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my new <to me> SUPERDUTY 6.0

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by hatchmastr, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. hatchmastr

    hatchmastr Senior Member
    from 516
    Messages: 243

    Long story short . I started landscaping 4 years ago with my 96 Gmc 2500
    starting plowing with it 3 years ago and I owe all the credit to plow site and fellow members because I had no experience plowing let alone drawing up contracts and the business side.
    For the last three years the Gmc held thru the abuse of landscaping Dailey and plowing . slowly falling apart. I babied it all year and after making it thru this 12 inch storm we just got in long island NY. leaking and beat I decided I can afford to buy a new used truck.

    I will retire my GMC to my residential houses

    and in with the new for my commercial propertys (also picked up two Fair size lots last storm)
    truck came with a boss 8 ft with the ez mount love the control system compared to the western joy stick..6.0liter 2003 diesel 3500 this thing is huge compared to the gmc . WHAT DO U GUYS THINK>?


    Last edited: Jan 14, 2014

    FISHERBOY Senior Member
    Messages: 542

    how many miles on her
  3. hatchmastr

    hatchmastr Senior Member
    from 516
    Messages: 243

    200k miles I thought it was really high but from what I saw and what my mechanic convinced me it was good.
    for another 200k

    FISHERBOY Senior Member
    Messages: 542

    make sure you change your oil, coolant, trans, differentials and using ford filters goes a long way. Also think about adding a coolant filter.
  5. 2006Sierra1500

    2006Sierra1500 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,758

    ESPECIALLY on a 6.0

    FISHERBOY Senior Member
    Messages: 542

    or he could have bought a 6.4
  7. hatchmastr

    hatchmastr Senior Member
    from 516
    Messages: 243

    yea I have read a lot about the 6.0 I m gunna put a new egr + coolant filter +every oil change tommrow gunna bring it down to the mechanic ..
  8. hatchmastr

    hatchmastr Senior Member
    from 516
    Messages: 243

    i think its the 6.0 that's what the guy told me how do i identifiy that its is
  9. dieselboy01

    dieselboy01 Senior Member
    Messages: 795

    The 6.0 were put in the trucks from '03 to '07. It's a 6.0. The 6.4 was run '08 to '10.
  10. 04trd

    04trd Senior Member
    Messages: 162

    6.0 you can tell by the body
  11. TCLandscaping

    TCLandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 117

    Damn I wish I had posted mine ealier. Selling my 04 6liter with 129k miles. Never had a problem with egr or head gaskets but decided to bullet proof anyway. Selling with 8ft western v. Goodluck with the truck they tow and get great fuel mileage. Just gotta keep up on maintenance.
  12. alldayrj

    alldayrj PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,108

    Nice truck, i have the same one. Where are you on the island? I have a great diesel mechanic in hicksville and he knows these motors inside out
  13. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan Senior Member
    Messages: 727

    03 also had the 7.3
  14. hatchmastr

    hatchmastr Senior Member
    from 516
    Messages: 243

    I am in Lynbrook my mechanic is very good...hey tclandscaping how much we're u asking for yours just wondering ?? I found this one in the boondocks up state
  15. alldayrj

    alldayrj PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,108

    Bs, i grew up in lynbrook and went to LHS. I was off union ave but moved out to smithtown a few years ago
  16. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,794

    They are hit an miss. Hopefully you'll get another 200k out of it but be prepared to spend some $$$ along the way.

    You're wasting your time with a coolant filter. Most 6.0's by this point have been apart enough that any chance there was sand in the block from casting it's been cleaned out with coolant changes. Also an egr delete and new oil cooler will prevent any coolant problems as well.

    Egr Delete (don't waste your time with one of the bulletproof egr coolers)
    New oil cooler
    Dummy Plugs
    STC Fitting
    ARP headstuds and Ford gaskets (throw the bolts away) if you have headgasket problems. Get the heads checked, they like to crack.
    Ford injectors
    Ford Gold Coolant, don't buy green just because it's cheap and convenient
    Motorcraft Filters (fuel/oil)
    Blue Spring kit
    If you need a FICM you can get just 1/2 the thing, Ford will say you need the entire module

    If you want a tuner go with Matt at Gearhead, Flo Pro for exhaust and get yourself a quality EGT gauge at minimum.

    When Ford had the 6.0's in production they kept revising little things on them over time. Even once they were out of production updates and new parts kept being made for them. By now everything is available that you need to make a problematic 6.0 into a turn key truck. It takes the right guy to do it though, anyone can throw parts at those trucks and rack up a 8k bill and then 2 months later your truck is broke again. Seems like around here the shops that like to boast about fixing any 6.0 or they are your 6.0 specialists are the ones who don't have a clue what they are doing. Throw parts at it and hope the problem goes away and the customer pays the ridiculous bill. That doesn't exclude the Ford Dealerships themselves, most are no better then private shops.

  17. TCLandscaping

    TCLandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 117

    Im putting it on lowballerslist.com (craigslist) for 13500 and going from there.
  18. Sprag-O

    Sprag-O Senior Member
    Messages: 220

    As mentioned above, The 6.0 is a decent motor if properly maintained...

    If the head studs haven't been swapped to ARP's, make that priority if you want this to be a reliable ride.
    I doubt that it made it 200k w/o a head gasket replacement, but some guys have been lucky.
  19. thebluemule

    thebluemule Junior Member
    from erie pa
    Messages: 12

    And for the 5 bucks it costs at autozone, napa, or whatever local auto parts place, put a new coolant ffilter cap on. The original caps have a smaller spring than the aftermarket ones and weaken over time, causing a loss of pressure in the cooling system, causing lower boiling temps that help blow head gaskets and overheat things
  20. TCLandscaping

    TCLandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 117

    I agree with all the advice given and the things listed above are exactly the way to "bullet proof" it. But honestly even them things go wrong. If the truck runs right why would you want to molest it. You will know when you have a problem and then go from there. These are not as scary a motor ad everyone makes them out to be. Dont just throw money at it in the worry its gonna break. If you have doubts get an oasis report from ford to see what might have been done. Change your fluids and filters and run it. This is my 2 cents. Not gonna get in a pissing match with all the 6.0 experts.