  

Thank you guys. I have spent alot of time researching what parts work well together and how to best spend my money. I am happy with it so far. Its night and day compared to how it ran when I first brought it home.

 

I will get a good pic of the engine. It definitely runs strong. The s366 turbo is a bit large for my injectors but with the .91 exhaust housing it lights up pretty fast and keeps the smoke to a minimum.

 

I would really like to get an sxe364.5 turbo. It would match my injectors better and I have heard very good things about them. Aside from that I think I am done with the engine. 

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Well i finally ordered the rsk. It should be here next week sometime. I already have some v code springs. I ordered the 2.25 inch rsk with the heavy duty cross bar. Trevor at PMF suggested I use the drop pitman arm and drop track bar bracket so I bought those aswell. I would like to keep the steering geometry correct. I am hoping the truck don't sit any higher after all this. If it sits just a bit lower I would be happy. I havent ordered shocks yet. I'm sure I will need longer ones but I will measure for them when I'm finished. Hopefully i can begin the install next weekend. I will plan to do the body mount bushings at the same time. 

 

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Here are some pics of the engine all put together. It don't look real nice in the pics. I have rerouted some wires and added some loom since these pics were taken.

 

I also changed my oil from 5-40 Schaffer to 15-40 Schaffer. Its amazing how much nicer my truck runs with 15-40. It idles smoother and seems to run quieter. I won't be using the 5-40 anymore.

 

I've also been adding some 2 stroke oil to my tank when I fuel up. I could hear the injectors get quieter almost instantly. I found that info on this forum so thank you. 

 

Ill take some before and after pics of the body mount bushings and rsk install. I have heard it makes these old trucks ride much nicer so I'm excited to get it done.

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The intercooler is out of an 01 7.3 super duty. Its all aluminum. Some 7.3 and all 6.0 powerstrokes had plastic end caps. I'm sure ill never hit boost pressures high enough to burst an intercooler but I still wanted it all aluminum.

 

The air plumbing pretty much takes over the engine. Its a tight fit getting all that piping under a hood that never came with it. When I was getting ready to install the intercooler and piping I looked at all the tubing and thought there is no freaking way all that pipe is gonna fit under there. Im happy to say it wasn't too bad.

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Sad to say it part of the problem with V8 styled engines. Attempting to gather left and right bank exhaust to one point for the turbo then route the discharge air from the turbo to the intercooler and then back to the manifold. Even the modern Ford's are really packed under the hood because of the V* design and attempting to fit even more stuff like EGR, EGR coolers, you name it. Now if we could only roll back the clock and start over at the 7.3L Ford and keep a good thing going and skip the crazy 6.0L and 6.4L designs. 

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Well the rsk showed up this week. I worked on the bushings and rsk install today. I was hoping to get it all done but I felt bad leaving my wife home alone with the kids so I quit early.

 

I started about 9am and quit about 230pm. I'm happy with what I accomplished in 5 1/2 hours.

The body bushings are done. They suck just as bad as I've read. I'm happy there are only 6 of them. I made a puller just like I've seen others do and it worked great. I would hate to do this job without one.
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The truck now sits a bit higher. The downpipe would sometimes hit the fire wall. I'm hoping that's no longer the case. You can see here the intercooler pipe was rubbing on the a.c. hose and now has plenty of clearance.
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I did remove 1 shim from both the front and rear bushings on the drivers side. It is lined up perfect. The passenger side looks a bit high but ill drive it and see what happens. I may end up removing a shim from that side aswell. 
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I finished up the body bushings about 1230 and started working on the rsk install. I painted everything first thing this morning. It still isn't dry. Its too wet and rainy today. The pmf rsk is a beautiful piece of fabrication. 
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I installed the new drop pitman arm. I had a puller for the old one and I'm happy I did. It was really on there. I had to use heat to get it to finally pop loose. I also installed the drop track bar bracket and bolted the track bar back up. All the old stuff is removed and I'm ready to start fitting the front spring mount. Heres how she is sitting at the moment.
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All the old junk.
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Now its beer thirty and football time. 

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Its still not finished but its getting close and it looks great. The pmf rsk is excellent. I ordered some new rear sway bar links to use on the front. They are about 2 inches longer. I got some new u bolts made earlier today. I still need to order shocks but I think my current ones will get me by for now.

 

I measured from hub to fender and was sitting at 26 1/2 inches before I pulled it apart. That's with 2 inches of lift under the front springs. Now that it's sitting on the new springs I measured it at 25 3/4. I'm very happy with where its sitting. I still have a few things to button up. I just need to find some time to finish it up.

 

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Well its back together and all buttoned up. It took me most of the day to get everything back together. I'm still waiting on the sway bar links but at least I can drive it.
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I ended up pulling the body mount bushings loose and taking out a shim on the passenger side. It looks alot better now. The cab isnt perfectly lined up with the box but its even on both sides and looks pretty good. I'm happy with it. 

I've put about 20 miles on it so far I'm pretty impressed with how smooth it rides. Its still a truck but it don't jar like it used to and it soaks up little bump like nothing. The big bumps you still feel but its way better than it was. I'm gonna say it was well worth the time and money. I expect it will be even better with new shocks. 

One thing I'm not real happy about is the drop track bar bracket. I still have the sway bar on without the links hooked up and when i go over large bumps the track bar bracket hits the sway bar. I don't think longer links will cure this. Right now the sway bar is bent down alot lower than it will be with the new links and its still hitting. I'm pretty sure I'm gonna end up installing the old track bar bracket and pit man arm. 150 bucks down the shitter. Hopefully I can sell them and make some of my money back.

I took a couple before and after pics trying to show the springs giving a little. I didn't do a very good job with them though.
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