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ycca1960
I rescued a 1985 F250 4x4 Single Cab 6.9 idi 4 speed Manual 79K miles and named him Sebastian.  I should have held off on the name a few months. He's high maintenance and demanding so I may have misgendered him.  I finally got him starting and running consistently and I believe we have his little addiction problem in check (starter fluid). Current project is the dash wiring.  OMG I'm about ready to pull my hair out.  I've removed the inside panels and I'm sealing up the cab.  He came from Paradise 6 month before the fire so I figure he owes me for saving his dirty diesel butt.  He was used as a "lake truck". He is straight piped to a single stack and he is the most obnoxious vehicle in town.   No smog test in CA but registration at $325 a year is robbery. I've found so much information on this site that has helped me do the work myself.  I'm no mechanic but I find the 6.9 easy to work on, no computers to deal with and my experience while in the Air Force as a crew chief on the KC135 helps.  Here is a run down of what I've done so far.  Injector pump, Injectors, Glow Plugs, Return fuel lines, fuel pump (mechanical), Alternator (3g swap) 2 new batteries and cable.  I will be re-doing his under hood electrical mess after completing the cab and several months of therapy.  
1985 F250 XL 4x4 6.9 IDI 4 speed Manual (Sebastian) Project
2004 Mazda Miata MazdaSpeed
2012 VW GTI
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grumpin
Welcome!
Dane
1986 F250HD SC XLT Lariat 4x4 460 C6
1992 Bronco XLT 4x4 351W E4OD
1997 Mazda 626 LX 2.0L G25M-R
1998 Suburban LT K2500 454 4L80E
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Gary Lewis
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Welcome!  

Where is home?  We have a member's map (Bullnose Forum/Member's Map on the menu) and I'd be happy to add you if you just give me a city.

So, what is the therapy you are entertaining enjoying?  Many of us may need to partake as well.  
Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in back, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI
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ycca1960

Home is Marysville, CA.

As far as the therapy goes, it will have to be intense.  I was okay until I started on the wiring.
I keep saying this truck is going to drive me to drink. lol

Teresa

1985 F250 XL 4x4 6.9 IDI 4 speed Manual (Sebastian) Project
2004 Mazda Miata MazdaSpeed
2012 VW GTI
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Gary Lewis
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Yes, sometimes these trucks are frustrating, to say the least.  And wiring issues can be the worst.

As for driving you to drinking, that reminds me of Commander Cody and the Hot Rod Lincoln, and part of the lyrics go:

My pappy said, "Son, you're gonna' drive me to drinkin'
If you don't stop drivin' that Hot Rod Lincoln."

Anyway, you are now on the map.  
Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in back, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI
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1986F150Six
Welcome!
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Ford F834
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Welcome! The 6.9 often needs a good bit of attention when you first get one to wipe the neglect off, but can also be very rewarding once you do...
SHORT BED 4-DOOR DIESEL: 1986 F350 4x4 SRW under construction-- 7.3 IDIT R&D 64mm intercooled turbo 150cc IP stage 1 cam main girdle 13" Southbend clutch ZF-5 + GearVendors overdrive 4.10 axle gears hydroboost brakes

STRAIGHT SIX 4X4: 1981 F150 2wd to 4x4 conversion-- 300 I6 close ratio diesel T19, hydroboost brakes, Saginaw steering