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Mikee5star

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Re: Wife's Car
« Reply #25 on: October 01, 2016, 12:01:57 am »
Sure, I like to look at vehicles I can't afford.

I am likely 5 years out from doing any major vehicle purchases for me.  I am just doing what I have to to keep this beauty on the road until I can up grade my wife's vehicle, and get my truck back.  Then it will be a toy and a restoration project.

I would love to find a decent 80/early90's Land Cruiser and stuff a 6 cylinder diesel into it, ideally a 3L Toyota.  Might be able to grey market one into the US. 
Alaska

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    « Reply #26 on: November 16, 2016, 02:02:41 am »
    Well the 4-Runner is off the road.  I was getting a horrendous vibration in the front end when I locked in the front hubs and drove over 35.  I was not willing to ruin new tires, and the CV boots looked good it meant I likely needed two new front axles.  Amazon would not ship the reasonably priced ones to me, and I hesitated to spend more money on it right now.  I really needed a truck for work.  It was a major pain in the butt to have to swap all my work stuff to a different vehicle when I find out with little notice that I need to haul things for work.

    I was looking for a work truck for my dad, long story not relevant now, and stumbled across a decent truck that he hesitated on, so I scrounged up the cash and now have a new work truck.  I bought a 1992 F-250 extended cab, long bed, 7.3 IDI diesel, with a 5 speed manual, with 93,000 miles on it.  It has some issues, why dad passed on it, that I believed where mainly due to it sitting for as long as it did, but as soon as the bank account recovers some I will try to work on them.  The engine smokes, fuel, not oil or antifreeze, the guy I bought it from thought one of the injectors was sticking and claimed he replaced them all.  I thought the engine was running on 7 cylinders and wondered if a valve was sticking open.  I am running a heavy dose of Marvel Mystery Oil in both the crankcase and fuel and the smoke and funny noise from the exhaust has minimized.  The guy I bought it from had found a rebuilt head for the engine, and I may go that route after Thanksgiving if it fails to improve, one of my uncles owns the head the other guy "found".  My Uncle Tim is kind of a guru on Ford diesels as he has bought, repaired, and resold "slope trucks" for many years now.  So if all else fails I will run it up to his shop and pay him to do some of the more complicated things I don't want to do in my driveway in Nov/Dec.  I will try to get some pictures up in a dedicated thread later in the week. 
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    Re: Wife's Car
    « Reply #27 on: November 16, 2016, 10:03:38 am »
    These OBS Fords are highly sought after by diesel enthusiasts.  Many consider them the best Ford ever made.  Some prefer the 96/97's with the Powerstroke, while others like the simplicity of the IDI engines.  The weak point, if there was one, was the E4OD auto trans.  I get to trouble shoot the one in my daughter's 93 Bronco this weekend.  You have that covered with the manual, which is a solid transmission.  About the only thing to watch for is heat build up in idle conditions.

    Good luck on the smoke issue.  Sounds like you have some family that can help diagnose the issue.  Looking forward to some pictures.
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