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Fred has a new home

Discussion in '7.3L Powerstroke Diesels' started by bbjordan, Aug 16, 2019.

  1. bbjordan

    bbjordan Snow Monkey

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    I don't know whats wrong with me, I bought another truck. A 1996 F-250 Extended Cab E4OD 4x4. I didn't really need it, but the price was right $1,000 CDN. So here's Fred:

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    Looks better from the passenger side:

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    There was a major problem with the steering. It was pissing out power steering fluid when added, and even with armstrong steering something still wasn't right. While maneuvering the truck behind my garage, the steering went pop and there was no more steering. I pulled the steering box off and this is what I found:
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    I had another steering box from a 1993 F-250, but the pitman arm was a 1/2" shorter. A comparison:
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    After swapping it over, I noticed the rag joint part that connects to the steering box was also busted. That's probably what went pop. I'll have to go to the auto wreckers to get a replacement. :p

    Time to update the sig file. :)
     
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    Glad Fred has a good home. Also glad that the steering didn’t go pop in traffic...
     
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    Put in a 203 degree thermostat and the winter front today.
    Also tried to take off the fan. No luck. I gave up after about an hour of beating on it and heating it (just a little bit. I was worried about putting too much heat into the water pump and messing that up).
     
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    Air hammer. It is reverse thread, iirc.

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    You recall correctly. It's hard to miss the big red sticker that says Caution Right Hand Thread. :)

    My biggest problem is trying to prevent the water pump pulley from moving. Any suggestions?
     
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    My 94 was missing the sticker. Lol so you can imagine how mangled it got before I thought to try the other direction.
    With the air hammer method, I've been able to hold the pulley by hand.
    With the belt on, you could put more pressure on the tensioner.

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    Garbage_Mechan Garbage Mechanic

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    I like to go through my 3/8 drive extensions and find one just the right length to prop the female end against a water pump pulley bolt and the other end against something stationary. Voila free pulley wrench!
     
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    ratchet strap....drip candle wax onto the threads once you get the nut warmed up
     
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    Uhh.. Come again? Right hand threads are normal. LEFT hand threads are reverse. I assume that was a typo but just in case I figured I'd say something!
     
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