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    Default 89 Ford F350 - Cummins 6BT

    I just thought you'd like to see one that was working well, I just bought it, the truck needs a lot of work but it's usable.

    ETA List of a few things not working

    1. No tachometer
    2. No speedometer (needs cable)
    3. Has crappy cheap gauges for oil pressure, water temp and alternator output. Needs new gauges.
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    Sweet! I would love to run across something like that. What a great rig for hauling my camper.

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    I replaced the speedometer cable so far but have been dealing with what appears to be an intermittent air leak in the fuel lines. I am not too sure what the problem is as we've gone over it from injector to fuel tank without finding anything. I really hope it's not my injector fuel pump. I priced it online it's about $750 plus core deposit for a replacement Bosch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet A-1 View Post
    Sweet! I would love to run across something like that. What a great rig for hauling my camper.
    It's got so much power - I am not used to it. My F250 with the 460 gasoline engine doesn't even come close.

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    Sorry mate - no advice for you on your tachometer situation. My E350 doesn't have a tach so I'm probably heading for the TinyTach solution.
    Does your 6BT have the original crank shaft tachometer sensor?

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    I don't have the answer to that question - yet.

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    I keep running into a fuel line problem between the fuel tank and the lift pump, the lift pump runs dry. To fix it all I have to do is drain a bit of air from the line just in front of the lift pump just after I refill the fuel tank. We're going to drop the fuel tanks Monday to check all the lines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CedarTree View Post
    I keep running into a fuel line problem between the fuel tank and the lift pump, the lift pump runs dry. To fix it all I have to do is drain a bit of air from the line just in front of the lift pump just after I refill the fuel tank. We're going to drop the fuel tanks Monday to check all the lines.
    The problem was the fuel tank selector switch/valve.

    It's running like a dream right now.

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    Interesting truck. Strange, that isn't 89 sheet metal. 1987 thru 1991 were the same body. I have a 90. The front end is between 80 and 86 style. Of course the vin # on the cab is how it's titled. I think the sheet metal all the way up to 98 could be swapped. Great find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by char1355 View Post
    Interesting truck. Strange, that isn't 89 sheet metal. 1987 thru 1991 were the same body. I have a 90. The front end is between 80 and 86 style. Of course the vin # on the cab is how it's titled. I think the sheet metal all the way up to 98 could be swapped. Great find.
    Hi, yes, I thought I said that but it's got an 85 front-end. The VIN matches the title which is for an 89 F350 but the person who did all the work told me the front-end on the original 1989 was trashed. I like the 85 front-end better than the 89 for sure.

    I love this truck but all my money is being sucked into catching up with all the problems. Sooner or later I will be caught up then I'll get her painted.

    I need to get my hands on the modules for both front and rear fuel tanks where the fuel pump and sender are located. These are mangled both senders are dead, the person who did the conversion just threw out the gas fuel pumps and stuck them back in but the rear tank's fuel pick up is too short and she's sucking air at about half a tank. Bad Juju for a diesel engine of course.

    I've also just installed an 80-gallon RDS aluminum tank in the bed and will soon connect it into the front tank's filler tube for 106 gallons online.

    I love this truck (to repeat myself)

    Also, to correct something earlier the only problem was not the fuel-tank selector though that was bad as well, it solved problems using the front-tank but the rear tank as noted above is still NFG thanks to the too-short fuel pickup. I have to drop the tank soon to fix that, just no time yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CedarTree View Post
    The problem was the fuel tank selector switch/valve.

    It's running like a dream right now.
    Can you tell me the part number for that FTSV? I just recently got my 85 F150 up and driving (2-3 weeks ago ), I haven't gotten both tanks to work yet but up until I had ran a tank dry (was on my way to the gas station too), I didn't have any fuel leak problems. But once I got the fuel all primed again after having ran it dry...now the FTSV is leaking. I had the engine running since this last May without any leaks, let it run empty once, and now got a leak. Thanks for the P/N if you've got it, oh, and how difficult was it to change? It looks like I may have to drop the front tank just to have enough room to get at the FTSV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CedarTree View Post
    The problem was the fuel tank selector switch/valve.

    It's running like a dream right now.
    Yeah we had a similar problem with an older 82 gas truck. You didn't mention you had dual tanks, I should have looked closer at the picture.
    You might want to check LMC truck for the modules you need. They pretty much have everything for those body style fords.
    Does the nose fit properly on the truck? Do you know if the previous owner had to change the radiator support to make it work? Its a much better looking nose than the 89 is that's for sure.

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    id just rig up a fuel system and go out of the in bed tank you got there. gain some peace of mind when out and about in the desert by not ripping a hole in them tanks. plus youd get rid of the somewhat problematic ford dual tank system.

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    It's been a long time. I just got her out of the body shop.

    I had a very expensive body restore done, even painted inside the doors, and under the hood. I don't have the engine compartment pictures with me today, I'll update soon.

    I just wanted people to see how she turned out. PS I even put a Cummins logo on her.


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    Nice, looks sharpe now
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    She's a beaut Clark.
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    I have spent a lot of time rebuilding every thing (from fuel lines to lift pump to sender assemblies), brakes, rebuilt transmission, new clutch and pressure-plate, fixed several bad oil leaks, new toyo tires 35.12.50R17 load range D, new windshield (scheduled in 2-weeks), I replaced the entire door seals and rubber around the windows including the anti-rattle stuff, replaced worn-out regulators on the front doors, replaced all the connectors and switch assy in the steering column, 2 new (stock) horns. I still don't have a tachometer on it, will most likely follow the consensus but hoping to get a digital dash installed to eliminate all the old fashioned gauges. It's all about money. My full-sized Bronco just needed a new set of (5) tires I'm understanding that one can have too many vehicles as I have a nice F250 with 460 in it I hardly drive any more. The interior will be next as I am going to try to put some bucket seats in the front with a center-console and a Toughbook (laptop) dock to replace worn-out front bench-seat. I also need (2) new front "Dark Red" door panels as the ones on there are beige right now. I also desperately need truck steps now that I cut off the ugly nerf-bars. This is not a great example of my writing skills but I was in a hurry and wanted to just mention everything that came to mind. I am really worried about our country, if nothing else look at the price of large tires OMG.

    Bye for now I know I just sort of hit and run but my life is hell and I just don't have time to socialize much. God Bless Everyone.
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    Here is a picture of the engine compartment, after it came back from the body shop.

    Err.. it seems I have no quota left.

    Hmm.. never mind.

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    cedartree. PM me the info and i can post them for you. your truck looks great by the way
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    Well I was just going to post pictures of the engine compartment.

    I guess people can see those here: http://s1113.photobucket.com/albums/...ummins%20F350/

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    check over with the folks a fordcummins dot com the can set you up with a tach for your truck

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    Veeeeery nice. I just gave my old 96 crew 7.3 to my Brother in law for small change. I miss the ole girl already.
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    Thanks for the comments and the suggestions. I will follow up on the tachometer!

    The compliments aren't deserved for anything other than sheer perseverance and how much money I was willing to spend, sigh. She looks wonderful but right now I just need her to be reliable as it's my main vehicle now.

    I have an 87 full-sized Bronco and a 1994 F250 but I plan on selling the latter soon.

    That truck used to be my main vehicle but the F350 has reached a point where I think it's reliable. I can't afford to keep all of these vehicles going, tires really are expensive nowadays, ugh.

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    Here is what she looks like as of today,


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    Beautiful Truck! Even with New Mexico Snow on it! Hows it been running out for you? Did you ever get the Tac working?

    I did my Cummins Conversion on my 89 F350 6 years ago, and that was the ONLY thing that I couldn't get working. After a number of attempts I just installed an aftermarket tac that runs off the alternator. Works great!
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    I really apologize for not replying to you sooner.

    I haven't touched the tachometer issue yet. I've been working on the interior though. I replaced the two front door panels with new ones that matched and I got the rear window seal installed (the metal trim-looking thing around the back window) it had been missing since re-painting.

    I also got steps! They're a bit lower than I had wished for but the guy who put them on said he'd help me raise them a bit higher. It might seem picky but out here I'd like to eke out a few more inches of clearance if possible.

    I do plan on fixing the tachometer but not until I tackle the entire dash issue, I was thinking about a digital dash to be honest.

    Well here are the latest pictures. The steps are from a 2005 Ford truck. I think it was a Super Duty but I am not certain.



    Here is a closeup.



    I kind of feel bad I don't have anything engine-related done but I haven't been able to circle back to get to some of that right now I am still working on the interior and some of the exterior body stuff.

    I am also scheduled to get that B & W Turnover Ball gooseneck hitch installed soon so I can start towing something useful with it. I already ordered the hitch but it's been sitting in a box for 6-months now.

    I can post something engine-related, I guess. I am buying a donor vehicle soon so I can have a new engine ready when the time comes. I plan on removing it, getting it rebuilt, then crated. I figure if nothing else it's an investment that I could re-sell it If I had to, and might actually be worth it's weight in silver someday (I would have said gold but that's headed higher than $2000 per ounce soon.)

    I hope everything is going well with you. To everyone else I say Hail! I know I'm not much of a forum participant but my life is only work and sleep now mostly :/

    I hope everyone is prepared for what is coming.




    Quote Originally Posted by DarrinGT View Post
    Beautiful Truck! Even with New Mexico Snow on it! Hows it been running out for you? Did you ever get the Tac working?

    I did my Cummins Conversion on my 89 F350 6 years ago, and that was the ONLY thing that I couldn't get working. After a number of attempts I just installed an aftermarket tac that runs off the alternator. Works great!
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    So did the tach ever get fixed? I want to put a pump 12 valve with nv4500 in my 88 F350 crew cab 4x4. I'm interested in seeing how to hook up the tach for my swap. What motor mounts do you have? And what fen of engine, trans, and t case did you use? Lift, wheel, and tire specs? Looks sweet. I want to repaint mine black with a skirted hauler bed and a dually conversion. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by CedarTree View Post
    I hope everyone is prepared for what is coming.
    Nice work!

    What's coming?

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