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Hello everyone, I just took posession of a 1997 Ford F-350. I was looking for some info about these rigs. What kind of upgrades can be had for reliability purposes. I am going to be using this for my shop pickup doing anything from towing vehicles in to going on parts runs with it and would like to not have to worry about it going down on me while on a service call or something. Thanks for your help in advance.

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Just of our curiosity, what body style?

Others will offer more help with reliability issues than I can

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well its a regular cab long bed.

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I have a 97 f350 crewcab also,its my daily driver,hunting and fishing rig,all I have done to mine is put a straight pipe on it and an intake and the bb in the fpr and its been a very dependable truck for the past 7 or 8 years now,if its just a shop truck I wouldnt throw to many mods at it due to cost and I dont think you need to mod it much to do what you intend to use it for. good luck and enjoy your new truck
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Intake down pipe, straight pipe, and gauges

Welcome to the org, as far as reliability, keep fresh fluids and filters in it, carry a spare CPs and you should be fine, my trucks were 274 and 306k miles before I started modding them, run excellently still

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like kris said carry a spare CPS (and the tools to install it) there are a known weak link. I would check your fuel pressure (low FP can wreck injectors), High pressure oil pressure and duty cycle (to make sure your HPOP is good). auto or manual? if an auto beware of heat get a tranny temp gauge and a better bigger cooler especially for towing (I don't like autos so i can't really help you with what cooler is best but others do). manual get rid of the Dual mass flywheel they can self destruct and take out the trans, and upgrade to a single flywheel from Southbend, Valiar or LUK

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Well unfortunately it is an auto. I know I still have to pull the HPOP and reseal it because it is leaking oil like a siv from underneath it. I am planning on putting gauges in but what else other than trans temp and egt? Is boost or fuel pressure more important to keep an eye on? What is the deal with putting the bb in the fpr, I have read a little bit about it, but didn't really see what good it did. Also, it seems that there are multiple issues with the factory fuel pump, so is there a better fuel system to put on these pickups? Sorry for all the questions but not really sure about all the weak links on the fords.

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the BB in the FPR is to increase pressure you can also use the California spring, it is a ford part, but i don't know the part number off hand. personally i think FP is more important than boost, but you can add a gauge to the FPR and it should be sufficient. Lots of OBS owners swap the fuel bowl and mechanical pump out for a filter setup and electric pump mounted underneath the truck somewhere

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Ok well that makes sense. Well thanks for the help on this stuff guys.

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The manual pump is not necessarily a weak link, but they go out, just like the electric ones do, just more of a pain to swap, things to keep in mind about your new rig

It is not intercooled from factory, you do not have a blow off valve, and your injectors if stock are 90cc, these things come up often here

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Finding a decent woman is like shopping for a used truck. You spend most of your time picking through the money pits, wrecks, and basket cases until you find one that you can tolerate
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Well at least you caught the loose bolts before they cause any damage. Nothing worse than a sloppy hole
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