My stepsons and I found a smoking deal yesterday and drove it home to the shop!!!
Early 1999 F350 cab and chassis 7.3 auto extended cab, 221K miles, no bed, runs and drives but lacks power
We will fix this truck up nice and sell it, we split on her three ways, should be a fun project, using what we have learned on our own 7.3's to revive this old girl.
The family that plays together stays together!
Paid $1500, yes that's right $1500 and drove it home 30+ miles
Everyone I introduce to you the first family flip truck, Flippy the powerchoke!
First up, do all 99 trucks have a front/rear brake caliper setup on the rear axle or is this a cab and chassis thing?
Starts and runs okay just has no power, no input from the fuel feed pedal, no smoke, just a big time lack of power.
We started by cleaning the battery terminals so she would start on her own (corrosion) battery terminals still need a re visit but at least now shes getting power enough to run.
We then removed all the intercooler piping and boots, intake spider for cleaning, signs of leaks at every clamp. So we degreased all of this and had a good look at the 7.3.
has oil in the harness, ordered a new one & pigtail.
Air filter was caked full of dirt, new one on its way.
Turbo has no play in it, but compressor wheel is a bit dusted.
sensor feed tube had a crack in it, cut off 1/2" of the tube and re connected.
Drivers up pipe large leak at turbo manifold, can hear the leak from inside the cab
Fuel bowl full and fuel is green, new filter on its way
Coolant at level, coolant nice and clear.
Has newer block heater (at least the cord) and oil cooler looks to have been replaced.
Has newer fuel pump
Has reman alternator (yuck) single alternator
Window sticker says oil changes done at Ford dealer, so I will run a carfax for some maint history
Transmission is not stock, looks very dry and shifts wonderfully, fluid is a little burned but still red in color.
No major leaks, valley has small puddle under turbo ped. otherwise very dry on sides and under block
"Chugs" a little at idle like it has a miss, never smooths out, always there
No grey or blue smoke from exhaust when warm, just small puffs of black, seems like a stock superduty.
Tires are near new, 3.73 limited slip rear, late 98 build date.
Plans so far:
Power wash!!! so we can work on it, this thing has never been washed under the hood.
Cylinder contribution and buzz test
Boost test (maual gauge)
Rebuild turbo with garret kit and 360 degree thrust bearing
Rosewood reman injectors
Clean fuel filter screens in tank and fuel bowl
compression test while VC are off
and feed tube
re seal top of engine as needed (oil rails, fuel lines, etc)
deleted pedestal and EBPV
Flatbed (found a good deal on one)
front pushbar (already have)
Detail interior, fix whatever does not work
Steering is loose, likely needs front end work
R&R drivers mirror
Sell for profit! and then go buy another.........