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Re: FORD F-550 7.3 Powerstroke Auto or Stick????
« Reply #20 on: October 20, 2005, 08:28:41 AM »
Go with the 6 speed trust me on this ;)
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Re: FORD F-550 7.3 Powerstroke Auto or Stick????
« Reply #21 on: October 20, 2005, 01:20:47 PM »
Thanks Flip that's why I am asking. Reid
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Re: FORD F-550 7.3 Powerstroke Auto or Stick????
« Reply #22 on: October 21, 2005, 12:38:04 AM »
I guess I should add a perk I found about the 6spd o' mine.   A new
clutch kit/flywheel/throwout and pilot bearing is about $500ish dollars.  $240ish in labor will get it replaced.   Try that with a high tech automatic.   They start around $1200 and go up from there.   

 
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Re: FORD F-550 7.3 Powerstroke Auto or Stick????
« Reply #23 on: October 21, 2005, 07:59:52 AM »
ScottAr,


  The truck with the 6 speed just got a new clutch. The other thing I am finding out is that the FORD auto (not the Allison) usually gets a $3200 no labor cost in that 3200, rebuilt between 150 and 250 thousand miles. Yeah looks like the 6 speed is for me. I will have the truck all day today to get it checked out by my mechanics.

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Re: FORD F-550 7.3 Powerstroke Auto or Stick????
« Reply #24 on: October 21, 2005, 08:35:35 AM »
To get the Allison transmission in a Ford you'd have to buy a F-600 or bigger.  The trans. in the SDs (250-550) is a 4R100 which is a variant of the old E4OD.  Good transmissions but if they go get the wallet out, to slam a reman in runs about $3000 :o  If you don't mind shifting the HP rating on the manual is about 15 more than the automatic plus yoou'll have less maintenance.
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Re: FORD F-550 7.3 Powerstroke Auto or Stick????
« Reply #25 on: October 21, 2005, 08:43:39 AM »
Thanks Flip. Frank Pender did get an Allison in his F-450 4x4 but it was special order.
 
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« Reply #26 on: October 21, 2005, 08:50:56 AM »
I don't believe it's possible to get an allison.  It will not mate to the 7.3 or the 6.0.  Not trying to start a argument but I have checked all of my Ford resources and I have seen no mention to that trans. in anything smaller than a F-600.
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Re: FORD F-550 7.3 Powerstroke Auto or Stick????
« Reply #27 on: October 21, 2005, 08:54:20 AM »
Flip, I am sure Frank will be in on this shortly. He was very specific when  I asked him about this, but perhaps we was sold a bill of goods.


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« Reply #28 on: October 21, 2005, 09:32:19 AM »
Flip, I had my F450 built at the factory.  I ordered it in October of 1999 and it was finally delivered, after it was lost in a railyard in Texas, in March of 2000.

  I also have a 1967 F700 Super Duty 10 yard dump truck with an Allison automatic.   That baby only gets 4 miles to the gallon on the flat and 3 on an uphill grade.  :'( I have not checked the millage on the downhill runs.
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Re: FORD F-550 7.3 Powerstroke Auto or Stick????
« Reply #29 on: October 21, 2005, 10:07:24 PM »
WOOOOOOOOOHUUUUUUUUOOOOOOO. Broiught it home tonight.

   It ended up being a 2000 not a 1999. I had the truck all day to run around to my mechanics.  The guy wouldn't budge on price but did differ the total payment. I orchestrated a swap for the 15' roll back for a sweet 21' 3200 lb capacity (not extended) knuckle boom. I will be posting several things in the for sale section, including another 12 volt 3400lb telescoping boom and my nice 1996 F-350 12' flat bed with 44,000 original miles.

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Re: FORD F-550 7.3 Powerstroke Auto or Stick????
« Reply #30 on: October 22, 2005, 12:28:02 AM »
Air filter. Wix#46648
Oil filter. Wix# 51734

Check the fuel filter. Wix#33518  About $40.  It's the little bean can under the engine cover.  Flip the little yellow lever to drain the filter and then take the lid off.  Replace the O rings and reinstall.  Simplest system I've ever done. 

Check the coolant for diesel additive Wix#24107 is the tester kit  $25
I forget the additive number but it's called Wixcool.  $6

These are all Wix# as that's what I use and they have the broadest range of filters.  They'll interchange with Fram or your favorite brand.
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Re: FORD F-550 7.3 Powerstroke Auto or Stick????
« Reply #31 on: October 22, 2005, 01:18:30 AM »
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  The coolant has the proper additive so as not to break down the cylinder wall, my mech. checked the unit today and yes a full fleet of filters and an oil change are about to happen tommorrrow. Thanks. My mech. also said the oil pans on these tend to rot out, and it is costly asa the cab needs unbolted and the motor freed from there mounts just to get the pan off. fortunately mine was stored indoors, had I bought a utitlity co. truck that could have been a costly surprise.
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