Pre-Power Stroke Diesel (7.3L IDI & 6.9L)Diesel Topics Only
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I'm waiting for a call back on an 88 F250 7.3 Diesel. My mechanic said he's not too familiar with these so is there anything specific I should be asking about? All the ad mentions is that the truck has 120K miles, new tires, new inspection and it's an extended cab.
My luck it's probably already sold, or needs a ton of body work, but just in case that's not true - what might be about to fall off?
I've been looking at it every day since Saturday since it's sitting in my driveway waiting to be registered. New exhaust, quite a bit of surface rust on the bottom, but nothing that looks like it's about to fall off aside from the rear fuel tank which needs to be replaced/sealed as it seeps fuel.
I'm alternating between 'way cool' and 'what the heck did I just do' but if it lasts a year and I've no reason to think it won't last much longer than that at this point I'd be happy.
Can you get a few pictures online? What are you going to use it for, workhorse, just driving around and going to work? You seem more worried about the visual aspect, how about the engine, tranny and such? Have you driven it for a while?
The only pics I have at this point aren't on-line and are basic 'hey this is what it looks like' shots. It's going to be used for hauling a 2 horse trailer on weekends and that's pretty much it (baring Home Depot runs) As far as the engine and tranny - no slipping, runs strong, good acceleration from a stop and holds it own going up hill, nothing appears to be leaking - only driving so far was the initial test drive and getting it home (total of about 25 miles) The weekend after next I have to go pick up the trailer from my friend which is a 2 1/2 hour drive so I'll have a better idea then as far as how it is on the highway - although we were doing 60 no problem on the way home - and hauling too. The guy I bought it from used it to haul a 21 ft travel trailer so I don't think that's going to be a problem. Err, what else? Having had way too much experience with leaking oil (I had a 79 Cougar that leaked like a sieve) I take the 'no leaking' as a good sign and of course no Fred Flintstone holes are always a bonus.
Looks like a good background from here, body-work is secondary an can wait, keep good maintenance on the engine, filters, oil etc.. and don't forget you have grease fittings everywhere under the truck, don't overlook these also.Not easy to give a verdict as you apparently don't have any real problems !Come back to the forum if you do and with all us backyard mechanics, we should have the answers.
1986 7.3l (1989 engine) 4x4 , used to be 6.9 ! Alloy rims, dome lights,
manual switch,Bosch GP's, veggie setup for WVO
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