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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-29-2011, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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6.0 died (but will rise again)!

Sadly (actually more embarrassing), I had my SD towed home the other day. P2291 code on my tuner...HPOP system. I know the STC fitting is a common issue with these motors and I have that on my winter project list...but it had to let go before I wanted to park it!

So I have all winter to get things done for next spring. I want this truck to be reliable so I plan on pulling top end of motor apart to replace head gaskets, install head studs, new oil updated oil cooler, coolant filter, stc fitting, 'blue spring' fpr upgrade, high idle mod and what ever else comes up. I just hope my heads are ok. Then I'll move onto other work like amp installation (already replaced speakers), gauges and HID head and fog lights.

Thankfully I have heat in my garage. The wife is already complaining the heating bill is going to cost too much, and I haven't even told her how much parts will cost! Women...


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Crappy news, but on the upside you'll be making it into a very reliable motor now. All these diesels scare me now..The most reliable seemed to be the ole 7.3.

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Have fun getting her done. I've just started collecting the parts for spring bodywork on my 96



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sucks man but at least once you redo the top end you can add more power an will be safe to keep us posted on how ya make out
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Yeah, plan on taking lots of pics and documenting as much as I can. I don't want to forget anything or f-it up any worse than it is.


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You mentioned in your first post "I just hope my heads are ok"

You mean not cracked and needing replacement, right?

Because even if they appear to not be warped at all, I have been told you still have to deck them to ensure a good seal with the new head gaskets.
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Yeah, I meant not cracked or warped beyond repair. Next time I get a chance to get to machine shop (40 miles away) I want to ask about their experience with 6.0L heads. I want to make sure they are flat and not cracked. I've seen where some guys use a honing stone to clean up the head.


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Well, it's about two months later...and the breakdown culprit was a blown STC fitting on the HPOP. One of the common 6.0 issues. I just got the heads off today so I'll be taking them to the machine shop tomorrow. You wouldn't believe the pile of parts that have to come off these trucks to change head gaskets. I have about 4 g's worth of parts to go into making this motor strong and reliable. Should be fun putting it all together.


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Good luck on the rebuild just take your time and if you feel tried call it a day/night so you don't screw it up.

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I have about 4 g's worth of parts to go into making this motor strong and reliable. Should be fun putting it all together.
This is getting very interesting. How about starting your own thread on here documenting (with lots of pics) the process you are going through?

I have a factory Ford repair DVD if you need a copy of it. It's one of those ones that expodes after a certain date so you have to set your computer date back to Oct 2006 (I think if I remember) to get it to install and work. An old PC lying around is the best way to do it and then just take the PC out and conenct it in the garage. It's about a 7Gig ISO file so we would have to figure out how to transfer it to you.
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