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my 02 is like that too. when it hits empty, i still have a little over 10 gallons left.
 

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my 02 is like that too. when it hits empty, i still have a little over 10 gallons left.
That's awesome - I love a reserve. I do admit, it scared / pissed me off that the needle "hadn't" moved with 10 gals. I thought I had screwed up royally.

That fuel pump seems to be an aftermarket. Hmmm.
 

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when i first got my 88 first road trip was 480 miles escorting a 14 foot wide load.
200 miles into it i noticed front tank hovering just above empty. switched to rear tank, and the same thing. around 200 miles later touching empty.
so i had to stop the escort to get fuel.
i was really pissed when i only was able to fit 10 gallons into each 19 gallon tank.
then realized i would never run out of fuel if i filled up within 50 miles of hitting empty.
 

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Question for y'all -- this "clay bar" thing to clean your paint -- bona fide or a gimmick to make you spend money?

Seems like "making polishing compound from scratch". Has anyone used it?
 

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when i ran the body shop we would use it on high end paint jobs.
for daily drivers a good buffing with 3m buffing compound was good.
 

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Thanks, TJ! :whistle:
 

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Question of the Day:

What is a good temperature for the 7.3L engine?

My thermostat seems to be 204 or so, but operating in the AZ heat has shown the engine to get up to 223. Your thoughts?
 

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Jax,

Did you replace the thermostat when you put your engine back together? I'm in cooler temps so I use a 203* thermostat sold by Dieselsite. The Ford factory thermostat is a 195* unit. 223* is not unreasonable IMO given the location. As trashed as your truck was though I'd keep an eye on it (if memory serves.. you didn't replace the radiator).
 

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agreed. 223 is not bad for summer in the desert.
i would return it to a 194 degree T-stat, and maybe have the radiator flushed/inspected.
 

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Jax,

Did you replace the thermostat when you put your engine back together? I'm in cooler temps so I use a 203* thermostat sold by Dieselsite. The Ford factory thermostat is a 195* unit. 223* is not unreasonable IMO given the location. As trashed as your truck was though I'd keep an eye on it (if memory serves.. you didn't replace the radiator).
I replaced the thermostat, of course, and then replaced the radiator when it pissed antifreeze into my transmission.
 

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I ran the 203* dieselsite thermostat in my 96, through AZ and CA, never had an issue with the temp getting to hot
 
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Summer in the desert, with a fresh tight motor, yeah it's gonna be a little toasty.

I've been seeing a LOT of overheating problems this summer, extra hot and dry this year.

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Run a cooler Tstat. It also affects Engine Oil Temps. If you can get ahold of a 180* Tstat, grab it. I think Dieselsite or Strictly sold them. It's not a big deal empty, but towing like you will be, it will make a difference. You might be able to find those in eBay if no one else has one. And yes, this all comes from experience LOL....no fun changing a Tstat in a rest stop with a loaded horse trailer going to a stock show.... true story.

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I've had good luck with Super-Stat brand, Napa is where I was buying them. They worked well, slow gradual opening and closing, not slam open slam shut several times like others. Should you decide to go that route.

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I do not believe I have a problem with my thermostat, but I did wonder about the temperature.

I will look for a cooler thermostat for the future. The one I have is a 203° tstate.
 

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Jax,

At those temps I'm not sure a cooler thermostat will change much. At 223* the thermostat will be wide open anyway. Keep an eye on it as you break your rebuilt motor in.

Cj
 

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I do not believe I have a problem with my thermostat, but I did wonder about the temperature.

I will look for a cooler thermostat for the future. The one I have is a 203° tstate.
Jax,

At those temps I'm not sure a cooler thermostat will change much. At 223* the thermostat will be wide open anyway. Keep an eye on it as you break your rebuilt motor in.

Cj
Yeay, the monsoons finally began!

First - I must have a 195° tstat since the truck stayed at 201° today, with the cooling rain keeping us at 80.

Roger that, CJ, in watching the temp. It's hard to cool an engine when the ambient air is 103° and what comes off the pavement is probably 115°+.
 

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What? Hear what? Hear what over engine?

No, no new fan clutch. I believe it is coming on - it's just that AZ is hot.

Now, it holds steady around 201 . . . in the rain.
 
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