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Re: Rebuilding my pickup truck...LOL
« Reply #135 on: August 18, 2016, 02:53:25 PM »
Yes, I'm still alive.  (and Arizona's still hot)

My trans guy finally emailed me saying he was out of state with a
family death. (We all been there)  But that was two weeks ago
and I see no solenoid block in the post........I think I will give up
on him and egt one myself and be done with it.

I am maybe one month more before I start seeing cooler
mornings and can start working on the truck again.

I did get another PCM from a Lightning guy in Texas.
So I am 1 step closer.

Miz
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« Reply #136 on: August 23, 2016, 06:30:18 PM »
Well.....The weather is slacking off a little.  For the period of 4:00AM - 9:00AM, it is good wrenching weather.

I also have all my parts to assemble.

Starting tomorrow.

Miz
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« Reply #137 on: September 26, 2016, 06:01:47 PM »
OK, the summer is finally OVER!

I checked my transmission harness to PCM wiring.
The hard way, one at  a time.  All is good.

End to end, wire to ground, wire to wire.

My PCM went out to a company that can plug it into a
diagnostic board to check it for function.  Repair if necessary,
then reflash it to Ford's last known good calibration.  (all for $165)

I should be here on thursday!  YAHOO!

Miz
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« Reply #138 on: October 23, 2016, 03:48:36 PM »
You know how some things just don't go as planned?

After all this drama, I still do not have a running truck.

My PCM was sent back "Good to go", so I mounted it........
Still get the rough running engine and the same 3 codes.
I called the repair company back. Had a long conversation.
Sent the PCM back........

Got a call that it was "unfixable" as it fails to take an upgrade reflash.
(My programmer reflashes it just fine)  They sent it back to me.

I went down to Ford and had a long talk with one of their guys that
is familliar with the Ford supercharged vehicles.  He sez the capacitors go out
first, so the ball is in his court.  He was going to call and send it to SVT.

(I gave the Ford service department my feelings about being required to use their PCM
and it is a 17 year old vehicle) 

We will see.

Miz
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Re: Rebuilding my pickup truck...LOL
« Reply #139 on: October 24, 2016, 04:23:56 AM »
Well the options are use theirs and not have interface issues, or go buy a aftermarket pcm and learn how to code 10 gazbillion stupid meaningless aparmeters.

At least it is fall and you can work on it.  Good thing its isn't full CANBUS like the new stuff.

I have heard of the capacitor issue over in the 250 diesel forums.

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« Reply #140 on: December 03, 2016, 06:56:47 PM »
Unfortunately, Here in Arizona, we have a full emissions testing program.
Meaning that we have both visual and machine tests.
The visual consists of mirror under looking for cats. GOTS!!!
There is an under hood visual. I have no non-carb or EPA items.
Then the EECV plug-in test for codes or other proof of noncompliance.

That is the kicker. I NEED to use a factory PCM.  Aftermarket units do not communicate thru EECV.

I have purchased two PCMs..........one for spare.
One unit has a Key with it to trick the PATS system. GOOD!
But, I need =my VIN and mileage in it before I go to the testing station.

That means a trip to the friendly FORD dealer.  (No one else is capable here locally)
(and the mail rebuilders who do this type of work hung up on me when I asked. Go figure)

Just awaiting on the Key.....He needs to have a door key made for his truck. (Ya he went to an aftermarket PCM)

More later.....Miz
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« Reply #141 on: December 29, 2016, 03:50:49 PM »
This is proof I can be humble when necessary.

6 months or so, My truck began to miss and lose power.
I dropped to second gear and it ran a little better-for a ways.....
It started to do the same thing in second, so I dropped to low
and limped home where it expired.

86,000 miles, no real racing just cruising...Great!
It threw three codes. P0747, and two others, all transmission codes.

The PCM "saw" tranny codes, so it limited engine power to protect it............Gotcha.

AFter reading at length at LR and talking to some RKI's, I pulled the transmission
and had it rebuilt. I reinstalled it, the same three codes.....tranny codes.......

OK, advice said (even Ford) wiring or PCM.......

I set up a test lead and checked all of the wires at the trans plug to the PCM plug.
Continuity, wire to every other wire and every wire to ground.
(Checking harness damage) All passed, meaning PCM damage.

This leads to another big tale which I will skip.
Just saying another PCM had the same three codes too! Beat that?

I reinstalled My original PCM and started tearing into everything.
Boy did I feel stupid. One of the basic things I swear I did, Check every fuse on the truck....
In the front box/front and center are two 15 amp fuses. the right one was (of coarse) blown.

OK, Ford makes you go to the manual to I.D. it.....PCM/Transmission power fuse.....
The PCM was not getting a return signal from the transmission, so it threw codes.
ok, replaced that. (Felt really silly too)

The truck drives fine. No codes, nothing.

Since my troubles, I have seen several guys with those same three codes.....This story was for you.

Replace the fuse.

(I wanted a built transmission anyways, so alls good)

Miz
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Re: Rebuilding my pickup truck...LOL
« Reply #142 on: December 31, 2016, 07:27:54 AM »
Hmm..  one wonders what caused this fuse to fail.

Who said you are not humble?  Wasn't me.

Thanks for the tip.  Sort of son-in-law has same type of problem with his 2007 modular.  Think I'll go check me some fuses.

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« Reply #143 on: December 31, 2016, 08:16:06 AM »
Thanks Pete.

Yep, I would have sweared on a bible, I checked every fuse on the truck.

(Just between you and me, I have this odd feeling that If I had replaced that fuse, and the solenoid plate, my old trans would still work.....)
But like I said, I wanted a built transmission anyways.

Answer.  Some where along the line, a piece of metal fell on the solenoid plate and shorted a connection, blew a fuse, the rest is history.

I did change the ATF when I put in the new motor.......

The new transmission has all the updates my old 1st gen 4r100 lacked, plus a beryllium input and output shafts, a billet mid plate, and full billet torque converter.
It has had the torque rating changed from 1000 Ft/Lbs to 1,500 Ft/Lbs.  and one like it is supporting an 1100 HP Twin Turbo Lightning race truck.

Miz

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Re: Rebuilding my pickup truck...LOL
« Reply #144 on: January 02, 2017, 09:23:50 AM »
Don't need to defend the trans upgrade to me, the forums bemoan the trans for lack of longevity or sturdiness.  Makes me glad I prefer handshakers.

Now you need to wear the wheels off of it.  I have son's jeep to replace slave cylinder in trans.  No fun when it is snowing.

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« Reply #145 on: January 02, 2017, 06:11:21 PM »
Sh*t!  I hate to even change a fan belt in snow...

Reminds me of a friend who came from Illinois.
Years ago when he was 18 years old, he worked for a Bakery as a truck mechanic.
A driver called in on a weekend with truck trouble.
It stopped moving with the clutch slipping.
The truck was out along side the street (where the snow is plowed to).
The truck had a removable trans cover.  It looked simple as he had done dozens before.
Loosen the bolts, kneel down in the hole to slide the trans to the right to sit on the truck floor.
Replace the clutch, slide the trans back, DONE!

Unless your feet slip and drop the transmission in your lap to wedge you in the hole.
(With the wind and melting snow. 8PM , weekend)

He spent 6 hours trapped and moved to Arizona as soon as he healed up.

My snow story is less painfull but just as cold.  I hate cold.

Miz
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« Reply #146 on: January 04, 2017, 07:20:29 AM »
I feel for you on cold.  I hate hot.  I bundle up enough so I can't move well, work until I am so stiff it hurts.

I hAve this new annoying thing:  my hand backside skin seems to be made from tissue paper.  Touch anything and it pokes a hole that bleeds horribly.  Gloves dont help.

Being old isnt for the weak, I tell you.

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« Reply #147 on: January 04, 2017, 08:29:20 AM »
Funny, I've noticed that in people wen they age.  I can see veins and ligaments in my wife's hands
almost as if the skin was clear.

I'm lucky in that regard.  My hand backsides are still moderately tough.
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« Reply #148 on: January 04, 2017, 08:55:07 AM »
After I do my emissions test to get my 2 year tags, I have
some parts to install that require retunung by Dyno.

My supercharger inlet has been ported, my inlet manifold
has been ported, so all I need is a lerger MAF and some
slick silicone tubing to replace the corrigated rubber I now have.

I have a Pro-M 90mm MAF. (4 1/2" thru the throat)  It is the type that does not have the
"tongue hanging down in the throat venturi like most do.
It has a side sampling tube that routes the air thru a tubular MAF sensor,
which exhausts into a slot after the venturi.  That way it will not pick up
any back pulses in the intake.

It supports up to 1,500HP.

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« Reply #149 on: January 04, 2017, 09:02:30 AM »
When you order, you fill out a work sheet with engine, mods, cams, injectors, etc.

Then they set it up on a vacuum table, calibrate it and run  it for operational curve.
To make sure it is a smooth curve.  Then they give you a 30 point transfer function
to put into your PCM 

That is the last thing to change before I save up for a larger supercharger.
You do not turn a big one as fast and get a cooler air supply to start with.
(Which means more spark advance  and power,  safely)

Miz
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