Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-17-2004, 03:04 PM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
Trailerbunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 40
what is a BANKS TURBO DIESEL?

I saw and ad for an'86 Ford f250 6.9 diesel with 154,000 miles, 10,000 tow rtg "fully loaded" for $3500...since I'm low budget and have a backup vehicle it might work to pull my 24 ft Argosy up to Northern Cal from Ariz, etc...

I've owned two Fords for towing horses in the past non diesel 2wd...but not so ancient...any thoughts on a potential used tow vehicle purchase such as this...I'm not very adept beyond changing tires and cking oil levels ( My AAA is paid up))....What should I be looking for and ? to ask sellers?
__________________

__________________
Trailerbunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2004, 04:38 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
silverback's Avatar
 
2006 28' Safari SE
Currently Looking...
Sierra Vista , United States
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 702
Trailerbunny, Banks makes aftermarket performance parts for diesels (and gassers too). I have a Banks 4" exhaust system on my Duramax.
Ken
__________________

__________________
4CU Charter Member
silverback is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2004, 04:46 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
silverback's Avatar
 
2006 28' Safari SE
Currently Looking...
Sierra Vista , United States
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 702
You also may want to go to The Diesel Place forum and ask questions. They have sections on Ford diesels.
__________________
4CU Charter Member
silverback is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2004, 04:49 PM   #4
Cartoon Character
 
Porky Pig's Avatar
 
2004 34' Classic
On The Road , U.S.A.
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 885
Images: 10
Trailerbunny ...

Before making a purchase ... go to The Diesel Stop and get edumacated.

Click on the link for Forums ... there is a section there for the 6.9L diesels.
__________________
Porky

TrailerGypsies.com
WBCCI #3405 Escapees #80360

I live the life I love and I love the life I live.
-- Willie Dixon
Porky Pig is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2004, 05:20 PM   #5
2 Rivet Member
 
Mariner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 39
Banks Turbo Diesel

Quote:
Originally Posted by Trailerbunny
I saw and ad for an'86 Ford f250 6.9 diesel with 154,000 miles, 10,000 tow rtg "fully loaded" for $3500...since I'm low budget and have a backup vehicle it might work to pull my 24 ft Argosy up to Northern Cal from Ariz, etc...

I've owned two Fords for towing horses in the past non diesel 2wd...but not so ancient...any thoughts on a potential used tow vehicle purchase such as this...I'm not very adept beyond changing tires and cking oil levels ( My AAA is paid up))....What should I be looking for and ? to ask sellers?

Hi,

What the pick up is, is an ordinary naturally asphixiated IDI diesel that has an after market turbocharger system added to it (I have a 86 with with a CTS turbo system). The truck might be OK, but a lot depends on the previous owners maintenance and care. I would be inclined to invest in lots of research on these vehicles before making a decision. To me the price seems a bit on the high side.

These model trucks had severalthings that caused problems. The big one is the cavitation in the engine block (pinholes and subsequent coolant leaks into the engine oil). This is because of lack of water treatment - a coolant additive should be used to prevent this happening. Test strips are available to check for this additive and give a reading on the level of the amount in the water. The engine itself is good and well proven with proper maintenance.

As others have said, check out the Ford diesel web site (http://www.thedieselstop.com) and go to the 6.9 forum.

I have used my truck for towing all along, with no major problems. However, it is now 18 years old and is showing signs of age and is now being replaced with a 2002 Dodge 3500 with the Cummins TD.

Hope this helps.

Mariner
__________________
Mariner
1987 Avion 34V travel trailer (the other cigar tube).
2002 Dodge CTD 3500 Dually, Auto, 4x4
1986 F250 T/C 6.9 Diesel, LB,S/C,4x4,Auto
Mariner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2004, 10:11 PM   #6
2 Rivet Member
 
Trailerbunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 40
Thumbs up Thanks ALL

Thanks for the good advice, Siverback, Porky, and Mariner,

I already talked myself out of this...due to the high miliage. Too many unknowns and potential headaches. There are plenty of those good deals out there...and the price was 2x what I would expect...but I was planning to bargin the dude down to a better offer.
I'm still set on diesel and 2wd over 4wd...Fords and Dodges are my favorites.
Thanks for the resource...I can still come back and pick youseall's brains before I make any Major purchasing descisions can't I? I sure enjoy reading all the woes and joys of tow vehicle owners in this forrum.
__________________
Trailerbunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2004, 06:58 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
Tarheel's Avatar
 
2001 34' Limited S/O
Moyock , North Carolina
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 1,010
Images: 21
I'm using a 92 dodge cummings banks powered with 127k miles on it. Its a 4x4 5spd pulling a 34'. It would pull the toughest grades here on the east coast, but it took a lot of downshifting. Since the installation of the Banks system, exhaust, bigger intercooler, new internals for the turbo, exhaust brake, tweaking the fuel pump it does a much much better job. The fuel mileage remaind the same.
__________________
Keep the shiny side up.
WBCCI # 348
Past Region 3 President
Past President Tidewater Unit 111
Rick Bell in "Silverbell"
Tarheel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2004, 10:29 PM   #8
2 Rivet Member
 
Trailerbunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 40
Good years for Dodge CD?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tarheel
I'm using a 92 dodge cummings banks powered with 127k miles on it. Its a 4x4 5spd pulling a 34'. It would pull the toughest grades here on the east coast, but it took a lot of downshifting. Since the installation of the Banks system, exhaust, bigger intercooler, new internals for the turbo, exhaust brake, tweaking the fuel pump it does a much much better job. The fuel mileage remaind the same.
I've really heard good things about the Dodge Cummins deisel....that they last forever with routine maint...are some years better than others? I expect to be pulling on a lot of grades here on the Pcfic Cst Hwy.....so, Tarheel, so your system sounds pretty good... I would prefer automatic and 2wd (Although I will be braking a lot on the grades w/o my stick.) Was it expensive to ad the banks system aftermkt?
__________________
Trailerbunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2004, 01:08 PM   #9
Rivet Master
 
Tarheel's Avatar
 
2001 34' Limited S/O
Moyock , North Carolina
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 1,010
Images: 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Trailerbunny
I've really heard good things about the Dodge Cummins deisel....that they last forever with routine maint...are some years better than others? I expect to be pulling on a lot of grades here on the Pcfic Cst Hwy.....so, Tarheel, so your system sounds pretty good... I would prefer automatic and 2wd (Although I will be braking a lot on the grades w/o my stick.) Was it expensive to ad the banks system aftermkt?
For my money I like either the oldie like I have (12 valve) or the brand new 24 valve HO engine. Since 2004 1/2 all of the Cummins engines are the same. No state by state mods for emissions compliance. I like the stick for two reasons the first is I feel as though I have more control on downgrades and I don't have to worry about transmission temperatures. Up to 2004.5 the Dodge autos would not hold up to the exhaust brake. The exhaust brake was a very big plus to me when traveling through the Rockies, just downshift and listen to that beautiful hiss. I saved a lot of wear and tear on the brakes on the truck and trailer.
The Banks system for my truck ran about 4K installed along with the Pack exhaust brake, and tach, vacuum boost and exhaust temp gages. It was worth it to me because I knew the history of the truck and it does most everything I could ask of it. I am looking hard at the new 600 ft/lbs of torque in the new Dodge with a crew cab and a 6' bed 4x4 6 speed stick.
Hope this helps.
__________________

__________________
Keep the shiny side up.
WBCCI # 348
Past Region 3 President
Past President Tidewater Unit 111
Rick Bell in "Silverbell"
Tarheel is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Isuzu Turbo Diesel Fred Airstream Motorhome Forums 13 04-03-2007 10:47 AM
'81 Mitsubishi turbo diesel Over59 Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 4 04-20-2004 11:26 AM
Isuzu Turbo Diesel Q&A's stuart2 General Motorhome Topics 0 04-03-2004 12:20 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:06 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.