Can you explain the second pic? Knobs look different..?
I don't tend to like the white color on vehicles but that looks GREAT. Those mountains look somewhat familiar .. Wasatch mountains in Utah, by chance? Maybe between Ogden and Farmington, or perhaps Ogden and Logan? I may be way off. I grew up for a number of years in Davis County, Utah (Farmington) which is why they look familiar to me. If you were there, with the sun position, I'd say it would have been maybe close to.. 1:30-2:00 PM?Delivered a large kitchen table to a buyer, when I put the trailer back the truck looked to nice against the snow
I miss those 7.3s. I started off driving a 1997 7.3L powered Super Duty box truck. Just an 8 ft box. Got it when it had 70,000 miles on it, and in a year I put 30,000 miles on it. (drove it a lot from Denver up to Ft. Collins, Laramie, Cheyenne, and Greeley, Colorado as part of my route) It ran very well and I did put it thru hell. Always overloading it, and what not, and the tranny, true to Ford nature, blew out twice in that time, (warranty on the second time) but never left me stranded except once when one of the right side dual rear tires sliced a curb and that was on me. I had to give it up to give to a new tech who lived down in Colorado Springs and would be working out of there, they picked my truck out of the 4 box trucks because mine was still running the best. I may have drove it hard, but I ensured it got in for it's maintenance, and i kept it clean. He put an additional 30,000 miles on it in a year's time and then they retired and sold the truck when 2 new freightliner M series box trucks came in and John got one of them. I ended up dividing my time between a Freightliner FL-80, (most of the time) and a FL-60, and the bosses old F-350 dual rear wheel utility bed with a tommy gate on the back, which had a major glow plug issue (sure as hell better have plugged it in if you left it in temps below 30 for more than 3 hours or you were not going anywhere) My lead had a 1999 F450 with the 6ft box and it was a great ride. More comfortable and just seemed more well dialed in vs the 97s and 98s. But the thing did not have cruise control and thus I didn't push too hard to try to get it assigned to me when he was promoted and got a F350 pickup. With me doing the far away routes (I liked going up to Ft. Collins and the mountains) (and laramie in the summer) I mainly stuck with the FL-80. Dual rear wheel, 25 ft Box, nice lift gate, air suspension, heater in the box so I was able to stay toasty warm when up in Wyoming and working on equipment in the box, but it did require a CDL-B license and all the crap that involves with logs, weigh station and roadside inspections/port of entries, and what not. Learned a lot of respect for the CDL-A/big rig drivers. But that F-450 continued to go well, with just one rebuilt tranny before it hit 100,000 miles. A few of the guys with the 97/98 box trucks snapped the drive shafts.Well, I made it official this weekend…
I never really introduced myself or why/how I ended up on a Duramax forum. November 2015 I bought a 1999 F350, 7.3 L diesel… put a lot of time, money and sweat into the truck to get it running reliably. After it was mechanically sound I started working on the aesthetics of it. I built a new rear bumper for it, bought a front bumper, had the wheels painted and I just started getting quotes for painting it. It did everything I wanted to do, with no payments,no DEF and was 283 miles from 400 K! On September 7, at 1530 hrs, A woman in a BMW ran a red light, passing SEVEN vehicles that were already stopped, YES SHE WAS ON HER DAMN PHONE! I was making a left-hand turn and T-boned her…Insurance totaled my truck.
Luckily I had a dash cam! Not one of the 7+ vehicles that witnessed the accident stopped to make sure either one of us were all right… They simply drove past when their light turned green again. I personally don’t know how you witnessed an accident, any accident, and simply drive by without stopping. One day, that may be one of your loved ones in the accident and I’m certain you would hope somebody would stop for them.
When she regained consciousness, she told everybody I hit her including the police officer. I simply showed the officer of the dash cam footage and he made it clear that I was good. He even made her watch the footage, even then she refused to admit fault. Stating, “that doesn’t prove anything!”
The bumper took most of the abuse, when I got the truck back, I had to trim the fan shroud but it started up, ran perfectly and drove straight. As much as I love the truck it’s just hard to put MORE money in something 20 years old just to get it back where it was before a negligent driver took it away. notice I didn’t say accident. You never know if the impact had an effect on a bearing in the engine etc and I wasn’t willing to risk that. So, I began searching for Trucks, I found my 2019 Duramax in Texas, made a deal over the phone flew down and drove it back. And that’s how I found my way to this forum.
I sold my old truck, to a friend that I made over the Internet when I first bought it. He actually helped me make it the dependable rig it was/is. He is going to fix it up, put it back on the road and use it for work. I made it official this weekend by bringing it up to him. Definitely bittersweet, but it’s good to know it’ll be back on the road in a few short weeks.