Well I think my truck is really messed up AGAIN.
A couple weeks ago I noticed a very faint difference in the rattle of the motor when idling especially on initial start up, like a very slightly harder or deeper tone to the normal “knock” of the 7.3.
Friday I noticed it turned over slightly harder like a battery might be getting weak.
Saturday I hooked up my new 28' camper and headed out. As I merged onto I-65 I noticed the little light for the oil temp was on, took me a second to figure out what the heck that light was. I looked at my many gauges and noticed engine oil temp pegged near 300*, then I noticed the water temp gauge standing straight up pegged out, all other gauges looked normal. I pulled over immediately and noticed large amounts of white smoke coming from the CCV mod hose.
I also noticed the coolant bottle was empty and the engine oil (which I changed 3 days ago) was milky and way over full.
I let her sit for a while then tried to restart and she made very unhappy sounds as she turned over but then caught a few licks and began to idle just fine.
I turned her back off and called a buddy to haul my camper back home and get the GN and then hauled old purple back home. When we got there with the trailer she started fine and drove right up on the trailer.
So now what?
Cracked head or block?
Some other problem?
Do I have time and patience to fix it myself?
DO I trust anyone else to fix it right and not screw it up worse?
Do I push her off a cliff and go get a Dodge???
Here she is awaiting her fate;