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    I'm thinking of buying a 1993 flatbed F350. Less than 100000 on it. Has anyone had one of these? If so, how hard is it to swap the fuel filter? And would it be fine to run my barreled John Deere engine oil in it?

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    Decent engines, is it turbo or non turbo? They aren't hard to maintain, I don't recall anything strange about the fuel filter. It's not a powerhouse, but it's a pretty simple engine.

    What weight oil do you have? We always ran 15-40 in them, as long as your JD oil is the correct weight it shouldn't be a problem.
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    Non turbo. Has 73,000 no more than 80000 on it. Tans and clutch still feel brand new. I run Deere 15w-40.

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    Fuel filter is on the front right side, very easy to change but a but messy sometimes. It sets on a tall bracket and is about the size of a quart jar. Your "John Deere" oil is no problem.
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    I know it's probably the same as another kind oil but to Deere specs. But it's alot easier and cheaper around here to just buy that barrel and use it for my trucks too.

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    So all in all probably a handy truck to have for a truck farm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TruckFarmer55 View Post
    So all in all probably a handy truck to have for a truck farm?
    Usually yes. They are very simple to work on, the E4OD trannys where the weak link generally as was the glow plug controller system but that is easily bypassed if needed.
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    What is the issue with the trans? It's a manual five speed the one I'm looking at. And what is the issue with glow plugs and how is it bypassed?

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    The manual transmissions that went in those trucks were pretty solid, especially when compared with the e4OD automatics of the era. The idi trucks aren't fast, but they are incredibly tough and easy to work on. If you are a halfway decent mechanic, you should have no trouble keeping it on the road. Plus, they aren't too fussy about fuel quality; they will run on a mix of diesel and just about any other light oil you happen to have lying around including used motor oil and used ATF, provided that it has been filtered a little. Used vegetable oil is another common fuel source for these trucks, but it requires more filtering and gels up below about 40*f without a tank heater.

    The problem with the glow plug system is that the controller/relay for the system can be unreliable. Without the help of glow plugs, you will have a very difficult time starting an idi in cold weather. Never use starting fluid in an idi unless you really want an excuse to rebuild your engine. What most people end up doing is wiring a switch in the cab to bypass the problematic controller and give the driver direct control over the glow plugs. Hop in, hold the switch for twenty seconds, and fire it up. Pretty simple. YouTube is full of how-to videos on this and many other idi related subjects.

    If I hadn't found such a good deal on my SuperDuty, I would have an idi in my driveway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TruckFarmer55 View Post
    I'm thinking of buying a 1993 flatbed F350. Less than 100000 on it. Has anyone had one of these? If so, how hard is it to swap the fuel filter? And would it be fine to run my barreled John Deere engine oil in it?
    I don't have one but my roofer does. He picked it up for $5K over 7 years ago and is still using it. It's used for his roofing business all spring, summer and fall. That truck is always carrying a load between his tools, air compressor, ladders etc. During the winter he uses the snow plow that came with it to make extra money.

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