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Hey all,

New member here; just bought a 1995 F-250 with 7.3 Powerstroke after owning an old Chev for a while.

Done some reading and searching and it seems this is the best place for powerstroke info so I'm looking forward to getting schooled!

I've read enough in the last day to know that my first moves should be to benchmark what I have already (stock) the add cold air intake, turbo outlet and some gauges. As far as I can tell, the truck is stock, has 284,000Km and has been reasonably well looked after with new batteries, starter and injectors in the last year. The cat has also been cut out so it is a straight pipe from the turbo, with the exception of the pancake 90* angle on the turbo outlet.

Known faults are the timer on the glow plugs is shot so it has an ether injection system on it and the heater motor only works on full speed so the resistor is shot too.

Other than the fluid and filter changes which I'd normally do with a new vehicle, what advice would you give?

I'm most interested in making it as economical as possible for the most part but I also have an old, heavy camper that I use, often with a flatbed trailer so I don't weant to compromise permanently on performance. This tells me I probably need to have a selective chip in it at some point in the future but I haven't even started reading on that yet.

I'm fairly handy in the workshop but far from expert. I mostly do my own work but I'll take it to the shop if it makes sense - specialised tools etc.

I'm looking forward to getting to know the truck better over the next couple of months but in the meantime, I'd love to hear your thoughts on what I should do to the truck to really drive that economy. As far as I can tell, the ratio is 3.55:1 as the axle code is 39.

Thanks in advance!


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