So how do you like your 03 turbo?
Well I wasn't even considering an 03 turbo until now. Something kind of interesting happened at work today. The truck shop down the street buys a ton of 6.0 parts off us and they recently bought a turbo for one of their early trucks. Being that I'm extremely curious in nature I always like to inspect core parts, in the case of a turbo I'll open it up and atleast see if the unison ring is in good shape.
So I pull the turbo apart, fairly clean inside, unison ring is good, shaft is very tight, almost no play, nothing froze, broken or loose. So what's the deal, why'd they change it?
Then I see it, the rear mounting bolt is broken off and someone tried unsucessfully to burn the bolt out with an acetylene torch. It was pretty far down but I love a challenge. At this point in time I'm batting 1000 with my mig, every broken exhaust stud I've tried to pull with the mig has come out(dozens) but I've never attempted one so far down in the hole. One time I even got a stud with a broken tap in it out of a head.
It took me about an hour of playing around, building the stud up and beating an extractor over the hot weld until I got the right fitment so the extractor could bite. Finally it moved, once it moved I knew I had it. Broke a couple more beads off until I got one that really stuck and was able to walk the old stud right out. The bottom of the stud cleaned the outer most threads on the way out. Ran a chaser down through it and it's perfect.
So now I've got a core 03 turbo sitting here with nothing wrong with it. I'm seriously considering paying the core charge and taking this thing.