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Old 03-17-2013, 09:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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12V fuel transfer pump

We just bought an '04 F550 we're turning into a farm service truck. I've done a few upgrades and some maintenace already like blue fuel spring, egr delete, bypass oil filter, coolant filter, gauges, alternator gone through, new batteries, etc. If we're going to run a 12v fuel pump off the battery, do you think I should come up with a way to turn the idle speed up or just get a bigger alternator? I don't know what kind of pump we're going to get yet but I've seen pumps listed from a 20 amp draw to a 35 amp draw depending on how fast you want to pump or how much you want to spend.
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What if the intended use of the pump??
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You should be able to do the high idle mod that idles the truck up for PTO use. I did it on my F250 back in 06 when I got it. I don't know if the F550 was any different. It is just a matter of connecting a couple of wires to a switch. I used one of my upfitter switches. Unfortunately it was so long ago i cannot remember which wires are which, but the truck should already be wired for it.

A bigger alternator is a got change even without the pump. I have a 200 amp Quickstart large frame alternator. The older style large frame alternators will bolt on without any changes to the truck.
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are you going to add lights? any other things that might need juice?
would prove a good thing to get a better out put from the alt. and add in a couple deep cycle batteries
going to install a gas/diesel powered welder?

but how fast/much do you need to transfer?
lots of gallons 100's a day?
or just 50 or so every so often?
would a hand crank pump work?
less to worry about.
but at age 54 a powered pump sounds good. even for the odd 20 gallons.
been thinking about adding a extra tank to my truck and would need a low psi higher volume pump to transfer the fuel. ( speed for volume only, no back pressure to worry about).
but for me even a battery drill motor pump would work.
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I've had a transfer pump in my truck for years. On one job in Louisiana, I was doing about 500 gallons a day. Never needed high idle or a bigger alternator.

One suggestion I do have is to run the power wires into the cab and put them on a separate (hidden) switch. I've had a lot of locks cut and fuel stolen and when I added the separate switch, I kept losing locks but I quit losing fuel.
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