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Yeah, like whats been said the only real advantage to a 6.5 is the fact that you can find parts cheap everywhere. Hell, they are still using them in Humvees as far as i know. And from what i've experienced they are fairly reliable.
But would a 7.3 be worth 1k more than a 6.5? Yes. You can put 1k in a 6.5, but its still a 6.5. If you put 1k in a 7.3 you would be putting close to the same amount of power to the wheels, as the modded 6.5 would have at the crank. Not to mention the Ford is just a much better truck IMO.
And in the future if for some reason you wanted to make more power you can upgrade the 7.3 fairly easy and make respectable numbers. Thats not gonna happen with a 6.5.
97 F-250 ECLB 7.3/E4OD/4wd, 216k miles: FFD 250/200%'s, stock turbo, built trans, e-fuel, Swamps IDM, shimmed 910's, Melling LPOP, welded cam gear/modified pick-up tube. Built and tuned by me
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97 F-250 ECSB project truck:250/2's, Gen 3, S468, SD axles, studs/springs, ZF-6