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7.3 rebuild cost

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by beanz27, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    So my main truck burns too much oil while not really being worked. It should be fine till spring, but looking at a summer rebuild. 290k, but pulled a S650 on a 18` flatbed, so maybe 12k tops, in 80 miles, burnt about 1 1/2-2 qaurts of oil.

    I love the 7.3, had a few, one with over 600k stills runs and gets used, original engine.

    Had 2 quotes, $4000 just the block, and $6800 everything, and broke in. By everything I mean everything, turbo, oil, and fuel pumps, etc. Both were with me taking out of truck, and shipping to them.

    Those prices high? Using all Ford parts apparently.
     
  2. mwalsh9152

    mwalsh9152 Senior Member
    Messages: 434

    that seems like a lot to me. One option, you can get lower mileage used engines for usually around $1000. That is the route I would go myself
     
  3. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,591

    Good price for a rebuilt long block
     
  4. rjm06590

    rjm06590 Member
    from de
    Messages: 56

    12 valve swap for me. Already have one done and when the other 7.3 goes (290k) it will get one too.
     
  5. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Thats one option but it will be pulling heavy trailers all summer, I am thinking rebuild so I can build it more powerful.
     
  6. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,402

    You can justify putting $7k in a truck with 300k+ miles and at least 10 years old?
     
  7. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,943

    Not having emissions to deal with. Tried and true motor. Easier to work on then newer models.
    I think its a f-650 so its well worth it
     
  8. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,911

    I love the way you think....

    :mechanic:
     
  9. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    350, realistically not very smart, but its already set up, everything is wired, and I love the OBS fords.
     
  10. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    Personally I'd get a 97-01 block and run it. They had forged rods and are more stout than the 02+ PMR engines.

    For $4000 you could build a pretty powerful 7.3 block outside of a standard rebuild.
     
  11. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,402

    Yeah but think about outside of the motor. 300k miles on a truck is getting to the point where you start putting serious money in it of you haven't already

    The 7.3 was a good motor. It's just old technology now. But they have a cult following. I know you know that

    I personally think 6.0 and newer are easier to work on. Nothing like plugging a laptop in and telling me exactly what's going on lol
     
  12. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Ive been thinking about getting one, but I am leary of them. 300k is a lot, and I`ll need to put money into it. Smart move would be selling it, but I love this truck.
     
  13. damian

    damian Senior Member
    Messages: 330

    A smarter move would be to try to find the source of your oil consumption. Anyone steering you into a 6.0l is leading you astray. 6.0 are for those who are able to repair them themselves,or folks with money to spend, period. Bad injector o-rings and internal injector leakage is the most likely cause of your oil consumption,followed by a leaking turbo. Crack a service manual and measure your crankcase pressure. a well maintained 7.3 will do over 300000 easy, we've seen many examples. 7.3 limitations seem to be the body rot and general truck condition as the engine out-lasts its holder as is with the cummins. Good luck and always be leary of internet advice.
     
  14. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,402

    Seriously? I didn't recommend a 6.0. I prefer moder motors that's all I said.

    There's nothing wrong with 6.0s. If you get an 05+ they have a larger dowel pin size which helps with the head gasket issues. If you put studs and a delete on it you'll have a very reliable motor. Plus a nicer truck. More power, quieter ride, and a lot nicer interior

    I would recommend a job 2 6.4 as well. They are very nice as we'll and easy to make reliable

    You said it yourself. The truck rots around the motor.
     
  15. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,591

    And here comes a 6.0 hater to troll the thread......
     
  16. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,943

    New vers old. You plug a laptop in. I don't. I'm sure you have some type of training on the newer stuff from a class stand point.
    Taking about putting money into something, you said a 300 k 7.3 wasn't worth it, then you stated putting studs and egr delete in. Don't that cost money? So where are you drawing the line, at the motor or the body?
     
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2014
  17. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,402

    I understand what you're saying. And no training just ALOT of experience lol. Almost any car on the road today I can use my scanners to find out exactly what is wrong with them.

    I was a master tech before I went into business my self
     
  18. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,659

    You could also buy a Cummins or a Duramax and be good to go. I find it completely ridiculous to go spend 30-40k or more on a new diesel truck and then have to put more money into the engine to "make it reliable". Personally I'd go with a newer gas job if you're not doing a lot of pulling. There is a lot to be said though for that certain ride we all like a little too much. I did the same with an old car of mine. Couldn't bring myself to let it go until I spent way too much on it.
     
  19. damian

    damian Senior Member
    Messages: 330

    You got it all wrong, I'm a 6.0 lover, they are always at my shop one after another, cabs off, engines apart,injectors,ficms,egrs, oil coolers,holes in blocks,hp leaks ,you name it ,we love em.
     
  20. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Well I went to tech school, so Im bot afraid of doing the work, just looking to see what my options are. Diesel is the only way for me.

    Alright moving on. I`m looking at buying a TS tuner 6 way, everyone says it was the best thing they did when they bought a chip....anyone have personal use here?