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Electric cut outs are the shit! ;)

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May 2nd, 2016, 10:02 pm
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I want to drive the bronco when you have the short throw so i can compare. :D

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May 2nd, 2016, 10:19 pm
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Been driving it to work to break in the clutch. Drives nice, the clutch actually feels lighter than before. No chatter at idle (at least not noticeable above the diesel clatter), smooth uptake, not too grabby in the first bit of travel.

Stock tune and resisting every urge to hear the exhaust wail is hard though :mrgreen:

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May 11th, 2016, 8:34 am
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Dan90FSB wrote:
Stock tune and resisting every urge to hear the exhaust wail is hard though :mrgreen:


Ha ha

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May 11th, 2016, 9:51 am
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Well my very slight oil leak and smoke on start up that I had been meaning to get looked at forced my hand driving home a few weeks ago. MAJOR oil leak out of the turbo. You'd never know from in the truck, ran great. But the bottom of the truck was coated in oil when I got home, I mean coated, like oil dripping off the spare coated. At least its rust proof :mrgreen:

So yesterday it went back to Left Coast Diesel. Preliminary thoughts are pedestal o rings feeding oil in/out of the turbo. A semi common failure point on these trucks but unusual for a new turbo with ~ 6k miles on it. We'll see what the diagnosis is and what LCD is willing to do about potential warranty since they installed that turbo a year and 6k miles ago.

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Maybe with this fix it'll be ready to go for the long(ish) haul? The mechanic at LCD made a funny comment about the 7.3s yesterday, "they'll run forever if you can keep the fluids in em". His leaks oil and fuel and hes ignoring it until it becomes a "problem". I told him thats what I did and it left me with 2+ quarts of oil smeared across the bottom of the truck!

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August 5th, 2016, 8:23 am
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a mechanics car barely runs....

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August 5th, 2016, 2:31 pm
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Don't they say you shouldn't buy a used car from a mechanic?

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August 5th, 2016, 6:35 pm
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Well I got the truck back and it only leaks a little oil now. Bigger issue is the significant blow by. Likely existed when I bought it. Either way I'm putting it up for sale, time to cut my losses. I don't have much interest in putting a motor in a truck with 240k. I've also proven to not have the free time for such a project and I'd rather spend that time on the bronco. And paying someone to do it blows the budget from a possibility to out of the question. Time to move on!

This is pretty much what mine looks like, this motor might be a little worse.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D33j3W33N0U

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August 18th, 2016, 6:33 am
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Bummers. So time to sell the trailer too and admit that real men drive their rigs to and from the trail? :mrgreen:

Or maybe something cool like this! : https://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/cto/5717474497.html

On a more serious note, did you leave ok to see how much it would be to have a short block built? I don't know how long the rest of the truck last around a rebuilt engine.

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August 18th, 2016, 8:14 am
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Yeah I'm not happy. I shouldn't have bought the truck. But spilled milk, leave and learn and such.

I'm def not going back to driving the Bronco to the trail. Look at my last Rubicon trip, the loss I'm about to take on the 250 was almost worth it just to have at trailer waiting for my 2 broken knuckles!

I've researched a bit: new, rebuilt, reman, used motors. If I were going to try and salvage this, I think I'd buy a used low mileage motor. I've seen a few on the internet with ~ 100K miles, compression tested, injectors tested, few other odds and ends tested, certified, etc with 1 year / 10K mileage warranty for ~ $3K. Figure another $1K in belts, hoses, accessories and misc shit you replace when its all apart. So then I'm another ~$4K into an old truck that still has fugly rims. Not to mention my time. It took my 1.5 months to bolt some new knuckles onto the Bronco, and I'm supposed to be working on it, its the project truck. Doesn't make sense to me. Know when to hold em, know when to fold em... I think I'm gonna run.

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