are the older diesels any good?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by bw, Jun 15, 2000.

  1. bw

    bw LawnSite Member
    Posts: 49

    If i were to by like a 87 or 88 diesel chances are it's going to have alot of miles on it, are the older diesel motors anygood, or do i need a psd.
  2. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Posts: 3,486

    I'm not too familiar with the older one's, you can ask over at, click on forums and select a category.<p>----------<br>Ray Kirby - Kirby's Cuttin' Edge Lawn Maintenance<br>Home Page, My Truck, Lawn Photos
  3. plowking35

    plowking35 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S.E. CT
    Posts: 1,687

    The older diesels are good, as long as the coolant has had the proper additives added to it. With out the coolant causes pits to occur in the #6&8 cylinder walls. This cause a coolant leak, and a resleeve of that cylinder wall. Very$$$$.
  4. ratawna

    ratawna LawnSite Member
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    My husband is a ford diesel man. He has a '87 6.9 with over 400,000 miles on it. He is real hard on a truck, it's a work truck. He has hauled stuff in it way over the cab, had the back squated almost to the tires. It still runs great. If the older diesels can stay up with him, they can with any one.
  5. landscaper3

    landscaper3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,354

    we have 2 1997 f350 diesels that has the powerstroke motor turbo, 91 and below has international motor non turbos and some 92-94 came with navistars kinda in between, my likes are the 95 and up power stroke or go with a cummings
  6. Getmow

    Getmow LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 445

    I have an 87 f350 (old amnbulance chassis) that has a 16' landscape bed. The 6.9 has only 90k miles and stills gets down the road hauling a full load.

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