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Old 02-01-2008, 02:59 PM
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what to look for in a 97 f350

Im new to this site and new to the diesel world. I found a truck and heres the scoop on it. 1997 f350 5speed with 173,000 on it. four wheel drive, manual locking hubs, and the only things that has been done to it is oil changes every 5k, changed the fuel filter twice a year, changed the belts and replaced the cam positioning senser. So what all should i look for in the truck when i go to look at it. The body is in good shape with only two chips in the paint, but that not a real problem. I figure it will need a brake job soon and a clutch but any pointers you guys can show will is greatly appreciated. Also i think this is a good deal he wants 6 grand for it and it also come with another set of wheels and tires, a fiberglass tonnoue(sp) cover, and most of the parts to do a brake job. Thanks guys
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buy it sounds like a great deal
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Sounds like a good deal.
Look down in the valley on top of the engine for any fuel sitting there. Could have a leaky hose for fuel pump.

On the passenger side front of the engine compartment there is a radiator hose that can rub on the frame. If it is just re-enforce it or zip tie it away from the frame.

Carry an extra CPS with you. I know you said it has been replaced, but it doesn't hurt.

How long ago have the batteries been replaced? If needed replace both at the same time.

Check the oil, look to see if it has fuel or coolant in it.

Check the coolant for fuel or oil.

I am sure others can you more ideas aside from mine.
Craig
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Old 02-02-2008, 05:09 AM
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i would jump on that deal sounds like a buy, your lucky to find a deal like that, i cant ever find a good deal like that. Jump on it
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sounds like a good deal I bout my 97 this time last year for around the same price the mechanical fuel pump was leaking so check the valley real good and good luck you will enjoy it
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Old 02-02-2008, 11:49 AM
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thanks guys, ill be going to check it out and should be 99% sure that im buying it on presidents day weekend. Is there a vin decoder around here so i can tell what gears are in it?
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Look on the drivers door jamb and you'll see the certifcation sticker. Look under the word axle and there will be a code. Then compare it here:Automotive What is my Ford rear end ratio, do I have positraction
If it's like my 97 F350 it will have the 3.55's stock.

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thanks alot. I cant wait to go pick this truck up, what are you getting mpg with those 3.55s when you keep your foot out of it?
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Between 16 and 17 on a regular basis.
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