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Hi, all!

Please don't say, "Newbie, there is a search function". Yes, I know. However, all the threads are four or more years old and I know how fast technology changes.

The engine broke a ring on #1 and pinged the top of the piston. Previous owner took the engine apart, and doesn't have time to finish. My fingernail says the cylinders need to be bored.

SO . . . If you had a an F350 not beaten up, and were to rebuild the engine, what would you do to improve and update the engine?

I am looking for a good-performing, reliable truck for another 3rd of a million miles.

I am going to rebuild the engine, transmission, and differential.

Ready? Go!
 

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I would first take the block to a machine shop and have it checked out and go from there


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Beyond typical good rebuild practices for heads and block, improve airflow in and out and seal up any exhaust leaks feeding whichever turbo upgrade you decide on. Maybe coat the hot-side components for a little extra efficiency maybe the piston tops too since they'll be out already. Buy only Ford OEM gaskets to reseal everything (autonation white bear lake MN has the best prices in the nation usually). If it's an early '99 update to the later intake components. Make sure fuel supply is in excellent shape and can supply whatever injectors you pick. Replace HPOP with an adequately sized one for your injectors, make sure low pressure one is in good shape. Use one of the 3 or 4 good/reputable custom chip vendors, the ones that are diesel specialists not one of the national names that have catalogs to order from. Consider a higher output alternator and wiring. Review and repair the engine and under dash wiring harnesses for all the typical/known hot spots and loose connections. Use a high quality oil filter like LF9691 bypass filter or a separate bypass filter system. Maybe find a six speed trans and single mass flywheel. Diff cooling cover from the '08 trucks. If your're really motivated swap the rear axle, front hubs and brake system from the latest generation of trucks to get bigger brakes. Newer springs from these trucks make the ride a little better too but might require some mounting effort.

And make a build thread with lots of details so the search function can return newer results than from 4 yrs ago.
 
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Wow, thanks, AggieDiesel 01!

Yes, definitely on taking the block to a machine shop for appropriate mic-ing and exam.

Does anyone have recommendations for the latest manual for upgrades? I am finding a bunch, but they are all old and I am wondering if there are updated ones.
 

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Any recommendations for a "higher output alternator"?
 

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There's a good write up over on another enthusiast site for these trucks. I don't know if it can be directly linked here but if the hyperlink doesn't work, search google for

inexpensive upgrade to 140 amp large case alternator

If your are interested in doing a rebuild on the one you have to increase output, check out what these guys have. I've ordered parts from them and they supply good bearings and the stator and diodes have lasted a while now so I'd say they've got a decent product.


That link is for the alternator used in '99 but go through the product selector to make sure you've got the correct one.
 
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Thanks, AggieDiesel! I am also a ham and I like to go out on field day to run contests. :)
 
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16 January 2020 - Update
Engine block and heads dropped to shop for cleaning and assessment
Transmission out, awaiting day to drop at shop for go-through
Drive shaft in for new U-joints and carrier bearing, high-speed dynamic balancing
Wheels off -- Will buy five tires in the next six months. Looking for one more stock rim for spare.
Jamo SS exhaust system with muffler ordered

Decisions -
Turbo KC38r 66/73 + delete pedestal
Upgraded alternator
Swamps injectors minimum is 200, KC384 recommends 238 - your thoughts?
South bend clutch . . .?
Tuning chip - hydra?

Still looking for recommendations . . . Thanks!
 

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Since your planning to tow. 238/80 injectors are going to be too hot and you will hate towing. 160/30's will be my recommendation. Plus when you jump up to 238/80's you will need head studs, valve springs, larger hpop, and upgraded fuel system. Another injector would be the 200/30's, it's a hybrid injector with a small nozzle.
 
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I have 160/100's and hate them. I know it's easy to get caught up in the mod but sometimes bigger isn't better.
 

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Another injector would be the 200/30's, it's a hybrid injector with a small nozzle.
Just received an email from Dave Armstrong of swampsmotorsports.com.

He recommends the 200cc Hybrid Injectors (Hot Street) with the 30% nozzle.


So, sounds like a plan!
 

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Can anyone recommend a source for body parts? Like all the plastic and rubber stuff the AZ sun has caused to crack and dry?
 

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Try car-part.com you can search all areas and regions
 
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I would recommend a southern state or one in the salt belt.
 

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I think LMC truck parts stocks a host of parts for OBS and Brick nose pickups and Broncos... sorry wrong section... well at least you could check there too I suppose?
 
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I think LMC truck parts stocks a host of parts for OBS and Brick nose pickups and Broncos... sorry wrong section... well at least you could check there too I suppose?
. . . what is a brick-nose pickup? ?
 

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The 87 body style
 
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Does anyone have a favorite South Bend Clutch dealer they would like to recommend?

Everyone is a thousand miles away so it doesn't matter too much . . . .
 

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When I was in AZ I used a place called the clutch Dr. They came to me with the parts and surfaces the flywheel on the spot. Not sure if they are still in business though that was 2004ish
 
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