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Old 11-08-2012, 03:25 PM
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FINALLY found my truck. 96 F350 7.3L

So after a long search I found what I wanted, a pretty clean OBS in the price range. It's a 96 F350 CC LB with 205,000 miles. The transmission was rebuilt about 3 or 4 years ago. I have the receipt for that but am not sure if it is the new HD rebuilt. I do not think it is. This is my first diesel, so I am trying to read on here and learn as much as possible. Please, any recommendations on what to check or look at immediately would be appreciated. Or a link to a good forum for me.

Previous owner said the oil is good for another 800 miles or so, I'm thinking i'll take his word. Would you guys recommend changing it, the fuel filter, EBP sensor? I have been very easy driving it to and from work, majority of it is 50 to 55 MPH and getting about 11 - 13 mpg. Was hoping for better but you have to start somewhere... all that aside, i'm thrilled to own it. This weekend will be driving about 260 miles roundtrip so that should be a good test run. heres some pics.
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Great lookin' rig! My first diesel was my OBS. My ideal truck when I was looking was a CCLB 4x4, but I could not for the life of me find one. Bought mine with 193k, now 3 years later I'm sitting at 224k and aside from the idler pulley bearing nuking itself along with the alternator bearing, she has been trouble free. And she really scoots with the mods I have

One recommendation. Ditch whatever air filter that is on there and throw a 6637 on it. Much better protection and air flow than Specter, K&N, etc...

And personally, if it was my truck, the first thing I would do is change the oil, oil filter and fuel filter. With the HEUI injection system these trucks use, you want your fuel and oil to be as clean as possible.

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Great lookin' rig! My first diesel was my OBS. My ideal truck when I was looking was a CCLB 4x4, but I could not for the life of me find one. Bought mine with 193k, now 3 years later I'm sitting at 224k and aside from the idler pulley bearing nuking itself along with the alternator bearing, she has been trouble free. And she really scoots with the mods I have

One recommendation. Ditch whatever air filter that is on there and throw a 6637 on it. Much better protection and air flow than Specter, K&N, etc...

And personally, if it was my truck, the first thing I would do is change the oil, oil filter and fuel filter. With the HEUI injection system these trucks use, you want your fuel and oil to be as clean as possible.
Thanks for the input. I forgot to mention that mine is a 4x4. The first thing I was told by multiple people is to take that K&N air filter off. Which is funny because in any other vehicle the K&N is usually an upgrade.
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For a lot of (gas) vehicles they are, but they can't support the airflow the turbo demands once they get spooled up. They are also known for "dusting", aka letting too much dirt through.

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One recommendation. Ditch whatever air filter that is on there and throw a 6637 on it. Much better protection and air flow than Specter, K&N, etc...

And personally, if it was my truck, the first thing I would do is change the oil, oil filter and fuel filter. With the HEUI injection system these trucks use, you want your fuel and oil to be as clean as possible.
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Thanks for the input. I forgot to mention that mine is a 4x4. The first thing I was told by multiple people is to take that K&N air filter off. Which is funny because in any other vehicle the K&N is usually an upgrade.
On any other car your engine only demands 200-400cfm of air. Our diesels at full tilt demand 750cfm of air. That is out of spec. for a K&N.

I think my biggest issue with the truck that I see in the pictures is how dusty the motor is. Pull off the orange boot and look at the turbo impeller. It should be CLEAN (maybe a little oil from the CCV)! A rebuilt turbo is big money.
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i would change the oil fuel filter and clean the fpr and run some diesel clean or similar through the system. what does it have for a down pipe and exhaust on it?
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i would change the oil fuel filter and clean the fpr and run some diesel clean or similar through the system. what does it have for a down pipe and exhaust on it?
Like I said earlier, first diesel and very uneducated thus far.... I had to look up "fpr" to know it was Fuel Pressure Regulator.... the truck has what I think is a 4 inch pipe, but it flares out to five at the end. Not sure on anything else than that. These replies are making me want to get out and look at things, like how clean the turbo is, but it's pouring raining here. I find one thing funny, a lot of people "say" they are great with diesels, but the more I read the more I realize i don't know a thing and I start to think they don't either. I found a local shop that has gotten great reviews and they would charge 125 dollars for a complete inspection to include literally everything. Debating on how useful that might be.
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^where are you? I'm in Pasadena but work in Pomona.
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I live and work on Camp Pendleton, so my house is in San Clemente, Ca. (southern orange county).
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Do you live off the 210? I bought the truck in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca
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