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New guy in PA

Hello everyone. I'm a new member living in PA.

I bought my first diesel powered pickup five years or so ago, which was an '02 Dodge Cummins 2500. After finding a "good" deal on it and hearing all the Cummins hype, I thought I was set. Long story short, I ended up getting rid of that money pit piece of garbage after having to rebuild the transmission, replace the injection pump, replace the lift pump, and deal with issue after issue. Maybe the Cummins motor is good, but the rest of the truck leaves a lot to be desired in my opinion. The VP44 trucks were horrible.

I decided to buy a 7.3 Ford after having hauled horses from Iowa to PA in a friend's truck. I couldn't afford a new vehicle, so an older used vehicle was my only option. I feel that all things considered, the 7.3 Ford remains the best tow vehicle for a budget minded person like myself.

I'm looking to improve my braking capability, and may also do some slight power mods (intake, exhaust) and will be looking to this forum for advice.

Thanks in advance for the help!

2000 F-350 Crew Cab Dually automatic
120K miles
Stock except for Edge Evolution tuner w/digital gauges
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:52 AM
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Glad to have you - to the ORG!!

If you haven't already, check out:
Ford Powerstroke 99-03 7.3L Forums - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum - Good info in there - Feel free to ask about whatever you don't find in there.

Having the '01 in my sig, I completely agree. These things pull like mules. Not afraid to hook the 5er up and go Rving!
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Yes, they tow well. My first 7.3 was an F-250 with 3.73's and it out towed my '02 Cummins in most situations. The Cummins did fine until it had to downshift, then it fell on it's face. I use a section of highway near my house for a test. With my trailer fully loaded I would go into the base of the hill at 75 mph. By the time I got to the top of the hill, the Dodge would have downshifted and lost nearly 15mph. My first 7.3 would not downshift and might have lost 5mph by the top of the hill. My current dually with the 4.10's can actually accelerate slightly under the same conditions.

The truck that I mentioned we used to haul horses from Iowa had 350K on it, and I know those weren't easy miles. The truck owner has since bought an older Durmax (not sure what year) and he regrets not getting another 7.3. He's has lots of expensive injector problems with his.

As I said earlier, given the performance of the 7.3, combined with the relative simplicity and reliability of it's design, I think it's the best bang for the buck. The auto trans is pretty good, especially compared to the Dodge's. I have a 6 speed that I will eventually swap in, but for now the auto does what it needs to do.

With only 120K miles, I hope to keep mine a long time. That is if I can keep it from rusting away on me.
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