Hey Nation, I've owned my truck for 3 years now, and I wanted to put together a little thread that tells this old 96's story...
It started out life as a truck owned by a company called Bens Asphalt, a 96 CCLB 2wd with a 7.3. Ben's owned the truck for 280,000 miles, never modified anything, down to the stock downpipe and air filter housing. They sold it to a dealer in southern california, where the previous owner purchased it.
The previous owner owned it for another 40,000 miles, and installed a K&N intake that he had won at a raffle, removed the exhaust at the downpipe so that it would sound loud, and put on some Method 18" wheels. Still basically stock, unmolested at 320,000 miles.
Then i bought it in August of 2014. (and it was all downhill from there.. haha)
What she looked like when i bought it:
It leaked like hell, oil from the dipstick tube, oil leak from the turbo, HPOP
was leaking, MASSIVE fuel leak(s) from the fuel bowl, fuel pump, etc. Up-pipes leaked, transmission leaked, powersteering leaked. The list goes on, and I had a lot of work to do!
Pic of under the hood after some extensive cleaning.
Now it being owned by an asphalt company, the interior was hammered, so the previous owned replaced the headliner, and had all the seats reupholstered. The carpet was still in decent shape so it was original.
The motor, despite leaking from every orifice it seemed, still seemed very strong. Had little blowby, never had a problem with cold start, and was only about 2 quarts low between oil changes.
And so, the story begins. I'll be adding more and more to this thread, as I try and recall what I did over the last 3 years, going through my old pictures and old threads. Keep in touch guys!