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Project Crawler Hauler
« on: Jan 03, 2005, 04:25:05 PM »
Check it out- I found a super clean '92 F250 Diesel with only 75000 miles on her!  It's a 4x4 with a 5spd manual, so its the perfect tow rig (for my budget...)  I hope to upgrade all sorts of stuff soon, so stay tuned.  I'm just waiting for that Banks performance catalog to show up...

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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #1 on: Jan 03, 2005, 04:25:36 PM »
one more picture for now...
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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #2 on: Jan 03, 2005, 04:27:07 PM »
nice lookin truck all it needs is a rhino liner  :biggthumpup:
87 runner, 4" trailmaster lift, 33" TSL/SX, 5.29's V6 e-locker, 22re that cost too much

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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #3 on: Jan 03, 2005, 04:29:23 PM »
 So far I've just done some small maintenance items...

Changed all the fluids
Installed a new water pump (those suckers are HEAVY! and it holds 6 GALLONS of coolant!  I'm so used to working on Toyotas...)
Installed some Hi-Lift slide-n-lock tiedowns in the bed
ordered new window mouldings to replace cracked stockers

So far, she drives like a dream, as the previous owner took really good care of her.  Fuel mileage isn't great, but who cares when it'll pull 10000 lbs!  The deal on my old dodge falling thru (for those who remember) was a blessing in disguise.  This is a much nicer truck and will hopefully serve well for years to come!

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'92 F250 Diesel, tow rig, ATS Turbo, leveling kit, killer stereo

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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #4 on: Jan 03, 2005, 04:30:12 PM »
The spray in liner is on my list....  Gotta wait to recover from the purchase  :thumbs:
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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #5 on: Jan 03, 2005, 05:10:45 PM »
sweet. about what type of gas mileage get with that motor?
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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #6 on: Jan 03, 2005, 06:08:14 PM »
I average around 14 unloaded, but I tend to drive it like an old lady.  (Diesel is EXPENSIVE here...)  I haven't really had a chance to drag the loaded trailer around for a full tank of fuel, just short trips here and there.  I won't really know until Chili Challenge in February...

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'87 Supra, 400 HP.  smooth as glass at 130 'cause my tires are NEW!...
'92 F250 Diesel, tow rig, ATS Turbo, leveling kit, killer stereo

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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #7 on: Jan 03, 2005, 07:03:45 PM »
Nice looking truck Ryan
I'm kinda curious as to what my big block 1 ton will get pulling a trailer with my 83 on it  :nerv:

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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #8 on: Jan 03, 2005, 07:24:16 PM »
its a 454 they get 8mpg no matter what. at least ours is that way. towing, hauking a load or empty....8mpg
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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #9 on: Jan 03, 2005, 07:50:32 PM »
I agree with 86Runner...454's drink the dead dinosaurs like they're going out of style.  At least it'll pull like a mutha tho!  My diesel is similar, it's the same kind of slow loaded or not.  The mileage just drops with a load...

Thats a pretty clean looking pickup tho- what's the stats?

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'92 F250 Diesel, tow rig, ATS Turbo, leveling kit, killer stereo

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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #10 on: Jan 03, 2005, 08:05:56 PM »
86 GMC Sierra K3500 7.4 TH400 205 4.10's 75,000 miles brand new BFG mts. It was one of those trucks that you know a long time and watch and wait and hope maybe one day it goes up for sale, it did and I jumped on it, the PO was just closing the door after putting the for sale sign in it as I was driving by. I really love it but towing with it is gonna melt my Chevron card, really dont want to sell it to get something more practical for towing since I wont tow regularly, I guess just take the hit when the gas bill comes.

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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #11 on: Jan 03, 2005, 08:35:32 PM »
Mine was kinda the same deal- too good to pass up.  I'll have to post up some more pics, but the interior is MINT, and the bed isn't even beat.  The PO had a slide in camper in it most of the time, so it wasn't used to haul bricks and gravel that really overload it...

How does your tow with the TH400?  Your truck looks like something some little old man owned to drive to Home Depot on the weekends- super clean and well cared for!  My previous Dodge had an auto and a 360, but seemed to tow ok.  I'm glad this one is a manual though  ;)    The boys at Chevron love it when guys like us go on road trips...they can hear the cha-ching noise from 10 miles down the road  :yesnod:  :banana:

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'87 Supra, 400 HP.  smooth as glass at 130 'cause my tires are NEW!...
'92 F250 Diesel, tow rig, ATS Turbo, leveling kit, killer stereo

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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #12 on: Jan 04, 2005, 08:35:05 AM »
I havent had the chance to tow with it yet, I'll be buying a trailer to haul my 83 around this spring.

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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #13 on: Jan 04, 2005, 12:22:20 PM »
Cool purchase. I got my new tow rig a few weeks ago: '97 Dodge 2500 4x4 club cab long bed Cummins Turbo Diesel manual with a few "minor" mods.
If you're looking to bomb your rig, go here http://www.thedieselstop.com/ , you should find all kinds of info. Oh, and from what I hear, Gale Banks is VERY proud of the products he produces (ie muchos  :twocents:  ) so you might look into some of the sources listed on the diesel stop.
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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #14 on: Jan 04, 2005, 02:01:00 PM »
I dig the truck Ryan, hope you have my back if my pile breaks at the Chili Challenge :smack:  just kidding but that will be nice reasurrance out there. See ya next week
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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #15 on: Jan 04, 2005, 05:34:20 PM »
Are you going?  We'd better get together and sign up for the same trails so I can show you how to wheel the truck I built you...  :eyebrow:

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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #16 on: Jan 04, 2005, 06:55:46 PM »
Kyota-

Let me know when you get ready to buy a trailer...I may be of some assistance.

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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #17 on: Jan 04, 2005, 08:56:30 PM »
 Joo gots connections?

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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #18 on: Jan 04, 2005, 09:05:14 PM »
I gots what chu need!
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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #19 on: Jan 05, 2005, 07:36:29 AM »
its a 454 they get 8mpg no matter what. at least ours is that way. towing, hauking a load or empty....8mpg
My 1997 gets 8-10-12.  97, crew cab, dually, longbed.  8 with slide in and buggy on the trailer, 10 with either one, 12 empty. :driving:  :driving:
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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #20 on: Jan 05, 2005, 07:20:09 PM »
Anyone have any experience with ATS turbo systems?
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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #21 on: Jan 05, 2005, 08:02:27 PM »
ATS is a prety big name in the industry. I know they made one of the early ford conversion turbo kits. They also make some stout Autos to replace crappy stock versions.
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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #22 on: Jan 06, 2005, 09:13:04 PM »
Had the first real test of the trucks pulling ability tonight, and was impressed.  I drug a 95 V6 4Runner from my house to a friends house.  My buddy lives in the mountains east of town, and the highway climbs through a canyon from about 5000 to almost 7000 feet in like 25 miles.  Couldn't really use 5th gear in the hills, but 4th gear worked great, with only like 2600 RPM at 65mph with power to spare.  I'd still like to strap a turbo on it, but am satisifed for now.  My pickup is considerably lighter than the 4Runner, but sits a little taller, so I imagine that the towing performance will be similar.

My trailer brakes work great, and all the lights work (after I spent 2 days re-doing brakes and wiring on the trailer  :maddest: )  I found the factory pigtail in the glovebox, so my new brake controller was plug-n-play into the truck.  It's one of those fancy digital ones and seems to work fine.  The only scary moment came when the 4Runner shifted about 8" to the right on the trailer while turning  :shocking:   It seems the recent snow that was still on the deck of the trailer had gotten a little icy.  :shakehead:   More careful next time for sure...

So far, So good :thumbs:

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'92 F250 Diesel, tow rig, ATS Turbo, leveling kit, killer stereo

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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #23 on: Feb 17, 2005, 01:29:01 PM »
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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #24 on: Feb 17, 2005, 07:40:57 PM »
that's kinda' scary to have smething slide on the trailer in a turn, if it would've shifted more, you might have either rolled, toppled the Runner and/or trailer, or broke a few things. Glad to hear it tows good, though.  :thumbs:

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« Reply #25 on: Feb 17, 2005, 07:57:53 PM »
This is my 2001 F350, it gets around 15 MPG towing a 10,000 lb enclosed trailer at 65-70 MPH. even with diesel being over $2 a gallon that beats 8 MPG. The only thing is it cost $$ to change the oil with a $15 - $20 filter and 18 Qts of Ames oil.
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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #26 on: Feb 17, 2005, 10:52:59 PM »
Man that is a costly oil change. My Dodge is pretty cheap. Cummins brand filter $4.95, 6 gallons of oil $30.00 (that'll cover 2 changes with about 1 qt. left over). BTW, for my Cummins, the Chevron Delo 400 is about the best out there espeacially since I tend to do short change intervals (every 3000) and the best part is Costco sells it in a case of 6 gallons.  :thumbs:
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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #27 on: Feb 18, 2005, 10:47:47 AM »
we run delo 400 in all "bigger" engines at work(pretty much anything that isn't briggs and stratton sized), like our backhoes, tractors and work trucks and it's good stuff :beer:

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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #28 on: Feb 19, 2005, 02:53:48 PM »
I like my 3500 Ram Cummins
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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #29 on: Feb 19, 2005, 05:05:27 PM »
Hey, I'm not even strokin' with my old IDI Diesel...

Changed all the juices in the truck at work today.  Oil (man!  that :pokinit: turns BLACK in a diesel even after only 2500 miles!) trans/tcase fluid (uses ATF even tho they're manual) front and rear diff.  That Ford rear diff additive stinks like no other!  I put a small 4oz bottle in there and I can still smell the stuff on my hands!

Its all ready for Chili Challenge next week!
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'84 Hilux, locked, dual-cased, winched, EFI converted, 37" tired, half-doored (in the summer...)
'87 Supra, 400 HP.  smooth as glass at 130 'cause my tires are NEW!...
'92 F250 Diesel, tow rig, ATS Turbo, leveling kit, killer stereo

 
 
 
 
 

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