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Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Central Virginia
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I know a guy (used to work with him for about ten years) who owns a 1994 International step van. He uses it for a delivery truck, has owned it since it was new and does between 70 and 80 stops EVERY DAY with it.
It is not a Ford, but has the Navistar DT444e engine (from which the Powerstroke is sourced) and a five-speed manual Spicer transmission. Guess how many miles are on it? Over 700,000 and still going!! He has replaced the heads (or valves - not sure) and has put in a water pump or two; but the crankshaft, camshaft, pistons and rings are still the same ones with which it rolled out of the factory eighteen years ago!!!!
If this is not a testament to the 7.3L, I don't know what is. FedEx and UPS still have several thousand trucks on the road (Internationals and Fords) with 7.3L diesels -- many of which have logged 400,000 or even 500,000 miles of stop and go driving. Those trucks are also heavier and carry more weight than your typical F-Series pickup truck.
The old 5.9L Cummins is no slouch, either; but the fact that it comes hooked up with a Dodge probably sours most folks on its virtues. LOL!
~ Trucker by trade ~
2008 Sterling Acterra 3-axle straight truck (240-hp Cummins ISC)
2006 International 8600 tractor (350-hp Cummins ISM)
"If I passed you on the right, you're in the wrong lane!"