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Old 05-10-2013, 18:56   #1 (permalink)
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2004 F350 Engine Swap

Hey guys. I'm planning on buying a 2004 lariat f350 from a buddy for $4500 (I think I could get the price down $1000-1500), but the engine is blown. Other than the engine being toast, the truck works fine, and is worth keeping. The truck comes with a used engine as well, currently in his garage. I'm trying to figure out if this could be economical. I want to do this on the cheap, but it needs to be done right too.

First off, (I do not have a lot of mechanical know-how/experience) does anyone have an estimate to get the engines swapped by a mechanic? I would transport the vehicle. Would it be worth it to remove the engine myself and let them put the other used working engine in for me, how much would that cost and how hard is it? I also don't know how to test an engine to see if its worth paying money for to stick under the hood. I'm pretty sure that the engine type, being a newer model f350 engine, doesn't matter. I'm looking for practical info and quotes for cost. Thanks guys.
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:53   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 2004 F350 Engine Swap

Is the truck Diesel or gas?
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:41   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 2004 F350 Engine Swap

Both the engine in the truck and the one Im going to put in are 6.0L diesels.
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:10   #4 (permalink)
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Re: 2004 F350 Engine Swap

This I am familiar with.

I would not install a 6.0 without carefully inspecting the engine first. ARP studs are almost mandatory, but cost around $400, and can only be installed with the engine out or with the cab off.

Keep in mind that the cab will have to be pulled to R&R the engine anyway, so this mod should be done as 6.0's have a history of head gasket problems if overheated or "chipped". Pulling the heads will also allow you to inspect the engine carefully prior to instillation.

If the engine is good, this is also a good time to pull the turbo, a much easier job with the engine out. I polished my internal turbo parts, coated them with anti seize and machined the inner diameter of the unison ring an additional .002. I have not had any problems for 30,000 miles +. Also, look at the EGR cooler and consider replacing it with an aftermarket item, and re solder the FICM before instillation.

Use new hoses and coolant during instillation and you will have a "bullet proof" 6.0. Otherwise, this engine will live up to it's spotty reliability reputation.
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Old 05-14-2013, 20:46   #5 (permalink)
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Re: 2004 F350 Engine Swap

I was at the Ford dealer today and got a partial answer to the rest of your question. The dealer would not install a "used" engine, and the cost of a rebuilt
installed probably would exceed the truck's value (over 8 grand!!!).
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