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Documenting this very long journey I have, bought this base model 99 F-350 SD from Henry County. Truck was wrecked but had very low miles, 140K unless they disabled the odometer.

Anyway, pulled a lot of the front end as I could, hade the truck sent to shop to weld new front frame, got it back last week..........Now the fun begins, putting this all back together and trying to make it better than before......

Got some tips from old threads here so thanks for that guys.

Since I had to buy these parts over, decided to do some upgrades while I am at it.

6.0L all aluminum intercooler
Aluminum Fan blades
High Amp alternator - 250AMP
High CC bateries - 1100 CCA x 2
Aftermarket oil resistant Silicone boots, rated to 100psi (I think that was BS but hey)
Aftermarket cooler with fan upgrades X 2 for oil and tranny
LED Headlights
Harley Headlights
New carpet, the old one was mudded and vinyl!!!
Bought new seats, had bench seats, vinyl and torn.
 

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Documenting this very long journey I have, bought this base model 99 F-350 SD from Henry County. Truck was wrecked but had very low miles, 140K unless they disabled the odometer.

Anyway, pulled a lot of the front end as I could, hade the truck sent to shop to weld new front frame, got it back last week..........Now the fun begins, putting this all back together and trying to make it better than before......

Got some tips from old threads here so thanks for that guys.

Since I had to buy these parts over, decided to do some upgrades while I am at it.

6.0L all aluminum intercooler
Aluminum Fan blades
High Amp alternator - 250AMP
High CC bateries - 1100 CCA x 2
Aftermarket oil resistant Silicone boots, rated to 100psi (I think that was BS but hey)
Aftermarket cooler with fan upgrades X 2 for oil and tranny
LED Headlights
Harley Headlights
New carpet, the old one was mudded and vinyl!!!
Bought new seats, had bench seats, vinyl and torn.
What did you find for new seats?
 

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Sorry I was gone for a min, I got the truck FINALLY FINISHED last month, it runs!!!

I got the seats and front clip from a donor teuck at the local junkyard, they saved me a TON!

WHOLE FRONT + seats + side step bars for $1,000 or $1,200..........I can't remember exactly.

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Front Clip:


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Loaded and off for frame weld..............I WISH I KNEW HOW TO WELD. :^(

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I replaced as much as I could afford and what was on in front of me..............Crank Sensor, temp sensor, removed crank case pipe and installed a breather.
S&B cold air intake.
Brake master cylinder was shot, so a new one was in order.
I HORRIBLY installed the carpet, I thought they said it was factory fit, that was B.S, and I didn't know how to install carpet, so that will be my next project probably yrs from now when I decide on body work.

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The cold air intake was a pain in the @$$ to fit, but that could also be because my truck is slightly off lined, the body, frame is solid from what I have seen.

Had to replace power steering pump also, I have never owned one before so I don't know how to rate my performance, but I do know the trick runs on the cool side, I was hoping using an aluminum fan would help add power that I lost using the much bigger intercooler.

Anyway, the truck is for business and I will be doing A LOT of light towing so I was more concerned about durability...............and I am obsessed with cooling so I will probably add an oil cooler eventually, I have a 30 row bit I learnt the 7.3L uses coolant to keep it cool..........so later on.

I now just need a front bumper and I am set to go........truck drives good and starts right up. 20160907_125439.jpg

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I took a major risk, but thankful the damage was cosmetic, and I saved a ton from what I calculate.

140K on it, runs great.............still has A LOT of sand and dust.

Once I get back to business, I would like to take her apart again, I like the 7.3L, I am also going to search for a 7.3L Excursion.
 

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I just want to say that I GREATLY APPRECIATED ALL the information I got, some directly and some from the archives.............. I was able to upgrade to better parts, so thank you all for the information.
 

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way to go!! Saved another low mile 7.3 and shes looking great!
Finding a 7.3 excursion for a decent price in good shape is getting harder and harder, but they are out there and worth every effort.

You don't still have the old vinyl floor do you?
I hate carpet my 4 door needs a vinyl floor
 

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No, unfortunately not, I trashed it along with the old seats and interior, only things I reused were the plastic panels and headliner..............sorry.
 

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I am back, I finally got to do a long trip with my BEAST, did a coolant flush and oil change right before, she runs like a BEAST. but I wish I had TWO MORE GEARS!!!
I am looking into a 6sp Manual swap in the near future...........for now the 400R will do.

Drove from Atlanta -> Baltimore -> Pittsburgh->Atlanta with no issue............she does drink a lot of gas but I get the same mileage almost as my 2000 5.4 Expedition.
 
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