To Build, Or Buy a Reman - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 Old 03-10-2011, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 45
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
To Build, Or Buy a Reman

OK, so @ 300797 miles, my obs is now blowing it's oil cap off, and sounds as if it's running on 7 holes. Mileage is still decent but you can tell it's down on power. It doesn't seem to smooth out till it's turning 2400 or better and it has a monstrous amount of blow by, let alone the blue smoke out of the exhaust.

So I guess it's time to face facts and start making decisions about it's replacement heart.

I can pick up a complete core for 200$ I have a set of reman heads with less than 6k on them that I can cabbage for free. I don't have an engine stand capable of holding a 7.3, nor do I have a garage to do it in.

I'm guessing 600$ish in machine work, 1200$ish in a rebuild kit. By the time I buy a decent enough stand to hold it, and all the misc stuff, even with my free heads I'm looking at the 25-2700$ range.

My other option is a Marshall reman
3yr 100k warranty, oil cooler, oil pan, timing cover installed, I just add my high pressure oil side, and fuel system, which is all new as of the last 10 months and drop it in. I can buy the Marshall from work with my discount for 2900$
I'm figuring after incidentals, tax and such, I'll be in the 3700$ range.

So my question is, what would you do, and why?


PS, I've looked high and low for a good used engine to no avail, if you know where one is, close to southeastern KY please tell!

loudmouth is offline  
post #2 of 5 Old 03-10-2011, 02:00 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
late_99_PSD's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Taneytown, Maryland
Posts: 3,293
Thanks: 2
Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
If you don't have experience rebuilding engines then I would definatly not recomend tackling a rebulid, especially if you don't have the room, tools, and proper equipment. Personally I would lean toward the rebuild due to the fact that its $1000 cheaper (acording to your calculations.)

1999.5 F-350 7.3, six-speed

late_99_PSD is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 03-11-2011, 05:02 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
ridiculously_necessary's Avatar
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Blue Springs, MO
Posts: 4,207
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
i like the rebuild option, with a reputable builder. another plus is you will most likely keep your forged rods. i think most reman long blocks are PMR's these days. thats not a bad thing, just something i would prefer if it were me.


Late 99 (2/99) Black F250, CC LB 4x4 Lariat 214k. All Stock for the moment...

1995 PSD, ext cab, one wheel wonder , 297k miles, 30k on wvo. totaled 5/8/11 RIP This truck is for sale as a parts truck (Jason is about to receive forged rods, and drop kick his PMR's)
DB high torque starter
DIY 6637
Marinco Mod
DIY Electric fuel w/ wvo conversion

"A clean house is a sign of a mis-lead life."
ridiculously_necessary is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 03-14-2011, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 45
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Looks like I'm going to fix the oil leak and keep on rolling till the engine tells me otherwise.

Finally got a chance to do some more investigation. Turbo o rings are leaking enough to shame the Valdeez.

EBPV stuck half closed, don't know if has any affect on the smoke?
Lots of play in the turbo

I have another turbo to go back on, non ebpv, of a med duty 444e

Did a compression check and all the cylinders were 300 or better, so I guess we'll just keep a rockin!

loudmouth is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 03-15-2011, 03:35 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Wellington Nevada
Posts: 8,706
Thanks: 1
Thanked 42 Times in 41 Posts
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 5 reviews
Time to MOD!!!
CT Performance, Inc. is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome