Views of the Carnage
Just a few random shots of the Mighty Furd in the shop. These were taken by my intrepid service writer and texted to me. It’s now 5:15PM, so the thing fought tooth and nail on the front suspension. It’s just being finished up now, all work complete once the road test is done. I think we can all agree at this point that this should be the last post of its kind for awhile, eh?
Update: The difference that the new shocks make is, well, shocking. The change on pavement is very noticeable, the usual violence at the same old RR crossings is quite a bit smoother, and diagonally crossing drainage trays at intersections or aprons is absent the usual pitching. Those puppies are workin‘. Surveying the invoice shows that they cost twice as much as the weak Monroe Gas Magnums. Ow. But based on history so far, they should last twice as long. Engine oil and coolant temps are continuing to ease back to their former spread. This is good!
Aside: a couple was at the dealership the first day, also owning a 2008 Super Duty 6.4, though this was what he referred to as an F-something Towmaster, a commercial -level variant. They’d already been through what sounded like several DPF units in the exhaust, likely because the truck has been receiving a frequent diet of 5%-20% biodiesel, which is a big no-no. This 2008-2010 series can’t take above 5%, or several bad emissions-related things result. That day, it needed a radiator and several other things estimated at $10,000 total. He’s kinda stuck at the moment because he pulls a humongous fifth wheel and a boat behind that, so it’s not like he can just pick anything off the lot as an option. Chevy and Dodge salesmen wouldn’t even sell him a truck in 2008 for the total weights involved, and he’s certainly no longer pleased with his Ford experience, so looks like they have some difficult decision-making ahead of them. They’re quite well off by my standards, but won’t be if this keeps up! Retired but not old enough for SS yet.