Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Central Illinois
So plans are changing again for the old girl...
After three weeks home on leave, I've had a few humbling experiences with my 97 that reminded me even though the truck looks like it just rolled off the lot, it's still 20 years old and in need of some TLC besides the paint job and rust removal I had planned (electrical and mechanical issues).
Basically, if you had a 7.3l engine on a stand with an unknown number of miles (original owner supposedly blew the old one up and put in a new one) what would check/replace? Truck has 230xxx on the odometer, runs fine minus cold starts (I already replaced the glow plugs and that wasn't it), I think the starter is about to die, and while it won't blow the cap off, I'm concerned about the amount of blowby, and I have a pretty decent exhaust leak.
Additionally, are there any trouble spots in the cab wiring that I should pay attention to while the interior is being stripped?
Internally, I'm thinking about dropping the engine off at my local diesel shop and having them open it up and if something needs replaced, do it, and if it needs rebuilt, do it. I want a solid foundation for around 500hp. Wiring and external stuff I'm willing (and able) to take care of myself.
I just honestly don't know where to start, but I want to make sure the truck is sound before I go any further performance wise. I bought this truck because I wanted to preserve it, and I want to do it right.