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sonny #3771 01/17/2023 09:10 PM
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They came today,---2 sets and SORTA look like the right ones! Still need the bolts and might be able to get them local from a shop in town that works on springs.

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I just used grade 8 when I did my conversion.


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The cross bolts will probably be the hardest to get. looks like they gotta be exact on length,---no extra room between frame and hanger backside.


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And you need smooth shanks for the spring bushings. GOT IT. McMaster-Carr ??


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have the Pakistani guys make ya a set..they do it right there in the dirt floor shop Sonny..make sure you are wearing flip-flops so you fit in during your visit

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I watch those videos.. those bastards are crazy.


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I dont watch them. ---I try to find stuff that could help me a bit ,---like John Deere 420-c crawler loader, Case 310-c crawler loader, -- etc. ---- not having any luck on finding transmission reverse idler gear shaft for the 310.


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Crapper in the morning entertainment.


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6:25 am 1/19/23 ---- headin out to go get auction buys from last nights internet auction. --- didnt get much but gotta go pay and pickup the stuff. Did get me a nice computer desk for $1. ---been lookin for a different one.


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you might have to make a 310 shaft Sonny..I had an old Truckman forklift,it had a BorgWarner reverser box in it and had to make an idler shaft and bushings for it as no one had stock..I bought the last idler gear available in the USA to repair it..probably coulda parted it out and made money off it LOL

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Might have a possible line on a Cummins and manual trans for the 350 out of a parcel delivery truck. He says a lot of guys went this route on the 350 to get rid of the 7.3, BUT the main thing I gotta get rid of is the stupid automatic transmission that dont shift half the time!
Still workin on what he and I can trade on it. Possible work on some of his equipment? Anyway he just got rid of a 7.3 that had the manual transmission still on it , so missed out on that one! Either deal would work for me. The 7.3 is still runnin ,---so far but needs injectors real bad, so kinda at a crossroads as to which way to go.
Finally got the spring hangers to put on so little by little I would end up with a decent truck.


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Sonny Id put injectors in the 7.3L, check the glowplug harness connections and repair the rear end spring hangers..to go with the manual you'll have to change out the brake pedal hangers and add the clutch pedal and all that crap,easier with a donor truck there to get ALL the parts from.
<begin rant>I hate the Cummins 6BT in pickups, everybodys gotta take the damn muffler off and make em loud and stupid..last one I drove was a Dodge 3500 from MD to SC and back with worn out tires what a POS..at 2000rpm they have a sweet spot and level out a bit and are somewhat driveable..they are good engines nonetheless if you take em apart and mitigate the killer geartrain dowel pin issue..<rant off> Maybe if a big sweetgumball tree fell on one Id like it

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Well ,----today the high gear went out of the stupid automatic and it sticks in second for 3 miles before going into 3'rd then your stuck there for the next 5 miles in that gear!
fluid level is right on the full when hot/level mark!
GOTTA get something to get me a manual transmission in it.
As far as injectors,--the $2,000 rebuild for them is out! Thats another reason I would like to get rid of the 73,---I want/need the truck , just gotta have a manual transmission in it.
As far as noise, ---- my pipe is broke off on the front side of the converter so might as well not have anything under it! lol! NUTTIN comes out the back of the pipe!


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Soup can and hose clamps unless it's broke off flush. Got me through a lot of oh shits with exhaust systems back in the day as a quick temp fix.


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Broke flush off the converter.


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that sucks.
coat hangers make excellent filler for exhaust systems with a fine torch tip. in fact that's MY preferred rod for exhaust systems if I'm not using the wire feed welder (flux core)
I got pretty good at doctoring up decrepit exhaust systems when I was buying Junkers on a regular basis.


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I was intending on putting a stack on it and get rid of all the pipes/muffler/converter/etc. Its all about ready to fall off the truck anyway. Damn Illinois road potholes! Dodge one and hit 4 other ones in the process! Hard on trucks!
Anyway I want a 3" straight pipe up the side of the cab on the pass. side --- no muffler/converter ,--- and a turn out on it facing 45 degree angle to the rear.
Main problem right now is the cost of the 3" pipe, ---- expensive size!

I had twin 2" on my old 64 GMC half ton with a hi-perf 283 in it. Ran it for 12 years before salt ate the cab up! I used 2" pipes from a kids swing set for the stacks on it.


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whoever rides in that F350 with you is gonna hate that exhaust right behind their head..run it out down below the cab and do a turnout 45'degreee turn out and away from the bed..Older Chevy suburbans like a 1987 with a 350 gas V-8 came with 3"tailpipes from the factory, look online they can be had cheap new

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Inever have anybody with me in the truck so thats not a problem!lol!


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Originally Posted by sonny
Well ,----today the high gear went out of the stupid automatic and it sticks in second for 3 miles before going into 3'rd then your stuck there for the next 5 miles in that gear!
fluid level is right on the full when hot/level mark!

have you ever dropped the pan on the transmission and changed the filter and fluid Sonny?

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About 6 years ago a guy went and drained everything, trans/converter and THEN the bad problems got worse. Book says NEVER change it til trans rebuild. I always keep it full,--gotta add a gallon every 1,000 miles and nuttin dripping on the ground so dont know where it goes.
Stupid automatic GOTTA go for sure!
Looks like some wires and other junk hanging on the side of the trans for sumpin,---have no idea what for and I aint messin with them! lol!


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probably the harness to the E.C.M. that tells the damn thing when to shift. I had to replace the bunk where the wires go into the 4L80E on the motor home. my tranny fluid was running out through the wires. might want to check that out.


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Ya guess I gotta try to crawl under it and see whats there, not that I would be any smarter after I see it! lol! --Could be sensors I guess.
Fluid stays red and smells fresh, -- course it should.
It dont slip and shifts solid when it decides to ever shift so bands must be o.k.


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Yeah it sounds like you might have an issue with a harness that connects the transmission to the ECM one of those wires is broke it's going to shift in its hydraulic mechanical mode, which is whenever it feels like it if it feels like it. All got to do with pressures and temperatures and unreliable. I like that better when the transmissions weren't connected to a computer.


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I think you nailed that diagnosis Jim..more friggen sensors and crap thats not needed..gimme an old GM turbo 400 anyday

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I pulled the turbo 400 out of the RV.. that 454 was just screaming at 55. Put a 4L80E in there. 4 sp/W OD. Now I can go 60 and still only tach around 2000 rpm.
the damn computer to make it go was an expense. Motor home is an 87 P30 chassis, so HEI ignition and the good old fashion Rochester quadrabog carb.


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My truck runs about 60 at 2,000 IF you can get to go into od, -- I like the gearing in it, ---fast yet power in lower gears.
Still cant figure how a 5 speed can shift 6 times but that is what it always did when it worked. --- I knew it was junk at that point, course ANY automatic transmission is junk in my book!
The Explorer dont shift half the time either! Ford never could make an automatic that ever worked! --had 5 trucks/vans in the past and NONE of them ever worked!

Anyway the diesel used to get 16 mpg when i first got it and would run interstates if needed, --now probably getting 4 to 6 mpg. and restricted to back roads and 35 to 45 mph.


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That extra shift isn't really a shift it locks the torque converter and takes the slip out that is all. And that is your OD


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Originally Posted by sonny
Ford never could make an automatic that ever worked! --had 5 trucks/vans in the past and NONE of them ever worked!

Sonny you hate automatic transmissions like I hate sweetgum trees..Ive had several Ford auto transmissions in the past and have to say the C-6 from the 70's were good units, I never had a bit of trouble with them except what I caused by running the wrong fluid..the Fords were more prone to foaming of the fluid and they came out with antifoaming versions of the fluid..shouldnt run standard ATF in them..

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Crawled under the truck yesterday to look,--(big mistake),---- AND fluid dripping off the tail casting, -- cant see where its coming from but could be from 1 bunch of wires. There is another bunch of wires that I can feel on top but cant see them, have NO idea where all that shit goes to or what it S'POSED to do!

Shifter is a cable to the control arm on the side of the trans. and thats the only actual linkage on it and its all tight and looks to be intact.
Anyway, --- got sis's ranger back together and THIS axle wobbles just like the original did , so now gotta tear it apart again! -- The only other thing in there is the outer bearing which could be bad, Stupid roller bearing in this one and NOT
Timkin taper like civilized stuff has! ---- Same style that the 310 case reverse idler gear has and they went out as well! I never did approve of this style bearings since they never hold up!
Now to come up with a puller to get bearing and seal out! ----- life goes on! lol!


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On the way home with a load of logs and truck started sounding weird. Stopped and looked under the back axle and oil was everywhere,----shucked the front seal, bearing might be out too, lost most of the 90 weight, dont know yet. Made it on home in the dark, backed in and dumped the logs and came in the house!
Now I am down to driving the explorer but no log haulin with it.
Drive shaft gotta come out and yoke off and see what all is broke in there.
Light drizzle here all day with 35 mph winds and 39* temps! Made for a ruff day cutting brush!


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Cant get the fill plug out, it must have that damn locktite on the threads and probably hammered in with an impact wrench to almost thread stripping . anyway I cant get it to even budge. 3/8" square female pipe plug and I just bent the breaker bar. Never ran into one that tight before. No way to refill the rear end without getting the plug out! Real problem now!!


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add lots of heat

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I think they had a 3/4"NPT pipe thread in the cover..you could weld a big nut onto the pipe plug and try to turn it out..or just remove the cover in its entirety..work the stuck plug on the bench instead of crawlin' under the truck..my guess is you'll be takin it off anyway for inspection Sonny..one chunk of roller bearing in the gears and it's bye bye gears

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This damn thing is in the side of the casting! Not in the cover itself and I think I am going to braze one in the cover and not mess with this side crap! Make it easier to fill/check! Our old 2-ton trucks had them in the cover.


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Finally got the driveshaft off and nut off the yoke , BUT now the yoke wont come off! ----gotta be pulled off???????? I cant budge it with a big hammer, all I ever took off slid right off after you got the nut off. Anyway its at a standstill til I find out whats up with it.


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Wow, I've never had to pull one like that either. slide hammer?


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gotta figure sumpin out! lol! My neighbor thinks these on the 97 does have to be pulled and pressed back on at precise thread depth to keep bearing tight . I have NO idea and he aint positive about it either.


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I put feelers out to both my sons. My oldest boy works at the City garage he works on ambulances and fire trucks and shit figured he might know. My youngest son cranks wrenches on a lot of stuff too. mostly old stuff so we'll see if either one of them comes back with an answer.


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This is what I got back from my son that works at the City garage...

Not "pressed" but they do the yoke pretty tight.
Not unusual to need a puller or drive the pinion out of the yoke with a big punch and hammer


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