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Old 04-21-2012, 09:14 PM   #1
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So what's the story on the old 7.3L?
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Not a diesel specialist but I can tell you from having changed oil in a lot of them in years past the 7.3 is the only diesel I've ever seen that could go 10,000 miles and dump oil cleaner than most cars. Pretty impressive really considering the state of most diesel oil after 5 minutes.
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Fabulous lookin' truck, right? The body is straight and clean. Paint is almost flawless with only a few dents and dings. Interior is almost perfect. Big 7.3L diesel with only 104k miles on it. Seems like it's just getting broken in. Ride is pretty good, can probably be improved with new shocks and maybe tires (probably needs tires at this point). It's a 1999, F250 BTW, with all of the options. One owner truck (supposedly, you know how that goes). A buddy of mine actually knows the man that owned this vehicle, before the owner passed away, that is). So the pedigree, if you'll pardon the rather strange diversion, seems good.

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Not a diesel specialist but I can tell you from having changed oil in a lot of them in years past the 7.3 is the only diesel I've ever seen that could go 10,000 miles and dump oil cleaner than most cars. Pretty impressive really considering the state of most diesel oil after 5 minutes.
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And that's part of the question. I'm not a diesel guy either. Never owned one, but have driven a few courtesy of Uncle Sam. I'm curious of the members here that may own/have owned this era truck what they are like mechanically. One thing that bothers me is that this one is turbo charged. How reliable are these critters? Legend has it that diesels last for hundreds of thousands of miles. What about those built in this time?

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But the deal breaker may be......

......frame rust. Where have we heard that one before in the Airstream world.....

This truck spent about 2 to 3 years of its life in the Minneapolis area, the rest in the North Georgia area. There is, to me, quite a bit of rust on the frame from the years spent up north. Of course, POR-15 can take care of that (yeah, right)....

Couple of Pics to follow.....
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And that's part of the question. I'm not a diesel guy either. Never owned one, but have driven a few courtesy of Uncle Sam. I'm curious of the members here that may own/have owned this era truck what they are like mechanically. One thing that bothers me is that this one is turbo charged. How reliable are these critters? Legend has it that diesels last for hundreds of thousands of miles. What about those built in this time?

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Being a diesel guy, if you are going to buy a used Ford, this is the engine you want to have. The 7.3L's are thought by many to be the best offered by Ford to date. I've worked on many of them, and aside from some minor common issues, they are pretty solid units.

When you go to look at it, make sure that it doesn't smoke when you first start it and that it idles smooth as glass. Either could indicate a potential injector issue. Also, take a look for the presence of aftermarket power adders. If done right, they make fantastic power increases. But, if installed and operated by the wrong person, they could lead to premature falure of a variety of parts. If this is a bone stock 7.3L with a know history, you better jump on it. They are good trucks.
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Not the best pictures, but here goes....

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Being a diesel guy, if you are going to buy a used Ford, this is the engine you want to have. The 7.3L's are thought by many to be the best offered by Ford to date. I've worked on many of them, and aside from some minor common issues, they are pretty solid units.

When you go to look at it, make sure that it doesn't smoke when you first start it and that it idles smooth as glass. Either could indicate a potential injector issue. Also, take a look for the presence of aftermarket power adders. If done right, they make fantastic power increases. But, if installed and operated by the wrong person, they could lead to premature falure of a variety of parts. If this is a bone stock 7.3L with a know history, you better jump on it. They are good trucks.
Wow, good review. Thanks. Susan and I went to look at it today. It passed her test. With the running boards it's easy to mount and dismount on the passenger side.

I started it and intentionally let it idle for a few minutes before even touching the accelerator. No smoke. While idling, it did raise the idle speed after several minutes, then settled back down. After driving it for about 5 miles and parking, did the same thing.

I would have to climb up in the engine compartment (literally) and poke around for a while with the shop manual to figure out if it's all factory.

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Wow, good review. Thanks. Susan and I went to look at it today. It passed her test. With the running boards it's easy to mount and dismount on the passenger side.

I started it and intentionally let it idle for a few minutes before even touching the accelerator. No smoke. While idling, it did raise the idle speed after several minutes, then settled back down. After driving it for about 5 miles and parking, did the same thing.

I would have to climb up in the engine compartment (literally) and poke around for a while with the shop manual to figure out if it's all factory.

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From the pictures you posted, it appears to have the factory exhaust. Which, tells me that it is most likely unmolested. The exhaust is usually the first thing to go on a modded truck. Most of the aftermarket power adders such as the Edge or Bully Dog products will have some type of user adjustable switch or display in the cab. If there is nothing there, or no areas that look like something was added then removed, you should be fine. That doesn't mean that you can't or shouldn't add something like that in the future, but you just don't want to buy one that has been beat by the previous owner.

The surface rust you show in the picture on the frame happens within the first two days of ownership of a new truck here in the North East. The only place to poke around is on the rear spring mounts. Fords are known to rust through in that area eventually from the road salt. I don't think that the truck you are looking at is anywhere near that point, but check just in case. If that is solid, you are ready to go.
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