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Old 11-16-2009, 03:46 PM   #11
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I'm pretty sure my trans is running on borrowed time.
Mine had about 145,000 on it when we replaced the tranny... have you (or the previous owner) had it replaced previously? What kindof gas mileage do you get?
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Re: 7.3L Ford...any good?

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I've got a 7.3 in my 1992 short bus. I'm pushing about 230,000 miles right now but it still starts up with no problems and runs like a champ. I personally have taken it a good 2,200 miles on various roadtrips and I can vouch for the fact that its not the most powerful engine around, especially when you're lugging up a 2 mile long grade in 120 degree hear in the middle of the Mojave. In fact, I trust the 7.3 much more than that shitty E40D transmission, I'm pretty sure my trans is running on borrowed time.
I'm pretty sure that transmission was on borrowed time when it left the factory. It's not like GM's 4L60E transmission (essentially equivalent) shares a much better reputation, but you don't often find it in a cab chassis.
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:16 PM   #13
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GAS mileage? With a 7.3?
Damn, that's harsh!
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Old 11-20-2009, 02:15 AM   #14
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I'm pretty sure that transmission was on borrowed time when it left the factory. It's not like GM's 4L60E transmission (essentially equivalent) shares a much better reputation, but you don't often find it in a cab chassis.
Hey! I like my 4L60E! The one in my Trans Am take all the abuse I can throw at it haha.
I'd say the E4OD is more on the level of a 4L80E that a 4L60E. I can't imagine they installed any 4L60s in a van-chassis'd bus, I'm pretty sure any GM van over 3/4 ton got the 4L80 (maybe even 85?).

As far as a rebuild goes, I find it hard to believe my trans is original but I really have no way of telling. I was thinking about dropping a beefy C6 in when the **** hits the fan, but from what I hear an Allison AT545 will bolt up as well? Just gotta find one...

Mileage I guess is like 10? Not really sure. One of these days I'm planning on getting either a biodiesel processor, or converting the bus to run on pure waste veggie oil.
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Wir haben eine 7,3 L IDI / AT545 Allyson in den Bus ein es läuft großartig.
165000 mls gelaufen ist und es keine Probleme.
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7.3L Ford.

This engine has a good history of service. There are design flaws with all engines and are built with some compromises. The engines after the original 7.3 are now very powerful and long lasting but not as a over the road diesel engine. There is no comparision between diesel engines as each is designed for a purpose.
Good luck with any change of a E4OD to a C-6. Having no overdrive is a huge penalty to any fuel milage. Using an overdrive auxillary trans does help with fuel economy, but nlots of money will be spent. The weakest part of most small diesel engines is the valves need to be serviced after about 150K miles.
Periodically checking an engines compression will give some knowledge about the valves and general engine condition. All the machine systems must work together to provide work power. The earlier any engine problem is known, the less cost will be incurred. Frank
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STAY away from the VT365!! It is a great engine once the head bolts have been replaced it is also the Power Stroke 6.0 I had one and the head bolts were not strong enough forthe turbo pressures and they stretch. There were 3 trucks in the Ford dealer's shop with that problem and Ford knew about it and didn't recall them. they say once the head bolts were replaced they were good engines but they are not made anymore now the Power Stroke 6.4 or the powermax 7 same engine. Ford is not going with international and rolling thier own diesel 6.7 but I have a 6.4 and seems good so far. I wish I could put in a DT 466 in my F250 instead of those V8s But the VT365 had head gasket issues. Scoob
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