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    Which Diesel? looking for some input

    looking to purchase a new to me diesel truck. looking at a 91 and a 95 ford f250. the 91 i know is non- turbo but has 106,000 miles with a manual tranny. the 95 has 193,000. rebuilt auto tranny and new glow plugs.
    thoughts ?
    will be used mostly for my cabover camper that only weights around 1300lbs.
    Thanks!

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    I like the manual tranny for simplicity but I don't think that I could bring myself to purchase a naturally aspirated diesel. You could always add a turbo kit, but for the price of that you could probably just start with a newer truck. If the 95 is in good shape that would be my choice between the two, even with the higher miles.

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    LOL 7.3 IDI even with aftermarket turbos are slugs, and they're a bitch to start when cold.

    Go Powerstroke, I wouldn't worry too much about the trans or the miles. DI Powerstroke 7.3s are great engines. Still hard to start when cold, the glow plug relays are always taking a shit, very important to starting in cold weather. As well as the block heater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxamillion2345 View Post
    LOL 7.3 IDI even with aftermarket turbos are slugs, and they're a bitch to start when cold.

    Go Powerstroke, I wouldn't worry too much about the trans or the miles. DI Powerstroke 7.3s are great engines. Still hard to start when cold, the glow plug relays are always taking a shit, very important to starting in cold weather. As well as the block heater.
    But that glow plug relay is cheap and can be changed in a matter of a few min

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    Turbo definitely, how much you looking to spend. Know of a 97 dodge 2500 $5000. Even though Fords are better.
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    7.3 IDI's have a tendency to get holes in the cylinder walls if the PO didn't put in the coolant additive. I like IDI's but they are slow. The upside is that they are easy to work on and will run on anything that isn't abrasive. My old 6.9 with a 5 speed gets 12mpg while plowing driveways as long as I keep my foot out of it. That's about 8 mpg better than most gas rigs.
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    I have a 90 F250 with a 7.3 IDI N/A and its a great truck, the cavitation issues are not only an IDI thing but they are old motors so it shows up more. as long as you run the additive or ELC coolant it will be fine, and that really goes for all diesel engines (we had major cavitation issues in my 2007 f550 work truck with a 6.0psd)

    I get about 21mpg in my truck here in town, and it starts great since I have replaced the glow plugs (Beru only) and the motorcraft controller.

    Everyone is right that it is slow but it will pull just about anything i put behind it and it does pretty good on fuel mileage.
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    Cavitation is mostly an issue on sleeved diesel engines, where the sleeve rocks back and forth, I guess on these IDIs its because the cylinder walls are thin. That's pretty amazing when you think about it.

    Also, never heard of cavitation being an issue with 6.0s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxamillion2345 View Post
    Cavitation is mostly an issue on sleeved diesel engines, where the sleeve rocks back and forth, I guess on these IDIs its because the cylinder walls are thin. That's pretty amazing when you think about it.

    Also, never heard of cavitation being an issue with 6.0s.

    Our old mechanic didn't believe that cavitation was an issue so he swapped in good old green coolant into our fleet of 6.0's and after awhile we started having issues, the picture below is almost what the front cover on my truck looked like when it failed.

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    Thats the water pump though, 6.4s can do the same thing. Little different still.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxamillion2345 View Post
    Thats the water pump though, 6.4s can do the same thing. Little different still.
    We had one of the other trucks that started seeping water through the cylinder on top of the piston. I just can't find my pics of that block. Using the wrong coolant is a bad idea either way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrub View Post
    We had one of the other trucks that started seeping water through the cylinder on top of the piston. I just can't find my pics of that block. Using the wrong coolant is a bad idea either way.
    Never should of switched from motorcraft gold. Only coolant those motors like

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    I just bought a 98.5 24v dodge 2500 5.9l diesel and love it. Iv towed with a dmax,powerstroke and cummins. they all do the job and have their quarks. The newer stuff sucks to work on.....alot of em are "cab off" situations for certin repairs or maintance.

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    Cummins diesel all the way

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    Cummins + monster energy. ROAL COAL!!!!!

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    Would have loved to have bought a cummins $$$. have had a couple in my time. But ended up with the 95 f-250 and it fits the bill for me... hauls crap and my cab-over camper with no issues. (non-daily driver)It has 4.10 gears ... sometimes i wish it had 3.55 . but happy over all.
    Just need to get the a/c serviced and maybe and upgrade or two.... nothing crazy. already has the upgraded down pipe!

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