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Old 03-29-2013, 04:07 AM
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Lookin to buy, but man ... $$$

I've been searching for a '95-'97 7.3 F-350 4x4 Crew for a while.

After searching the interwebs for quite some time, I've realized that people are getting good money for these trucks.

I really like the body style, need a crewcab for the kids, and want a pre-smog 7.3

I have found 2wd junk for $3500 ... 4wd junk for $6500 ...

Seems like to get something nice your looking at $10,000 to $13,000.

There must of been a big push for 5th wheels during this time in the 90's because most of them are 5th-wheel equipped ...

I think I've found one for around $10K ...

One owner (senior), 160K, tranny gone thru already (300miles), 4x4, crew.

It was a purchased in Colorado, and the dealer had leather and wood installed in interior (??) not a big fan. Stock red w/ black fade at bottom (???)

Again, not my first choice in apperance, but seems to be a clean truck.

Going to look at it tommorow ...



Thoughts ??

Anything specifically to looks for ??

Thanks !!!

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Old 03-29-2013, 04:41 AM
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CCLB means it's an F350 which adds $$$$. Beware of any "clean" truck with flares; make sure it's not covering past (or present!) rust. If it's a manual, $10k wouldn't be unreasonable.

Paint job is hideous; looks like it's perpetually encrusted with winter road crud.
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:59 AM
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Its a fresh built auto....flares were installed when new.

I feel you on the paint .... It sucks a$$ big time !!!

(typical 90's style)

I am brining my fine tooth comb with me ...

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I'm going Monday to check it out .... Getting closer, and I'm excited !

Anything else I should specifically look for ... Diesel wise ?
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Check turbo for pitting, flip oil fill cap for blow by test, look for any liquid in the valley, and check for leaks, I think that truck is sweet looking, and the white one in my sig cost $3000 in Orange County, the blue one was $1400 in phelan, so don't be afraid to travel to get one, I find deals everywhere here in so cal, I wouldn't pay $10k for squat, you can always build something for cheaper than buying it built IMHO and don't be afraid of higher miles
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Old 03-31-2013, 05:23 AM
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Can u explain these processes ?

Flipping oil cap to see if it flutters with blowby im assuming.

Now the turbo ? Pull piping off ?

Im bringing a creeper .... And a floor jack to check suspension/axle.

Anything else ?
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He means pull the intake tube off the turbo and look at the compressor wheel. Look for damage or if it looks dusted ( edges look sandblasted). And check for shaft play.

Make sure the engine is cold when you look at it. Pay attention to how it starts ( hard start?). And see how much it smokes out the tailpipe. What color etc.
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Keep looking. I looked for 7 months before I found mine. 96 F350 CCLB 4x4 with 205,000 miles but only 55,000 on the tranny. Truck was extremely clean for a 96.... Cleanest I have seen in person, everything works. I paid $5,200 and have ZERO complaints. I see these trucks similar to mine for 8 to 10 grand daily and I realize how great of a deal I got. FYI I live in Orange County where things are supposed to cost more. Maybe I just found the guy that needed cash fast.
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Good condition crew cabs, especially 7.3's, are bringing decent money right now. There seems to be a lot of love for the OBS trucks lately as well.
FYI, I paid $9500 for mine 2 years ago with 153k on the ticker, stock everything with a few little add ons. Mine is a 5 speed though, which adds to the price.
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