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RE: Expedition or Excursion $6000 budget

THanks. This truck will probably never do prolonged heavy towing. Occasional vehicle rescue, occasional transport of heavy load of building material but generally it will pull a small trailer or run empty. Really, it's overkill. An Expedition will do everything i want. i just like overkill. I want to load 4X8 sheets and close the door, i want to fill the back with bricks and not flatten the springs. And if the right 35 foot trailer comes along i want to be able to say 'yes' If this is what you want to do, then you either want the Excursion or a 2500 Suburban. Those will both handle 4x8 sheets in the back and have decent payload. The best two working SUV's made!
parker.rowe 03/30/20 10:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Larger replacement fuel tanks for gas trucks

My insurance broker says he can NOT insure a larger aftermarket gasoline tank anymore. Company rules. Just a few aftermarket OEM's and only diesel He did insure my 1973 Blazer's 54 gallon after market main tank, but that was then Was just curious if there was a larger after market for my Suburban's OEM 42 gallon Interesting. I have never had an insurance company ask me if I had an aftermarket gas tank. I have looked into adding a Tahoe side mount tank to my Suburban. It should mount up fine, but I haven't decided how I would like the filler and transfer system to work. A larger stock tank would be easy for 92-99 Suburbans, but no-one makes one. It is simple square, they could just extend it down if you aren't worried about it hanging a little lower. That said, 42 gallons usually gets me further than we want to go without a break, so it works fine. And if I am traveling with the in-laws, they have to stop way before we do so gas is never a problem.
parker.rowe 03/27/20 10:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2004 Duraburb

Just $35000 for a second generation GMC/Chevy Yukon/Tahoe/Suburban. Ninth generation. Suburbans have been around since the 30's. :B
parker.rowe 02/27/20 07:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Coast on the uphills accelerate on the downhills

Great thread. Just to add more real world experience, my old 96 burb, similar to your old one, never exceeded 200F trans temp pulling hills. It had the factory external trans cooler and the in radiator one in series. Same trailer as in my signature. It would lock up in third, and OD, although when pulling it was always in 3rd. It would not hold OD at all with the factory 3.73 gears. My camper is very similar in weight to yours...slightly heavier when we are loaded up. When going up hills, I would try to ride the converter as much as I could, keeping it locked while in third gear...however some hills required 2nd gear with my foot to the floor. No lockup there. Our new suburban has a 4l80, which also locks up in 3rd. You have to be over a certain speed and under a certain % of throttle position for it to do so (just like the old 4l60). I'm not 100% on the criteria for the gmt800 trucks, but I was under the impression that in tow/haul it would try to keep the converter locked longer. Forcing it into 3rd might not be needed, but it should not prevent the convertor from locking up. If the computer was commanding lockup, and not getting it, you would get a check engine light. I agree with everyone, you truck, with 4.10s and a 6.0, should have no issues with that camper. Sounds like an inspection of the cooling system is in order. How big is your factory external cooler? I would service the transmission, after heating the fluid up like that a few times. Check that fan clutch too. It doesn't make sense since the engine stays cool, but installing and HD clutch in my old truck made a noticeable difference, even though the old one seemed good. Love these suburbans, our old half ton was a great truck. But once we started doing long 2-3k trips and hitting steeper grades, I was worried about sending it to an earlier grave. So we sold it and got our "new to us" 2500 burb like you did (I've always wanted a big block suburban), and unfortunately have to work out all the kinks we already addressed in the first truck. But I think it will be worth it in the end.
parker.rowe 02/07/20 06:19am Towing
RE: 2020 Ford 7.3L Ike Gauntlet

It was rumored that the 7.3 would be mod friendly, but I didn't expect the better part of 200hp with mostly bolt on parts. That's seriously cool! Pushrod engines aren't dead! And they're not 4' wide like OHC motors. Not a lot of horsepower gain for a large capacity and presumably heavy engine. This was not designed as a hotrodders engine. 6 bolt mains, steel crank, ~300cfm heads, roller cam and rockers, canted valves, dimensionally smaller than any old school big block, roughly 30lbs more than an aluminum headed 351W and almost 100ci larger in displacement... That sounds like a hotrodders wet dream. I also read it has the mod motor bell housing pattern, so manual transmissions should be doable without one off parts. I know this is off topic but so far it looks like this is going to be a good engine for Ford, both as a workhorse and for enthusiasts.
parker.rowe 02/06/20 07:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ford 7.3L Ike Gauntlet

It didn't take hotrodders very long to start working on this engine. https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/enthusiasts/fords-73-liter-v-8-can-make-600-naturally-aspirated-horsepower-with-basic-mods/ar-BBZC4PB?ocid=spartandhp It was rumored that the 7.3 would be mod friendly, but I didn't expect the better part of 200hp with mostly bolt on parts. That's seriously cool! Pushrod engines aren't dead! And they're not 4' wide like OHC motors. I've seen dyno tunes of GM 6.0 2500's picking up around 50hp to the wheels....those HD truck tunes are REAL conservative. Once you start looking for power with 93 octane or e85, instead of pulling 16K up a hill on 87 octane...you can pick up some power for sure. As a car guy who I'm really excited for this engine to start showing up in the junkyards...a cam and a tune and you have a hot street engine similar in size to a 351W, but better in every way. Maybe we'll see less Fords with GM LSx swaps!
parker.rowe 02/04/20 02:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ford 7.3L Ike Gauntlet

It didn't take hotrodders very long to start working on this engine. LINK Watch the videos linked in this article if you have any mechanical interest in the engine. They have both a top and bottom end teardown video, plus some dyno stuff and measurements to compare it to the 351W and Coyote. Lots of great info for us gear heads who have been dying to see what Ford built.
parker.rowe 02/04/20 05:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

Although it's strayed pretty far from that by now. Of course. Any thread subject that contains "Can I tow" or "half ton" in the title tends to do that. :D
parker.rowe 01/24/20 12:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

Hence why I do not trust tow specs from manufactures. Even the new everybody is supposed to meet tow specs, are too easy to meet in some ways. A min 12%grade pull in first gear! I can name multiple roads steeper than this that one would stall out on! Min speed of 40mph on a 5% freeway grade, 35moh if over 15000gvwr truck. Some on here would poop bricks going that slow. If I can't go up a 30% grade and start on a 30% grade I poop bricks. Know what ratings mean, how they effect you, and reduce accordingly! Narty I'm guessing most people will never pull their camper up a 30% grade. Shiners post about doing away with the old 1/2-3/4-1ton ratings is spot on. Nothing fits those molds anymore. The axle and weight ratings are really where it's at to figure out what meets your needs.
parker.rowe 01/24/20 08:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: GAS 6.6 GM

I wonder if the "new" 6.6 gasser is similar to the old Pontiac 6.6 ltr. gas engine? Curly Other than the fact that they both have 8 cylinders and 6.6 liters of displacement, they are completely different animals.
parker.rowe 01/15/20 08:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: The Big Boys have Just Arrived

Has anyone commented so far on the amount of room around the new 7.3 vs the old mod motor? Forget about the 6.7, so much packed in there for that one. That is one thing I never liked about the newer Ford trucks, how far under the cowl the engine was. This one looks like it could be much easier to work on.
parker.rowe 12/12/19 12:34pm Tow Vehicles
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