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Buying a 99 Powerstroke 4x4, need technical advice

I came across a 99 F250 today that I'm considering to buy for a project, but having never owned a 7.3 Diesel before, I would like some information and advice.

This truck is for sale by a private owner and stated up front that the transmission is out but the engine is in perfect running condition. He said he would take $2000 for it as it sits and after inspecting it, I found the manual transmission sitting in the back of the bed completely disassembled. All of the bolts, mounts, shifter and clutch, etc, were wrapped up in the cab of the truck. The engine bay looked normal, relatively clean, and the engine oil looked and smelled normal.

1999 F250 XLT Regular Cab
Manual Transmission (I think it is a 6-speed from the numbers on the tranny tag)
7.3 Turbo Diesel.
Mileage: 205k


1.) How expensive is it to rebuild to replace the ZF transmission (6-Speed I think)?
Tranny model # on tag: 1319050006

2.) I have heard that the 7.3 Turbo Diesel is a strong reliable engine, but there is no way I can test (or start) the motor without a transmission.
If I buy the truck and replace the transmission (new clutch, etc..) What is the 1st thing I should test or verify on truck once I get it running ?
This question is in regards to known issues with the 1999 7.3 Powerstroke engines.
Please keep in mind that this truck has not ran in 2 years.

3.) I've heard that there might be issues with the flywheel in this model, is that a concern and should it be checked or replaced while it's easy to get to ?

4.) Is there anything else I should check or change while I have easy access to the engine, transmission and transfer case ?

Thanks in advance for any info...

The purpose for buying this truck is that I'm going to do a rebody. I'll be putting a 2-Ton 1951 Ford Pickup cab on this 4x4 F250 Powerstroke Chassis and drivetrain.

Removing the cab, bed and body parts, keeping most of the critical parts of the truck intact such as the braking and fuel system, electrical, suspension, air cond, etc..etc..

I've done this using a LS1 Chevy drivetrain and a 57 GMC 2Ton but I've never owned a 7.3 Ford and I look forward to the project.

Thanks Again
Denison, Texas

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Old 06-20-2014, 06:42 PM
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Any engine I buy without seeing it run... I assume don't run. However, once you get going, start a build thread. Sounds like a real cool project.
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Old 06-21-2014, 08:36 AM
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You should probably ask this in the 99 specific section of the forum.

But, with regards to the engine, they're pretty solid. 200k miles is broken in, but the engine should still have a ton of life left if it's been decently maintained.
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