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post #1 of 10 Old 08-05-2016, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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Older Diesel Truck

So my dad just gave me his '94 Ford Super Duty dump truck....quite excited. New hay/gravel truck :)

I flew into DC and visited then drove the truck home from DC to Ohio. Left at 2:30AM this morning and spent almost 8 hours on the road!





So on to my questions. My dad informed me how diesel has changed a lot lately and I need to do some research, because the truck is older it may not handle the newer low sulfur...friendly on emissions...diesel fuel. I've been googling a little...but I wont lie my brain is a little fried from my drive so I just want a straight answer.

I guess the actual model/engine would help but I left the title in truck right now...I'll grab it if needed :) Its a 1994 Original Super Duty though.

He also informed me that whenever I add/change antifreeze I have to put an additive in that as well. That was pretty easy to find an answer on but if anyone has a preferred brand to use I'd love to know!

Diesel trucks are new to me so any help would be appreciated. I don't want to destroy it by not doing something as simple as adding something to the fuel.
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Most auto parts stores will have the additive. With the Bio Diesels they have now algea growth in the fuel tank can be an issue. We have a 1999 F350 Diesel and a 2012 Diesel (F250) and they do take different maintenance routines. Just talk to a local mechanic about what is needed in your area and about which fuels are best for your truck.

Congrats on your new truck! I would die to have a dump truck
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Thank you! I'm still newish to the area, so I contacted the guy that does my f150's maintenance to see if he does work on diesels or not, waiting to hear back. I'm sure he'll know where to send me though if he doesn't.
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That is an incredible gift!!! Dump trucks are the very best IMO

In regards to the coolant either buy the additive for just buy coolant that's meant for diesels. One is preventing whats called cavitation.

We bought a '91 ford diesel.... I bought older for 2 reasons, I could afford it and its easier for me to work on....I dont want electronics. LOL
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Nice! We recently bought a '97 F250 7.3L diesel. We're still working out its kinks... like why it was sometimes jerking badly with almost no power. Turns out there was a hole in one of the fuel tanks. Trucks don't like water mixed with their diesel.

Anyway, subbing to hear what others suggest for old diesels.
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Yes! I read the water is bad bad bad!

Truck only has 67,000 miles and its a '94! So awesome. My dad did put a new tanny in it though years and years ago so now it shifts REALLY hard, but its just how it is. I guess the tranny it came with was terrible so he upgraded it, it was his old work truck when he had a shed building company :) MINE NOW!
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Yes! I read the water is bad bad bad!

Truck only has 67,000 miles and its a '94! So awesome. My dad did put a new tanny in it though years and years ago so now it shifts REALLY hard, but its just how it is. I guess the tranny it came with was terrible so he upgraded it, it was his old work truck when he had a shed building company :) MINE NOW!
Automatic or manual?

I wanted manual as I had been driving a Durango for the last 15 years. Its an automatic. It was used to haul wood and horses with. I knew how to baby it down a hill without using the brakes too much. But to have a manual now is WONDERFUL for all the hills!!

Ours is a F250. pre powerstroke thankfully. I say thankfully as when 1 glowplug goes out all must be replaced on a powerstroke and they are expensive. On the non powerstroke you can just replace the bad one and they are less than a $100 for all 8

I replaced the positive cable for the batteries.... all 9.6 feet of it. Pricey cable...$92.and that was the cheapest I could find. Normally ranges from $125 to $250. I need to do the negative cables too as they have corrosion on them.

Still need to change the filters.....
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Wow! Only 67k? How does that even happen? Ours is at 300k, so I figure the engine is about half done.

When we first got our truck (about 2 or 3 weeks ago), it shifted really hard, too. It's automatic. DH replaced the rear ABS sensor, and that took care of most of the problem. It usually only shifts hard between first and second gear, now.
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Wow! Only 67k? How does that even happen? Ours is at 300k, so I figure the engine is about half done.
The low miles is AMAZING!!

I searched and searched and searched till I found 170,000.
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Yeah, you have no idea how many people have tried to buy this truck off my dad :) he's the only owner it's had! He kept telling them he's saving it for his daughter and they'd look at him like he was crazy!

It is an automatic, kinda wish it was manual. Just when I was driving it home through some of th steeper grades I was really wishing it as manual. It also has no AC which kinda sucks...but oh well, beggers can't be choosers ;)

It has a few little issues that I may look into getting fixed. First as I said tranny shifts hard, I'll have to check into that abs sensor, would be crazy if that's all it is! Second, the front gas tank doesn't read on the gage, so also probably a pretty easy fix. I just reset the trip odometer when I'm using the front tank after I fill up and switch it to the rear tank at like 130-140 miles. Lastly I need to make a different gate for the back of the bed. Dad scraped the metal sides years ago and built the wooden sides. He didn't make the sides full length though because he intended to cut 2ft off back of the bed so he could tow with truck. Never happened so now it just has sides that are too short lol! He's just been screwing a board into th sides to give it a back when he gets gravel...I want to make a more permanent solution.
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