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Re: 2 w.d. or 4 w.d. delivering firewood in northern michigan
« Reply #21 on: June 30, 2012, 12:15:18 PM »
well apparently I forgot to leave on the notify button again.  Ironwood what exactly is it that you have that I could get from you if I need it?  Is it a kit for the transmission like a posi traction kit?  My other thought is to just keep my toyota and 12' dump trailer for the heavy snow days delivering firewood and make 2 trips.  And purchase an old grain truck with a 15' bed so I can haul my tractor and firewood processor around spring to fall, and I could use the grain truck to deliver 2 pulp cords until the snow gets to deep to use it.  They have some real nice grain trucks 1975 to 1985 for 3 to 5 grand.  I dont like having an extra vehicle and insurance.  Your right it is nearly impossible to find a 4 by 4 with a bed big enough to haul 2 pulp cords.  My processor is nearly done, and I have a bunch of semi loads of wood to process so for now I will make 2 trips transporting the tractor and processor.  I look every day in ebay and craiglist, down in north carolina I have relatives I havent seen in many years so that would be a good reason to travel there.  Thank you all again for your input.  Still leaning towards 4 wd if I can find one that will haul my 2 pulp cords. 

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Re: 2 w.d. or 4 w.d. delivering firewood in northern michigan
« Reply #22 on: June 30, 2012, 12:17:02 PM »
I just noticed there is not a notify button down below my new post, only unnotify.  Was not getting any notifications through my e mail.  Thanks again for everyones input.

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Re: 2 w.d. or 4 w.d. delivering firewood in northern michigan
« Reply #23 on: July 01, 2012, 10:43:37 AM »
I have a Detroit Locker posi for a 550 that has the Dana 136 rear. Also a set of 3:91 gears for it. The gears I would only use in the 7.3 as the V10 seems to "tach" fine with the 4:88's, otherwise they would already be in my V10.

 One other FYI, I love the automatic for arouund town driving and hauling up to spec'ed trailer weight, BUT if yo uare hauling heavy, and on back roads (read slow speeds under load) the tranny cooler will have hardtime keeping things cool. TRY to find a manual trans. I can pull OK to about 12K on the hilly back roads around here, anything more and you either need to be highway driving with tranny converter locked and 45+ MPH to keep things cool. My old manual trans 550 was CRAZY, I could pull a house up a hill with it :o Guys also put the 6.0 trans cooler onto the 7.3 and that helps ALOT. I havent done that YET........

 I think there is a guy locally with a 2001 550 4x4 7.3 12'bed (not sure of tranny) tucked into his warehouse, low miles 40-50K and has a gear splitter on the rear saft for highway driving in 2wd. I think he said he wanted 21-22K for it. Quite frankly it is worth it to the right person who knows what it is and the currrent state of diesels (urea, EPA, etc.....) I saw it and thought there is a cream puff. He has LOTS of $ and it will probably be there for a long time.

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Re: 2 w.d. or 4 w.d. delivering firewood in northern michigan
« Reply #24 on: July 01, 2012, 05:28:03 PM »
ironwood,
Our biggest logger in the area just purchased 3 new topkick/5500 or 550 (cant remember) all 4 w.d. with 14 or 15 foot dump beds.  He sells a ton of wood in 2 pulp cord loads.  I will just keep my eyes open and probably just keep using my 12' dump and make 2 trips unless something ideal pops up.  I am not paying myself a wage with the firewood business yet so I can stick that money eventually into a nice truck.  I was hoping to be able to haul 2 pulp cords in one trip so I am guessing the 15' bed is minimum if I go that way.  The only way I could afford the nicer end truck is to sell my dump and toyota 4 w.d.  I can go another year and wait for a deal.  Thanks again for everyones input in here,,,,Ed

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Re: 2 w.d. or 4 w.d. delivering firewood in northern michigan
« Reply #25 on: July 10, 2012, 07:20:29 AM »
Sounds liike you are doing it right (squirreling away $$, and waiting). Try t onetwork with some local fleet operations with the trucks you want. I got my 00' V10 550 4x4 that way. THey all roll their units at sooem point. I got my truck for very little compared to it's actual value. In time it may need some work, but with my low upfront outlay, I dont mind. Even if it needed a new short block, I would not mind, but it seems fine.......

 It's all about the network. I got to know the western Pa. regional operations manager at the company (he has moved on now). I will pm you another local fleet contact that get trucks like you want.

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« Reply #26 on: July 10, 2012, 06:48:06 PM »
thanks ironwood, I got the personal message.  My b-in-law is looking currently and I am going to our large local waste management company and talk to their maintenance guy.  I have soooo much mobile processing to get done too.  My machine is nearly done, if I can ever figure out how to take a picture and get it on here I will do that too.  Thanks for everyones help

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Re: 2 w.d. or 4 w.d. delivering firewood in northern michigan
« Reply #27 on: July 21, 2012, 07:55:34 PM »
Ironwood,the 6.0 trans cooler should take care of your problems,had the same problem towing my fifth wheel on back roads with my F350,now have a hard time getting it to 180 degrees trans temps

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Re: 2 w.d. or 4 w.d. delivering firewood in northern michigan
« Reply #28 on: July 21, 2012, 10:34:08 PM »
Thanks, yeah I am about to order the 6.0 cooler from Ford guys locally. Any recommendations on another source"?. I think they want 400-500. I was talking to my buddy the "mechanic" and he said "yeah that's it there", and I thought, "holy crap, I thought that was for the power steering fluid cooling", tiny little thing.

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Re: 2 w.d. or 4 w.d. delivering firewood in northern michigan
« Reply #29 on: July 23, 2012, 10:22:25 PM »
Ironwood,The trans oil cooler you need is Ford #5C3Z-7A095-B,lists for around $427.00,is around twice as large as a V-10 one,the best way to change it out is to remove bumper and grill.There's two in Ebay right now their asking list,i payed around $350.00 5 years ago,if you know anybody thats get a discount you should be able to buy it for less than list. 

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Re: 2 w.d. or 4 w.d. delivering firewood in northern michigan
« Reply #30 on: July 24, 2012, 08:05:45 AM »
S grinder,

 thanks!!!! Was looking at several 6.0's yesterday wondering why the 2004-5 was small, I looked at an 06' and it was the bigger one. There was some concern on my part about which one I needed, so this was a GREAT help.

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Re: 2 w.d. or 4 w.d. delivering firewood in northern michigan
« Reply #31 on: August 09, 2012, 11:08:25 PM »
Well, got my new 6.0 tranny cooler in, they are now $530. Well hooked it to what I was told was the tranny cooler, nope,...lost my power steering and brakes, DUH, so redid everything and got it right. The previous owner (not Shinnlinger, before him) must have disconnected the OEM auxillary and tucked the lines into the end of the frame rails :o No wonder I heated it up!.. I test drove it to Long Island over the last two days :-X All is good. Also put an inline spin on filter on it, dropped and cleaned the pan.

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