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Old 10-21-2011, 03:02 PM
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Should I swap my 1997 7.3 PSD for an F150 gasser?

Hey guys. I've had my 1997 (OBS) PSD for about four years now, and she is just pushing 196k miles. Great truck but I've been having all sorts of problems with the starting situation. I NEED this truck to be reliable in the winter as I do a lot of hunting and backcountry skiing and this truck sometimes sits at snowy mountain trailheads for days at a time. Luckily, the few times I've been stranded, there were other trucks around for help, and thank God for a $5 bottle of ether (yeahyeahyeah I know all about the dangers--I always disconnect the GPR).

Between the two huge batteries, glow plugs, glow plug relay, massive flywheel, gelling fuel, and cold block, this is just way too many components to need to be at 100% to rely on up in the mountains.

I really love the DRIVING FEEL of the diesel, but I've had it with the cold start situation. I'm considering swapping for an F150 gasser. MPG should be about the same (I'm getting 17 mpg with my PSD), and gas is $0.40 cheaper than diesel around here. I don't tow a boat or a fifth wheel. At most I tow a small trailer with a sled or a quad and I think an F150 should suffice.

What do you think? It breaks my heart to consider giving up the beloved PSD, but I need piece of mind that my truck will get me home safely from the mountains in the wintertime.
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Old 10-21-2011, 04:09 PM
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Well it is always a matter of doing what you have to. But before you go nuts lets look at some things first. Such as why wont it start up every time? what have you replaced and what are the symptoms?
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Well it is always a matter of doing what you have to. But before you go nuts lets look at some things first. Such as why wont it start up every time? what have you replaced and what are the symptoms?
Thanks. I've been doing a lot of searching on my symptoms and I have an idea. I'll go ahead and post in the proper subforum very soon. Still thinking of going for the gasser so I just want to hear some thoughts about that.
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Old 10-21-2011, 05:03 PM
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Alright, Well post a link to it in here so I can find it and maybe help ya fix it so you can keep it.

FWIW a ranger makes a hell of a sidekick for a PSD truck. Both my dad and I have rangers we use as DD trucks and keep the PSDs for fun and heavy work. We both picked ours up for around 1000 bucks and never gave us any issues
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Right on, here is the link: No start, relay clicking, loose negative ground

I did consider a Ranger but they're too small. I have an Accord for a DD, while I use the F250 for camping and accessing high-clearance trailheads. I also have a Wildernest camper that only fits on an 8' bed. Also, we like to cart the dogs around in the supercab and the Ranger supercab is a little too small for a Huskie and a Malamute. That's why I'm thinking F150--I still want a full size truck, but just with better cold weather reliability.
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Old 10-21-2011, 05:32 PM
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just replied in your other thread
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