I've been a lurker for a very very long time. I've never contributed here specifically, but have over at FT forums. I've been on the fence about starting a Project Thread. I figured what's the worst that can happen. I can always abandon it! Introduction: The name is Ken, the wife and I live in Indiana. Two kiddos in college, and we are planning our "Retirement". Our retirement goals are simple, Retire young enough that we can take our RV to all 49 Continental States and Most of the Canadian provinces. Work has sent me around the world and it has made me realize that I've never seen much of my own country. Our tow vehicle is a 1993 F-350 XLT Crew Cab, Long Bed, Dually, NA 7.3, 2WD. She's always been impeccably reliable. Lost a Trans several years back, the belt tensioner ate a belt once, lift pump failure. Otherwise she's never let us down. Heck the AC is still on the Factory charge and works very well. We purchased our latest RV Two years ago and very quickly realized the ole' girl was seriously struggling. The trailer comes off the scales at 8500 lbs, but Ole' Queso couldn't make it over 55 MPH on the flat. Keep in mind, she's on her original Injection Pump and has 125ishK miles, so I know it's baked. I weighed my options, New truck, Different Truck, Keep Queso. New Truck: I work in the diesel industry, never will I own a new "Light Duty" Diesel. I don't care how "Medium Duty" you think some engines are, they aren't... Full stop. That left me with a single option, The new SuperDuty with the 7.3 Gas when it was finally released. The issue became ordering what I actually wanted, which was a near carbon copy of Queso. By the time I was able to option everything out the way I wanted, I was north of $65,000. That amount does not jive with our early retirement goals. Different Truck: Clapped out 7.3 & 6.0 powerstrokes and Cummins Dodges 7 Man Children have been through (Chevy is not an option in my mind, they still owe me money) all north of $15,000. No thanks. Keep Queso: She's in relatively good shape for a rust belt truck, Cab corners are solid, odd rust spots here and there, but overall great looking at 60 feet. The new trans only has 8K miles and the engine, as I've mentioned is sitting around 125K. We decided to keep Queso, throw $10K at her, and get her up to more modern "Standards". I started the journey with a Very Excellent correspondence with the likewise Very Excellent @Thewespaul of CDD. Shes' gonna need to be force fed if I hope to modernize. We decided on a near copy of Big Blue. The only difference is I decided to go with a 90cc pump instead of the 110cc, a choice I'm still not sure about. Watching Big Blue come together really makes we wonder if I made the right choice. Hopefully he can correct me before it's too late. I do plan to go through the engine, check for wear, replace/refresh as necessary, drop in some gapless rings to improve efficiency and TADA. I do have some Wild ideas that I hope to share along the way: Retaining dual tanks without the FSV and I promise it isn't what you're thinking and (GASP) an Electric Vacuum Pump to retain Vacuum Brakes!!! No Hydroboost, Nope Nope Nope. (Shall I dodge the flamethrower now or later?) I've got other things in the works as well, hopefully shared with time. Here is a pic from last year. Tony Rojo HID headlamps, LED everywhere else. Running Boards are long gone.