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Old 08-18-2013, 08:43 PM   #151 (permalink)
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After I got the hood on and did some measuring I built a spreader bar to go between the front shock hoops. I also figured out were I wanted to put the steering reservoirs and got mounts built for them. Everything is just tacked in for now. I still have to figure out were to put my final fuel filter since I moved it from the stock location. I am thinking about using something other than the stocker. I have some Deere units I could use that are taller and thinner and would be easier to fit... I also have to find a place for my air filter housing.
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:14 PM   #152 (permalink)
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awsome build man amazing metal work gunna take some ideas for my F-250 trans crossmember! thanks for the input Dan
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:40 PM   #153 (permalink)
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Got a little more work done today. Started building the tubes to run the coolant to the radiator. I ran some tube for the cooling system. The tubes run through the engine mount arms because I didn't really have room to go over or under them. Plus it helps support the tubes without having to use so many clamps.
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:45 PM   #154 (permalink)
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If you're wondering were the body went...
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Had to put the petcock in to be able to bleed the air from the engine... It's lower than the radiator, but all the tubes run down low so air would get trapped and the coolant would not fill the engine.
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this is an awesome build I wanted to find a sport trac when I was building my ranger bodied bronco chassis truck but could not find one for under 2500
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:52 PM   #157 (permalink)
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Fucking sweet, I like how your keeping it ford powered, very cool/unique
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:40 PM   #158 (permalink)
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I may have missed it, but what are you going to do about rust in the coolant piping? Or is it some sort of treated pipe?
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I may have missed it, but what are you going to do about rust in the coolant piping? Or is it some sort of treated pipe?
What do you do about rust in your cooling system? Add antifreeze.

Copper'll destroy aluminum 10x quicker than steel will rust.
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:27 AM   #160 (permalink)
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Amazing work so far! Definitely can't wait to see when it's done and please post up a video too!
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:57 PM   #161 (permalink)
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this is an awesome build I wanted to find a sport trac when I was building my ranger bodied bronco chassis truck but could not find one for under 2500
It was just dumb luck that I ended up with the Sport Trac body. It's the only one I've ever seen at my local JY.

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Fucking sweet, I like how your keeping it ford powered, very cool/unique
I like the diesel, and it runs good already.

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Amazing work so far! Definitely can't wait to see when it's done and please post up a video too!
Thanks. I will definately be posting up videos when it's done.
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The turbo whistle is easy, and that's the only thing I wanna hear anyway.
i have a 7.3 idi with a non stock turbo and ive never heard the turbo whistle...is this a problem?
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okay so if you mentioned this i apologize, new hear; why not just use two rockwell front ends? i am planning on doing 4 wheel steer on my duece.


What should i know if i want to build my own diesel tank?
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i have a 7.3 idi with a non stock turbo and ive never heard the turbo whistle...is this a problem?
No. I have a non-wastegated Banks and before I turned up the fuel and removed the muffler it sounded like Grampa's tow rig... Banks only recommends 9 psi boost and mine didn't make any noise before 11 psi. I can get 16 psi out of it, and just a little haze, but I am running stock head gaskets and bolts and I don't want to push it.
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okay so if you mentioned this i apologize, new hear; why not just use two rockwell front ends? i am planning on doing 4 wheel steer on my duece.


What should i know if i want to build my own diesel tank?
If you want to do rear steer and you need a centered rear drive line you have to make some changes. You can just spin the third member around but then the bolt holes don't line up. I didn't have the ability to redrill the holes and have them be straight so I went a different route.



Pretty simple really. Just make sure you can keep fuel at your supply, don't but the supply and return to close together and if it's really big consider a baffle or two.
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Pretty simple really. Just make sure you can keep fuel at your supply, don't but the supply and return to close together and if it's really big consider a baffle or two.
any particular thickness material? this may be hypothetically on a road use vehicle also anyway of adding a fuel gauge that is accurate?

you do amazing work and give me many ideas, very dangerous! which raise a lot of questions, further instruction on increases boost and fuel on my idi would be nice, will send pm with email
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also noticed you changed out the stock radiator...i know that wouldnt be for weight on this tank!
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also noticed you changed out the stock radiator...i know that wouldnt be for weight on this tank!
Was just a cool aftermarket unit I saw at the junk yard... $100 later I'll probably use the stocker.
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Old 09-15-2013, 07:52 PM   #169 (permalink)
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I was able to get a little more done on my project this weekend. The exhaust system that came with the Banks' kit was just not going to work. Because the front axle pinion is closer to the centerline of the truck, and it is higher, the front driveline was not going to fit. The Y pipe was on the left side of the trans right were the driveline needs to be. So I moved the Y pipe closer to the turbo and ran the pipes over the trans. I had to tuck it in pretty tight on the left side but had more room on the right. I just cut up the exhaust pipes I had and welded them back together. I live on the coast so it will all be rusty again real soon anyways...
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:53 PM   #170 (permalink)
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Sweet build!! I love those IDI's.


I have a spare low mile, sidewinder turbo stored somewhere. :thinking: You wanting twins?lol
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Old 09-17-2013, 04:16 PM   #171 (permalink)
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Sweet build!! I love those IDI's.


I have a spare low mile, sidewinder turbo stored somewhere. :thinking: You wanting twins?lol
Wastegated? I'm still not sure how much more I want to do to this engine. I'm thinking DPI fuel pump and stage 1 injectors. If that's not enough I'm gonna build a P-Pumped engine and put in it. I want to stay with a Ford based engine but I don't want to deal with an electronic fuel system like a Powerstroke.
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If I had a MDT junkyard around, I'd be on the lookout for a 9L IH with the bosch pump to scavenge. Best to look around and get it cheap before you feel you need it.
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stay away from dps, kens work has gone down hill.
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Wastegated? I'm still not sure how much more I want to do to this engine. I'm thinking DPI fuel pump and stage 1 injectors. If that's not enough I'm gonna build a P-Pumped engine and put in it. I want to stay with a Ford based engine but I don't want to deal with an electronic fuel system like a Powerstroke.
Nah, Its non westgated if i remember correctly. Non intercooled. I had the full kit, Someone walked off with most of it. Had around 3000 miles on it.I have the turbo,the paperwork and the 2 gauges i think.

Need to throw on ebay or something. I've not drove my IDI in a few years.Never got around to installing it, Or finding replacement parts.
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Was planning on putting racing seats in this thing but it's just not in the budget right now. So I bought some seats out of a Ranger at the JY for a $100. I needed them so I could work on steering wheel and pedal placement. I modified the stock pedal hanger from my old truck because it already fit my master cylinder and would have the correct geometry. It was about 2 inches too close to the seat compared to the throttle pedal so I had to cut the arm so I can move the pedal back. I can reuse the stock throttle pedal.
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