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Old 07-23-2014, 08:57 PM
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Picked up a 95 F350 7.3L :nod:

I am a newbie here and new to the Powerstroke community. Always been a Cummins guy and had the newer ones but don't like car payments but really like driving a diesel. I have always heard great things about the 7.3L so I thought I would give it a chance.

Anyways, I have a new found love for the 7.3L and picked up this 95 F350 Dually only 153K miles Can you anyone tell me what things to look for with these and where I could spend my money wisely to get better MPG? I was going to start with an air filter and downpipe and possibly the efuel in the near future.

Also I don't want to sound like an idiot but what is that beside the turbo?

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Will
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Old 07-24-2014, 06:59 AM
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Looking at your pictures, I don't see anything besides your turbo (put your finger on it and take another picture). You still have the original snakehead in there so yes, absolutely get a full exhaust kit. 4" is all that's needed but I like the sound of a 5" better. Change all your fluids, filters, and check the wheel wells and mirror posts for rust and stuck mud. Eventually you will need to pop the valve covers off and swap in known good glowplugs and VC gaskets with all wiring. The VC gaskets are normal wear-and-tear parts, they should be replace every couple years (3-4). Get TWO (2) new CPSs and install one and keep the other in the glovebox with a 10mm wrench. Those love to go out when you need the truck the most. Give it a bath and some love and she'll pony you around forever.

Now, these 1st gen PowerStrokes are not overly powerful and to make them powerful takes good money. You cannot crank the timing out and parts are not (well, should not) be bought in "Stage #'s". Please look up the HUEI injection system and learn as much as possible on how it works. These are very different injection systems that only older Internationals and most CATs engines work on. Your local diesel shop that works on Cummins or Isuzu engines may not know what it takes to work on these engines. They are by no means hard to work on but they are very different then what else is out there. If you need to have a shop work on the truck I'd sooner take it to tractor shop than a common diesel shop.
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listen to matt he's pretty smart
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Thanks for the information. I will take another picture later. What aftermarket exhaust do you recommend? Don't have much money to spend.

What's a CPS?

Also I have always ran AMSOIL in all my vehicles I've ever owned but I know some diesel people prefer Rotella, any thoughts?

About how much fluid does the diff hold? And where is recommend, I was also going to use AMSOIL in the diff.

The original owner keep very good records all the way back to 1995. The trans fluid was changed 15K miles ago but that was also 8 years ago do you think it needs to be changed?

Thanks again.
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Thanks for the information. I will take another picture later. What aftermarket exhaust do you recommend? Don't have much money to spend.

Diamond Eye seems to be the consensus around here and you being in some part of Washington might mean that you are close to their manufacturing plant. If you are drive over and save some money. These trucks are not smog tested like the newer engines so we typically straight pipe them. Wait for a holiday and pick it up on sale for near $200-300 (depending on options). If nothing else is in the table right now swap out just the downpipe. It'll make the whole exhaust cost more in the end but it and the cat. cause most of the MPG issues.

What's a CPS?

Cam. Position Sensor

Also I have always ran AMSOIL in all my vehicles I've ever owned but I know some diesel people prefer Rotella, any thoughts?

AMSOIL is plenty fine, So is Rotella. I use Valvoline synthetic Blue. Get whatever Walmart has on special.

About how much fluid does the diff hold? And where is recommend, I was also going to use AMSOIL in the diff.

3 Liters or 6.5 pints of gear oil (80-90 Dino, 75-120 Synthetic) + friction modifier if it has a limited slip.

The original owner keep very good records all the way back to 1995. The trans fluid was changed 15K miles ago but that was also 8 years ago do you think it needs to be changed?

Unless you do it was it really done??? you can burn trans fluid in one bad run after installing fresh fluid. Speaking of which, buy some Coolant test strips and test your coolant. Odds are you need a flush if not just a refresh on stabilizers.

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What I do above^ Other people will have other recommendations. I only use synthetics now.
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if you go with a synthetic gear oil it should already have the friction modifier in it. if you add more it will become a mostly slip.
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So I completed the first project, Ait filter modification. I was just checking things out and ran across this.

Picked up a 95 F350 7.3L :nod:-wp_20140724_011.jpg

So I went to NAPA and picked up a filter and then to the hardware store to get an andapter. Picked up some PVC and cut the groove out the middle for clean air flow and got everything installed.
Picked up a 95 F350 7.3L :nod:-wp_20140724_013.jpg
Picked up a 95 F350 7.3L :nod:-wp_20140724_015.jpg
Picked up a 95 F350 7.3L :nod:-wp_20140724_018.jpg

The frame has quite a bit of surface rust. Will spray undercoating work on this and shold I get it sand blasted first?
Picked up a 95 F350 7.3L :nod:-wp_20140724_021.jpg

Thanks again for all the information.
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:36 AM
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The "water in fuel" light is on how do I drain it?
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Wire wheel the frame then add your frame paint, and the bowl drain is on the rear left "corner" of the fuel filter, should be a yellow tab, just pull toward the front of the truck
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what kris said except it's the front left corner (as you are looking at the motor.)
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