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Old 05-14-2015, 09:17 AM   #71
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Re: SMB Ford E-350 Cut-away w/fiberglass body

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...That's not a knock on SMB mind you, just a reality of owning the Powersh%* diesel.
Unfortunately, I think it's more about owning any modern diesel, especially as truck makers struggle to adopt constantly changing pollution laws. I think there's a distinct trend of engine issues every time a new pollution standard comes out and the truck makers slap some new piece of relatively untested gear (CCV, EGR, DEF,...) onto reliable engines.

You want to maximum reliability, you need to find a older non-electronic Dodge inline 6 engine. That comes with its own compromise too.


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Old 05-14-2015, 10:16 AM   #72
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Unfortunately, I think it's more about owning any modern diesel, especially as truck makers struggle to adopt constantly changing pollution laws.
X2 - We had to basically scrap one of our '08 Ram 4500s because at 80,000 miles it needed $15,000 in repairs, possibly more if they found more problems when they tore into it. All because the DPF fouled up, probably from a bad injector. It got replaced with a brand new 2015 Ram 5500, and on its 3rd day in service it's PCM took a dump, in traffic, and had to be towed by one of the old trucks.
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:56 AM   #73
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Re: SMB Ford E-350 Cut-away w/fiberglass body

Ah, my lovely old 460. Just sell me gas that's at least, say, 50 octane, and I can go forever.
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Re: SMB Ford E-350 Cut-away w/fiberglass body

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...That's not a knock on SMB mind you, just a reality of owning the Powersh%* diesel.
Unfortunately, I think it's more about owning any modern diesel, especially as truck makers struggle to adopt constantly changing pollution laws. I think there's a distinct trend of engine issues every time a new pollution standard comes out and the truck makers slap some new piece of relatively untested gear (CCV, EGR, DEF,...) onto reliable engines.

You want to maximum reliability, you need to find a older non-electronic Dodge inline 6 engine. That comes with its own compromise too.


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Yeah, perhaps. But I think the compromise is more around moving to a truly commercial motor (aka FUSO, Mitsubishi, etc) vs a consumer-grade platform. I may be grossly overstating it but I hear you, its getting harder to have a motor suitable for our purposes.
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Old 05-16-2015, 09:11 AM   #75
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Re: SMB Ford E-350 Cut-away w/fiberglass body

Just took a look at it here at Expo and they have finished it out nicely. Looks like a 5o layout.
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