experienced ford 6.0 guys - looking at 2004 550 dump

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by alldayrj, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. tbambersvc

    tbambersvc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    Thats real nice. Better off with that than the 550.
  2. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,793

    Thanks man, thats what I hope. looking for some more opinions on them though. most guys seem to swear by them, and other complain about the 444(7.3) and auto but i'm not sure if they just want it to be something its not. I just want it to be the 550 KILLER lol
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Only thing you need to consider with a 550 or the low-pro is that if you pull a trailer, it needs to be small as you'll be over CDL with the combined weight.

    For instance.

    My C3500HD is a 16k truck and I can pull my 10k equipment trailer with it and be right under CDL.

  4. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,793

    yea I get that, I will probably get my CDL this winter while its slow anyway. my current dump is 25500 and I've towed with it, just dont tell anyone ;)

    lets not turn this into a CDL thread though, I swear some people search it every time they log on just to stir it up again haha

    If anyone has experience with the low - pros please post up, pics included
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Just bringing it to your attention, that's all.

  6. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,793

    I apreciate it, it wasnt a jab at you
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  7. B&M

    B&M LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 333

    I have to agree and I'm a ford guy through and through. To the op It's a nice looking truck, but white smoke is not good as some others have said it could be head gaskets, egr or both.
  8. Monroe74

    Monroe74 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    Do a compression test on the heads that will answer your question. White smoke is never good when the engine is warm. Because it was sitting is complete bs.
  9. cutbetterthanyou

    cutbetterthanyou LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,178

    I've always been told white smoke= water, black=fuel, blue=oil. That being said i wouldn't buy it myself. 6.0s have a bad track record and white smoke isn't good in my book. I would have to lean toward the head gaskets due to the white smoke. All the other problems listed should be black smoke.

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