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HartselleLawnEnforcement
07-01-2011, 12:13 AM
Here's the story - my neighbor has a 1993 f-350 dually with a flatbed that dumps... only problem is that the engine head is cracked. He just GAVE me the truck, so no money lost if the truck isn't salvageable.. It's only got 145,000 miles on it, but anyway, he says the truck will only run 40 miles before it gets overheated, and it also smokes pretty bad... I'm sure I'm forgetting something too... :laugh:

So to my question...

Is the truck worth the time and money to fix or should I just pass?

knox gsl
07-01-2011, 12:37 AM
Find a salvage yard engine or have the one in the truck rebuilt. The only downfall is that that engine sucks up the fuel. If anything else the bed and dump is worth something.

HartselleLawnEnforcement
07-01-2011, 12:40 AM
Find a salvage yard engine or have the one in the truck rebuilt. The only downfall is that that engine sucks up the fuel. If anything else the bed and dump is worth something.

Yeah, I've read that about the fuel. The truck won't be used much at all - if anything - just mulch and such.. so not a daily driver, but nice to have for free! Only problem is that I haven't learned a stick-shift... woops!

Do you know a price range on the salvage yard engine? Doesn't have to be exact, just so I know what I'm dealing with.. The neighbor actually works with engines, so installation is no big deal...

knox gsl
07-01-2011, 12:58 AM
Maybe less than $600 and this would be great for mulch and soil delivery. I would say you could get the engine fixed or replaced, cosmetic body work done, minor mechanical problems and cheap paint for less than $2,000 to have a great work truck.

HartselleLawnEnforcement
07-01-2011, 01:19 AM
Maybe less than $600 and this would be great for mulch and soil delivery. I would say you could get the engine fixed or replaced, cosmetic body work done, minor mechanical problems and cheap paint for less than $2,000 to have a great work truck.

Nice. Right in my budget on the engine.

Cosmetically, the truck is in quite good shape, but it could use a coat of paint on everything. I'll upload a pic tomorrow when I get it cleaned up - I'm still afraid to stick my hand under stuff... not sure what I'll find :laugh:

tnmtn
07-01-2011, 05:14 PM
i just had a head rebuilt at alabama cylinder head. $200.00 and it came out like new. they are on the internet. good luck.

ecurbthims
07-01-2011, 09:28 PM
which engine is in the truck ,gas or diesel ? you can have a gas engine out of that truck in about a half hour ,so pretty easy to swap in a junkyard gasser,the diesel takes longer ,but those non powerstroke 7.3's are very trouble free and last a very very long time .

HartselleLawnEnforcement
07-01-2011, 09:31 PM
Diesel.

need to take this thing somewhere open and learn the stick-shift. I just can't get the hang of it. hahaha.

THEGOLDPRO
07-01-2011, 09:48 PM
Got any pics of it?

HartselleLawnEnforcement
07-01-2011, 09:50 PM
yeah, let me put them up real quick.

HartselleLawnEnforcement
07-01-2011, 09:58 PM
Please tell me I'm not the only one that thinks the color is hideous.. :laugh:

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knox gsl
07-01-2011, 11:33 PM
Its not my first choice of color but its free. Looks like a great deal for you just get it running good and a stick is easy to learn how to drive.

Field King
07-01-2011, 11:49 PM
tow it to Indy and I will give you $500 for the truck:dancing: wish my neighbor had one?

tnmtn
07-02-2011, 11:32 AM
great truck, being a diesel is even better. worse case scenario drop a crate engine in there and you still have a great deal on a hard working truck.

HartselleLawnEnforcement
07-02-2011, 09:28 PM
tow it to Indy and I will give you $500 for the truck:dancing: wish my neighbor had one?

Hahaha, you wish! :laugh:



But anyway, my mechanic guy took it for a ride; it smokes pretty bad but he has a few ideas on what it is, but overall the truck is in awesome shape for its age.

Field King
07-04-2011, 11:30 PM
good deal, some motor work and a little elbow grease and u have a nice truck, I like it!

HartselleLawnEnforcement
07-04-2011, 11:37 PM
update on the truck - haven't done much; mostly practice the 5-speed.. I took the 1 off of the truck number, so its not truck #13 anymore. Call me superstitious, but that was kinda funky. haha. Anyway, I will be keeping it for now and putting work into it to get it running good.

It still runs kinda nice, but we don't believe it is a turbo-diesel or if it is, the turbo isn't engaging. Also figured out its a 1992. Any ideas on the motors on this year model? I know it was a good while before powerstroke, but did they put turbos on them then?

Thanks!

knox gsl
07-05-2011, 12:23 AM
update on the truck - haven't done much; mostly practice the 5-speed.. I took the 1 off of the truck number, so its not truck #13 anymore. Call me superstitious, but that was kinda funky. haha. Anyway, I will be keeping it for now and putting work into it to get it running good.

It still runs kinda nice, but we don't believe it is a turbo-diesel or if it is, the turbo isn't engaging. Also figured out its a 1992. Any ideas on the motors on this year model? I know it was a good while before powerstroke, but did they put turbos on them then?

Thanks!

1993 and older were non turbo 7.3s. Its a great engine that would work hard and there were some aftermarket turbos out there for it.

waters lawn care
07-05-2011, 05:46 PM
Yep you don't need this problem to deal with.I will come up to hartselle and take this off of your hands problem solved.It will be less than 40 miles back home!

HartselleLawnEnforcement
07-05-2011, 11:58 PM
I think I'm gonna keep the truck. I've been going at it for a couple days now and I think I've got ahold of the whole stickshift idea. Now just looking for a good motor.

Thanks for looking out for me, there, waters. :laugh:

THEGOLDPRO
07-06-2011, 12:02 AM
lol @ not knowing if it had a turbo or not.

HartselleLawnEnforcement
07-06-2011, 12:12 AM
lol @ not knowing if it had a turbo or not.

Haha, I guess doing some googling could have saved me from looking like an idiot, huh? :rolleyes:

WorldsStrongestLandscaper
07-06-2011, 12:39 AM
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WorldsStrongestLandscaper
07-06-2011, 12:46 AM
We currently have 20 motors left outa the 60 we bought from a truck chain. They are selling like hot cakes at 2000.00 each. Sold the first 5 within a day of advertising locally for 1200 .00 and decided to up the price. They are 87-92's. I guess they fit up to 2003 if u have all the parts from the original motors from which u are swapping out! Pm me if u are interested. That truck is worth 3500. And if it's 4x4 6000.00. Out here. PM me if interested. BIG STEVE B CT STRENGTH WORLDS STRONGEST LANDSCAPER!!! CT's STRONGEST MAN 6/26/2011
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ecurbthims
07-06-2011, 01:29 AM
We currently have 20 motors left outa the 60 we bought from a truck chain. They are selling like hot cakes at 2000.00 each. Sold the first 5 within a day of advertising locally for 1200 .00 and decided to up the price. They are 87-92's. I guess they fit up to 2003 if u have all the parts from the original motors from which u are swapping out! Pm me if u are interested. That truck is worth 3500. And if it's 4x4 6000.00. Out here. PM me if interested. BIG STEVE B CT STRENGTH WORLDS STRONGEST LANDSCAPER!!! CT's STRONGEST MAN 6/26/2011
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your engines should fit 87 to 94 standard 7.3 , in 94 you could buy either the standard or the powerstroke 7.3 .Your standard 7.3 have way too many changes to even concider swapping into a powerstroke ,heads,intake,exhaust,and of course a mechanical high pressure pump vs electronic injectors .Not that long ago ,a navistar dealer reman 7.3 was about $5000.00 canadian ,havent done one in a few years ,your probably under-selling yourself by thousands though ,and come to think of it,I used to sell re-buildable cores for $2000.00 .

tnmtn
07-06-2011, 10:10 PM
http://www.oilburners.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=34

if you go to the link above you can get all the info you could need on your engine. these guys are heavy into idi's and very helpful.
good luck

Southern Lawn Care, LLC
07-10-2011, 01:19 AM
If you get rid of this truck please let me know because I do want it. I have a motor for it and everything already. Im in st.clair county but I would trailer it home and drop motor in.