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To Rebuild or not to rebuild, that is the question

Hello All!

Has been way too long since I've had a chance to do much with 7.3's but now I have an awesome project on my hands. I have a wrecked E99 with 420k on the original motor and ran like a dream when wrecked. Still runs. No leaks, no blowby, doesn't burn oil. Good Blackstone reports. Just a trashed body. Today I just bought a 2003 7.3 CC, LWB Lariat All blue with Grey leather with a windowed PMR motor that was just replaced 50k ago. New or rebuilt everything- Injectors, Turbo, HPOP, starter, alternator, etc. The guy put in the money to do it right, and was unaware of the early tuners that came with the truck and likes to take out PMR rods. Both truck have heavy duty rebuilt trannies.

As always, I'm on a very tight budget. Time I have, money I don't. Obviously my plan is to use my old Forged longblock and swap over all the newer accessories from the 03 blown motor with some new seals along the way. My dilemma is whether or not to rebuild the longblock, or throw it back together and hope it lasts another 100-200k since everything as is works great.

Thoughts? What should I be replacing that I'm not thinking of. I'm thinking at a minimum replace the valve guide seals. The guy said the motor quit immediately upon windowing so I'm hoping I can flush all the oil stuff. I'll get some pictures up when I can.
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If there isnít any blow by and the black stone report came back good, thereís no reason at all to rebuild in my opinion. I wouldnít bother replacing the valve guides, but I would replace all kinds of seals. Oil cooler, oil pan, dipstick tube adapter, water pump, etc


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Yep, replacing all the gaskets and seals for sure. I completely forgot about the Dipstick tube adapter. Another question I have is has anyone tried these HEADSTUDS?

As promised, here are a few pictues. The Donor Recipient: https://flic.kr/p/2h3ZKg3

The Donor: https://flic.kr/p/2h3Z2Lo

I've edited this about 10 times now, can't figure out how to get the pics to post. I've tried Google Photos, Onedrive photos, and flickr!

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I would steer clear of anything other than ARP or OEM for head studs/bolts. Youíre just asking for one to snap off...



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