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Hello psn!! I am on the look out for a rebuilt, or remanufactored engine for my 1997 Ford F-250 7.3 power stroke. I want to get this rebuilt engine, and I want to do a little stuff to it after I get it,(injectors, HPOP, bigger turbo with wicked wheel, etc etc. I herd of the rivivas company that remanufactures engines, and I herd they do a really good job doing it. I still haven’t settled yet, and would still keep researching. Any help would be much appreciated! Thank you!
 

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ford reman from the dealer parts department is the only way i would go.

reviva and jasper engines are for getting the truck running to get rid of it to some unsuspecting sap that does not know any better.
i have never heard of a reviva engine lasting for more than about 10,000 miles.
jasper has gotten a little better, but i still would never use one of their engines.
 

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RCE,

What about these guys: powerstrokehelp.com? I don't know what opinions various folks around PSN have about Bill, but I have found his videos helpful and interesting.

Cj
 

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his sole purpose is to drum up business for his shop by recommending non needed "repairs"

99% of the people that know ford diesels only watch his videos for the humor content in them, because you are guaranteed to laugh your but off watching them..
 

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Ford factory reman, black mamba, and swamps are a few reputable builders that I would go through
 

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Yeah, I get that... but I’ve looked on Fords website and they have Diesel engines, but they don’t have the 1997 7.3?? Where should I buy it from then?
 

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Yeah, I get that... but I’ve looked on Fords website and they have Diesel engines, but they don’t have the 1997 7.3?? Where should I buy it from then?
Go into Ford and ask them for it at the parts dept. Or call them. They come with everything minus turbo and injectors.
 

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tell them it is for a 97 F350.
the computers get stupid when you say 97 F250 and try to give you parts for the "new" light duty F150-7700 truck, otherwise known as a light duty F250 with 7 lug wheels, or a glorified F150 as we call it up here
 

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tjctransport, your posts are helpful so I'm curious about your negative comment. Are you referring to Bill and his website Powerstrokehelp.com? If you are, I don't understand from my perspective. I've learned very much about what to look for and how to address 6.0 issues, repairs and upgrades by using his website. I've 2 '04 6.0s and got tired of the grief; 6.0 issues and mechanic/dealership incompetence and ripoffs! So searching the interwebs I found PSH and have been able to understand and solve EGR, FICM, oil cooler, ICP, IPR issues, et al. We all have our opinions and IMO/experience PSH was and is a very helpful resource.
 

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yup, until you get to know these engines. they you realize he is full of cow manure.
he does get something rite once in a while, but most of what he preaches as gospel truth is just flat out wrong.
 

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Can you give an example of where he is wrong? I've successfully done 2 EGR deletes and 2 turbo rebuilds utilizing his site, for example.
 

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As far as the HPOP oil change, he states the HPO doesnt recirculate through the rest of the oil system, so the oil in the reservoir is extremely old and thick and nasty, whereas infact, oil flows through that reservoir at an incredible rate, the higher the rpm, the faster it flows. I wouldn't say hes completely incompetent, because he has taught me a thing or two, but just take everything with a grain of salt.
 

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i like his claim the 7.3 is junk, and the 6.0 and 6.4 engines are the best thing ever made.
 

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I appreciate your reply. I've learned the hard way and simply want to be able to help myself utilizing good resources such as you, in this case.
 

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I bought a '99 7.3 new. Owned it until selling it in Nov '03 in order to buy my new '04 6.0 which I have today. I'm a leadfoot and the 6.0 vs my 7.3 was/is a hotrod and more fun to drive. I see that those who tow seeking slow and steady engines capable of running somewhat easily into high-mileage prefer the 7.3. I've 2 '04 6.0s purchased new, and F350 4x Dually and a 4x Excursion. I'm as much a 6.0 over the 7.3 fan today as ever; my 6.0s run hard, giving me the leadfoot response that makes my drive enjoyable. And I track my MPG; my F350 returns 11.4 and my Excursion gives me 12.7 which shockingly enough to me is what the MPG computer confirms, or vice versa.
So thanks for the good exchange on the issue of Bill and Powerstrokehelp.com. I'll continue to consult him and his website.
 

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i have a 7.3 IDI with turbo with 495,000 miles on it and it has never been opened up.
rod ehard and put away wet every day for 29 years. and it still plows snow.
i also have a 7.3 powerstroke with 194k miles on it also never opened up. same thing, rode hard and put away wet every day, and it has plowed snow every winter since new.both these trucks never gave me a lick of trouble other than dead batteries and will do anything i ask them too.
i had 6 other 7.3's that had over 250k miles on them when i got rid of when i closed shop.
the 6.0 i can not say the same thing about. they all needed major work at around 100k miles. between the oil coolers, EGR coolers, EGR valves, no start when hot issues,
and bad turbos, they cost us a fortune in the 4 years we had them.
 

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tjctransport, I was going to move on from this thread as we've had a good exchange. However, your last reply was detailed and helpful, especially that you claimed your extensive experience with diesels; I've friends and acquaintances whom have 7.3s and also I could own another given an opportunity. My point is to express appreciation for your followup reply. You're an experienced resource which I disregarded initially for interpreting what I thought were flippant responses. When seeking help from this forum its likely out of frustration from the end of a wrench late on a Sunday afternoon. Even Lt Dan's responses reveal his integrity as he sought to clarify/extend himself via Bill's position. (Its important to know and distinguish that while Bill is not now a fan of 6.4s he recognizes the need to help 6.4 owners.)
I almost deleted this message upon reread thinking its a little much, maybe too deep, but decided to submit my thoughts because our trucks are complicated and costly to maintain/repair. A read of much of the requests for help on this forum reveal at a minimum substantial frustration for need of knowledgeable help, which comes full circle to my experience; incompetence, ignorance and corruption among dealers and local repair shops. To be sure, my F350 FICM acted up while under warranty and the dealer couldn't/wouldn't resolve after a couple of tows to and days in the shop! I actually made my way into the shop the last time where I found 2 techs(so-called) red-lining the motor while watching the monitor! I actually stopped them, took control of my truck and drove it home. This forum alerted me to the FICM being poorly manufactured causing it to breakdown under heat cycles and reco'd FICM-repair.com where I purchased the lifetime-covered FICM build with 80hp bump which solved the problem and substantially improved the overall performance. So I sent in my Excursion FICM for the same build and this was many years/miles ago already.
This forum is very important and members like you become/are saviors to others seeking help with substantial mechanical problems that can also represent substantial cost, too. Been there, done that and know I can seek help here so thank you very much.
 
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