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Old 02-18-2008, 01:15 PM
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have u thought of bomb or Tow start her?
I did it with a difficult 94 F350, it was reluctant, is better with lower gear 4th.
Reason if engine is turning too fast the pump doesnt supply enough fuel.
Sometimes u need to cank it fast, since starter motor is limited in speed.
Mines turned out the starter went south, not spinning fast enough. Since a new one it has been going well.

And curious what is the trans? is it Merc auto
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Old 02-19-2008, 08:29 AM
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To be clear, your original problem was likely the two bad glow plugs. But, once you opened the fuel system and let air in there, you were not going to start until all the air was removed, or almost all the air was removed. Once it starts, the engine runs like crap until it purges "all" the air out and the fuel system on the high pressure side is "solid" with fuel again.
WE ARE RUNNING!!

I located the "primer pump" and pumped it exactly 100 times. I forget who said it, but that is a bear of a device, not user friendly. It leaked a fair amount of fuel while priming, but there is no sign of any leakage once screwed down.
Hopped in and hit the glow plugs for a twenty count - she fired, didn't start but fired. Hit the plugs again for a twenty count and she started. Ran like crap, darn near stalled and then smoothed out. I let her idle for the better part of 10 minutes and then took her for a spin. First time she has been on the road since Thanksgiving weekend.

Thanks to everyone who made suggestions. I'm sure I will be back with more questions in the future, but for now I'm cruising with a big smile.

Thanks Again,

Josh
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Old 02-19-2008, 12:44 PM
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Just read the thread. Good reading with good advice.

Just to be clear, this is a pick up truck with a 617 engine installed in it, right?

Change your signature to show that and be proud! That is a cool combination. (Gears are turning...I sold my gas truck last year. I want a truck. I want a diesel. I just don't want a big American diesel. Hummm.)

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Old 02-19-2008, 03:03 PM
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WE ARE RUNNING!!

I located the "primer pump" and pumped it exactly 100 times. I forget who said it, but that is a bear of a device, not user friendly. It leaked a fair amount of fuel while priming, but there is no sign of any leakage once screwed down.

It sounds like you have the old white type of primer pump. You should replace it with the updated black type of pump when you can. The old leaky white type can allow air to enter the fuel system and cause hard starts and poor running.
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Old 02-19-2008, 03:15 PM
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Just to be clear, this is a pick up truck with a 617 engine installed in it, right?

Change your signature to show that and be proud! That is a cool combination. (Gears are turning...I sold my gas truck last year. I want a truck. I want a diesel. I just don't want a big American diesel. Hummm.)
-Jim
Indeed. It is a 1974 Ford SuperCab Ranger. That is the full sized Ford 1/2 ton with extended cab and long box. Now, while she will not win any races, she will always finish.

All kidding aside, it has been a great vehicle. The truck is an Oklahoma rig - so it is rust free. It has been gone through from hilt to tilt, by the previous owner, who built it from the ground up.

He used to trailer his Harley behind it, so it will pull.

The truck has duel tanks, as the old Fords liked the fuel. The only thing to be careful of is the return only goes to the front tank, so I have to mind which tank I am running out of.

I have Astro Van bucket seats up front with the folding style rear "jump" seats for anyone unlucky enough to sit in the "supercab".

Automatic transmission is out of the Mercedes and has been trouble free.

3:73 Ford Rear End.

I am looking for a winter rig, as the truck is really too cool to put through a MN winter, what with the salt and all.
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