I was given a '93 F350, 7.3 IDI beast! This person never took care of his vehicles and surprise surprise this truck broke down on him. He essentlial gave up on the truck and gave it to me. In the past, I helped him put a new transfer case on it as well as a new prop shaft and U-joints. I also helped him put a new steering box on it. The trucks' body is in decent shape, but the ol' beast just wasn't taken care of mechanically.
Myself? Well, I work on vehicles all the time since I have four drivers in my household. I am also restoring a '58 Willys' CJ-5 (with a '51 Willys-Overland Wagon waiting for attention).
So, this beast I was given will not start. I'm assuming the rings are shot but I haven't run a compression test on it yet. Based on this person driving it into the ground, I've decided to shoehorn a rebuilt 7.3 into it. (air filiter soaked with oil, Turbo soaked with oil (CDR?), brakes were done ONE wheel at a time, four different tire brands/treads are mounted on the truck, etc, etc)
Long story short, I'll be chiming in every so often for advice and to provide details on this project.
Yep, glow plugs, battery cables, batteries, and starter should all be verified good before spending any real money on it. These things NEED 8 good glow plugs and they NEED to spin fast in order to start.
Sorry guys, I left out a lot of the troubleshooting that I accomplished over a two week period. The glow plugs checked out (i checked them out even though it was 98 degrees out at the time),fuel is being delivered, engine cranks wonderfully (starter is strong), all relays and fuses check out, etc.
This particular engine has a history of destroying its rings if maintenance is not kept up. The steel used in this particular block is the last to wear, causing the rings to go due to the debris and dirt introduced into the cylinders from dirty air filters and lack of oil changes. Chrysler analyzed this engine and came up with this analysis (two of my buddies are tech reps for Chrysler).
I've given this engine a few long examinations. Trust me, I wouldn't throw cash at it for no reason.
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