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Old 06-21-2016, 06:35 PM   #1
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My First Diesel - Excursion

So, I bought my 77' Argosy 24' back in August. I did not have a tow vehicle at the time. Borrowed my Dad's Dodge 1500 to go get it and drag it home from MI to NC.
Since used that truck on several trips while I saved up and researched what I wanted.
I finally bit the bullet yesterday and bought a 2001 2wd Ford Excursion 7.3 Diesel with 96,000 miles. Never had a Ford, never had a Diesel, but after doing my homework, I think that will do nicely!
Having it shipped from Texas. Can't wait for it to get here!!
Would like to here from any others who have pulled with a similar rig.

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Old 06-21-2016, 08:01 PM   #2
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I hope you had someone in Texas do an inspection on it before the purchase.I see many abused diesels that are shipped to Cali for sale

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Old 06-21-2016, 10:04 PM   #3
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You have found a real jewel in the tow vehicle class. Keep it totally stock except to add a more open intake system like an Airaid. The automatic tranny is the only weak spot, so tranny flush every 20k or spend the money to upgrade to a Suncoast torque converter and tranny upgrade. Then you will be bullet proof. Regardless, you have a great tow rig.
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Old 06-22-2016, 01:33 AM   #4
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Yes, I had it checked out before purchase. I feel it has really been babied it's whole life.

My plans are to keep it as stock as possible. I may do an intake eventually as you suggest but I have read bad things on tuners and whatnot. For now I will drive it as/is. Hopefully tranny will hold out. If not I'll upgrade when it fails.
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Old 06-22-2016, 02:54 AM   #5
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With the heui fuel system a top shelf oil is very important. I'd recommend changing all fluids and starting over on the maintaince schedule. But you picked a great tv.
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Old 06-22-2016, 06:29 AM   #6
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a lucky find for you. I had a 2000 Exc V10, it was a terrific truck. Went "downsized" to a 06 Expedition 5.4 V8 its been fine so far too, but not as stout and comfortable.
I would suggest you tow with the overdrive turned off. If you are on a clear stretch of highway with steady speed you can always turn it back on for awhile, but it takes a load off the weak spot in the trans.
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Old 06-22-2016, 11:19 AM   #7
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Here is a pic of her.

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Old 06-22-2016, 11:34 AM   #8
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Have an 02 F250 with 7.3. It's a great machine and with common sense good maintenance it will serve for you years. Enjoy !!
Ps this is my 4th similar engine beginning with a 6.9 in the 80's
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Old 06-22-2016, 11:53 AM   #9
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We have loved, loved, loved our Diesel Excursion. Pulls like a dream, gets great fuel mileage, is accessible from both sides and rear to reach gear, and has cargo space to spare. Take care of it and it will last forever. Ours is also white and even though it lives outside the finish is still great.
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Old 06-22-2016, 12:07 PM   #10
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I towed my 29' airstream and my 30' avion with a 2001 4x4 V10 excursion. It's a great tow vehicle with the V10, probably even better with the diesel.
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Old 06-22-2016, 02:01 PM   #11
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For your future oil changes: I have used Tractor Supply's Traveller 15W-40 for a long time in our 1995 PowerStroke with oil analysis reports to back up the claim..... It's a very good oil. Locally, the current regular price is $34.99 for a 5-gallon pail. Over Memorial Day weekend, they had it for $28.99.
Good oil, good price, and you are not financing anyone's race team and glossy advertising.

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Old 06-22-2016, 03:03 PM   #12
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Great buy. Looks new in your pic. You will love the power and torque. Don't panic your first time out. Your trailer really is still there!!
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Old 06-22-2016, 03:20 PM   #13
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7.3 PS the best! 6.0 PS POS! I had a 97 PS F250 and crossed the us 4 times in 98/99 pulling my 79 ambassador and avgd 18 to 20 mpg and that was with 4WD!
GREAT move YOU will love it! keep clean Rotella oil in it and it will treat you right!
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Old 06-22-2016, 04:13 PM   #14
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Check to see if that has the fuel filter mounted on the drivers side frame rail under the driver. If so change the drain plug to the brass after market one, $15.00,. International sells the plugs and the filters. The steel plug will rust over time a give false water in fuel lights.

Mine was owned by a soccer mom and had low mileage. If you have a good mechanic have them check the variable disc in the turbo and clean it. Get a boost gauge, that will tell you if the turbo is sticking, and exhaust gas temperature gauge and drive against the EGT gauge. The EGT gauge requires drilling the exhaust manifold so have someone that knows what they are doing install it lest metal chips in the turbo.

If you notice the rear end is sloppy install a rear stabilizer. I installed a rear and upgraded the front stabilizer.

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