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88, F350 diesel. What to look out for?
I am thinking of buying an old 1988, F350 flatbed with the 7.3 diesel and a 3 spd. auto trans. It has 91000 original miles, newly rebuilt trans., new alternator, near new radiator and water pump, and new tires. Known problems are: a fuel gauge that does not work, leaking power steering pump or hoses or both, and the ignition key is hard to get out of the switch.Once you insert it, it is very hard to get it positioned so you can turn it to start truck. Truck starts right up, and runs and drives good. I think I can get it for $3500.00 or so.
What should I watch out for that might cost a small fortune to fix? I am not familiar at all with the non turbo 7.3 engines. Were they a good solid engine? How about the 3 spd. automatic trans.? Ok or not?