20 Most Recent 1983 Ford F 350 Questions & Answers

The overdrive gear and syncronizer are worn out. The transmission will need to be taken apart to fix.

1983 Ford F 350 | Answered on Apr 19, 2016

probably not
more likely that it has seized
hydraulic lock occurs when there is fluid on top of the piston that stops it from coming to tdc
water in from the air cleaner, leaking injectors will cause it and that can be checked by removing the injectors and seeing if it can be turned over by hand or starter
because it got hot , the head may have cracked and allowed coolant in onto the piston

1983 Ford F 350 | Answered on Oct 07, 2015

Most likely you have a Holley carb. You may have a 460 engine. If you have the carb with a big vacuum pot in front of the carb, then you have a RPM governor. The RPM governor will work against the 4 barrel.

The main mixture for the idle jets can be adjusted like any old style carb. You may have plastic caps over the idle screws but take them off. Then use a vacuum gauge on any intake fitting and proceed to read the vacuum level as you turn the mixture screws. You want the mixture to reach a maximum RPM, then evenly turn the screw in until the RPM drops slighty and then balance for smoothest idle.

After this step adjust curb idle and see if this helps when the 4 barrel kicks in. Holley has different springs for the vacuum actuated secondaries and they are color coded. If the carb is original it should be right, but if the carb is of unknown origin you can check the proper vacuum spring, main jet, power valve and so on in a good Holley book. The mechanical secondaries are also listed with clearances to hand adjust.

By adjusting the mixture screws you have set the engine to idle just below peak vacuum pressure. This means you should have more vacuum to work the secondaries.

1983 Ford F 350 | Answered on Sep 15, 2015

I have an old IDI 6.9 diesel. They tend to burn oil, and that would be normal. Just keep a check on your fluids, and unless the smoke is excessive it should not be a problem. I must say though, I personally think the IDI's were the best diesels ever built. They last forever. If you really want to treat your truck to a nice treat, after you fill your tank, dump a quart of auto trans fluid in the fuel. The additives, cleaners,and lubricants in the trans fluid really help to clean all the carbon and build up out of the injection pump, and clean the gunk from the valves and cyllinders. I usually do it every other month or so.

1983 Ford F 350 | Answered on Mar 29, 2015

you have right fluid and yess it does sometimes take a lot what i usually do id get a small brake fluid bottle fill it all the way up and put finger over hole put up side down and put bottle rate into slave resivor so u can just let it gravity bleed for a little while like 15 or 20minues them you pump and have some one open bleeder

1983 Ford F 350 | Answered on Jun 16, 2011

Directly replace NO, but with the right fittings you could make it work.

1983 Ford F 350 | Answered on Apr 26, 2011

Based on the year of the vehicle I would strongly agree that you have a ground issue. Try taking the plug end with a circuit tester and go from the hot lead to a ground and see if you are getting power. If you are getting power to the plug it is a grounding issue which can be remedied by running an additional ground from the blower motor to the chassis. let me know if this helps.

1983 Ford F 350 | Answered on Jan 27, 2011

yeah try replacing it

1983 Ford F 350 | Answered on Jan 05, 2011


1983 Ford F 350 | Answered on Dec 16, 2010

Tough to tell without being there but it may be your timing chain slipping or broken. At that age of vehicle (how many miles) if the timing chain has not been replaced - that would be my suspect.

1983 Ford F 350 | Answered on Nov 27, 2010

carburator float most likly bad. need to first test fuel filter first if it's hard to blow threw replace furl filter. then try again if it still runs bad then try the fuel pum or the spark on the ingtion system, key switch defective.

1983 Ford F 350 | Answered on Aug 30, 2009

You will need to get some kind of ignition system first. I would recommend getting an MSD. It will come with wiring instructions, and it will be all you need to run the motor.

1983 Ford F 350 | Answered on Aug 14, 2009

You need to buy the service manual for your car, it is a must have, if you want to DIY your car

here are two links:

Buy straight from Haynes

Buy from reseller

Check also on Ebay, sometimes you can find second hand for few $$.


1983 Ford F 350 | Answered on Jul 10, 2009

Cabin Filter Replacement: Ford F-350 Super Duty 2008- 2016
My research indicates that your vehicle does not have a cabin air filter (also known as a pollen or AC filter). Vehicles without cabin air filters typically have a plastic mesh that prevents leaves and other foreign objects from entering the HVAC system. This mesh is part of the vehicle and does not need to be changed.

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Headlight switch could be the culprit. Your dash lights go through it to be able to get bright/dim function for night/day mode.

Ford F-350 Cars... | Answered on Oct 30, 2019

Valve seals, piston rings and excessive cylinder blow by are causes.

Ford F-350 Cars... | Answered on Oct 17, 2019

should be on fire wall on right side its pretty good size

Ford F-350 Cars... | Answered on Oct 09, 2019

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