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Old 05-15-2008, 12:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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318 Detroit ?

I'm thinking about buying a 71 Ford L9000 with a 318 Detroit. What kind of things should I look for.

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Ear plugs!

their usually pretty reliable but don't expect to pass anyone often.
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Right, earplugs for sure. Years back I drove a lo-bed, then later a logging truck both with 318s. They were good reliable workhorses and gave no more trouble than any other engine at the time. Of course nowdays come tune-up time you might have to do some searching to find a guy that can set the rack correctly. The trucks I drove both had 5 speeds with 4 speed Brownies so with all the gears they both stayed up with the other engines of the day, Cummins 335's mostly. If I was in the market and the engine was in good shape I'd sure go for one without much hesitation.
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FWIW I did the rack on one with Hank's advice and I did not find it very difficult at all; it ran just fine when we fired it up. I think it's made out to be more than it is, but I can definitely see with all the adjustments and what things can go wrong, the potential for disaster is high if you are not careful.

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The 2 cycle engine is a screamer for sure. However that said the non turbo engine's ran forever. The only real drawback nowdays is the available of parts. The parts are out there, a lot of aftermarkets are avalable also. Any particular questions?
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I had two 318's and as long as they are repaired by a mechanic that knows about them they run forever. I had one that I had to start with ether in July but it kept on running. Just know that they are loud, you need to keep them wound up tight (1900 to 2400 rpm's) The torque is at higher rpms. Also be sure to fill the oil when you check the fuel lol. I always used straight 30 or 40 wieght oil. My old boss told me one time "you have to drive it like you are mad at it" and he was right. In answer to your question though if it chacks out good I would buy it.
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