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BulldogPS
08-03-2010, 03:03 AM
Started with a 08 F550 and Stellar Hooklift. Even with Air lift air suspension, the truck would bottom out the suspension with 4 yds of loam. 6.4 diesel clogged DPF 4 times in 7,000 miles, causing weeks of downtime :angry:. Hooklift feature was nice, but truck is P.O.S.:dizzy:

BulldogPS
08-03-2010, 03:20 AM
Found a used 2003 F650 Crew Cab, CAT C7, Allison Auto, 37,000 miles with a 16' contractors body on it for $20,000. The previous owner had paid $10,000 for that mystic flame paint job, I was in love. I Traded in my 2008 F550 Cab and Chassis(after clearing the check engine light for the 4th clogged DPF):laugh:. Dealer gave me $33,000 for the cab and chassis with 8500 miles and a 9'6" Stanless Fisher Extreme-V that was used pretty heavily for 2 seasons (came off another truck). Donovan Equipment Shortened the F650, mounted my Stellar hooklift, hydraulic tarp, stainless box, painted the frame, installed a new PTO, made a new aluminum tarp deflector, and installed stainless rear fenders for $7000.

BulldogPS
08-03-2010, 03:22 AM
That left some $$$ for Alcoa Durabrights w/ new Goodyear tires.:cool2:
Stainless tanks next, and install my Whelen Liberty lightbar.

a&j lawncare llc
08-03-2010, 07:22 AM
i have a goood friend whos a mechanic at a ford dearler for trucks..he sees that all the time..he says the 6.0 6.4 6.8 junk..i have a 2001 7.3 with 110k and a 2000 f450 with 180k..never a big problem..never left me on the side of road..ill never own any thing but the 7.3...

JFGauvreau
08-03-2010, 08:34 AM
Nice truck, you shouldn't have problems with the 650 with the CAT engine!

bobcat48
08-03-2010, 11:38 AM
Truck is very nice.

Cutter1
08-03-2010, 11:45 AM
looks real good. Too bad about the 550. I have a 6.0 and its a pain in the a$$ Nobody can seem to figure out what is wrong with it.

BulldogPS
08-03-2010, 02:47 PM
looks real good. Too bad about the 550. I have a 6.0 and its a pain in the a$$ Nobody can seem to figure out what is wrong with it.
So far I have killed 2 6.0 diesels. My 06 F350 had Turbo failure at 36,100 miles, the warranty expired by 100 miles and they refused to repair under warranty. My 07 F550 spewed oil out of every crevice of the engine, truck went to the dealer countless times for burning oil smell, hesitation, funny noises, truck used to smell like an oil refinery with 20,000 miles on it. After a long night of plowing, got on the hiway to go home and the truck wouldn't go over 20 mph. Kept my foot to the floor the whole way:laugh:. By the time I got off at my exit, the truck was idling so rough the plow was bouncing up and down and slamming into the ground. Then came the hooklift:dizzy:

BulldogPS
08-03-2010, 02:51 PM
i have a goood friend whos a mechanic at a ford dearler for trucks..he sees that all the time..he says the 6.0 6.4 6.8 junk..i have a 2001 7.3 with 110k and a 2000 f450 with 180k..never a big problem..never left me on the side of road..ill never own any thing but the 7.3...
Hang on to those 7.3s man.

Mark Oomkes
08-03-2010, 03:03 PM
Nice find and nice truck.

I hear ya on the 6.0h no's. Have 3 of them. Unfortunately.

What is a 6.8 Ford diesel? Never heard of it?

03twenty500hd
08-03-2010, 03:15 PM
Nice find and nice truck.

I hear ya on the 6.0h no's. Have 3 of them. Unfortunately.

What is a 6.8 Ford diesel? Never heard of it?

i think its in the 2011's...

Mark Oomkes
08-03-2010, 03:48 PM
i think its in the 2011's...

That would be the 6.7, and I really don't think they've been on the road long enough to make a judgment on them yet.

03twenty500hd
08-03-2010, 05:08 PM
That would be the 6.7, and I really don't think they've been on the road long enough to make a judgment on them yet.

yea i know i was just taking a guess haha

grassman177
08-03-2010, 06:18 PM
they have not been out long, but hearing rave reviews and man they are quiet

a&j lawncare llc
08-03-2010, 07:39 PM
the 6.7 are going to be junk..its all this emission chap..cat doesnt even make a on road motor any more..only off road they dont have to have all the ulsd stuff on them..i have a number of friends with 7.3 with over 200k and going strong..ILL NEVER OWN A 6.0 OR ANY OF THEM..

a&j lawncare llc
08-03-2010, 07:41 PM
one more thing nice 650..hope to be at that leave some day..

lawnangel1
08-03-2010, 11:05 PM
It would have saved you more time and trouble if you just started out with a Chevy!!!

SNAPPER MAN
08-03-2010, 11:17 PM
The new 6.7's are awesome engines. What are you guys going to do 10-15 years from now when you cannot find any 7.3's with less than 300k on em? You have to adjust. I have a 2009 f250 with the 6.4l psd and it has been great to me so far. Put over 20k on it the first year and not a single problem. Sure it doesn't get great mileage but what is "good" for a fullsize 3/4 ton truck. I can't wait to have to get another work truck because the new 6.7 is supposed to get around 20mpg on the highway and is nice and quiet.
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Kennedy Landscaping
08-04-2010, 01:40 AM
Nice truck. I personally don't care for the new ford diesels either. Only the 7.3s. I haven't ever owned one but they're for sure good engines. Drove a few trucks with a 7.3 and they are amazing. The new diesels are too quiet I think. I don't know what it is but I love the sound of a diesel engine.
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joef450snowplow
08-04-2010, 03:05 AM
FORD SHOULD JUST USE A CUMMINS!!! If they did ppfff that be the best truck on the market

nikolai
08-04-2010, 03:28 AM
Maybe in 2012 when Dodge's contract with Cummins ends...

Then I might actually buy a new Ford.

William

ProTouch Groundscapes
08-04-2010, 11:07 AM
Bulldog: trucks look top notch!! the whole paint scheme works well together!

your first mistake was buying and 08 lol. i was on the forums before i bought my 09 6.4 and a lot of people were having issues with job 1 & 2 6.4's. my 09 has been great so far, just needed the updated EGR. my truck is covered under the 7yr 200K esp.

and we just purchased an 06 6.0 (i only looked at 06 & 07's) with 82K, clean oasis, clean truck, clean motor. been running great so far, just needs a new driver side axle seal.

best of luck to you!

oh and i also own an 02 chevy HD and 98 chevy dump so not hating.

oakwdman
08-04-2010, 01:03 PM
Nice truck. I personally don't care for the new ford diesels either. Only the 7.3s. I haven't ever owned one but they're for sure good engines. Drove a few trucks with a 7.3 and they are amazing. The new diesels are too quiet I think. I don't know what it is but I love the sound of a diesel engine.
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If you drive a 7.3 and then go drive a 6.0 or a dmax or cummins youll realize how much of a dog they are stock. I wont own a 7.3 simply because we're gettin to the point where even the newest ones you can get are already 8 years old. Not saying thats too old its just getting to the point where theyre outdated. Even a tuned 7.3 is putting out somewhere near the same #s as a stock lbz. Dont get me wrong they're great motors just not what I'd like as of right now lol.
I agree the loud sound is nice but drive around a 12v or even a 24v cummins for a while and you cant even hear yourself think until 4th gear.

cashishift
08-04-2010, 02:53 PM
The 6.0 can be made reliable...

its just expensive.

Unfortunately not many people can afford to put 3000 bucks into a truck just to make it reliable.

2brothersyardcare
08-04-2010, 04:28 PM
Nice truck. I personally don't care for the new ford diesels either. Only the 7.3s. I haven't ever owned one but they're for sure good engines. Drove a few trucks with a 7.3 and they are amazing. The new diesels are too quiet I think. I don't know what it is but I love the sound of a diesel engine.
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the real question is how do you know

DUSTYCEDAR
08-04-2010, 05:02 PM
i saw a guy that put the cummings in his 350 to tow cars what a beast

oakwdman
08-04-2010, 05:09 PM
i saw a guy that put the cummings in his 350 to tow cars what a beast

CUMMINS! no G!!!!

-Dalton-
08-04-2010, 05:40 PM
6.0s need head studs and 6.4s need DPF deletes. kinda sad you would have to ruin the warranty on a truck that expensive to make it reliable, but i will say with a dpf delete, straight pipe and spartan tune the 6.4s are NASTY!!!!

xc2010
08-05-2010, 12:20 AM
6.0s need head studs and 6.4s need DPF deletes. kinda sad you would have to ruin the warranty on a truck that expensive to make it reliable, but i will say with a dpf delete, straight pipe and spartan tune the 6.4s are NASTY!!!!
Those Spartan Tuned are Disgusting the amount of HP they put out i think like 550+ at rear wheels and 1000+ LBS of Torque
Nice find and nice truck.

I hear ya on the 6.0h no's. Have 3 of them. Unfortunately.

What is a 6.8 Ford diesel? Never heard of it?

and the 6.8L is a V10 gasser

powerstroke man
03-21-2011, 09:18 PM
Sweet pics BullDog!! Hows the truck working out any new pics?:weightlifter: