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Oh goody, an intro page where I get to blab excitedly about me and my truck and you get to look on bored and mostly ignore it :grin::+1:

New To Site with a New to Me good-CarFax'd (FWIW), mechanic inspected, super clean, strong running, all southern truck, 189,000 Miles,1997 7.3 F-350 DRW ZF5 CC LB.

The truck fires right up even cold. It doesn't smoke outside of the normal slight black school bus power plant tailpipe signature of the OBS 7.3. These are righteously dirty burners after all...which is why FoMoCo was forced out of the legendary 7.3 PSD.

Truck is my modest 24' 5er hauler as a solo retired Army full time RVer that's settled down for the winter. Kind of a semi-homeless vet if you will but not entirely since nobody truly homeless could ever afford to own a diesel! :smirk:

Purchased this past summer, it was all stock outside of the 6625 cold intake cannister mod or whatever you call it.

I had upwards of $10k worth of excellent maintenance & upgrades (incl labor) by a little known PS specialist near Charlotte.

Some of that pricing is maintenance I'm doing myself like total cooling system Super Flush, hoses, water pump, 203 T-Stat & coolant filter - so you add al that up and you are way over $500 just in a super flush, pump, hose upgrades, filter etc. But it will be right. Thing is the hoses on there now look and feel fine.

Bells & whistles include but:

CTX intercooler (purty with all that big 'ol aluminum piping & heavy aluminum cooler)

AE exhaust, all new turbo back straight.

Stage-l injectors.

Glow plugs & relay.

Fuel pump.

Belt & belt tensioner.

Rancho shocks.

South Bend clutch.

6 pos TS.

A-Piller pod, pyro, etc.

Flowmaster finned aluminum rear diff cover with bearing support bracket.

I love these trucks. It's my second 97 OBS after being out of diesel for 10 years. Now the wealth of information in 10 years is amazing along with the fan sites and content. The Diesel Stop is the first diesel site I have signed up for since stepping back into this world.

Still working on some basic PMCS items like getting ready to Super Flush and replace all coolant plumbing with clear HTP hi-temp reinforced Silicone coolant hoses, filter. I know, clear hoses...right? I'll let you know how that works out but they are higher temp and pressure rated than OEM - and a lot more expensive. But they look and feel more heavy duty as well.
Need to flush Power Steering, brake fluids. Already replaced trans & rear diff lube with Royal Purple synth.

Well, I'm really stepped in it now...the world of Ford diesels :wrench: :grin::gun:
 

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Thanks for the welcome Tony!

Been lurking for some time trying to absorb some of this mechanical engineering & maintenance. Some I can do, some stuff I them over to a pro to do for me cause I know my current limitations. I don't have the higher level skills and have physical limitations due to injuries.

I'm going to tackle the water pump soon. Never done one on the PSD. Will replace after a super flush since that will probably kill the pump anyway and I think its on its way out. I'm starting to hear a chirp in how that area. I need to replace the EBPS tube also I think. Looks rusty. Maybe I can clean the sensor carefully.

Since I don't know when the water pump was last changed and I'm doing a complete cooling system overhaul, every hose will be replaced. The pump should be replaced too I think.

I'm going to use all heat shrink hose clamps when I redo the cooling system. Already have them.
 

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Thanks TundraHauler and thank you for your service/support as well.

21 years Army here, did the Airborne Infantry thing for the first 8 years and then went SF. Got kinda busted up doing that stuff, it's a young mans game fir sure. Still chugging along though.
 

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Hey a sincere thanks guys for reading my boring me-me intro stuff and for the welcome.

I know its just a few days to Christmas and thanks for taking a moment this is a super busy family time. :+1:

If anyone is looking for a powerstroke tech with a clean shop and sharp, professional demeanour in the Charlotte, NC area I have one that doesn't appear well known at present that I can offer up for your consideration and to interview. Did great work on my truck and competitive rates.

Merry Christmas :santa::christmas_tree:


PS - Edit/Clairification: I looked vigerously for three weeks and conducted mechanic interviews and had my truck gone over by different mechanics for assessment (I paid for their time) and finally, after nearly giving up thinking that there was a good shop in my locale, checking forums and not really finding much nearby, I found the best shop I could that was the sharpest, cleanest and most honest appearing. At least best that that character quality can be assessed by an average guy who's not a pro mechanic.

Which at some point pretty much just has to turn to - trust - when pulling the trigger after checking the mechanic out, the best a guy can, given that mechanics are busy.

It's not to say there are not others but this is what I found. It seemed like guys were having a difficult time finding a good boutique Powerstroke Specialist near this town.

I won't post the shop name unless I get authorization so I don't get an infraction because that might be verboden. I did scan the forum rules and I don't want to step on toes & politics.

But I can answer a PM and share my experiance finding a shop that was the best and most trustworthy I could for a 50 mile radius for the Charlotte NC area.
 

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US Navy, 8 years. Operation Desert Shield/Storm. Nothing as intriguing as SF but still had our adventures. Enjoy your retirement and have a great Christmas and New Year.
 

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Hey Tundra it's all part of the Combined Arms Team. SF is just a component and another "weapons system" and tool in the national toolbox if you will. I think SF has a high level of understanding and appreciation for all the components of the military. They are among those sent the farthest out, the deepest in, and need sometimes the most help and support from whomever can help them quickest and a lot of times it's from the Navy. United States Naval power is a HUGE part of the nation's ability to project and sustain military power! The Navy can literally bring small nations to their knees in a short time by a few switches (well it's more complicated than that but you get the drift).

This retired "Green Beanie" is very proud and in awe of our Navy and all branches.
 
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