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Old 12-04-2010, 06:53 PM
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Wondering if I can get a little help!

so my brother was out not to long ago and sent me this picture of a truck for sale.. on the window has a phone number (which i keep trying to call but the phone is turned off) and it says 7.3L. Its a F-350 but what i am wondering is what year?! the way the headlights are it seems to be a 7th gen.. but those have the 6.9L IDI... i have been serching pictures looking at diffrent body styles and what not but I am also pretty new to looking for SDs and was wondering if you guys could give me a hand and verify the year.. I will go Monday and look at it but i would like to do a bunch of research on it the rest of the weekend because i really have nothing to do lol thanks so much in advance guys!

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83-86 is the Factory diesel years in that body style. Bad thing is is that the front clips are easily swappable, so it could have an older clip on a newer truck. Yes 6.9's were done in 87, 7.3 IDI's came around. But, 6.9 and 7.3 IDI's are interchangable and easy to swap, so it could have a 7.3 under the hood.
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83-86 is the Factory diesel years in that body style. Bad thing is is that the front clips are easily swappable, so it could have an older clip on a newer truck. Yes 6.9's were done in 87, 7.3 IDI's came around. But, 6.9 and 7.3 IDI's are interchangable and easy to swap, so it could have a 7.3 under the hood.
thanks man i appreciate it! ill have a better idea of everything once i go take a look at it and actually open the hood and what not.. again thank you!
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6.9's have 7/16" head bolts, while 7.3's have 1/2 head bolts, that's the easiest way to tell the difference.
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my bud has a 85 he swapped a 7.3 so yup take a look at the head bolts.
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Thanks guys!
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if it is a 7.3 swapped in make sure the guy kept up with the coolant additive.

That does appear to be a pretty clean truck, keep us updated how it goes
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if it is a 7.3 swapped in make sure the guy kept up with the coolant additive.

That does appear to be a pretty clean truck, keep us updated how it goes
will do and yea the truck is clean except the pass side fender flare.. the fiberglass has a big hole in it and on the picture you can see a little rust spot but other than that he said nothing was wrong.. the interior was a little beat up tears in the seat and no radio but he said its all good besides that
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will do and yea the truck is clean except the pass side fender flare.. the fiberglass has a big hole in it and on the picture you can see a little rust spot but other than that he said nothing was wrong.. the interior was a little beat up tears in the seat and no radio but he said its all good besides that
more excuses to talk the guy down
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