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ENGINE OUT, What things should be done while easy to work over?
I just pulled a 7.3 from a 2002 truck I recently got to transplant into an Excursion and wanted to know what I should do to the motor while it is all sitting there, and easy to work on. This is not going to be a hotrod, just mild mods for a family battle wagon. Still kinda new so need guidance from the experienced.
Has 145K miles, and ran well when pulled (even compression numbers from 350-400). No LL injector in number 8 hole. GP's looked good. No codes at all. NO LEAKS. I did notice it was slow to tach up and seemed to be fluttering or sputtering a bit while goosing it at idle. I plan on doing Harpoon in the tank & will be switching the oil pan. The turbo is off too.
What maintenance should it get? Water pump & thermo/are valves easy to adjust or need it/any gaskets that go bad and hard to change while in truck/etc. ??????
What can I do myself with tools or kits that is little cost or free that will make it run better.... like can I smooth flashings & match gaskets in the exhaust manifolds? Should I change antifreeze brands or do anything updated? Or can I do stuff to my turbo or fuel system or injectors or, or, or.... Basically, what would you do without braking the bank or tearing it down?
Let me know if I missed any major points, like tranny fixes or cleaning certain spots. Thanks for the help