My name is Jamie, or 410Custom's as I appear online
I am a Ford fanatic and off road aholic
I build all sorts of stuff in my private home shop
Mostly ranger based trucks, but we also do ATV's, UTV's, Sleds, campers and more.
I just sold my 2000 F250 V10 Superduty flatbed with low miles on it, well actually I traded it straight across for a wicked cool 2001 Excursion 7.3 turbo for the family (we have been after one for some time)
I was able to sell my flatbed (base of shop operations) because last year a 1997 OBS
7.3 long bed 4 door fell into my lap. Well was actually towed to my house and I bought it for $3000
201K miles. Lots going for it, new Michellin 10 ply's, recent driveshafts, very straight cab and more
That brings me here
I am going to need some help.
I am new to Diesels but I learn quickly
So here she is! My next build/new baby /shop /work /tow /firewood atv hauling diesel truck
When she landed at my house it was because I towed it home 5 miles with my V10.
This thing broke down at the bottom of our hill. My stepson bought it and was bringing it here to show to me. It did not make it. Instead the low oil shutoff safety shut the truck down. It has burned all of its crankcase oil as fuel and was now out of oil.
Long story short my stepson got some of his $$$ back on the deal and was going to sell the truck (Not interested in repairs)
So here it sat....at my house.... looking at me
I have always wanted a 4 door long bed diesel
So after researching the 7.3, injector O rings and such I bought it. $3000 and she was mine.
I put two interstate batteries I had lying around in it
fresh oil change
new fuel filter in the bowl (cleaned heater and bowl)
New Alliance O rings on all 8 injectors
7 new Motorcraft glow plugs (8th is swollen, broken and not coming out)
New Dorman valve cover gaskets (whoops these are cheap!)
And she was running! She starts right up and runs on all 8. Has good power
But the ZF5
trans was LOOSE as a goose....hard to find the gears. So I parked it for the winter and began to save $$$$.
I bought a Zf5
rebuild kit, Luk Clutch, Luk Flywheel, & Luk hydraulics
Then I never found the time to rebuild the zf5
. UNtil last month, I found a rebuilt Zf5
from a 460 truck and bought it.
Last week I installed the rebuilt 460 version Zf5
into the truck with all the new LUK parts. It works awesome!! 5.72 granny gear is nice!
Yes I had to drill the bellhousing, no it was not difficult. I used a hand drill and it took all of 30 minutes.
Hooray I now have a working truck! I went and got temp tags for it
I welded the broken radiator support together. Picked up a replacement hood, headlights and header panel and that's where I am today.
Truck blows LOTS OF GREY SMOKE at cold start, 10-15 minutes worth. Runs rough for a minute then smooths out. Loud knock, but not much different idle from other 7.3's we have around here.
I have NOT put it under heavy load or even driven 50 miles since the injector O rings
Grey smoke never totally goes away, however when its warm it runs fairly well and only a little blue smoke
I am ready to spend some $$$ and tear into this 7.3
My plan is
1. compression test
2. new injectors (160cc or so)
3. rebuild turbo w new wheel
4. re seal pedestal, EBPV
5. Motorcraft valve covers & wire harness (1997 harness needs lots of repairs)
6. TS6 chip & Tune for 160cc
Diesel fuel in the fuel bowl is dark
I believe it is still burning crankcase oil
Does not appear to be using coolant, but coolant is dark
Any advice? Rip the 7.3 out and go 5.9? Wait for results of compression test and go from there?
How do I know if oil cooler is mixing?
injector cups leaking?
Thanks for any advice! PLEASE HELP ME SPEND MY $$$$ AND TIME the best possible way!!
I have less than $4000 in the truck today, it has a temp tag. I have a $2500 budget for this next stage of work (including windshield) and I have 30 days to pass emissions