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Finally Got My Powerstroke
Been wanting a 7.3 since the OBS days. Something has always been in the way, mainly family, finances, etc. I've been making due with a F150 and finally decided to bite the bullet and start the search. These things are hard to find! Anyway, I finally found a early 1999 F350 extended cab 4x4 with 98,000 miles and ZF6. Trying to find a long bed, extended cab with ZF6, low milage was interesting. I ended up driving over 300 miles to buy the truck sight unseen from a GM dealership.
It isn't perfect, rust underneath both doors and some behind on the cab corners. Other than that, the (1) owner appears to have taken great care of the rig. To my surprise, the entire front end has been rebuilt with greasable fittngs, brakes are perfect, and I can't really find any issues drivetrain wise. Truck has never had a gooseneck, fifth wheel, or even a brake controller on it. I drove the truck the 300 miles home trailing my wifes 2012 Passat TDI, one of the happiest days of my life, finally got my powerstroke!
So far, I've put on a Diamone Eye 4" back exhaust and have gauges and S&B intake on the way. I've done the oil change and plan on doing the transmission and transfer case oil as well. I'm a little on the fence about doing the front and rear differential as the rear fluid states good for life and front isn't due until 150,000. Currently builing our house right now as well, so may just wait until I have some more spare time.
Once I'm sure everything is sorted out, I'll probably give PHP a call and let them do thier magic, may wait a while for that though.
I have a 12,000 lb. excavator and trailer that I'll be moving around some and a 30" bumber pull camper of Dad's that I'm sure we will use as well. Other than that It'll just be waiting for me in the garage for the weekly Lowe's trips.
Love this forum and love having a real truck again!