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Just Pete

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Posted: 12/30/19 06:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am running a 1997 3500 ext cab . Converted from 10 cylinder gas to a 96 12 Valve cummins with a 6 speed stick big conversion . It is a 4x4 makes it a bit higher 235/85/26 Hankook mileage 20 mpg 68 mph 1900 rpm . Did a frame off cab sound proofed all new drive parts Got a lot stuck in original injection pump and lift pump . Maybe that was the only thing did wrong ? Have 30000 on truck since build . Thought it was ready for the trip , guess not . I wil get it fixed , Let you know . Have a great new year every body .Pete

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Posted: 12/30/19 10:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I feel for you having just gone through this scenario myself when my engine seized. Fortunately my brother has the same truck camper and he picked it up on his truck delivering it to my house and had a regular tow truck deliver my F-250. 3500+ dollars later, I have a really nice running rebuild with 1800 miles on it now.

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Hey Guys ; Just fineshed getting truck running ; Every thing seams to be good , Wife and I are going to grab a few beers maybe i will get LUCKY start getting ready for trip Hope to leave next week . I learned what to bring along for break downs luckly the 12 valve is like the old chevy small blocks kinda simple . Bring the correct tools and a **** load of LUCK . Pete

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Posted: 12/31/19 12:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So what was the problem?


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Fuel shut off was loosing voltage By the time I had figured out I had run the engine fuel system out . Pressureized fuel tank and bleed air out of system Got it running , We can start packing soon . Just want to chill out before we go .

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You know you can just disconnect the fuel solenoid and run er manually, correct?
Visually you can see if it’s working without using a single tool.


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Also, your issue would not run the system “out of fuel” and you’d never have to pressurize the tank to prime the system with a properly working lift pump.
(You mention “a lot into the orig ip and lp” but wouldn’t you have $0 into them if original? Are they new or 20 years old?)
Good luck with your repairs and yes it’s wise to never leave the house in a 25 year old completely modified vehicle without a decent bag of tools.
And use google when you don’t know something. Would have saved you days and $100s for something you could have fixed almost literally with just a pair of pliers in about 15 min.

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Posted: 01/01/20 06:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My Perkins had a manual priming fuel pump under the hood. Even draining water out of the trap required making sure that no air was in the line.


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