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    • I know, that's why I didn't buy a newer truck, but looked long and hard until I found a good 7.3.  This truck was the personal truck of an older couple who also ran an over the road big rig.  They were selling it because they inherited a Dodge RAM pickup from their son, who will killed in action in the Middle East. They were very open about the truck, even letting me drive it over the service pit they used for the big rig so I could give it a good going over. This was one of the few times I didn't try to haggle over the price, just expressed sympathy for their sacrifice and paid their asking price.
    • That sounds like fun!  Now that's revenge!  I hate to admit it but.... I did corner a Woodchuck in the barn with a pitch fork and lost..  They are aggressive little bastards. Bob 
    • Darn good engine, Ford should have stuck with it!  IF you go this route and get a Ford, DO NOT get the one with the 6.0, it can be VERY expensive and a nightmare (my engine did a meltdown at 60k miles and cost $18k for dealer to replace).  Otherwise, great choice.  (Don't get upset ford fans, I was a diehard ford fan until this engine, it's the reason I now drive a RAM)(yes, they too have their problems)
    • That poor Volvo (Lucy) suffered and suffered for days.  It is Monday 4:07 pm. and Lucy needs to be pressed into service on Thursday for a short 500 mile trip for the DW.  I am lucky enough to have a friend that manages a large flee of trucks and most of them are Volvo's......so after work he stopped by to take a look.  He said Nox sensors are finicky you probably should replace it...... crimping the wires together or soldering might work but down the road your asking for trouble.  So I removed the sensor and headed down to Volvo for a replacement.  Hang on to your Knickers..... they aren't cheap but I have been told that the aftermarket sensors have a 30% failure rate.  I handed over the old sensor to the parts man and told him the story about Mr Woodchuck... we have a very expensive laugh as he rang up the sale!   Get home put the sensor in..... easy peazy 2 bolts and 1 zip tie.  I cleaned the Def doser and replaced the the doser gasket as well.  Next I turn the key and start her up.....I here the beep and up pops the scr derate message.  Now what? Texted my friend who stops by with generic Volvo software.  He couldn't get it to clear the codes to do a park regen, so we decided I would stop by his work at lunch time on Wednesday and he would clear the codes with the official Volvo software and do a regen.  Wednesday I get into the truck, start it up, here the Beep and see the SCR Derate in <20minutes message, bummer it's 30minutes to his shop. Luckily I have a code reader that temporarily clears the codes.  I get to his shop he clears the codes and does a regen. After the regen the codes reappear so we decide the only way to get it fixed by tomorrow morning is by going to Volvo.  I get to Volvo, they say that they might be able to fit it that tonight if I leave it.  As I am waiting for a ride home the service manager comes out, plugs in with his computer and say's which sensor did you replace the inlet or outlet Nox?  He said lets take a look......that's the wrong Nox sensor he says.  By the time I get to the parts department the correct sensor is sitting on the counter.  I replace the Sensor in the parking lot (old school) and all is Good😎. So What lessons have I learned Lesson #1 Be prepared.... Tractor needs a minimum of a 22 mag. Lesson #2 Make sure you check that the part numbers match up even though they look the same. Lesson #3 Be prepared..... Carry a Code Reader that clears active codes in your truck. Love these trucks Always learning Bob    
    • It can be done.  My current rig is a 1999 Ford F350 single wheel pickup with the 7.3 Powerstroke engine and a camper shell pulling a 27 ft. Sunnybrooke superslide trailer.  The truck is overkill for the trailer, but this means it's not heavily stressed, which makes the combo handle very well and aids long term reliability. I bought these 3-4 years ago and live in them fulltime.  Both the truck and trailer are in very good shape.  Total cost was less than $15k, and except for replacing a water heater that broke during an unexpected cold snap, neither has required any work other than new tires and routine maintenance. Both of these were found on Craigslist, and since I purchased them from the owners I was able to get their histories.  You can't do this if you buy from a dealer selling them as-is, where is.
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