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Old 11-01-2012, 02:35 PM
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Friends finally buying a ford

Hes a jeep guy, has been but he finally decided he needs a truck. Found him what i think is a steal on a 7.3.


1997 obs auto 4wd long bed reg cab 7.3 140k miles( im so mad) and all inspected and on the road.

but wanted 2500, i got him to take 1700.

the catch is the truck runs but has a loss of power, he said it will only do about 40mph. said no smoke ect, nothing seems to be wrong except its low on power.

What are you thinking? is it a good deal? what do you think it needs? im thinking it could be a few things, I can test fuel pressure, hpo , could be the cps? Ipc? im feeling like it might be low fuel pressure causing low power, possibly a failing fuel pump or a clogged regulator.( dont really want to diagnose it in the guys yard because if i figure it out he will raise the price)


said he is second owner, and truck was kept up by a local dealer previous to him owning it. said he just needs cash fast and needs it gone, enough headaches.


if im buying it(my fiend actually) it happening this weekend the guy needs the cash next week or his price is going back up.


what do you guys think, throw suggestions ect at me only being 1700, my friend is willing to put more money into it being something bigger, but i feel like if it was injectors or something it would smoke ect...possibly HPOP? but thats not really expensive. 400$ish


thanks guys!
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:00 PM
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I'm with you in thinking it is a fuel supply problem, but something else that come's to mind is the turbo may have a problem.
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:29 PM
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is it a 250 or 350? and also seems like it could be fuel related.
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its a f250. I bet its fpr plugged or something.

does it seems like a good deal?
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:40 PM
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Sounds like a heck of a deal to me unless maybe all the body panels are falling off from rust.
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Old 11-02-2012, 05:39 PM
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It could be a plugged cat.
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:52 PM
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well the biggest thing is that its not a huge deal, and fixable.

ill check blowby,conpressor wheel ect, but dont want to get to in DEPTH and figure it out making the price go up, but im also not sure about the auto's behind these engines, anything to look out for? the 5 speeds obv the dual mass clutch, but how are the autos?
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:02 PM
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Some people have problems with the auto's some don't. I've seen several with well over 200k on them and I've seen others burned up with less than 100k. Aftermarket valve bodies, heavy duty torque converters and a 40k cooler will provide a big boost in the E4od's life expectancy. Why work on in front of the seller just drive it out of there at whatever speed you can get it up to, heck even on a tow truck if you have to.
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:36 AM
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Well, this morning i talked to the guy and we left to go get it, 30 mins to the guys house he texts me and tell me it just sold. Turns out a guy that look at the truck a few weeks ago just happen to show up with cash in hand, and the guy took it....so we turned around and that adventure was canceled.
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:41 AM
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That sucks
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