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Ford 6.0 blown head gasket

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Cliffs: Truck blew head gaskets, I ordered a kit to replace gaskets, ARP studs and egr delete. Finally got everything installed, truck took forever to get started, and it is smoking(white/blue) really bad. I only ran it a minute or so, could it be water in the exhaust that is burning up? I called the only diesel mechanic in town other than the dealer to see if he would take a look at it. He said that since I did the egr delete kit, he legally could not touch my truck, wtf? He also said that without the egr, I would burn-up valves and head gaskets more, again wtf? What says the PBB?

un-abreviated story: In September I was headed back to Wyoming from the Dakota Territory Challenge in South Dakota, pulling my camper and my Jeep. The Jeep and camper weigh about 12,000 lbs and the Black Hills are only about 90 miles away. I was about 75 miles into the trip when I noticed my temp gauge was pegged, I pulled off the road and a big puff of white smoke came out the exhaust. I opened the hood and there was coolant everywhere. I called a friend with a lowboy to come and tow my truck home, when he got there I refilled the puke tank and tried to start the truck, but it was hydra-locked. Apparently the anti-freeze blew out the top of the degas tank, indicating head gaskets. I ordered ARP studs, gaskets, oil cooler, and a SCT tuner. I have not been able to work on it until this weekend do to work schedule. I got everything installed, and it took literally several battery drains and recharges to get it to fire up, and it smokes like crazy. I am hoping that it is just water in the exhaust that is burning out.

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Changed oil, cleaned the intake, did not take the turbo apart and clean it, I inspected the block best I could with it still in the truck. Just crawled underneath it and water is dripping from the muffler, I am hoping that it is just the water in the exhaust that is causing the smoke.
It's a 2004, it has the updated intake and high pressure oil rails. I bought a Sinister EGR delete kit from MKMCustoms along with head studs, oil cooler, oil screen, gaskets and o-rings, and an SCT tuner.
I found a loose clamp the hose between the MAS and the turbo, tightened it up and the smoke almost went away. I went for a ride, after 5 miles the smoke completely stopped. The smoke was more of a light blue than white this time, but it went away. I think it was the oil/water trapped in the exhaust/muffler. I drove 30 miles, the truck ran great. The engine sounds different to me though, sounds like an air leak around the turbo somewhere. I sprayed a little starting fluid around the intake side of the turbo, no change in idle. I can't decide if the air noise is a bad thing or just different than before. I will try again in the morning when everything is cold, se how it starts and runs then.
Thanks for the help.
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Started it this morning, started easy, no smoking and it was about 17* outside. Found the exhaust leak, it was the v-clamp onn the turbo for the up/Y pipe, what a pain in the ass.

Anyone have thoughts on the mechanic saying he could not legally work on it with the egr delete? He said I would have to return everything to stock before he would touch it. Sounds like he was just being a douche, since I did the work myself.

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