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Head and Gasket Problems?
Hey this is my first time posting, however I am a huge fan of the site and have searched and solved problems with help of the forum for years now and brought many friends to this site. I have done a good bit of searching for any help on this however I decided to bite the bullet and post to get some advice specifically on my problem.
I have a 2001 f250 7.3l with approx. 120,000 miles on it. At 100,000 miles i had oil appear into my coolant reservoir. After doing some research I ended up being forced by my dad to take it to a diesel mechanic. Turns out the driver side head was cracked so another used head was installed for $1300. 19,000 miles later I noticed a small trickle of antifreeze running down my oil filter, and oil that had collected on top of the fuel filter. After doing a dumb thing and driving it 200 miles more I had the cruise set at 65mph and the speed started dropping,and the service engine light flickered a few times. The oil had gotten so low that the safety feature(i call it the safety feature, I'm sure there is a better term) kicked in to where the truck eventually wouldn't run.
There was oil everywhere under the hood, even in the wheel wells at the rear, and about a gallon at the gas station that I was able to pull into before it shut off. I'm pretty positive that the head gasket blew, i haven't taken it fully apart yet because I decided to post to see If I should attempt a coolant pressure test first? Also the reservoir was only about 1/3 of the way full after I stopped at the gas station I should definitely get new head bolts for this correct? even though they are not the TTY head bolts? I shouldn't try to scrape together enough money for ARP studs since I'm definitely under 500 HP w/ only a Hypertech chip, 4" bullydog exhaust and a cold air intake, correct? And any advice why this would happen at such a low mileage on a 7.3l and twice at that? Sorry for such a lengthy description and thankyou for your help!
Also one more thing, on the head bolts should I get Victor Reinz or Fel-Pro? and as for the gasket should I get Victor, Fel-pro, or DNJ Engine Components.