I didn't know that Ford had a 7.1 diesel available. I thought they were still staying with the 6.0 for another year or two, although they are releasing the 2006 specs right now so maybe the options have expanded. I sure would like to know more about that. The F350 (shares the same manual and auto tranny as F450 I believe) I drive now is an auto because I was driving thru LosAngeles county twice a week for a while, but before that my truck was a shaker and it was easy enough to shift. It wasn't the quality of shifting that got to me, it was the quantity.
I see you have posted this in the slide-in area as well. Hopefully you will get some great ideas there.
I also hope you didn't just post this thread to make me envious. I'll get over it.
F350 PSD 4x4 SRW, BanksBrake, FOX res shocks, MagHytec, DP tuner, JohnWood tranny;
'63 hog; ChrisCraft Launch VP8.1 ;
3 hound dogs