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The best thing to look at in my opinion is the compressor wheel in the turbo. You can tell if the engine has been dusted by looking at the compressor wheel. The early 99's came with the leaky air filter housing and were prone to dusting engines. Other than that just look for oil around the top of the dipstick because this is where oil vapor travels when the engine has excess blow by. Also, you can pull the oil cap and watch the smoke and tell a lot about the engine. The 7.3 even after a fresh rebuild will have a bit of blow by, they just do. Hope this helps. -Jake
99.5 F-250 4x4, 7.3 PS
State 1 injectors from Rosewood, GT38 (van) turbo, S&B intake, Comp Cam's 910 valve springs, Smith Brothers pushrods, AIH delete TS 6-position chip. Pyro.
2005 front end conversion, 2008 tailgate, taillights, and rear bumper.
Edge CTS monitor, and 4" Exhaust (Manufacturer to be determined).