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Old 04-12-2011, 06:12 PM
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Will this starter fit my 7.3 IDI?

Starter 1988-1989 International 7.3 diesel eng - rblt | eBay

This looks different from the stock Mitsubishi starter, but it does say that it's for a 7.3 with a manual transmission, but for an international 1654 truck?

I have an 89 F-250 with a zf5 manual and 7.3 idi

Does anyone know if this starter will fit my truck? If not, why?

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Old 04-12-2011, 07:28 PM
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I'm going to cautiously say no. Reason: wrong bolt pattern

It's hard for me to tell from the ebay pics, but the 3 bolt holes look evenly spaced, where they should look like this>


EDIT: I'll say its wrong probably because of the SAE bellhousing that a medium duty truck like the 1654 would use with its manual transmission....
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yea I wouldn't risk it especially rebuilt, sounds a little squirrely, cant ever trust ebay. I spent I think it was around 130 for a brand new Bosch, and don't regret it at all.
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Yep the fords take a different starter and even ford had many different tooth counts on them over the years
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I got the starter i posted there from DB Electrical for about $108.

Heres what they offer:

DB Electrical - NEW Ford Truck 6.9 7.3 Diesel Starter High Torque 85-94 SMT0018

DB Electrical - NEW Ford Truck Diesel Starter Higher Torque 1985-94 SND0027
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i have the DB starter in my 88 also.
great price, fast shipping, and no core charge.
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i have a DB starter as well... I have pics of my new and old posted in my albums.

dido on shipping, service and quality
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It might fit the holes but that looks to be a direct drive starter. Most of the Fords use a gear reduction starter, either inline or offset that are much much smaller to fit in the cramped space. Outside of DB, find a local alternator/starter shop, usually you'll get a good price and often 1 hour turnaround if you need a rebuild.
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