@CSIPSD thanks...sure you are right about this. I just am going to need a longer intake hose.
@ PeterAL Hey you are a pretty handy guy. Good Job. Thanks for sharing.
I think I am barking up the wrong tree....and making a bigger issue out of this than I need to be. I am thinking that there are only a few of the early 1999 7.3L Powerstroke models from 12/98 to sometime early in 1999 that had the original style airbox that looks like mine here
as opposed to the other later model factory air boxes like this with the battery enclosed within the factory air box.
I can modify our 1999-2003 Powerstroke Icebox cold air intake to work with my current hose but was trying to see if I could just find a different replacement hose for these few applications.
But I guess the thing to do would be to just go to Ford and get the hose that fits the later 1999 factory air box because it fits just fine.
Thanks for all your help...certainly if you have any other suggestions please let me know. I do appreciate it!!