Update: the truck is in the shop for bullet proofing including STUDS. All of this started due to sticky vanes due to my driving style, L'il Ole Man.
Anyway, my assumption is that I have one of the better 03s, and am just starting to see some of the early issues at 78K miles. In starting the bullet proofing I installed a SCT livewire, accidentally installed (truly) the
street Tune and got a feel of what this truck was capable. When I went back to stock the vanes were much improved.
I haven't talked to the shop owner yet, but expect him to find the Y-pipe leaking, and several minor issues due to age. Included in the ~$5K price will be new belt, hoses, Y-pipe, heads checked and machined, OEM HGs, BD or Sinister EGR delete kit (depends on what is in stock at supplier when ordered), new fluids (I provided a case of Zerex ) and a new alternator (also provided by me). My temps were good before going into shop so don't expect to need an oil cooler after flush.
In the end, I will have no qualms about taking the truck on a cross country jaunt as I did in 1st first year. On that trip it got 16.81 MPG hand calculated doing ~75-80 MPH average for ~2,200 miles.
Looking forward to getting the EXCELLENT ole truck back, and having the confidence I previously had. AT 71 I intend to get at least 10 more good years out of this ole body and the truck too. Passing it off to my Grandson is the next goal.
Built 4/14/03. Picked it up 4/25/03 - F-350, 6.0L, Auto, SRW, Lariat, Camper/Towing/ Pkgs, Heated Seats, upgraded TT mirrors, ESOF, reverse sensors, 2 tone (Tru blue & Arizona Beige)
SCT Livewire, SCT tunes, MKM custom tunes
Bullet proofed at 78K Miles 4/2015 with the following work done. (EGR delete, ELC coolant, blue spring, new (O rings, up pipe, alternator, coolant hoses, and belt) replaced DS valve cover, replaced oil dipstick tube, ARP studs, Ford HGs, heads magnafluxed (they were OK) turbo cleaned)
Last edited by MDblackd; 03-12-2015 at 08:13 AM.