To start I have to say I love the powerstrokes and have ran hundreds of thousands of miles with minor issues. That being said I had a scare with my current truck and decided it was time to build the truck I want. My current truck is a 09 F550 6.4 auto cc 4x4
, this is a railroad truck with all the decals, vinyl seats and floors, manual locks windows, only options are Cruise and AC
. I searched for a long time to find my exact truck with low miles, I did a full delete as soon as I got it home with Spartan Tunes. I have put just over 50k on the truck heavy loads with equipment and hay, with not an issue, last week running back from a hay run I hear a pop like a turbo boot coming off and look back to see a cloud of white smoke pouring from my truck, I immediately shut it down, fearing the worst, I got it towed to the shop (first time in my life I've ever went to a mechanic). Having no truck for two weeks and needing to deliver hay and pick up stock is not acceptable. I set my sites on making my truck at home fixable with my skills and tools, I've been researching swaps since I started looking for this truck. Power, reliability, cheap and easy to find bolt on parts were at the top of the list.
Over the weekend I drove 5 hours each way to pickup a 93 international school bus, just over 107k miles on the clock, DTA360 motor planted right up front. After a quick look over drove it the 5 hours home hoping I had made a good purchase. No issues on the drive at all, actually only used 1 tank of fuel at interstate speeds. I woke up bright and early to give it a good inspection, to my surprise, no leaks or any problems whatsoever, even the tires are above 80% in tread, let the tear-down and build begin.
Got a call fist thing this morning, my truck had a bad injector O-ring, with all new o-rings, and some other small parts I had more money in this one fix than in the whole bus and trip there and back plus some, mechanic said my motor looks like new inside and was impressed by how clean everything was, I went ahead with the fix so I can drive it while I collect the rest of my parts. To me this also means I can sell the motor and make up some for the swap when the time comes.