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Questions About Buying a Modded 7.3
I found a truck locally, and am a little concerned with some things about it.
I know the truck hasn't had an easy life, it's been to the drag track a few times, but not all the time.
It's a 2000 F-350 SRW 7.3 lifted on 38s.
It's got a built trans (auto), 250 cc injectors, ARP studs, chip, and the usual mods, gauges, intake, exhaust... With a stock turbo.
The questionable parts start with it's had a bunch of parts replaced, mostly commons parts though. It's had a engine rebuilt within the last 2,000 miles or so. I was told, it was torn down for what he thought was a blown head gasket. This turned out to be a bad water pump leaking coolant, and a injector that wasn't torqued properly. This injector worked its way almost out. When they pulled it out, they couldn't find the O ring. It was later found in pieces in the # 7 cylinder. But the pistons and rods all looked good so it got reassembled.
I don't really know if the head gasket was bad or not, but I've read if it was, chances are the connecting rod for the cylinder closest to where it failed would likely have been twisted from coolant in there, and it would probably fail in a short time.
I'm just interested in hearing others opinions on this and if it would be worth buying or not.