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Driving to Panama

Hi everyone. I am new to this site and diesel trucks in general but eager to learn. I just bought a 1986 4x4 f250 diesel that has the factory turbo 7.3 idi from 1994 with 110,xxx with a new c6 transmission. I am leaving in October to drive to Panama and was wondering what kind of maintenance and mods I should do to get my rig ready for a long dirty hot ride.
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Where are you starting from??
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driving to panama

I am leaving from around Seattle, WA
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I am leaving from around Seattle, WA
Oh S**T that's a long drive.....

Anyways, you can do a good CAI or DIY filter, 4inch exhaust, change the oil just before you leave, add another trans cooler if you don't already, clean the truck and engine bay, have a CPS and fluids with you.
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Oh S**T that's a long drive.....

Anyways, you can do a good CAI or DIY filter, 4inch exhaust, change the oil just before you leave, add another trans cooler if you don't already, clean the truck and engine bay, have a CPS and fluids with you.
I am fairly certain that IDI's don't have a CPS.
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nope they dont have electronics haha
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Late 94's and up were electronically controlled..... And all I saw was 7.3 and 1994.

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Hi everyone. I am new to this site and diesel trucks in general but eager to learn. I just bought a 1986 4x4 f250 diesel that has the factory turbo 7.3 idi from 1994 with 110,xxx with a new c6 transmission. I am leaving in October to drive to Panama and was wondering what kind of maintenance and mods I should do to get my rig ready for a long dirty hot ride.
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Josh
Panama City? That's where I am now. People suck *** at driving down here lol. Be careful
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Lived in a Panama for a few years in the 90's. Loved it.

Good luck with the trip. I would say take few extra tires. Also, have any fluids that you might need......I would definately over prep for that trip.....very jealous.

Thad
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Panama...the south american country...???

Anyways...what is your budget?

I would buy gauges, EGT, boost, tranny temp, engine oil temp, water temp, oil pressure. Buy good quality gauges, autometer, ISSPRO, ect.

After that, open up the exhaust. You dont need any muffler or anything, as the turbo is a good enough muffler. 4" is a good size to go with, lets it breathe good.

The stock intake is fine, thats what I'm running. Make sure you have a new filter in it.

Give it filter changes, fuel filter, oil filter, air filter (previsouly mentioned). Might as well send an oil sample in to blackstone (or another company that does oil tests) and see what they say. Might want to look into a bypass oil filter kit (you have your main oil filter, then another filter mounted somewhere, extends oil life).

Tranny. The C6 is stout, but it doesnt lock the converter, and it has no overdrive. At the very least get yourself the biggest GVW rated tranny oil cooler you can find, and plumb it in. You want to keep your tranny temps down. You can also get a lower stall torque converter, and shift kit, which will both help.

Change diff fluids, tranny fluid, and transfer case fluid. Make sure you have spare U-joints on hand. New belts are a good idea.

Do a coolant flush, and add coolant with the proper SCA additive in it. Use distilled water (its like a dollar a gallon, not that bad).

For my Oregon to Texas drive I had the following: All my old belts, just in case. Oil filter, fuel filter. Three gallons oil, two gallons coolant. Two gallons distilled water. Fuel additive. A large craftsman tool set.

There you go.
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