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Unread 11-07-2011, 01:49 PM   #1
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Good Ford forum or sources of info?

I just got a 1986 F250 with a 7.3 Powerstroke installed. This is my first diesel, and was just wondering if anyone new of a good forum or any place to get some good info on the truck. This forum has been invaluable in helping me with my Jeep, so hopefully there is something out there similar geared towards Ford's or diesel's in general.

I know I need to put in a steering box already, so a source for write-ups would be great. Thanks!

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Unread 11-07-2011, 04:17 PM   #2
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Www.powerstroke.org
Www.powerstrokenation.com

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Unread 11-07-2011, 07:14 PM   #3
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Hit up FTE for Ford trucks. http://www.ford-trucks.com/
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Unread 11-07-2011, 09:28 PM   #4
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Thank you greenmachine and nuthin... I'm finding some good stuff on both those sites!
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Unread 11-08-2011, 10:25 PM   #5
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Those first 2 are the best sources of info for ford diesels. FTE is great for everything ford.
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Unread 11-09-2011, 05:12 AM   #6
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I think the best Ford diesel forum is thedieselstop.com/forums/
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I used the ford-trucks forum a lot when I had my 6.0 powerchoke, great website
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Unread 12-07-2011, 07:53 PM   #8
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And congrats on the 7.3, it may not put up the numbers as the new stuff, but they do great on fuel mileage and are tough /run forever, you will like it!
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Unread 12-14-2011, 05:20 PM   #9
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I've lurked (member as same name, just rarely post) a ton on all the sites listed, and I would recommend FTE for the most helpful concerning the older IDI diesels, which is what I have (93 F250 7.3).

Also, I'm curious. Has your truck had an engine swap because I'm fairly sure the 7.3 liter powerstroke wasn't an option in '86.
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Unread 12-14-2011, 09:42 PM   #10
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I've lurked (member as same name, just rarely post) a ton on all the sites listed, and I would recommend FTE for the most helpful concerning the older IDI diesels, which is what I have (93 F250 7.3).

Also, I'm curious. Has your truck had an engine swap because I'm fairly sure the 7.3 liter powerstroke wasn't an option in '86.
I did find a lot of good info on the FTE including a link to dieselman's page with a lot of maintenance/troubleshooting info. My tuck has had an engine swap, and it's actually a 7.3 idi with a banks sidewinder turbo kit. I thought it was a powerstoke swap but I was mistaken. So I think the 7.3 is basically a bored out 6.9L. So figuring out out stuff of a service manual may be a little more challenging... I'll probably try to get a factory service manual for the '86 6.9, and a chilton or haynes that covers the 7.3idi
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Unread 12-23-2011, 05:06 PM   #11
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Check out oilburners.net they are strictly idi's. I'm a member on powerstrokenation. They won't help you too much. Just look at the name lol. Pm me with any questions ya have. My step brother had a 7.3 Idi that he rebuilt himself. He is also a diesel mechanic. So what every ya need help with im here!
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Unread 12-23-2011, 07:28 PM   #12
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Check out oilburners.net they are strictly idi's. I'm a member on powerstrokenation. They won't help you too much. Just look at the name lol. Pm me with any questions ya have. My step brother had a 7.3 Idi that he rebuilt himself. He is also a diesel mechanic. So what every ya need help with im here!
Thank you... I appreciate that! You'll likely here from me sooner than later as I've been having cold start issues that lead up to a no start yesterday. I have the Christmas speedbump to get over before I start troubleshooting, but I'll roam around that website as well. Happy Holidays!
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Unread 12-24-2011, 06:26 PM   #13
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No problem man. Cold start- make sure there is no fuel leaks. Leaks or cracks equal air. Diesels won't run with air in the lines. That is where I would start. Make sure you plug it in also. That makes a world of difference. Make sure your glow plugs are cycling. They should make a clicking noise on the Idi's. Hit me up for any questions.
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