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F250 installing a used Short Bus motor
So my 2002 F250 motor is "dusted" at 213K miles, major white smoke at startup, lots of blow by, low compression on #8, etc. Most likely it is the rings. So I began my search for a new or replacement motor several months ago. Due to cost reasons, I settled on a used motor. I ended up purchasing a motor out of a 2001 "fleet maintained" "Short Bus" with 170K it is being delivered complete with a van turbo, and all accessories. "It ran good when pulled and had no blow-by."
I really just want this to run well when I install it. My mechanic buddys are telling me I need to take the heads off, inspect it, new studs and head gasket before I put it in the truck. While I do see the validity in this as I do not personally know the exact history of the motor, is this really necessary with a 7.3 that I intend to keep mainly stock?
Also, I have a recently rebuilt (20k ago) turbo with an ATS housing, wicked wheel, and EBPV valve delete pedestal on my truck now, should I use this turbo on the new truck, or switch to the van turbo?
Is there anything else I really need to do before doing this motor swap?
Thanks for the help