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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-23-2018, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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Hello forum members. Looks like a great forum. My name is Bill Johnson and I live in Tonkawa, Okla. My wife & I are retired and are looking forward to selling our home & contents and living the full-time RV life. That is why I purchased a tow vehicle. I own a late 1999 F-350 7.3L XLT auto trans 4:10 axle ratio LB DRW with 125,000 miles on the odometer. Just purchased a 7.3L Ford OEM remanufactured engine long block and came to this forum seeking advice on engine break-in procedures. I use it primarily to tow a 40' 5th wheel trailer. I've owned the truck for 2 years and even with the low mileage I am replacing the engine after a couple Blackstone oil analysis' & diagnostics indicating alot of metal in the oil and low compression in 2 cylinders. It has a lot of blowby and smokes alot at cold start (a lady thought my truck was on fire when I started it at our local Walmart). It is also using a quart of oil every 250 miles. Well, anyway I really like the truck and the rest of the truck is in really good shape. So, I have decided to take the plunge and replace the engine.
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Welcome to the forum! There are people on this forum who really know these trucks. I'm sure they will be around in a little while to give you some good advice.

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Thanks for the welcome Don. Sounds like your truck is very similar to mine. I have done a lot of research on the web over the last several years & always learn from others experience and knowledge. I purchased my truck after about 6-months of research & shopping for one I could afford. Seems like the 7.3L has a cult following and a lot of owners who love their vehicles. I'm excited about getting the Ford OEM remanufactured engine installed next week. Got the shipping confirmation today and scheduled the install for next week at the shop. I found a lot of information on this forum about break-in procedures, which is my current concern. I noticed you show a California location and I am curious about how your truck meets the environmental inspection standards. In Okla. we don't have to submit to inspections. I've heard California has pretty strict veh. inspection standards.
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Thanks for the welcome Don. Sounds like your truck is very similar to mine. I have done a lot of research on the web over the last several years & always learn from others experience and knowledge. I purchased my truck after about 6-months of research & shopping for one I could afford. Seems like the 7.3L has a cult following and a lot of owners who love their vehicles. I'm excited about getting the Ford OEM remanufactured engine installed next week. Got the shipping confirmation today and scheduled the install for next week at the shop. I found a lot of information on this forum about break-in procedures, which is my current concern. I noticed you show a California location and I am curious about how your truck meets the environmental inspection standards. In Okla. we don't have to submit to inspections. I've heard California has pretty strict veh. inspection standards.
When I bought the truck, there were no smog checks required, because there were no smog requirements on diesel vehicles the year it was manufactured. But a few years later, California changed the law. Now I have to take it for smog check every two years. The smog check consists of checking for any codes, and checking to see that no modifications have been made. In California, the truck must be kept completely stock. Any modifications are illegal. Also, the truck must not be rolling coal.

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2005 Nomad Rampage toyhauler made by Skyline. 11,500lb gvwr.
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Perfect, thanks for the information.
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As long as there is a C.A.R.B. Compliance label on the radiator support, you can modify. I believe Banks helped them create the standards and sells compliant products.

If your truck is registered in another state, it does not have to meet Ca. Emissions while your visiting.

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There are a few CARB compliant products that are legal in California. It requires extensive testing to show that the product does not increase pollution. The extensive testing is very expensive; so there is a very short list of products that are legal in California. Those products are extremely expensive, because the manufacturer must recover the cost of the expensive tests. Therefore, usually it is not worth the cost for Californians to buy those extremely expensive products, and they leave their trucks stock.

2001 F350 XLT 4X4 crew cab, dual rear wheels, long bed, black, 7.3l turbo diesel, automatic transmission, 4.10, shift on the fly, running boards, sliding rear window, 38 gal fuel tank, Odyssey extreme 65-PC1750T batteries, Michelin LTX-MS2 rear tires, Sumitomo Encounter front tires, Shell Rotella Ultra elc, 11,500 gvwr, 20,000 gcwr, 7500 gvw, completely stock, 114,000 miles when purchased, now has 250,000 miles, repairs so far: two starters, batteries, cps, brakes, tires, alternator, ball joints, locking hub, wheel hub, AC compressor, serpentine belt, power steering pump, driver's side window, ignition switch, o-ring, Spectra premium radiator, water pump, fan clutch, fan blades, thermostat, thermostat housing, tensioner. Stolen twice so far, but recovered both times with major damage.

2005 Nomad Rampage toyhauler made by Skyline. 11,500lb gvwr.
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Welcome to the forum. I envy you on your reduce accumulation of stuff and travel life retirement plans. I would love that lifestyle but I am married to a woman that thinks roughing it is slow room service or being 5 miles away from Grandkids.


Break in? Well after an engine R&R a shake down period just to find those little new hook up Gremlins or failure to hook up things or adjust items that always seem to happen. I have had two personal Powerstrokes, still have my 2002, and I had a couple of Company trucks. Our fleet for construction projects we would just buy a new truck and put it to work hauling Gooseneck Tool Trailers nationwide immediately, hard use, many drivers, tough service. The trucks held up well and were well maintained on return to shop trips, tough service and engine break in just didn't seem to matter in a negative sense. I think that is pretty typical for these trucks in general, most are work horses used by companies not by persnickety owners like me. I drove my last new truck approx. 500 miles of mixed speed driving then did whatever I wanted with it. It has 226k on it now. Necessary, probably not and I really doubt that the rings break in under 10k anyway. Like I wrote, persnickety.


In the free State of Alabama we dont have inspections, we are focused on the important things, good football.

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As long as there is a C.A.R.B. Compliance label on the radiator support, you can modify. I believe Banks helped them create the standards and sells compliant products.

If your truck is registered in another state, it does not have to meet Ca. Emissions while your visiting.
Good to know if I should travel into California. Thanks for the information.
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There are a few CARB compliant products that are legal in California. It requires extensive testing to show that the product does not increase pollution. The extensive testing is very expensive; so there is a very short list of products that are legal in California. Those products are extremely expensive, because the manufacturer must recover the cost of the expensive tests. Therefore, usually it is not worth the cost for Californians to buy those extremely expensive products, and they leave their trucks stock.
My truck is stock. If I should decide to make California one of my camping destinations I would not want to violate the Ca. vehicle compliance regulations. I know a lot of environmental friendly products have been adopted for the later model HD trucks that are not part of my '99 F-350 7.3L so, I wasn't sure if my truck would be legal in Ca.
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Welcome to the forum. I envy you on your reduce accumulation of stuff and travel life retirement plans. I would love that lifestyle but I am married to a woman that thinks roughing it is slow room service or being 5 miles away from Grandkids.


Break in? Well after an engine R&R a shake down period just to find those little new hook up Gremlins or failure to hook up things or adjust items that always seem to happen. I have had two personal Powerstrokes, still have my 2002, and I had a couple of Company trucks. Our fleet for construction projects we would just buy a new truck and put it to work hauling Gooseneck Tool Trailers nationwide immediately, hard use, many drivers, tough service. The trucks held up well and were well maintained on return to shop trips, tough service and engine break in just didn't seem to matter in a negative sense. I think that is pretty typical for these trucks in general, most are work horses used by companies not by persnickety owners like me. I drove my last new truck approx. 500 miles of mixed speed driving then did whatever I wanted with it. It has 226k on it now. Necessary, probably not and I really doubt that the rings break in under 10k anyway. Like I wrote, persnickety.


In the free State of Alabama we dont have inspections, we are focused on the important things, good football.
Thanks for the welcome. My wife is a lot like yours. It took me a year and a lot of convincing to get my wife on board to consider full-time RV life. Then I bought the truck 2-years ago and started the search for the RV. She got involved in the decision about what kind of RV we would live in and seemed to enjoy it, she loves shopping. I retired last August. We found & purchased the 5th wheel trailer (2015 Forest River Sandpiper 366FL 40í 4 slides) last Oct. We have done 2 one-month camping adventures since then and she really seems to like it. Grandkids came to visit for a week when we were at Galveston, Texas and Lake Eufaula, Oklahoma. She is her 88-year-old motherís primary support person and is committed to staying in our home and just vacation camping as long as her mother is living. So, we will keep practicing on vacation trips and hopefully will be prepared and experienced when the F-T RV adventure begins.

I like you am a bit persnickety about the truck. Even if not necessary, everything Iíve read so far agrees with what you wrote, donít baby it but drive sensibly at varying speeds the first 500 miles, change the oil, then drive it like you want to. Of course, I will also heed the advice that comes with the engine, so I donít void the warranty.

Oklahoma like Alabama does not have veh. Inspections and we love football too. As a graduate of Okla. St. University (OSU) I was pleasantly surprised when they beat Texas last night. Alabamaís looking good at 8-0.

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My truck is stock. If I should decide to make California one of my camping destinations I would not want to violate the Ca. vehicle compliance regulations. I know a lot of environmental friendly products have been adopted for the later model HD trucks that are not part of my '99 F-350 7.3L so, I wasn't sure if my truck would be legal in Ca.
You can take a vehicle that is registered in another state into California without having to pass an inspection. It's only if your permanent residence is California that you would have to register the vehicle in California and pass a smog inspection. It's probably a good idea not to roll coal too much while you are here.

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Well, i'm not rolling coal but serious blowby and bluish/white smoke from exhaust & oil filler tube yesterday. The good news is the truck is in the shop today for a Ford OEM 7.3L remanufactured long block engine install. I think that should fix the problem. So, I will put Ca. back on my places to visit wish list. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge with me.
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As long as there is a C.A.R.B. Compliance label on the radiator support, you can modify. I believe Banks helped them create the standards and sells compliant products.

If your truck is registered in another state, it does not have to meet Ca. Emissions while your visiting.
Yep, Chuck, years back when I bought my ATS turbo kit it stated it was CARB compliant. So it would appear CA registered and smog checks it would be CA legal if I lived there?

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