I'm new to actually working on diesels, but I do have a lot of 351/350 experience.
I have a 1989 7.3 Centurion. The head gasket is starting to go. There's water in my oil, and I've lost about 25% of the oil pressure.
There's a non waste gated ATS turbo on the engine.
My question, is it easier to rebuild the top end, or just replace the engine?
I've been given conflicting advice.
Which is easier/quicker?
I dont have the resources to do the swap at home, so there's another $1500 to have to replaced by a shop.
I think there's about 220k miles on the existing engine.
I've been told I can replace the heads without pulling it.
I had a 6" suspension kit installed, but have a topside creeper, so accessing heads in place wont be an issue, but what are the other engine issues to address when considering what to do?
Yes I want to save money, we all do, no matter what the present economy, but I don't want to have to worry about the engine other than maintenance once the repair is done.
thanks in advance for your help.