Driveline resonance |OBS F350 7.3L Powerstroke SRW 4×4 rear driveshaft to pinion yoke ujoint repair

The truck developed a nasty driveline vibration at about 2000 RPM going down the freeway, causing the dashboard in particular to rattle and resonate. Stabbing the accelerator up to 2500 RPM, or simply lifting and coming off the pedal, would bring the truck out of resonance with an audible metallic clanking as the driveline unloads.Continue reading “Driveline resonance |OBS F350 7.3L Powerstroke SRW 4×4 rear driveshaft to pinion yoke ujoint repair”

CEL P1391 & P1393 |OBS 7.3L Powerstroke | Glow plugs, valve cover gaskets & wiring harness, glow plug relay

Addressing check engine light for DTC’s P1391 and P1393: Glow Plug Circuit Low Input Bank 1 & 2. Started by replacing all 8x Motorcraft glow plugs, but after checking resistance of each plug, found them all to be acceptable, low ohms.  Went ahead and checked resistance of new glow plugs and installed all new. Next,Continue reading “CEL P1391 & P1393 |OBS 7.3L Powerstroke | Glow plugs, valve cover gaskets & wiring harness, glow plug relay”

Creating a Craiglist saved-search for specific vehicle criteria

Use keywords and search criteria for specific vehicle features. A Craigslist saved-search can be setup for an email alert every time listings are posted that fits all search criteria. For example, if I’m in the market for the newest possible California diesel manual 4×4 long bed rigs that are smog exempt, a saved CL searchContinue reading “Creating a Craiglist saved-search for specific vehicle criteria”

OBS F350 aluminum topper & Phase 1 exo cage from lumber rack

Started sourcing major components by finding an uncommon Rack-It long bed lumber rack specifically designed with additional width to fit over a truck topper (also known as a camper shell). One popped up locally on FB marketplace, and I jumped on it despite it begin mangled and sitting in a field of weeds. It wasContinue reading “OBS F350 aluminum topper & Phase 1 exo cage from lumber rack”

Engine oil leak at cold start | OBS 7.3L Powerstroke oil cooler replacement

After a month of winter traveling at high elevation in Utah, truck developed a nasty oil leak at cold starts. Leak goes away after reaching operating temp, yet continues to weep oil after shutting down and cooling off. The 7.3L Powerstroke’s oil cooler is a tubular heat exchanger between engine oil and coolant along theContinue reading “Engine oil leak at cold start | OBS 7.3L Powerstroke oil cooler replacement”

OBS F350 7.3L SCLB 4×4 on White Rim Trail, Canyonlands NP Utah

Dropped into Canyonlands NP on a 2-day permit. Original plan was to enter from Mineral Bottom Road on arrival Day 1, explore that corner of the park on Day 2, then come out the same way. Instead, would run the entire White Rim Trail in the anticlockwise direction, overcoming a trail breakdown with a cleverContinue reading “OBS F350 7.3L SCLB 4×4 on White Rim Trail, Canyonlands NP Utah”

Tribute to the 2020 Burning Man void

In years prior at precisely this time, would be on the road to Burning Man. It is being held in spirit and in the digital realm this year because of COVID-19. There are still several ways to participate: Black Rock City Virtual Reality (BCRvr): http://www.brcvr.org/ and their Facebook page. Tribute from the 2018 Burn fromContinue reading “Tribute to the 2020 Burning Man void”

KTM 530 EXC-R | Supermoto build for the twisties

Brilliant. Take a plated dirt bike, swap in some street wheels & tires, and now the 530 EXC chassis is transformed into an entirely different machine. The build deserves its own introduction, derived from the bike’s Adventure Build for TAT. It starts with a 17″ wheelset in order to run modern tubeless street tires. InContinue reading “KTM 530 EXC-R | Supermoto build for the twisties”

TAT route planning and building truck basecamp

Trans-America Trail route planning through northern Utah and central Idaho. Travel project has evolved into a domestic focus by building out the truck into a basecamp and minimalist camper (lessons learned from taking a hardsided camper 3 months through Baja Mexico), in order to carry the motorcycle, mountain bike, and whitewater kayak. A lot already,Continue reading “TAT route planning and building truck basecamp”