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    Pretty solid thread #1...The 7.3 PSD project. Pic Heavy

    As some of you may know, I am a truck guy. More so, a Ford truck guy. I think that the 7.3 Powerstroke diesel is the best engine Ford ever put in a truck. I have had all makes of trucks (American models, that is) and I haven't found anything that was as tough as a Superduty with a 7.3 turbo. I am very particular to the 99-03 models. However, I do like some of the features that come with some of the newer models, but the engines just suck.

    I am not a guy that builds tough trucks, just to drive them through the city or park them in a lot to show them off. A truck is meant to work. This is a thread to document the build of a truck I just bought.

    Now, I normally buy my trucks from out west since I live in an area known as "the rust belt". This place eats vehicles in no time. I have been looking for a new to me truck for the last month. After nearly buying on in Colorado and then another in Virginia, I found one near by in Rochester, NY.

    It is a 99 F250 ext. cab short bed automatic 4X4 lariat package. The guy I bought it from had some mods done to it. A 2" lift/leveling kit, a bully dog triple dog downloader, a 4" turbo back down pipe to a 5" single stack (this is going next week. Stacks are ghey), a pioneer touchscreen stereo and tinted windows. It currently has 205K miles on it but has around 2K on an AAMCO HD transmission.

    There is very little rust. It runs well and looks nice, but I have plans to overhaul the truck over the next season or two, while keeping it on the road making me money. I have to state though, that I am not an experienced gear head. I know enough to keep me on the road, but I'm far from a professional. Some work will be done by a shop.

    So, let's get down to it. Here are some current pics of the truck.
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    Not sure why it came out like that. Hang on a sec.

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        3 more pics

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          So far, my plans (other than tires and other necessary maintenance) are to remove tint / remove exhaust stack and replace with mbrp 4" turbo back, stainless steel exhaust / front clip conversion from original to 05-07 grill-headlights and bumper / remove and replace the bed (light rust and too many holes from 5th wheel and stack) / upgrade tailgate to newer model with "super duty" imprinted at the bottom / rims, trim and paint.

          Next week it's getting the new plow, tires and new exhaust.


          Follow along if you'd like. If you have any knowledge on these vehicles, I would love to hear it.

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            #6
            Why do you like fords?

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              #7
              Many reasons really. The look, the rugged work ability, they are the most American made truck, the company didn't take a govt bailout, and the power that they have.

              I dislike the fact that they are becoming less American made, the all to common Ford "rot", and they aren't as comfortable as Chevy. Then again, it's a work horse, not a trail horse.

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                      #11
                      Nice looking machine.
                      I just finished building my latest mud toy myself.
                      Its not a big heavy american truck ( they dont last 2 mins here ) But a mitsubishi.
                      Only thing left factory is the panels.
                      ​We do get extreme around here
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                          #13
                          if I had the money I'd have a supercharged denali pickup...

                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FSpLCLA8Ms

                          Probably be the build to top all my builds and not be a sports car. The supra put down 600+ with a sequential with a tq curve that looked like it borrowed from a big block of yesteryears. I love all turbos the more the merrier the larger the more party time. LAG LAG LAG WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE EEEEE.

                          Although topping the feeling of imminent death the rx7 at 10k rpm a 1.3L with a 66mm turbo would provide was... very god dam scary.

                          I've thought about dropping 10k on a refresh and support mod build twin screw install on the 02 tahoe I have. Those 5.3's put down nearly 1k at the wheels. That whole 93 octane and premium gas price and my mileage cutting from 14 to probably 5 keeps me at bay.

                          Long as its not a dodge, or a ford till after 2001, or a shevy pre 87 or post 200 I'd drive it. I like duramax or powerstroke both have about the same failure rates and maint cost. Comes down to era, paint and interior you want. Anything post 2k is about even. So for me it would be what I got a deal on with hours/miles daily work levels towing. YMMV.

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                            #14
                            For me a vehicle has to have survivability no matter what age.
                            So far not one 4x4 has ever made it out of my hands alive
                            I can put my 96 mitsi in more places than any brand new 4x4 can at a third of the price.

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                              I blew the heal out on my sneaker. Tried sub-floor adhesive, but it didn't hold.
                              Staples only held for a couple hours.
                              Finally, I got some rubber cement.

                              Good as new!
                              I don't know.

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