Well, I have another update.
This week I bought an injector superkit from Pensacola Diesel.
Today I pulled my injectors, and put the remanned ones in.
In the process:
-Broke an oil deflector on Cyl #3
-Wrecked the dipstick, and dipstick tube
-found the P.O. had put in Beru glow plugs, and one of them (cyl #3) had an extremely "burned" look to it.
-Compression tests were as follows
I checked #8 like 5 times with the compression gauge, ****ing thing showed 300 every time..... FAWK.
So, I replaced all the glow plugs, and replaced the valve cover gaskets/harnesses. I have had my oil sampled regularly since purchase, as well as all the other fluids in my truck so I didn't need to do injector cups.
Then, after getting the thing back together, Started it, ran it, let it run/worked it for half hour and I have a miss....
There isn't any words to explain how friggen' pissed I am, so I will shamelessly use an ***-load of smileys.
Whoever the hell decided that 7.3L's are legendary should be shot in the face. On top of all that, I have 2 leaky up pipes, and my drivers side exhaust manifold is leaking to the point where it leaves soot on the firewall. Not to mention the dipstick tube leak, the axle seal leak and the other various repairs that need to be made.
I think its safe to say that after I get the miss fixed, I'm going to be wiping the oil off the axle and the dipstick tube, and trade this POS in. I can't afford to be tossing big bucks into this "Legendary 7.3L" every damn weekend.