Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: SW Manitoba, Canada
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While I'm not looking to take on a project on day one with another truck, what I'm asking is "What range of trucks would I consider a good 7.3-ZF6 donor to be a backup if / when the original drivetrain gives up?" without it being a total "driving a square peg into a round hole" type of thing.
A little searching of online classifieds in the last 3 days or so has only netted one 7.3 6-speed SuperDuty close enough to consider, but if the search opens up to 7.3 automatics, or 6.0 trucks, there are more options out there that might make it worth keeping a wrecked truck in my back pocket.
I work 12 hours a day 5 or 6 days a week in a 24/7 environment. With it being my busy season, I need to find a replacement fairly soon - be that a Ford like I'm asking about here, taking a 180 to a Dodge / Cummins, or getting something smaller and cheap for the short term until I can put more time into finding the right HD truck in a couple or 3 months when things slow down.
I wouldn't want to take on something anywhere near as involved as below to keep a work truck / toy tower going, but I've got experience reworking things to suit the engine / suspension / axle options I want in a rig. So I'm not expecting any of the options in my OP to be a matter of parking two trucks next to each other, turning out the lights and hoping to find a completed swap waiting for me in the morning.
1970 LandCruiser wagon with a self built EFI stroker Toyota gas I6, GM 4-speed stick, Toyota transfer case, newer wider axles with added electric diff locks, motor mounts and firewall reworked to fit the drivetrain, suspension bracketry redone for the axles, wiring from a late 80s EFI truck thinned and integrated into the old truck along with gauges and steering column bits, ...........
2003 F250 7.3 ZF6 4x4
a small herd of Toyota LandCruisers
Last edited by RockDoc; 01-17-2019 at 07:27 AM.