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Old 06-20-2012, 11:32 AM
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HELP - 99-03, 7.3 POWERSTROKE / LANDCRUISER

Hi Everyone....

I am located in the Kalahari region of South Africa close to the Botswana border.

Down south here, we have very few options when it comes to pick-ups. None of the class Ford pickups that are made in the US are available here. The best option we have here in 4WD, is the Toyota Landcruiser.

I have fitted big block gasoline V8's to all my previous Cruisers.

To my latest one, I would like to fit a 7.3l Powerstroke - will be the 1st diesel I have ever owned.

I would like to get a complete 99 –03 , 7.3 used motor, from a reputable source in the US with all necessary boxes and complete wiring harness, and a gas pedal. I would appreciate any recommendations where I could look for one.


I will be fitting it to the Cruisers 5spd manual transmission.

I would also like to ask for any help and advice you could give me for this engine and the conversion - anything at all.


Many thanks in advance.


Best wishes.

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Old 06-20-2012, 12:17 PM
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Brad, I’ll be the first to post and say, wow. That’s gona be one heck of a landcruser. You will get lots of help here but my first thought was; is that drive train gona be tough enough? These engines create so much torque its not the front tires that wear out, it’s the rears. I’m not mechanically smart enough to guide you in the right direction, but you will get help soon. It’s not gona be cheap doing mail order, but I’m sure you know that. I’d shoehorn one into and old 88 Landrover, now that would be cool
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Hi HH60FE

Many thanks for your reply

Thank you for your input, and I really hope I can get more help - especially with finding a complete motor with all its accessories. At this point, this seems to be my biggest challenge. Many people have told me I am wasting my time going this route. I realize it’s a long shot, but I can only hope and pray it will work out for me. To me, its like a hunt – an adventure from the planning stages, right up to the end.

There are a few “cut out motors” available here in SA, but they don’t look good, and many of the parts on them are broken. I would rather get advice, and a good source for a complete motor direct from someone in the US – that way I will have a better chance of knowing exactly what I’m getting.

I understand the mail order route wont be cheap, but after tripple heart bypass surgery, you discover how fragile life is, and sometimes become even more determined to do some of the things in life that you really want. I’ve dreamed for a few years about putting a Powerstroke in my Cruiser, and would like to get going with it as soon as I can.

According to everyone I have spoken with, including a few people in Australia, they tell me the drivetrain is good for around 600HP.................??? Depending on what I can find, I would also consider buying a ZF 6sp manual transmission, and transfer case. All of this will depend on what I can find, along with the costs involved.

I have a shipping agent in California who will take care of getting the motor to SA – one less thing to worry about.


Thank you again for your reply, and please let me know if your hear of a motor for sale.


Beast wishes.

Brad
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IMHO... Where you are located and parts avalability...

5.9 cummins... Be it a 12v P pump or a 24 valve VE pump...

One wire hook up and go.

Powerstrokes have WAY too many sensors, issues and others... The injectors are very sensitive to fuel issues.

You can run about anything thru a P pump without issue.
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Hi CSIPSD

I’m located about 300 miles south west of Johannesburg close to the Botswana border.

Parts availability is not a problem – I have a friend at a performance parts store in Johannesburg that specialises in V8 parts from the US. He gets weekly air shipments from the US, and will be able to get me most anything I need.

I realize the Cummins route is easier, but after having the chance to drive a F350 with a 7.3 Powerstroke, I wont even go back to the 460 big blocks I had in my last 2 cruisers. It was so good, I ended up with a big smile for about 3 days non-stop. My wife was ready to send me to the local lunatic asylum.

I have no doubt your idea is far more practical, and safer, but I really want to take the chance with a 7.3 Powerstroke. I hope the help and advice I can get from yourself and everyone here, will help me make a success of this.


Many thanks.

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Hi CSIPSD

I’m located about 300 miles south west of Johannesburg close to the Botswana border.

Parts availability is not a problem – I have a friend at a performance parts store in Johannesburg that specialises in V8 parts from the US. He gets weekly air shipments from the US, and will be able to get me most anything I need.

I realize the Cummins route is easier, but after having the chance to drive a F350 with a 7.3 Powerstroke, I wont even go back to the 460 big blocks I had in my last 2 cruisers. It was so good, I ended up with a big smile for about 3 days non-stop. My wife was ready to send me to the local lunatic asylum.

I have no doubt your idea is far more practical, and safer, but I really want to take the chance with a 7.3 Powerstroke. I hope the help and advice I can get from yourself and everyone here, will help me make a success of this.


Many thanks.

Brad
You might be better off buying a whole truck if you can get it cheap enough. What about import regs? What would the frt cost be?Roy
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Old 06-20-2012, 03:31 PM
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The chances of importing 1000lbs of cocaine are better than trying to get a LHD vehicle into SA. It’ll get “Africanised” when it lands, and you’ll never even see it.
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How about a RHD 7.3L powerstroke from Australia? Would that be easier to import?
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The import duty and taxes more than double the price. Unfortunately out of my league.

My Cruiser is an immaculate 2008 model with only 12 000 miles on the clock.

For many reasons, including my very special friendship with the late, famous Las Vegas Attorney, Bucky Buchanan, I would really like to make a monster out of mine. Long story, but in a way a tribute to him after a very hard 14 day hunt we did together - his last of 4 with me before he died.
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Good one...........

I have a similar one, but I'll have to e-mail it to you.
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Here is one option for you, you'd have to eat the core charge, obviously:
Riffraff Diesel: Ford Enhanced Long Block

You'd still need turbo, up pipes, injectors, electronics, and other stuff. Clay is located in Oregon (north of CA). He could probably help you source the remaining stuff, some of which might be easy to pick up on ebay.
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...Powerstrokes...the injectors are very sensitive to fuel issues...
Do not be misled by this (I think CSIPSD is wrong). The 1999-2003 7.3's have some of the most tolerant (best) injectors out there.
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Can anyone tell me where I can find a dealers that sells S/S Headers.?
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Can anyone tell me where I can find a dealers that sells S/S Headers.?
Ah... your first turbodiesel. All exhaust is ported to the turbo, so things like headers are a foreign language to this group. SS will not make a good material for the exhaust manifold. We're dealing with so much heat that some people chose to have their exhaust manifolds ceramic-coated and are proud to do so.

Clay at Riffraff Diesel has about the best prices I can find on the net. I can beat a few prices here an there once in a while - but it's one-stop shopping and the customer support is right there with the product knowledge. You'll start to get excited when you see yellow tape on boxes.

Tousley Ford is another online parts supply house.

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