I am entering the Ford Diesel family soon. I currently have a 94 F-250 gasser. Moving up in the world and decided to go get a F-350 7.3L somewhere in the year range of 1999-2003. Funds are limited but I think I will do ok.
My son-in-law (and daughter) live in Charolette N.C. (I am in New Hampshire). I have been watching craigslist for a used truck to buy. Looking for a very specific truck. F-350 Ext cab 8' Long bed 4x4. I plan on hauling firewood, horses, horse manure and dirt/fill and plowing snow. I do it all with my F-250 and she does it well!
My son-in-law is a Mechanic, he agreed to check out anything I find in his area. I found that these forums are usually just awesome to gain knowledge and tips, tricks and what-not. I did find that website powerstrokehelp.com and found the video "how to buy a used 7.3L truck". It already has paid off. I was looking at a truck yesterday and found a big red flag I never would have known about. I found the exhaust manifold bolt broken near the connection point going up to the turbo. Evidently its a sign of overheating.
I am still learning about this. I am an HVAC mechanic and no stranger to working with tools.
Anyway looking forward to learning from all of you.