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    Default Tiggie’s 2000 F-350

    This is the replacement for the 88 wagon. It took over daily duties as of yesterday.



    It’s a 2000 F-350. Crew short bed as you can see. V10, 5-speed, 4.30 gears, Lariat. P.O. tells me it was special ordered by owner 1 which may or may not be true. 127k on the clock.

    Three pedals and two sticks are one of the big reasons I like it.




    It’s mostly rust free. Someone hauled fertilizer or poop and it got under the drop in liner which made exactly four holes in the floor of the bed. Rockers, wheel arches, and bed supports are rock solid which is hard to find around here.

    Started life in Florida from 2000-2015ish. Then to western North Carolina, and now here. I am owner 3.

    Needs some minor stuff. Heater core (serviceable through the glove box!), right rear axle seal, low cold idle, the overhead console needs some soldering.

    I needed gas on the way home. It was very nice to not have to find a diesel pump.

    I hate to put the old 88 out to pasture but this makes me feel much better about it.


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    Oh yeah. This is Ford’s way of saying don’t outmuscle the Powerstroke.




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    what on earth is that plumbing CF ? trying to work out what exactly I'm looking at there.

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    Nice. We had a 2000 or 2001 crew cab long box F250 when I worked at the orchard. I'd take it on parts runs and stuff. Super nice truck and not much for blind spots. Such a nice truck one of the bosses actually took it over as his personal truck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    what on earth is that plumbing CF ? trying to work out what exactly I'm looking at there.
    The exhaust! The passenger side bank turns 360 degrees before it is allowed to come out.

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    Nice. We had a 2000 or 2001 crew cab long box F250 when I worked at the orchard. I'd take it on parts runs and stuff. Super nice truck and not much for blind spots. Such a nice truck one of the bosses actually took it over as his personal truck.
    I am impressed with the ride, drive, and general build quality so far. I am sad we aren’t daily driving boxes any more. We can learn the mod motors together I guess.

    I washed the engine bay a little bit and developed a miss. Coil pack number 7 retaining bolt is broken off in the intake (aluminum), so the COP was just flopping around and the hole had some water in it. Cleaned out the water, saw antiseize on the COP and decided to pull a plug for inspection. It looked fine and I can rest a little easier knowing the plugs were done correctly. Put it back and the miss is fixed.
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    Do all the power windows work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 79lincolnlover View Post
    Do all the power windows work?
    Yes! And locks. Kind of surprising. I think these got a bad design on the lock actuators. Everything works but the heat (heater core).

    Gonna order that, axle seals, and some tool for the axle tonight. I don’t think I can use a chisel on the nut like I did on the 74.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiggie View Post
    The exhaust! The passenger side bank turns 360 degrees before it is allowed to come out.

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    So thats the Y pipe, and I'm seeing the two down from the manifold and one out to the cat? Thats ugly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    So thats the Y pipe, and I'm seeing the two down from the manifold and one out to the cat? Thats ugly.
    Yep. Sure looks likes a horsepower eater to me.
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    Nice truck. Resisting making a joke about the Zero gear... =-)

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    My wife asked about the zero gear and what it was for. Got some driving lessons for her in the future.

    Bought the heater hoses and heater core (PO cut the hoses to bypass). One of the hoses was $59. They got these quick disconnect things on the heater core end. Which actually quickly disconnected.
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    usually that isn't the issue. Its when they self-disconnect without warning that you have to worry. GM made them from plastic and they were prone to exploding.

    86 Lincoln Town Car (Galactica).
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    91 Lincoln Mark VII LSC SE, triple black (Timewarp) - poly front bushings, KYB struts and shocks, Holley SystemMax1 lower intake, SilverFox AOD valve body,

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    This is supposed to have green coolant.

    This is what I drained today:






    It has green tones. It also has yellow and red tones depending on the lighting. Maybe someone paid extra for the color changing coolant.

    Started checking the plugs for torque. 20-25ft-lb seems to be what the truck people recommend. Haven’t finished. Rain got me. But all have been fine so far.

    Oh yeah the passenger side has an interior leak. Currently sitting in the truck in the pouring rain. And not seeing anything. MIGHT be the A/C evaporator drain stopped up instead.


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    Flush it all out and start fresh with green?
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    Looks like it's full of rust/growth.

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    That's the same coolant that I got with my new ride. A bit baffling considering I got mine with under 64k miles on it and everything else looks new.
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    I am wondering if this stuff had something to do with why the water pump locked up on the PO and the heater core leaked. Hopefully no head gaskets got compromised.

    It will get fresh green and distilled water after a thorough flushing.

    Finished checking the plugs. One of them turned a hair @ 25ft lb. This thing needs some COP boots. New fangled contraption.
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    probably someone refilled it with the yellow/orange stuff. i think thats what the diesels from that era got.

    when all else fails, refer to the owner's manual. I heard 3 different things about the diesel in the Lincoln. The manual gave the spec which translated to boring old green coolant, which is what it had. In surprisingly nice condition too.

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    5.0 HO, CompCams XE258,Scorpion 1.72 roller rockers, 3.55 K code rear, tow package, BHPerformance ported E7 heads, Tmoss Explorer intake, 65mm throttle body, Hedman 1 5/8" headers, 2.5" dual exhaust, ASP underdrive pulley

    91 Lincoln Mark VII LSC SE, triple black (Timewarp) - poly front bushings, KYB struts and shocks, Holley SystemMax1 lower intake, SilverFox AOD valve body,

    1984 Lincoln Continental TurboDiesel - rolls coal

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