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Build Threads / Re: 2001 Excursion Shop Truck / Family Hauler
« on: June 19, 2019, 08:41:32 PM »
grab a set of 08+ super duty mirrors.

you’ll thank me later.

What’s the difference in the 08+ units?

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Build Threads / Re: 2001 Excursion Shop Truck / Family Hauler
« on: June 19, 2019, 08:21:00 PM »
Quick update, drove the truck several hundred miles so far. Needs shocks, working on getting a set of radflo’s as I’m a dealer. Ordered a set of oem 2005 headlight lenses and will convert them. Looking at new shoes and will have to address the slop in steering. Some of which i think isn’t steering but poor shocks and is adding to poor handling. Thing is a pig and needs some help for the fat girl.

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 3
« on: June 19, 2019, 08:18:01 PM »
So is your vacation completely cancelled now?

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Build Threads / Re: 2001 Excursion Shop Truck / Family Hauler
« on: June 19, 2019, 06:47:59 PM »
I had 5 or 6 come in for head gaskets , but only one needed it. The rest were egr and oil coolers. Local dealer diagnosed most of these.  Smh

At 150k my 04 f350 crew went in for injectors at dealer. Was there for a week and a bill of 3-5k can’t recall exactly. Wife’s dad was in area so dropped wife off to pick it up and she gets 3/4 the way home on a 45 min drive and calls me up. Says I think it’s doing same thing again. I said is it or isn’t it? She says it is and limps it home. They get a call and pick it up, another 2 weeks go by and I get a call your truck is done. So I go in and they hand me keys, no bill or paper work or explanation......

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Build Threads / Re: 2001 Excursion Shop Truck / Family Hauler
« on: June 19, 2019, 06:43:43 PM »
7.3s are tanks.. but dogs.

and from what i’ve always heard the 6.0s were tuned one way from international, but ford got them and turned them up to 360 hp which pushed head bolts and gaskets to their limit.. even though it’s a ‘factory’ tune.

Correct international 6.0L is 200hp FYI

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You cut the shroud off?

Doesn't that work together with the clutch to cool at lower speeds?


Typically yes, that is my understanding at least.  :huh:

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Build Threads / Re: 2001 Excursion Shop Truck / Family Hauler
« on: June 18, 2019, 11:40:10 PM »
Started with the 7.3s and they didn't have nearly as many issues as the 6.0s.

Are you talking the 7.3 before or after ford bought out international/navstar?

Ford didn’t buy out international, they sued IInternational over the 6.0L issues.....

On another note interesting fact. When the first 7.3L turbo diesels arrived at Ford they had 500k warranty tags on them per an engineer I worked with who was employed at Ford (I was still in high school then btw). Ford freaked out about those tags and next thing you know the 7.3L’s had 100k warranties instead.....

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Build Threads / Re: 2001 Excursion Shop Truck / Family Hauler
« on: June 18, 2019, 11:00:21 AM »
Shawn, I haven't heard many gas engine related problems with those, but I have heard plenty of diesel problems with their high pressure oiling systems failing at very inopportune moments. seems like a good thing it's not ford diesel.

Agreed!  :likebutton:

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Build Threads / Re: 2001 Excursion Shop Truck / Family Hauler
« on: June 18, 2019, 12:08:56 AM »
I had an 04 f350 crew that tugged our 36’ enclosed exiss alum trailer around for 150K just fine. Then it started having issues and became a money pit........ 6.0L never again

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Build Threads / Re: 2001 Excursion Shop Truck / Family Hauler
« on: June 17, 2019, 11:58:32 PM »
Here you all go DOTing my thread up with talk about luxury Redneck items such as aftermarket AC units. Thinking this needs its own thread, where are the mods I’m outraged!  :evil:   :popcorn:

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Build Threads / Re: 2001 Excursion Shop Truck / Family Hauler
« on: June 17, 2019, 09:44:05 PM »
Nice find Shawn.  I almost bought one new with the diesel way back when.  It was a moose.  Should have bought it.

Thanks, if you don’t use that Cummins let me know....  :tongue:

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Build Threads / Re: 2001 Excursion Shop Truck / Family Hauler
« on: June 17, 2019, 09:35:28 PM »
My brother's 01 f250 has 345k. Most we did is intake gaskets and a/c..nothing engine related

 :likebutton:

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Build Threads / Re: 2001 Excursion Shop Truck / Family Hauler
« on: June 17, 2019, 09:18:29 PM »
Those excursions are heavy pigs but ride nice because of it. The V10 holds its own,  but a Cummins swap turns them into a heck of a rig.

I’ve ran across quite a few of these with 300k on them still going.

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Build Threads / Re: 2001 Excursion Shop Truck / Family Hauler
« on: June 17, 2019, 09:16:31 PM »
Those V10's are all over the place in heavy class C RV's. I have wondered how they would do in a lighter application. I drove one for a month out in the cali desert at Ft. Erwin. Have to say, I didn't like it's weird sound, lack of power or horrible fuel mileage. But betting Ford has vastly improved the thing.

Good score S

I am always interested in what you will do to things. For your own sanity, do not subject it to the "Don effect" as some of my friends refer to things I own.


Correct, no Don affect here. Limited build and drive it....

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Build Threads / Re: 2001 Excursion Shop Truck / Family Hauler
« on: June 17, 2019, 09:12:33 PM »
It uses the wrong fuel!

Well, if this wears out you can always Cummins swap them and I couldn’t find any non 6.0’s with low mileage

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Build Threads / Re: 2001 Excursion Shop Truck / Family Hauler
« on: June 17, 2019, 05:57:32 PM »
I’ve been considering trucks for awhile now and always wanted one of these. The hand me down Honda Insight hybrid just ain’t cutting it for shop duty. So before it gets too many miles sipping fuel to the tune of mid 40’s per gallon we’re going to sell it to someone who will appreciate it more.

So I threw out a low ball offer over a week ago on this second owner unit. Guy turned me down but asked me for my card then called back to accept the standing offer last Friday. I take my funds to him tomorrow afternoon. Plan is pretty simple for this, tighten up steering (only issue I can find thus far) add some front window tint, roof rack, exterior spare tire carrier and bumper. Possibly front bumper and winch then some additional lighting and new tires with maybe a leveling kit and potential grizzly in the rear at some point. Possible banks upgrades but not sure if I’ll go full kit with headers or just keep manifolds. Use it to haul family / friends and shop supplies / camping gear.

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Build Threads / 2001 Excursion Shop Truck / Family Hauler
« on: June 17, 2019, 05:51:28 PM »
So if all goes as planned I’m picking up this clean 2001 V10 Excursion Limited with 124k on the clock tomorrow.












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Firearms / Re: 1911 vs bretta vs glock talk
« on: June 17, 2019, 05:44:20 PM »
Bobby / Don / whomever, so on the 1911 topic. I owned two and both were gained via trade and they were low end units (can't recall even the manufacturer) I didn't really care for them honestly at the time. I've also been at my old smith's place on numerous occasions where he was either tuning them or trying to fix feeding issues and I do recall one being a high dollar Wilson unit with feed issues. So if a guy were to buy a 1911 in 45 out of the box for under a grand what would you buy? I want in on the competition so lets say I buy to play what do I buy without going broke and add to the inheritance collection?
Save the headache. Buy a glock ;-)


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Have a couple, they made it sound as if you weren’t carrying 1911 you couldn’t play. Which is why I asked, have no use for another caliber and a kettle bell that throws lead really.... :popcorn:

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 17, 2019, 10:42:05 AM »
When I was growing up nothing less than a 3/4 ton (bigger brakes/ axles etc) as they were real trucks. Now the 1/2 ton capacity’s are really surprising.....

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Firearms / Re: 1911 vs bretta vs glock talk
« on: June 16, 2019, 11:13:53 PM »
Bobby / Don / whomever, so on the 1911 topic. I owned two and both were gained via trade and they were low end units (can't recall even the manufacturer) I didn't really care for them honestly at the time. I've also been at my old smith's place on numerous occasions where he was either tuning them or trying to fix feeding issues and I do recall one being a high dollar Wilson unit with feed issues. So if a guy were to buy a 1911 in 45 out of the box for under a grand what would you buy? I want in on the competition so lets say I buy to play what do I buy without going broke and add to the inheritance collection?

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Firearms / Re: 1911 vs bretta vs glock talk
« on: June 16, 2019, 07:19:39 PM »
Ken needs company in this arena......not going to back him in the Hildabeast arena though..... :laugh:

Mike you scared huh?  :tongue:

Do a ten to twenty dollar buy in and that should buy a decent bottle of bourbon for the winner....

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 16, 2019, 01:01:46 PM »
JR, I used to put down the miles. Fight thru it and keep chugging coffee. Just ain’t the same, hour nap and I was good for another 5 hours driving or so. For the record the outback seats are not very comfortable. Had me missing my f150 in long drives..

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 15, 2019, 11:45:03 PM »
So yesterday I flew to Indiana at 3am. Visited with my Dad in nursing home and then finished packing moms POD rental up along with her Subaru Outback. As of 8pm eastern last night then left for home. As of 6 pm this evening I arrived, all in all drive went ok. Stopped couple of times during night to take an hour or so nap. Glad those drives back and forth are complete. Mom is here and waiting on her possessions to show up in ten days or so.


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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 15, 2019, 11:36:24 PM »
Im a ford guy and I’d pay off the d-max and fix it or fix it and keep paying on it.....

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 3
« on: June 14, 2019, 11:16:48 AM »
Still Kens fault somehow.....  :tongue:

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 3
« on: June 12, 2019, 09:39:41 PM »
For what it’s worth and regardless of what he might have said either way I will just blame Ken.

Why Ken you ask? Well, for starters that whole love affair with H.

Second the 1911 thing, I mean who still uses one of those?  :rolleyes: I mean why not blame him? I can’t come up with a single reason not to.

Then the fact we believe his middle name is Dave, yeah who knew right?!?

Oh, and he’s a fallen DOT member. I think Don even promoted him to just below a paid salary position. What the heck is with all that butt kissing anyhow?

So regardless of what all you other weak knee knuckleheads think I’m gunna just blame him for this debacle......

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Nate, you may be on to something...

My grandmother would only water garden with rain water. They had catch buckets on all downspouts at farm.

So you were watering from a hose? City water then went received monsoon. Different water source and probably too much from monsoon.

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2nd pic from bottom, thought the yellow was a sign of too much water?

Sorry Nate, been a few years since we had a large garden and too much water isn’t an issue here in hippyland.

Too much fertilizer can be an issue too. I probably would not have used that stuff. Transplant then watch and react as necessary.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 11, 2019, 12:05:13 AM »
 :likebutton: way to go Bobby!

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 3
« on: June 10, 2019, 05:54:27 PM »
What in the tarnation is going on here? You get stuck in a KY mulch bed at the local piggly wiggly again?

Perhaps you were transporting Kens gf (hopefully to a big hole on the back 40) and blew out all four tires simultaneously?

Or you dropped it off at Dave’s cabinet shop for a hippy color makeover?

Yeah I know probably not but all of those above sounded better than going the way of SQ D.......  :facepalm:

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Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: June 09, 2019, 04:31:43 PM »
Wouldn't it be cheaper and lighter to just put your kids on a diet?

Charles was planning ahead in case you brought your gf for a visit, sure he will rent front end loader to get her in and out of it too.....

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 09, 2019, 11:22:17 AM »
Loaded up for a weeek in Moab.   Family and friends rzrs and jeeps


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 :likebutton:

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Construction and Building / Re: Shawn’s new Hippyland Home
« on: June 08, 2019, 12:16:33 PM »
Turn the page!


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 :likebutton:

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Construction and Building / Re: Shawn’s new Hippyland Home
« on: June 08, 2019, 12:16:11 PM »
And they are saying good riddance hippy!

Most likely, I’m not loved by the world and that’s ok.....  :tongue:

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Construction and Building / Re: Shawn’s new Hippyland Home
« on: June 08, 2019, 09:14:44 AM »
Moving, good bye townhome & all its interesting inhabitants / miscreants...... :tongue:

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 3
« on: June 07, 2019, 09:15:13 AM »
And after moving it I noticed this!!!!!!!!!!

Honestly, am I ever going to get actually finished??? :shocked:

Oh and did I mention there is no cold air coming out of the AC???!!! :facepalm:

Looks reddish, trans?

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Message from the Owner / Re: New FaceBook page
« on: June 07, 2019, 12:26:38 AM »
Who is this cat



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Had a conversation with Alex character this am, he’s slinging parts or some sort for vehicles and other junk. Deny request, oh and he only speaks Spanish btw

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 06, 2019, 08:39:54 AM »
In other news the light in the loafers gov from Colorado signs a bill decriminalizing possession of mushrooms and other hallucinogenic drugs.... :facepalm:

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CIEMR / Re: I'm addin' this to my CIEMR collection!
« on: June 05, 2019, 07:51:07 PM »
Yeah. I’m quick to point out when called a homophobe that I’m not scared of them. I just believe they are an abomination to God (straight from The Word)


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Amen

The left like to label you and stick you in this little box. However, it has nothing to do with being scared or part of an “ism”. It’s a personal preference. Kinda like belts, I like black belts. I really don’t care for brown ones. To me that is a preference.

With all that said in God’s eyes I’m sure I am less than worthy the same as a queer. So I choose to try and not cast the first stone.

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Message from the Owner / Re: New FaceBook page
« on: June 05, 2019, 04:06:03 PM »
Would love to, but deleted FB after the last election.  :(

Heavy hand by the gf again I suppose..... didn’t want to you potentially hearing how it was her fault she lost an election again!  :popcorn:

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Construction and Building / Re: Shawn’s new Hippyland Home
« on: June 05, 2019, 07:30:33 AM »
 :likebutton: Earthroamer manufacturing plant is just west of my shop. On way in yesterday I passed them test driving what I think was an F650 or larger unit. It reminded me of something along the size of an m35 on steroids.....

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Construction and Building / Re: Shawn’s new Hippyland Home
« on: June 04, 2019, 11:11:34 PM »
I was thinking we would park Dons rig at my shop right between a gt40 and a Dodge Viper or maybe in the shadow of three bays worth of new earthroamer overland units..... :tongue:

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 3
« on: June 04, 2019, 11:08:25 PM »
Turner, it sounds like the cap backed off the driveshaft side not the yoke side. I’ve never witnessed anyone breaking those girdles not that it couldn’t be accomplished by Don....

Rotation, we can handle that....

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Build Threads / Re: 74 w200 cummins crew cab build
« on: June 04, 2019, 09:56:22 PM »
Dunno.  I have a bug to do something not structural construction.

I have a bead on a 2008 F250 frame and both axles.  Will start working on a roller with a NV4500 and maybe a 2 speed transfer case to put with the 12V and then figure out what body to drop on it.

Got a lot to learn about straight axle trucks....


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Remember what Norm said about a 12v and the sterling don't play well.

Well, he was talking about Don & Don’s built 12v and a sterling. There are a couple things you can do to beef them up though. The money in what Charles is looking at though is the front axle and radius arm suspension.

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I run Mobil 1 full synthetic but they’re proud of it.....

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 03, 2019, 04:50:23 PM »
 :likebutton:

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Construction and Building / Re: Shawn’s new Hippyland Home
« on: June 03, 2019, 12:46:31 AM »
Big builders don't put on handles? With

Looks great.  The front yard looks like it's been there for a couple years.
Park big D out back.  You don't want yellow spots in the grass and tire tracks in what little mulch you have.

Nope, dr Horton last home & now Lennar (both in top 3 in the nation for home building).

To me it’s not a big deal. I like to pick my handles anyhow. In fact several of the options they did give us for this home I just wasn’t a fan of anyhow.

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Construction and Building / Re: Shawn’s new Hippyland Home
« on: June 02, 2019, 08:26:46 PM »
Beautiful home Shawn. Congrats on the near love in. Looks like Thanksgiving is at your house! 


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I'm thinking something a lot sooner than that!

Isn't that place going to look grand with my roof tent all deployed in the driveway! 8-)

We’ll park the jk right next to it & you’ll fit right in as its Colorado anyhow!

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 02, 2019, 07:50:21 PM »

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 02, 2019, 07:01:08 PM »
Beggars can’t complain Ken!

So I’ve been in need a jib crane for shop. After deciding once again I’m to cheap to buy new $1200-$1600 and not being able to find what I want used (aka they’re all in the rust belt Midwest) I decided to build my own. Found a rancher who had a bunch of used oil pipe over in east weld county for sale at discount pricing. So he had a chunk that measures just shy of 11” in diameter and almost 3/4” wall & he cut off 14’ for me $50 loaded. I figure it weighs about 70# a foot without looking in the book. So just shy of 1/2 ton or 5 cents a # I now have my upright post for the jib crane....

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