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AWJ Services
08-01-2012, 06:04 PM
Found a nice truck. 7.3 with a 6 speed. Good price but what affect will have on resell value? The positive for me is I can work on the 7.3

Opinions?

AWJ Services
08-01-2012, 07:55 PM
I will add it is an extended cab, flatbed dump with less than 50k miles. less than 15,000 $. Really clean.

NEUSWEDE
08-01-2012, 09:56 PM
I have a f650 and can say I would not want a 7.3 powerstroke in it but all depends on what your hauling and doing with the truck.

AWJ Services
08-01-2012, 10:23 PM
I have a f650 and can say I would not want a 7.3 powerstroke in it but all depends on what your hauling and doing with the truck.

Pulling my KX161.

What engine does yours have?

AEL
08-01-2012, 10:31 PM
i had a 550 dump with 7.3 and it was under powered. Id imagine it would be a dog in a 650.

NEUSWEDE
08-01-2012, 10:54 PM
Pulling my KX161.

What engine does yours have?

I have the 6 cylinder Cat 300hp motor, forget at the moment what the engine model number is.
The power strong is good hp which is perfect for a pickup but for a bigger truck torque is more important.
Never driven one with a powerstroke or the cummins but from what I hear they are nice empty but weighted down no one likes them, resale might be hard since majority want the cat motor.

Mark Oomkes
08-01-2012, 10:58 PM
Didn't IH use the 7.3 in a bunch of their big trucks........

knox gsl
08-01-2012, 11:20 PM
Didn't IH use the 7.3 in a bunch of their big trucks........

International DT444

MOREDIRT
08-02-2012, 12:14 AM
I have a intl 4700 contractor dump with the 7.3 and 6 speed. It has plenty of power I pull a 25 ft pintle hitch trailer with 12k ex or large ctl with ease it hauls 10 tons in the bed as well. You can get a chip for the 4700 with the 7.3.
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mow king
08-02-2012, 03:49 AM
we have a 7.3 in our F650. I'd go for it. Does it have a ton of power? No. Does it have adequate power? Yes. It's a solid and reliable. The Cat powered F650's have more balls but the 7.3 gets it done.

AWJ Services
08-02-2012, 09:21 AM
Most of the Cat engined trucks I have looked at are usually afew years newer(2005) and run around 25k. All the early 2000 Fords I have found have teh Cummins. I am going to look at the truck today. I would rather have a Cat engine but this may be too good of a deal too pass up.

Mark Oomkes
08-02-2012, 10:21 AM
The 7.3 is a better engine than the Cat 3126.

Mowingman
08-02-2012, 10:38 AM
I have owned several big trucks with the DT444/7.3. It is a solid engine, but is a real dog when used in the 2 ton/3 ton trucks. The 6 speed does not help the situation. If you had a 10 speed with the DT444, it would be better.
It will pull your load, but don't be in a hurry to get anywhere.
As for resale, most folks will pass on a truck that size with the DT444. If it had the DT466, it would really hold it's value.

swanny
08-02-2012, 04:39 PM
It takes a small amount of money and work to make the 7.3 come alive in that truck, but it'll pull just fine and be durable too.

IDISAPR
08-03-2012, 11:19 PM
I have a 4700 t444e with the 7.3. I pull my T-190 and a 12k mini ex. everyday. That engine is tough. You just have to come to grips with not being in a hurry anywhere you go. :laugh:
Sure would love to know what mods i could do to get a little more power from it.

AWJ Services
08-07-2012, 09:40 PM
So Much for no resale. The Truck was bought before I could get back up there and purchase it. LOL

IDISAPR
08-08-2012, 11:30 PM
Resale? When I went to go look at the one I bought the owner had 2 other people standing in the lounge of his business waiting to buy it. Only reason why he waited for me was I just happened to be the first to call him and want to look at the truck. :dizzy: I had to make a decision and give him a deposit in five minutes. Best decision I ever made!
Everyone says they are under powered, and I agree to an extent. but seriously, how fast do you need to go hauling a full load or pulling a piece of equipment:laugh:?

hosejockey2002
08-10-2012, 12:37 AM
Sure would love to know what mods i could do to get a little more power from it.

You have to be careful modding a small motor in a big truck like that or your duty cycle/durability will go out the window. You can get away with it with a little pickup truck because you are not moving any weight to speak of, but if you move 30K+ every day with a modded T444E it will not last. Same goes for the B series Cummins. There's a reason that these motors are tuned for lower HP in the bigger trucks, it's to ensure long engine life.

AWJ Services
08-10-2012, 01:09 AM
You have to be careful modding a small motor in a big truck like that or your duty cycle/durability will go out the window. You can get away with it with a little pickup truck because you are not moving any weight to speak of, but if you move 30K+ every day with a modded T444E it will not last. Same goes for the B series Cummins. There's a reason that these motors are tuned for lower HP in the bigger trucks, it's to ensure long engine life.

I disagree. I move 26k plus everyday with a modded 7.3 and have done so for almost 200k miles. The 7.3 is not a small motor like the 5.9 cummins. Heck it is almost as big as the DT466.

stuvecorp
08-10-2012, 01:36 AM
I don't know, the 3116 Cat is only 6.6L but has massive power with good fuel mileage. But the motor does have a big 'footprint'. I hated paying for the rebuild but actually have been very pleased with it(but it still sounds like there is gravel in it when it runs).

Mark Oomkes
08-10-2012, 07:02 AM
You have to be careful modding a small motor in a big truck like that or your duty cycle/durability will go out the window. You can get away with it with a little pickup truck because you are not moving any weight to speak of, but if you move 30K+ every day with a modded T444E it will not last. Same goes for the B series Cummins. There's a reason that these motors are tuned for lower HP in the bigger trucks, it's to ensure long engine life.

What?

The 5.9 is a medium duty truck engine. It is massive overkill for the Dodge.