Considering first PSD
First, thanks for a effing great site! I use forums as a DIY homeowner/handyman and VW enthusiast and I have to say this site is really informative and the members are very responsive and knowledgeable.
I'm would like to pick up my first PSD and have determined the 7.3 is really the best option and platform for me. I would like my next truck to last a very very long time. I currently have a 90 Nissan reg cab 4x4 and while this has been a great truck I've just out grown it. Based on the research I've done seems fuel efficiency will be about the same, ironically enough. I've been wrenching since a teenager and this would be my first foray into the auto diesel/turbo realm (some experience with DD marine turbo diesels) and I'm excited about owning one.
Ideally, I wanted to find a 7.3 extended cab 4x2 with a manual tranny. I've found this exact model except with an auto and low miles (91,972). I saw the auto to manual forum- perfect. It's at a private dealership and I plan getting them to spring for a Ford dealer look over.
Aside from the normal checkpoint items and pulling codes any other items I should have them check while there? I surfed this forum and the amount of info is dizzying. What I've learned so far--- I plan on checking the turbo impeller for wear, using test strips to check for possible cavitation, type of air filter in place, and a close look at the trans. Do they do falling ball (fuel oil to oil ratio) test on these types of trucks?
Initially, this truck will not see daily driving as I don't plan on using it as grocery getter knowing this will actually tear it up faster, but as my business builds it will see more daily driving and with a trailer.
Thanks in advance