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Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett MegaDork
2/28/18 3:40 p.m.

In reply to John Welsh :

If you ever feel the need to trade for a rust-free Suburban please let me know.

docwyte SuperDork
2/28/18 4:02 p.m.

None of your "After" pics are working...

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
2/28/18 4:22 p.m.
minivan_racer said:

Did you link the after pics from a google drive?

Pic should be fixed now.  Thanks for the feedback.

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
2/28/18 4:28 p.m.

Before, the hitch touched the spare tire as shown in this pic. 

After, there is the proper amount of space between spare tire and hitch as seen through the space where the license plate would be.  So, I have a usable spare again.  

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
2/28/18 4:51 p.m.

Over in this thread I had shared this recent F250 story....


Last night I very legitimately had the recently purchased F250 towed via AAA.  

I have not had the truck long at all and have not driven it much.  Yesterday, shortly after leaving a stop sign, the engine died very unceremoniously.  Just lost all power.  I costed to a neighborhood side street and off the larger road.  It cranked very strong but did not start.  Gas gauge is still pegged at FULL, just like when I bought it.  

In retrospect, I realized I have never really bought gas for this truck. I have not driven it a lot but should be a little lower than fully pegged at full.  I called AAA and asked for a tow but maybe just gas.  AAA sent me a text with a link to a live GPS track of the truck coming, 20 minute ETA.  I then got another text saying it would be a different truck and new ETA of roughly 20 more minutes.  

When this truck #2 arrived I asked about gas and he stated he did not have and was just told to tow.  As it was getting darker and colder, I did not feel like quibbling so I just had them tow me the 8 miles home.  

This morning I put in 5 gal and it starts right up.  Needle still pegged at FULL.  


Crappy pic of it going onto flat bed.  

Morning pic with fuel


Humorous note.  I had my little 20lb, 5 yr old dog, Barney with me.  The AAA driver seemed new and stuck to the rules that the dog could not ride with us in the tow truck but rather had to stay in the pickup.  From my vantage point in the tow truck cab I could not see Barney.  But, imagine this...for the first time in his life, Barney was completely alone in a moving vehicle.  I imagine him sitting behind the wheel ala Toonces the Cat


Driver was real strict about plates and VIN to fill out his forms.  

A recent pic of Barney:  


I googled "F250 gas gauge stuck" and saw lots of stories of the float getting stuck at the top.  I am happy to report that after filling the tank, the gauge seems to be working.  Based on what I read, I am theorizing that when the truck was rear-ended, all the fuel in the large 38 gal tank sloshed forward, jamming the float to the top.  Upon filling the tank, the fill level was high enough to re engaged the float or slosh onto the float again and released the "stuck-ness" of the float.   

Either way, I have taken to resetting the trip odo at the time of tank fill.  In 300 miles well see how things compare.  

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
2/28/18 5:49 p.m.
DeadSkunk said:

I think I need to start attending auctions.

Belleville, MI  Inspection/Preview days on Weds 10am-2pm. Auction on Thurs 9am (you can bid on-line, from home) 



800 cars for March 1st.  My Cleveland branch goes through about 500-600 cars per week.  

Call me. I'll share what I know (or think I know.)   

docwyte SuperDork
3/1/18 8:06 a.m.

About half your pictures aren't working...

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
3/27/18 6:50 p.m.

The Super Duty did its first real work yesterday and did it wonderfully.  

The internet tells me a  Prius weighs 3,000 lb and and empty Uhaul trailer is 2,200 lbs for 5,200 lbs.  A sizable load that did not phase the F250.  I would not call the 5.4L amazingly powerful in this application but it was fully capable.  There were no fearful moments of having maybe "over done it".   Everything was smooth and fine.  In general, the running gear and drivetrain of this 142k mile unit is fantastic.  

Came from Kinsman and E153 St. in Cleveland so my travels were about 20 minutes of surface streets in a real inner-city and then about 50 minutes of hyw travel.   


John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
8/26/18 4:19 a.m.

This summer, the Super Duty has been my go to, tow to, vehicle of choice. 

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
8/26/18 4:38 a.m.
spacecadet Reader
11/25/18 4:05 p.m.

truck looks awesome! for the $2500-ish? you have in it, properly solid tow vehicle. 

BeardedOne New Reader
11/25/18 5:12 p.m.

The headache rack and light bar really make this thing look official. Looks like a great buy and nice tow rig.  

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