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.