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Ambulance w/ blown engine
What a way to do a first post. Anyway, my chief had sent our 1997 E-350 7.3L turbo ambulance to the shop after it died on our way to a call. I'm not too sure about all the details of the shop said, but something about the oil pressure got low and shut the truck down. I watch my gauges and the pressure was fine. After a month in the shop, they call us today and say the motor is now trash. They've been starting it and moving it around the shop. They said the the high pressure pump went out and now there's metal everywhere. My chief has asked me to put another motor in it. I've done plenty of gas engines, but never really done much with a diesel. Now I'm searching for a 7.3L to go back in it. Ok, here's my questions:
1. What year ranges do I need to look for to be compatible?
2. Anything I need to be aware of with the swap?
3. I know diesels' fuel pressure is high- Do I need to bleed the system and reprime it? If so, how?
Any info would be greatly appreciated by myself, my department, and the community we serve. Thank ya'll in advance.