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What to do with this 7.3 core...
So I went down through the junkyard the other day, and there was a 96 F-250 that had been flooded up to about the bottom of the window. It didn't look like any water had reached the turbo (but the turbo was shot to hell), and since I had about a week off between contracts, I decided to pull the motor and buy it because I have a decent rapport with the guy behind the counter, and he let me have it for $330 out the door (gas engines usually go for $150 plus $50 core, he gave it to me for $250 plus $80 core for the weight because it's from a flooded truck). Mileage unknown, but the crank does turn.
This was a complete impulse purchase. I already have a 289 small block build on my engine stand, and I was debating whether or not I should go with a harbor freight 1000 pound or 2000 pound engine stand for this monster.
So, before I get elbows-deep into this sucker building a from-scratch performance motor for my truck.... Is anyone out there in need of an engine core for a crate purchase? I figure we could send this one out so that you can keep your truck running until the crate motor arrives on your doorstep for convenience. I'm not in a hurry to start buying parts since I need to do some front-end work to my truck (axle seals, tie rod ends, steering box, etc)
I'm already planning on performance HPOP, stage 2 sticks, and a Saginaw power steering pump. Dual alternators sounds cool, but I don't know as I really need it, although sometimes I really do think that the 130 amp alternator we have that came on Escorts of the era is really stretched thin after you have a cold start and those glow plugs were on for a minute or so. E-fuel, absolutely. Am I missing any points of performance concern?