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Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Chicago, IL
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My work truck (truck in sig and pic) I purchased sight unseen (I know I know what an idiot) but through my friend in AZ. He thought the truck was good but for whatever reason he didn't notice how much this truck smoked (blue). At the time I thought it was just injectors or something along those lines. I quickly realized it wasn't and the truck has considerable blow by. I regret ever getting mixed up with this thing. I got the truck for what I thought was a steal but you get what you pay for.
The truck has been acting up as of late (pretty sure it has a miss or o-ring issue or something else) and I already replaced one injector #8 last fall. It idles rough, smokes (blue), has limited power, and has hesitation in some shifts. All and all im at a loss no matter what I do. The body/chassis and interior are great and I think it will hold up well for another 5-10 years. It is mainly for my construction business and I would rather not replace it unless its a nearly new truck but i can't swing a new truck right now. Like I said this thing is for work and is not my daily driver. I would like it to be reliable and have considerable power to tow and haul when I need it to do so. I also like that I own it out right but when is it time to cut and run?
What I would like to do is replace/rebuild the motor and trans and be done with it. I don't want to replace every little gasket and sensor only to come to the conclusion that the rest of the componenents need to be replaced. I'm looking at remanufactured engines and rebuild kits but I did come across an 03 7.3 with 107k with trans for $3250. It is from a wrecked ambulance. I prob can negotiate the price down some. It's at a shop not too far away from where I live outside of Chicago. I'm going to take a very close look at it and I know a diesel mechanic i may pay to look it over and maybe eventually do the swap out.
My question is, is this bad idea? Is putting 03 motor in a 99 going to present any issues? Ambulances are driven hard so that is a worry. Is this another example of you get what you pay for? Is this too risky? The next engine option for me is $6500 without addressing the trans. I'm just exploring options and trying to cut costs. Wondering what the powerstroke community thinks of ideas, dilemmas, and delusions. Thanks.
1999 Ford F350 Crew Cab Dually 4WD 7.3 Powerstroke