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Just Got My First Ford 7.3 Today

Hey folks,
I just picked up this beauty today, and I'm really pumped about it. Im still learning about diesels, but I have restored a few old scouts and I've always wanted an OBS.


Here's a pic of the old gal, 97 Crew Cab, 3.55 Gears, 2WD, 190K. All Original even down to the tape player.

I'm wanting to do some mods, but nothing crazy, hopefully just improve the MPGs a little.
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welcome to the org! with 3.55 gears and 2wd youre already set to get great mileage, you could be over the 20 mpg mark if you get a good tune and drive it nice....

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welcome to the addiction err i mean org. sweet truck by the way take care of that 7.3 and it will take care of you for along time.

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welcome to the org! with 3.55 gears and 2wd youre already set to get great mileage, you could be over the 20 mpg mark if you get a good tune and drive it nice....

Thanks a bunch guys, I'm really excited. I love this body style and I needed a 4 door truck, so it works out great. I'm pretty good about not getting into the pedal, all of my vehicles have been gas guzzlers, and what would you recommend "tune" wise? I'm not really looking to blow black smoke all over the place or go fast, just want the most MPGs I can squeeze out of her.
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Love the original look with the Alcoas and caps (pssst; you're missing the right rear...). 20 MPG should be easy with 2WD; we get 20-ish with 3.55s in both our 4x4s (ECLB and RCLB).
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good custom tuned chip with an economy yune, available from multiple diesel shops and whatnaught, a 6637 DIY intake, and a 3 inch downpipe to 4 inch exhaust, ditch the cat. and maybe get some gauges. that will get you great mileage and a good solid powerful truck

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Love the original look with the Alcoas and caps (pssst; you're missing the right rear...). 20 MPG should be easy with 2WD; we get 20-ish with 3.55s in both our 4x4s (ECLB and RCLB).
Yeah Im a big fan of the original look, the only thing im gonna do is get a new grill (cracked), and re-pinstripe it. I would have loved to find a gold / white one, but this one was too nice to pass up.
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