It may sound harsh, but in all seriousness if you find a 1996 gasser daunting, then any diesel or anything newer will be much more difficult to work on.
Doesn't sound harsh, just sounds like you misunderstand the question. You think there would be some difference between a gasser and a diesel, but I didn't ask about engines. Who gives a **** about the engines? That's the easiest part to work on.
I'm asking which year Fords suck to work on. I have a '96 gasser that is a PITA. You take half the axle off to change the diff fluid (not just a clamshell/cover like a '93 for example), the tranny pan has to come off to change the fluid, the ****ing headlamp is a half-day project, the whole front has to come off.
Engine, schmengine. In buying a 7.3, what should I avoid so I don't have to deal with any more of this ****, or is it just a Ford thing and I need a Dodge?
One thing I found from going from gas to diesel is I needed a bunch of a lot bigger wrenches.
Why? Was everything on the vehicle somehow bigger just because the engine was tougher? Like the shocks and tranny pan and diffs and tie rods? Because my question is not about engines, it's about what year Ford started to suck to work on, or what years suck to work on if it got better after '96 maybe.
What about the gas truck is so hard for you?
Who said it was hard? I said it was a PITA. Or do you like having to take half the axle off to change the diff fluid? Do you like taking the grille off to change the headlight (not the headlamp of course)? There's none of that **** on a '93, none of it on a '97 Dodge. So my question is what Fords avoid that ****.
oh and i vote for the 2000 hands down!
Why? Do they have less computerized ****? Is it easier to access and replace parts?
diesel tech ron rest in peace his vids helped me fix just about everything on my 2002 7.3 300k plus still runs like a dream.
I mean... cool and everything but I wasn't asking how to keep an engine running. That's the easiest part to work on.
1953 sounds about right...
If you've got one for sale in good shape, I'm interested.