So there I was...two states away, check in hand sitting in front of the truck I was going to buy only to find out it wasn't REALLY as clean as it seemed.
Some of you guys will call me foolish, but I think I managed to save myself a whole heap'a trouble. My dad, brother and I flew down to Florida (brother's a pilot) and the plan was for Pop and I to drive the truck back. When we got there I talked to the owners wife about the truck while my brother started talking to the owner. Looking in the passenger side door noticed the passenger seat was tied off with a piece of nylon climbing rope, when I loosened the strap the seat flew forward. 'Oh yeah, my husband tells me the passenger seat is broken somehow the teeth in the catch got broken.' Then there was the 'I never did get all the records down from the attic, but here's the last record of service. (I had specifically asked them to get the records down so I had them to take along).
Next up was the interior - cuts and cigarette burn holes in all three seats (it's an XLT). None of this stuff showed up in the pictures of the truck I was sent. So while I'm looking inside the truck, my brother's talking to the owner who says hello and opens with - 'I never did like those 7.3's they're too **** noisy.' At this point two of us not hearing either conversation were getting leary. I opened the hood and looked under - it was clean as a whistle. I mean you could eat a meal in there. But the turbo looked like it had gotten SERIOUSLY hot at one point. The oil and tranny fluid were clean and fresh (just serviced in January and sat since then!). Then comes the test - we start the beast up. It's been sitting in the florida sun so it cranks right up. No smoke, no nothin'. Then comes the bearing whine. As long as it's sitting there with little to no oil pressure the engine had a high pitched squeel/whine that was NOT the turbo or like any other 7.3 I've heard or driven (been now in 6-8 myself). As soon as you hit the pedal and raised the RPM's the squeel would go away, but then when it sat idling it came back. I let the truck warm up too and it never went away.
At this point I had decided to walk from the deal. They wanted 10800 for the truck but given I had no faith in the owner's or the service history of the truck I feel good that I walked. It was a relatively clean truck, but two states away I'd have no reciprocity if it died on the way home or once I got here. So needless to say I'm bummed and pissed but I went with my gut. Once I got there stuff didn't start to add up and the promises vanished.
Sorry to get you guys all amped up for me....I know the right one's out there somewhere.....for now I'll keep lurking and looking.