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Old 01-22-2008, 08:46 PM
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Looking into first PSD

Hey all.. Im looking into buying a 1999 7.3 PSD tow truck with 110,000 miles on it. I was just wondering if anyone could give me a idea on what to look out for. Are there any problem areas are for these rigs? How are the injectors on these?

Also how strong are the manual trans in these?

Thanks all. I appriciate any help
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Old 01-22-2008, 08:51 PM
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Do all of the normal checks as you would with any vehicle. Try to get as much info on the fluid changes and such. Ball joints will be gone if they have not been changed. Oasis report is always a good thing to get done. Also a carfax. Great tranny in the 6 spd. Very few problems out of them other than the occasional clutch. Good miles on that year too.
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Old 01-22-2008, 08:52 PM
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Check this out too...What to look for when buying a USED 99-03 PSD
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Old 01-22-2008, 08:52 PM
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never hear about manual trans problems
stock intake is really bad on the psd motors. ford offers a new intake but there are also many other comapanys that make aftermarket intakes
good luck and welcome to the PSD world
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Old 01-22-2008, 09:03 PM
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Ok cool!!!

I was reading which is better the early or late 1999's?

Is there a easy way to tell the difference?
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Old 01-22-2008, 09:06 PM
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look at the tag in the door, if it was built before 3/99 then its an early i believe but dont quote me on it. the early ones had smaller injectors and turbos but as far as wich is better i think there both good motors. the only benifit i see is your able to get a little more power out of a late modle with fewer mods.
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Old 01-26-2008, 11:07 AM
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Hey again!

I went today and test drove the 99PSD tow truck. Very nice truck!! I have a couple GM 6.5 tow trucks and this thing had way more power than my 6.5's.!!!

Anyway I started it and let it warm up for a couple minutes (it was sitting for about a week maybe more @30- -5 degrees) and took it out on the highway. For the first five minutes it felt like it had a miss when you got on it. Then after a while it went away... Was it just cold or injectors?

It also had a small leak that smelt like diesel in the front of the motor on the passenger side...

I REALLY appriciate all the help!! This is gonna be a big investment!!
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Old 01-26-2008, 01:03 PM
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i dont know about the injectors but the leak is probably bad o-rings on the water seperator drain valve. not to hard to fix and very cheap.
good luck
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Old 01-26-2008, 05:01 PM
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My tow rig has 175,000 stock tranny and stock injectors never had any problems pulling(knock on wood). The miles wouldn't scare me a bit. I would check blow by and you could go to any dealer and ask them for a history on the truck and they should do it for you.
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