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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #30 on: Feb 19, 2005, 07:28:05 PM »
I know exactly what you are talking about with that additive. It smells horrid
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« Reply #31 on: Feb 19, 2005, 09:13:01 PM »
Oh yeah...that stuff make me want to  :reg:   :crazy:
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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #32 on: Feb 20, 2005, 05:29:59 PM »
Not to mention the gear oil smell on top of that! I believe that it is impossible to ever get that smell out of your clothing.
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« Reply #33 on: Feb 20, 2005, 11:05:21 PM »
I agree.  I'm just glad I did the service at work so I got the floor there all greasy and left the smell in the oil drain there.  My old lady would kill me if that schit was smellin up the house!!  :slap:
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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #34 on: Feb 28, 2005, 04:11:59 PM »
The old "crawler hauler" performed flawlessly this weekend!  Drug my stuff down to Las Cruces for the Chile Challenge, and was very satisified.  Got 15mpg going down and 12 coming home running 60-65 so my buddy could keep up in his trail rig.  I need to have the injection pump timed and turned up a little, but otherwise all is well.  Maybe I'll be able to put off that ATS turbo kit for a little while  :_oops:   (just as long as thats what the Mrs. thinks....)


Heres a pic of our campsite at the Holiday Inn...

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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #35 on: Oct 09, 2005, 08:36:12 PM »
Lookie What I got:

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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #36 on: Oct 10, 2005, 03:53:20 PM »
The UPS man came today...
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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #37 on: Mar 23, 2006, 08:45:45 PM »
Man...I guess I really should have updated this thread a while ago  :smack:

I successfully installed the used ATS turbo kit, a 4" exhaust, and the gauges back in October.  I also turned up the injection pump 2 flats to increase the fuel flow to compensate for the increased airflow.  The kit uses a non-wastegated turbo, so it only generates about 8lbs of boost, unless heavily loaded.  With the trailer in tow on a big hill, it'll hit 11psi.  Definitely not Cummins or Powerstroke boost, but it runs GREAT!

The exhaust I used was a 4" mild steel kit by MBRP intended for a 96 Powerstroke.  I figured it would just need some fabbing to adapt to my ATS 3" downpipe, but would otherwise bolt-in, as the 96's were the same bodystyle as my 92.  Boy, was I wrong.  NONE of the hangers lined up quite right.  Turns out, adapting it to my ATS downpipe was the easy part.  I used a section of the Powerstroke downpipe (where it flares from 3" to 4") to make an adaptor for my ATS downpipe.  I then welded a section of the 4" MBRP exhaust to that, and ran it straight back to the muffler.  I was able to tweak the tailpipe and muffler hangers to get it all in, but still didn't have any hangers on the mid-pipe (between the downpipe and the muffler).  As luck would have it, the factory hanger bolted into the frame, and the frame was pre-drilled in several locations for exhaust hangers.  I was able to relocate the factory midpipe hanger, and fab a mount on the midpipe using a 4" exhaust clamp to hold things up.  I finished it off with a nice polished 5" tip, so it at least looks powerful  :greengrin:I haven't had any trouble with it so far, and it looks and sounds great!

The Turbo housing was another source of trouble, as the up-pipe and downpipe just didn't seal up properly.  ATS designed the system to just slip-fit, with no seals or gaskets.  They relied on soot from the exhaust to form a seal  :hammerhead:  I was really disappointed to fire up the truck for the first time and hear the tick tick tick of a leaky exhaust on the other side of the firewall.  I fought that leak with several different kinds of sealant and pipe expanders, but to no avail.  I resigned to live with an exhaust leak.  Well now, after 6 months and 5000 miles, the soot has sealed things up quite nicely.  ATS was right...  Still a stupid design, in my opinion, but it does work. 

I'll work on getting some pics of the exhaust and the turbo setup this weekend.

I've also installed some Factory 95-97 alloy wheels  :bling:, and a set of leveling springs in the front.  Again, I need to work on some pictures of that. 

Future plans include:

- SAS it with a Dana 60 from a single rear wheel F350 so I can eliminate the stupid TTB Dana 50 that's in there.  It just tends to wear my tires funny anyway...

- Expand the sound system to include some new speakers, a Sub, and an Amp.  My upgraded Kenwood deck and 30G MP3 player are nice, but could be nicer

-Ditch the bench seat for some nice buckets and a center console.  I HATE bench seats, and mine's useless with the manual trans anyway

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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #38 on: Mar 24, 2006, 05:03:13 AM »
i had a 96' gmc 2500 2wd with a 454 and i think the best mpg i ever got was 12 and the worst was 5. I love those old style ford diesels until 97'. they cost a ton even used, along with pretty much every other diesel. nice truck though. banks power rocks!!

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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #39 on: Mar 24, 2006, 05:06:12 AM »
oh forgot to mention that 96' gmc i had had 293,000 miles on it when i sold it with original motor and rear end. the only major thing that ever went wrong was i had the tranny rebuilt but i always had the shirt load of stuff in it. Oh and i forgot reklund you should put some stacks on it and turn up the fuel pump. nothin better than  black smoke!

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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #40 on: Mar 25, 2006, 03:46:29 PM »
As promised, heres a couple of quick pictures of the truck with the new springs and wheels.  Still have to take the pics of the turbo/exhaust/gauges...

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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #41 on: Mar 25, 2006, 03:47:39 PM »
one more...
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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #42 on: Mar 27, 2006, 06:32:02 PM »
Here's a picture of the most important upgrade one can do to their Diesel truck.  A proper set of gauges to monitor Exhaust Gas Temperature and Boost.  If you have an Automatic transmission, you'll need a Trans Temp Gauge too...

Both of my gauges are Autometer units, although I really wish I'd spent the money on the nicer Isspro gauges.  They're mounted in a clip-on Autometer pillar pod that I haven't gotten around to painting to match yet.  Oh, and yes, that boost gauge reads to 30psi...even though my old truck can't handle more than 12psi...  Wishful thinking, I suppose...

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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #43 on: Mar 27, 2006, 06:38:21 PM »
This is where the smoke comes out!

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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #44 on: Mar 27, 2006, 06:40:58 PM »
I've also added a CB radio to the tow rig, to communicate with my buddies on the way to the trail.
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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #45 on: Mar 27, 2006, 07:35:29 PM »
:thumbs: Lookin great Ryan!!! :woohoo:
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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #46 on: Mar 27, 2006, 08:27:52 PM »
I spy dual tanks...how many gallons does that thing hold? Damn, I'd hate to fill that thing up all the way. $$$$$$$$ :shakehead: I love the sound of a a diesel with opened up exhaust. Nice rig
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« Reply #47 on: Mar 27, 2006, 08:34:14 PM »
Each tank only holds like 17 gallons...which is still like $70 to fill 'em both.  The new 'Strokers and Cummins have single 45-or-so gallon tanks.  They're even MORE expensive to fill!

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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #48 on: Mar 28, 2006, 07:29:43 PM »
do you still have a muffler on there?
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« Reply #49 on: Mar 28, 2006, 07:51:59 PM »
Yes, I'm running the straight through muffler that was supplied with the MBRP kit.  :wave:
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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #50 on: May 15, 2006, 09:00:25 PM »
I spent some time last week tinkering with the Crawler Hauler some more...

I installed new factory Ford headlight assemblies, because the old ones were so yellowed from the sun.  I tried to polish up the old ones several times, and they'd polish clear, but turn back to yellow in a few weeks time.  I got sick of polishing, and ponied up the cashola to put some new units in.  Man- what a difference at night!  I also installed a harness to take the "load" off of the headlight switch.  (for some reason, Ford doesn't use headlamp relays- they just run all the current thru the switch)  The harness has 2 relays and takes power directly from the batteries.  Between the new lenses, the new bulbs, and some proper current, the lights are brighter than ever!  I can actually see roadsigns at night, and the pavement is lit up with a more "white" light than the old yeller's!  :rofl2:

I also installed a nice auto-dimming rearview mirror with an itegrated compass and outside temperature display.  Pretty cool unit, has a temp probe you mount in the grille area and displays outside temperature in the mirror itself.  I didn't think I'd need the auto-dim feature in such a big truck, but after driving with it for the past few days, it's pretty nice!  Totally unnecessary, I'll admit, but fun nonetheless!

Finally, I installed a set of Firestone Ride-Rite airbags in the rear to help level the truck when the trailer is hooked to it.  Since installing the front add-a-leaves, the truck sat a little nose high- I guess the old rears had sagged a little too...  I setup the airbags with a tee fitting, so they both inflate off of one schrader valve mounted in the rear fuel filler door.  With only 15psi in the bags, the rear end comes up enough to sit properly unloaded, and the ride isn't affected at all, that I can notice.  With the trailer on it, and the bags at 30psi, the rear doesn't sag at all, and the ride is only a little stiffer than without the bags.  They say you can set them up to 100 psi...but they'd probably be like air-bricks at that point.

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

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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #51 on: Jul 23, 2006, 10:20:48 PM »
updated photo.
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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #52 on: Jul 24, 2006, 03:32:51 PM »
  If you have an Automatic transmission, you'll need a Trans Temp Gauge too...



Funny you should say that.  I was truck shopping/dreaming yesterday and was checkin out an '03 F-350 Dually and I noticed it ha da transmission temperature gauge... Was a first for me :dunno:
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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #53 on: Jul 24, 2006, 05:37:51 PM »
Ryan you gonna make it over this way this year for the run?  :crossed:

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Re: Project Crawler Hauler
« Reply #54 on: Jul 31, 2006, 09:15:20 PM »
At this point, it doesn't look good.  I'm working hard to pull some strings and maybe I can make it out there.

I spent last week in Colorado wheeling for my Birthday.  If I come for the roundup, look for this rig:
'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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