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Old 12-29-2012, 05:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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need 6.9 help asap

just bought a 83 f250 6.9. got it running and now am moving to christmas valley to my new property. problem is it keeps dying. was told probly water in fuel due to sitting. the water seperator is not hooked up. also the fuel filter and base seem to be from a 7.3. i have ordered a aftermarket seperator base and filter but i need to now how to plumb it! i need it fixed by the first so i can move. and was told i really need the seperator as it is average of 40 degrees during the day and 15-25 at night on the new land! if im in wrong place im sorry but please help!!!!!!!!!!!! ty.

i also noticed that my fuel filter has a base that screws onto it. with a little drain piece. do i need to use the new base and separator filter? also the original gp controller has been replaced and not screwed in. its just hanging in the back and the bottom is broken. i have noticed that in order to ever start it i have to use ether.. ya i know. very bad. but i use VERY small amount. is this due to the controller being broke? i am ordering new controller and gp's from accurate diesel.
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just to clarify by new base i ment the one i ordered for the new separator
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i also noticed that the wait to start light is always on.
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Ok it sounds like someone added a 7.3 PSD fuel filter setup I would check the fuel shut off soleniod on the IP if it doesnt function properly the engine will not stay running, the WTS is for the glow plugs which would need trouble shooting if the light stays on and doesnt go out, I have bought a Haynes Diesel manual from a local auto parts store there is alot of good info in it on how to trouble shoot the GP system.
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ok. new gp's. controller, switch, ignition switch. voltage reg, batterys, oil, air filter, and running great. gp's are working perfect. but the wait to start light still stays on. but i can hear the gp switch clicking on and off. so just a light issue. any ideas?
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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my truck has over 355k runs awesome. its pretty fast. outruns my friends 91 dodge cummins. although he will always out tow me. lol. i am wanting to change my tranny as doing highway speed in 4th is loud! is there a 5spd that is a bolt in? is it worth it? id really like to be able to do more the 60 without sounding like im gonna blow the motor. i have been thinking of turning up the injector pump. not much. i get a bit of white smoke on start up and slightly when hard on it. even if pulling. no black smoke at all. all the other diesels i see are blowing black. is it bad that mine wont?
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ZF-5 5-speed will bolt in. If you have 2WD then you must have one from a 2WD, if you have a 4WD you must have one from a 4WD, gas will not swap to diesel. But it can come from any IDI.

Your smoke is normal and you should be happy. Blowing black smoke means wasting fuel, it's bad for your pocketbook and the environment we all live in.
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awesome. ty. if i get a zf-5 can i reuse my clutch or do i have to get a new one?
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just called local jy. they have one zf-5. 850 plus 250 core
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ok. so i read the whole write up. sound like kinda a pain. what about a manuel to auto swap? is that worth it? id just get a c6 and floor shifter. would that lower the highway rpm?
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ok still having the water separator problem. the truck runs fine for awhile then dies. i take off the fuel filter and it will be low. fill it and then take off the separator filter and it will be empty. put in new pump and still does it. but if i hook the fuel lines together without the separator it runs great. no problems at all. i tried switching the lines around. same problem. any ideas?
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ok. so i read the whole write up. sound like kinda a pain. what about a manuel to auto swap? is that worth it? id just get a c6 and floor shifter. would that lower the highway rpm?
No.
C6 has no OD.
If there was a cheap & easy way,,,,we would all have it.
What size tires are you running?
Tall tires help,,,a little.
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so i was reading about these motors. i think i found the problem. it seems that my fuel filter was replaced with a combo filter/separator. there is the filter that screws to the mount and then a metal base that screws onto the bottom of that. my guese is that the pump isnt desinged to pump whtre 2 filters
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