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My dumba$$

Discussion in '6.9L IH & 7.3L IDI Diesels' started by frankenwrench, Apr 19, 2021.

  1. frankenwrench

    frankenwrench overkill is under rated!

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    I have done some really dumb things in the past, and apparently I still do! I rebuilt my engine and spent a pretty penny doing so. New pistons, as 5 of 8 have been cracked for some time now(and still daily driven for past three years) new rings, new mains, new connecting rods bearings and wristpins and bushings, new crank, new valves seats and guides as well as springs, new lifters and pushrods, all new accessories because I begrudgingly switched from v belts to a serpentine set up and cleaned up the cylinder walls and got really nice cross hatching. Also new stage 1 injectors, new 110 ip, and intercooler kit and gtx 3582 turbo, and arp head studs as well as fel pro head gasket set all from Classic Diesel Designs minus the head gasket kit. Went ahead and threw in a new luk clutch kit with pressure plate, flywheel, pilot bearing, and throw out bearing. Had a few issues getting the lifters to prime (dumba$$ strikes again) and got that figured out. Started behaving better. Then I pulled the dipstick, milkshake.... Did compression test as well as leak down test. All were wonderfully holding between 417-420psi for 20 minutes per cylinder with minimal leak down. Keep in mind I only had 5 minutes of run time so the rings aren't even set yet. Checked numerous times to see if radiator level had risen/shown signs of bubbling. This girl had almost 900,000 miles on her so cavitation is a possibility. She was used HARD and put up wet the majority of her life. Abused one might even say. No bubbles, no rise in level. Scratched my head, dumped the oil, got 3 1/2 gallons out of the pan. Added 1 1/4 gallons of distilled water to the radiator. Well all my fluids are there and accounted for, but where are they mixing? I put a newer, known good oil cooler on it with fresh gaskets and o rings. Fresh oil after dieseling the inside of the block out. Ran it for a few more minutes. More milkshake worse than before. Pissed. Throw in the towel, posted up on the marketplace. Yesterday, "did I put rtv on the water pump bolts?" Well il be a S.O.B. I didn't.....(Dumba$$ strikes again!) Damn thing runs beautifully. Broke down at the gas station cause( here it comes again!) I didn't tighten the battery terminals. Slapped new batteries on it today and the damn thing wouldn't fire up no matter how hard I cranked it (yup, you know it's coming) wife found the main 4 guage lead from my glow plug controller not on the battery terminal after changing the batteries. And if you seen this truck on fb marketplace, no it's not for sale anymore! And yes the ac still works beutifully.... Y'all have a blessed day. 1618868380626510466003210221138.jpg
     
  2. chillman88

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    You've got my luck! Glad to hear I'm not the only one!!!

    Also very glad you figured it out!
     
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    IV had people get pissed because I will take an HR and a flashlight and double check everything a tired eye misses a lit
     
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    Gotta cut back on smokin' that stuff, it'll fry yer brain :bail
     
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    Lol that’s what happens to me every time I do a project lol always miss something
     
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  6. frankenwrench

    frankenwrench overkill is under rated!

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    You drove by with the windows down did ya? :rotflmao :smoke:. In all honesty alot of my friends are customers that I've done work for or people who have gotten lost and pulled in asking for directions or someone who drives by and see my yard and pull in and ask if any of my trucks are for sale or for parting.
     
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    frankenwrench overkill is under rated!

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    Should have had the wife do JUST THAT. She's good at looking for my mess ups and missed/forgotten areas.
     
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    Who me
     
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    Yeah mine is pretty good at keeping score lol
     
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    I have done my share too. About three years ago, when I was assembling my 7.3 after reringing it, I got the freshly painted oil pan on. It looked good and I was feeling pretty proud. Then I turned around and saw the oil pump and pick up tube sitting there still waiting for me to put them on. I did say a few four letter words that day.-cuss
     
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    subway be nice to the admin :D

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    try to look on the bright side, they were all cheep to free fixes!
     
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    O man hahah. I built a 350 here a few months ago for my blazer and I put the main caps on after doing the plastic gauge and the crank wouldn’t turn..... then my buddy pointed out I put them on backwards... I was so scared lol but it was a quick easy fix.. lol
     
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    frankenwrench overkill is under rated!

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    Minus the 90 dollers worth of fleet charge and the 60 dollers in the oil change.
     
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    subway be nice to the admin :D

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    ouch, still much better than "the machine shop did not do the sleeve right and it slipped down into the crank" sort of deal. either way, I am glad you got it back up and going. I have spent more than a vehicle is worth to get it up to par, the worst is when I spend that and it still fails!
     
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    Story of MY LIFE!! Except my project is still sitting after putting only 40 miles on it after a rebuild! I got so frustrated I went a bought a new set of problems (PSD). I've had the rear diff rebuilt and reverse fixed in the ZF. Just put new injectors in it too. A LOT more costly than the IDI.
     

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