Fiinally got my Powerstroke...
After posting many times and thinking I had one and lost it, I finally got one. Before I continue, thanks to all you on the board for answering my question, posts, etc. even though many of them were repetative.
1997 F250 2WD Supercrew XLT
Everything is stock
No 5th wheel or gooseneck hitch
Texas 3 Owner Truck
1 Accident in 2003, shows up on Carfax
Price paid: $6,300 +TTL
This isn't the first time I drove a Powerstroke, not an OBS Crewcab. This truck drives staight, solid, with no rattles other than normal rattles from a 12 year old truck. Everything seems to work except for the lights on top of the cabin and the cruise control. I'll check into it more and check fuses etc. The truck starts right up, sounds good, no black smoke, cruised at 70mpg for the 350 mile ride back home.
It is near perfect. I didn't think I could find a truck this clean. No rips, stains, holes, console is clean. I'll take some pictures of it, but everything works, ashtray is clean, no wind noise through the doors, original radio. AC works great, no complaints here.
As I mentioned, it was in an accident and it is slightly noticeable on the front, below the grill. The hood is faded, but other than that it looks great. I don't see any signs of body work, etc. other than the front. Passenger doors has to be closed a bit harder than the others, but other than that, everythings in good shape. It has a heavy stainless steel bumper on the back, no painted and looks original. The bed has some scratches, but it is in good shape, no obvious rust, although I haven't looked real close.
The drive home was 353 miles. I used the front tank for the first 200 miles and had between 3/8 and a 1/4 tank left before I switched to the back. The other 153 miles were on the back tank and I've got about 3/8 of a tank left. I cannot tell gas mileage yet, but the entire drive was into a stiff wind, although I don't think that makes a difference with a truck this heavy. I would guess I got between 17mpg with stock tires. At 70mph, I was running about 2300 RPM's. The truck just purred along.
Its difficult to tell much, but I think I got a good truck. It seems well taken care of, mechanically solid, and will serve its purpose. I think the price was OK, but its difficult to find a nice 97 crewcab in this kind of shape.
I have driven a couple of diesels, and there is nothing like the sound. I LOVE it. The truck had plenty of go when I needed it, but it just purred along at the highway. I left at 8:30pm and got in last night at 2:30. It was a nice 6 hour drive back home with a couple of stops for food, etc. After I give it a good washing I'll take some pictures.
At this point, I just want to put some good E-Load rated 265/75R16 tires and some simple 16x8" wheels. Slowly I'll upgrade the sound system, but other than that, I don't plan on doing much, maybe get the hood re-painted.
Thanks Powerstroke.org, you all helped me more than you know.