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Thanks both. I'll def need something better than what I have. My HF scissor jack is sketch as shit.

And the Focus was ease, you don't need a jack, the trans weighs like 90 pounds, you just bench press it into place. It's like the 1356s.

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Something like this but with heavy casters on the bottom would be pretty sweet


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March 15th, 2016, 1:53 pm
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Well I'm committed now...

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Everything is out but the trans and its ready, xmember is out, etc. Had to remove the damn exhaust and the heat shield around it to get to 2 of the bolts on the tcase.

I haven't found the source of the problem yet but then I haven't gotten to the clutch yet, which is still my leading theory.

The carrier bearing on the rear driveshaft is shot and the ujoints look like they have never been replaced so already found some parts in need of replacement. I guess it comes with the territory of a high mileage truck.

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March 21st, 2016, 8:33 am
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Might be a silly question, but did you use the clutch inspection hole on the tranny bell housing to look at the clutch?

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March 21st, 2016, 9:24 am
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Man ford really wanted to up there GVW. Putting 25lb plates in there.

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March 21st, 2016, 8:30 pm
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chexmix wrote:
Might be a silly question, but did you use the clutch inspection hole on the tranny bell housing to look at the clutch?


Fair question. I tried, it looks at the back of the flywheel (the side that faces the engine) so you cant see the pressure plate, clutch or anything useful. The back of the flywheel looks purty though :mrgreen:

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Man ford really wanted to up there GVW. Putting 25lb plates in there.


Took me a minute.... and then I lol'd :rofl:

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Me too

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March 21st, 2016, 9:15 pm
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Well trans is out

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And the theory was right, clutch disk has made itself into 2 pieces. The center chunk has clearly rotated around the friction material on the outside.

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I'm going through a bit of thinking on this. I have a notion to put a stock clutch in it, get the thing running good again and sell it. At that point I'd have like 16-17 in it and could probably break even or close. That train of thought says its high mileage, I don't want it to be a project, etc. But... then what do I get instead? Without spending a shit ton of money. Conversely, I've put a bit into this truck already so you could argue its "almost there". IDK... I want the reliability of a lower mileage diesel without the price, easy right :mrgreen:

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March 26th, 2016, 10:48 pm
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I think you're coming off a disappointment in your tow rig which is supposed to be your "no worries" vehicle. That being said, could you be happy with anything less than your current set-up?
Did you spend too much on a vehicle you drive twice a month just to keep the batteries charged? Is that what's bothering you?

I can't see you getting to your happy place without hitting the 30k mark

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March 26th, 2016, 10:58 pm
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Stick a clutch in it and drive it till it dies.(probably won't anytime soon) even a newer/low mileage truck can have issues and cause a headache. You already know this truck and have been through a fair amount of it to know it's in good shape. Miles on the odometer don't mean as much as the condition of the truck. Before I bought my dually I looked at a newer lower mileage truck that was completely ragged out, but was still expensive because "low miles" clutches fail sometimes, no reason to buy a new rig.

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March 26th, 2016, 11:00 pm
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Thanks guys, I guess I'm just a little disappointed, but shit happens. This also might be the stock clutch so if that's true can't really be upset about it going out. I think Rich nailed it, I'd have to spend 30K+ to get into something considerably better and I don't want to spend that much on a truck I drive once a week.

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I think you're really close to having a solid reliable truck, the time to sell it has passed. Fix the clutch and turbo (possibly not boosting enough right?) and you'll be in good shape. You're at the same point I am with the wrx, good vehicle just subject to an awful previous owner.

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March 28th, 2016, 8:20 pm
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The best way to feel like you don't wrench on it... Is not to wrench on it. I'm only starting to wrench on my motorcycle, but previously I took it to the shop for everything. Even new things can have issues, my motorcycle has already been serviced for two recalls!

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I'm with the guys saying you already know what you have, another rig would be a new set of unknowns.

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March 29th, 2016, 6:59 am
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Thanks guys, I think I'm gonna double down on this, put in a little money to g get it where I want it and drive it. There's a lot of good about it. Like you've said, anything can have problems.

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