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need some help with issues on a 1998 24v

Ok so I am looking at a 1998 24v 2500 for my 17 year old nephew for a rodeo truck. I am more familiar with the Ford world so I would appreciate some insight on issues with this vintage.

Possible issues I know of,

1.weak block with 53 casting
2.Lift pump issues, replace with a holley or similar?
3. It is a auto so with 100k on it it has to be getting close to being done?

So the plan would be go through it, trans service, and fuel pump retrofit.

What other common issues should I be looking for?
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as far as major issues, those pretty much hit them. my truck is about to turn 200k and i have no problem with the transmission. for general work use a change of all fluids and filters will due. also check things like the ball joints and tie-rod ends, and draglink, the front end of diesel trucks are so heavy that those components wear faster then they do in gas trucks. for your assurance throw some after market guages in there so your nephew can keep an eye on things like trans temp and fuel press. and since you already hit on the lift pump issue you know that the high pressure fuel pumps on our truck are lubricated by diesel so the the more fuel the better. im sure i speak for alot of diesel truck owners when i suggest the airdog systems to replace the factory fuel pump. its a great system, easy to install, and replacement filters are cheap.

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