Found a 7.3 need advice from veteran owners
Ive really been wanting a 7.3 and today I found a 99 f250 with 130,000 miles.
First off does anyone know anybody that can still pull an oasis report without me going to a dealer? And can I tell if it had PMRs by the vin?
I was careful about looking it over as the price is really almost too good to be true, though the owner doesn't speak English, so I was communicating through his boss who is a local diesel mechanic.
I looked over ever inch of it, andnoticed it had two oil leaks. Oil/dirt has collected on the rear and bottom parts of the engine and pan, and also on the transfer case. It was parked on dirt but I still didn't see any drips or puddles. I then started it, popped the hood and removed the oil cap little to no blow by. Trans fluid appeared slightly dark but smelled ok. I then got in and put it in reverse and noticed the shifter has a considerable amount of play (reverse was somewhere between P and R on the indicator). I believe it's common for the cables to stretch? Going down the road it had good power and shifted good, but definitely needs ball joints and or tie rod end links. When I got back it was good and warmed up so I checked for blow by again and still little to none.
For the price I could fix the front end, and shift cable and still be ahead but Im weary of the leaks... Thanks in advance for advice, I'm not new to fords or diesels, but I don't have much knowledge of 7.3s other than what I have read off of here in the last few months of lurking...
Is there anything I might have missed that should be checked?