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F250 release bearing....

Post by Admin on Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:22 pm

No rest for the weary. Last time at town I came out of TSC and when I started truck with clutch engaged, banshee wailing. Release bearing had seized up on it. GRRRR! I got home with people staring everytime I pushed clutch to change gears. Ordered clutch kit from RockAuto.com. Pretty cheap, like $67 plus shipping. Its 4wd so easier to pull engine forward than deal with both transmission and transfer case. Just obvious I am an old man and this sort thing is slow-go. My goal is to have it drivable by Monday. Tractor not working so doing this old school with a comealong hooked to a tree limb. Havent pulled an engine that way since I was a young man with no money and few tools. Dont have to completely pull engine, just move it forward enough to change out clutch parts and put in new rear main seal.

Poor old engine needs a rebuild or at least new rings and bearings, its showing significant blowby. But without tractor hydraulics to move engines around that is just going to have to wait. As few miles as I drive, no doubt I could limp along with engine as is for several more years. Not like its smoking or anything. Just top it off with oil every fuel fillup.

Hoping finally can use the Ranger so not as dependent on the F250.

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Re: F250 release bearing....

Post by Admin Yesterday at 4:39 pm

I'll be darned if release bearing wasnt completely in pieces. Seems only thing allowing any use of clutch was that homemade clutch arm I made out of leaf spring back when I put the six in this truck. It was wide enough to press fingers on the pressure plate. I obviously was most concerned with cost doing homemade workarounds. This release bearing, other than actual bearing itself, was all plastic. I wasnt stupid, but used plastic release bearing anyway, so must been kinda hard up for cash. Must been like 15 years ago. I never put lot miles on this old truck, it was my firewood truck, the idea was just to keep it usable enough for that and emergencies. Never figured it would be my main transportation. LOL But setbacks making Ranger usable and reliable... and driveway necessitating eithr high ground clearance or expensive bulldozer work. Will say F250 is lot nicer to drive than used to be. You have to drive a vehicle regularly, you fix little annoying stuff. I'd get nicer three quarter ton, but they are now all diesels with automatic transmissions and priced like some exotic European sports car. Not what I want for kind of use I give them. I want simple with granny four or five speed and carb engine. Such 4wds getting rare as hens teeth. You pretty much have to piece one together. I suspect I will eventually have to find some 2wd F150 to donate cab and box to my F250 frame and drivetrain. But even 2wd single cab long bed pickups not that common. I guess pickups are not used for actual work anymore, just a toy.

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