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bdoss123
09-14-2006, 02:23 PM
I am trying to find a work truck that I could dedicate to hauling and pulling my trailer. I have been looking at a variety of trucks for 5,000 and less. I've found quite a few Ford F150's (even one with a hydraulic dump bed) and Chevy pickups in this price range. Most have between 100k-150k on them.

What models from this time period would suit me best? Reliability would be my main concern.

One in particular was a 1993 F-150 longbed that has 150k on the vehicle, but got a new engine and tranny 15k ago. Price was 4000.


- BD

mcwlandscaping
09-14-2006, 04:06 PM
just bought my 1997 Chevy silverado 2500 for $4500, look at autotrader.com!

DBL
09-14-2006, 05:41 PM
what are you going to be hauling you may want to look into a 3/4 ton truck

Birdhunter1
09-14-2006, 06:29 PM
A 3/4 ton will most likely be a better choice if you're looking at towing anything much over 5000 pounds often.

Half tons are good trucks capable of quite a bit but in that age of truck there won't be much difference in price between a 1/2, 3/4 or even a 1 ton truck. Although what you may find is more of your 3/4 tons will have more wear per mile than your 1/2 tons and you 1 tons will usually have more wear than your 3/4 tons do. In general not many half ton trucks are used as hard as most 3/4 and 1 ton trucks are.
Most of the engines put in those trucks 10-15 years ago are still going strong out to 250,000 miles today, some aren't. If you can find a Ford 1/2 or 3/4 ton truck with a 300 I-6 and an automatic with low miles it would be an excellent work truck. The 300's are good engines, the 5-speed manuals were crap in the 1/2 tons and only slightly better in the 3/4 tons. A 302 (5.0L) is not neccesarily a better engine than a 300 (4.9L) straight 6-cylinder, just cause the 302 is a V8 doesn't mean it will tow more or tow better. The 300 is a hard to beat engine for dragging mowers around town.
The Ford 7.2L and the 7.3L turbo deisel were good deisels, 7.2's weren't turbocharged and got the job done. The Cummins in the Dodge's of that era were good, loud but good. The GM 6.2 and 6.5 Turbo were junk, plain and simple they were better for scrap iron than engines.

punk_rockin2001
09-14-2006, 06:37 PM
I've got a '92 C1500 w/a 4.3L engine that I've used for the last 4 years and it works pretty well. My load is only about 2500 pounds and if it was much more I'd definately need some more truck. But its paid off and insurance is cheap so for now it works for me.

LindblomRJ
09-14-2006, 07:17 PM
Look for a 3/4 or 1 ton. Should be plenty in your price range.

What is the 7.2 engine? The Ford engines were a 7.3 diesel (navistar or IH) or a 7.5 (460) gas.

bdoss123
09-14-2006, 08:40 PM
I would only be towing 2500 on a heavy day, at this point anyway. Even looking ahead, I don't plan on doing much more then full maint. packages with a possible landscaping job here and there. Anything to avoid specifically?

BD

B&M
09-14-2006, 09:39 PM
can't go wrong with a F-150

LindblomRJ
09-14-2006, 10:08 PM
The F150 with the 300 is a great setup.

dcondon
09-14-2006, 10:09 PM
I have a 95' F-350 dually power stroke and it's a great truck. I love it!!!:cool2:

nt1
09-14-2006, 11:08 PM
The F150 with the 300 is a great setup.

yes 300 straight 6cylinder is bullet proof!

dcondon
09-14-2006, 11:10 PM
yes 300 straight 6cylinder is bullet proof!


Yup, much better then the 302. They have no power whatsoever.:cool2:

LindblomRJ
09-14-2006, 11:23 PM
Yeah my 26 year old 300 6 I got 15 MPG on a 100 mile trip, did an install a grave stone. Granted I didn't drive faster than 55 MPH down the road. I seen a 94 F150 with an extened cab and 89,000 miles in town.

I am kicking around the idea of getting rid of my 3/4 ton chevrolet. Don't know if I can talk myself into it though. For pulling I like my old 300 far better than the 350. Something about developing torque (power) slightly above idle, where the 350 starts to make power around 2500 RPMs.

stroker51
09-14-2006, 11:28 PM
The only Ford Diesels available in that time frame was 7.3L naturally aspirated (no turbo), 7.3 turbo, and 7.3 Powerstroke. Any of these will be good solid trucks. The 300 I6 was a good one too. I just bought a 93 F250 4x4 w/7.5ft Western Plow, 460 and C6 auto for $5000. 28K original miles. I have had to do a little TLC here and there, but I think it is gonna be a good truck for pulling mowers and plowing until I can afford to add a second Powerstroke. I would definately try to go 3/4 ton though, my days of pulling anything w/ a 1/2 ton are over.

procut
09-14-2006, 11:37 PM
I just picked up a '95 Chevy 1/2 ton, 350 V8, 4X4 for $4800, pulls my 16' trailer with two ZTRs no sweat.

Birdhunter1
09-15-2006, 09:41 AM
Look for a 3/4 or 1 ton. Should be plenty in your price range.

What is the 7.2 engine? The Ford engines were a 7.3 diesel (navistar or IH) or a 7.5 (460) gas.

Up until Ford turbocharged the engine the deisel was a 7.2L.

LindblomRJ
09-15-2006, 10:25 AM
Up until Ford turbocharged the engine the deisel was a 7.2L.
I believe that to be an incorrect statement, can you prove it?

From 1988 to 1994 7.3 naturally aspired. After 1994 straight turbo charge. 1995 to 2003 power stroke. 7.3 turbo charged with a high preasure common rail injector.

List of 7.3 naturally aspired engines that me or my family used.

1991 F-350 with dump box. (My work truck years ago)
1992 F-250 (dads)
1992 F-250 (brothers)
1992 F-250 hired hands.

Dad bought a 95 with power stroke
The current fleet
1997 F-250 (dads)
1997 F-250 (brothers)
2001 F-350 brothers
2004 F-350 dads
2004 F350 other brother)

Total.Lawn.Care
09-15-2006, 05:36 PM
I have a '94 F-150 with the 5.0 302cid V-8. Got this truck in '97 with 43K on it and right now, I am at 264K and pulling a 5K load around town with my equipment. A little slow to accelerate at times, but it pulls great. With the load I tow, I hope to get a 3/4 ton in next year, but right now the F-150 gets the job done and it is paid for.

bdoss123
09-15-2006, 09:54 PM
So if I go the F-150 route, should I got with the 6 or 8? Seems likes some folks love the 6. Do you guys think finding a truck with a recently rebuilt trans/engine is worth it? Or would the money be better spent finding one with less original miles?

- BD

dcondon
09-15-2006, 10:18 PM
I can tell you are going to get the most pulling power out of the 300 strait 6. Ask wriken on here and he will tell you the same thing. I had a 6cly and he has had 2 302's. No comparison when it comes to pulling a trailer. JMO

Dirty Water
09-15-2006, 10:42 PM
The 300 straight 6 is a beast of a engine.

I really dislike the integrated exhaust/intake manifold though. Makes it a real PITA to work on.

dcondon
09-15-2006, 10:56 PM
The 300 straight 6 is a beast of a engine.

I really dislike the integrated exhaust/intake manifold though. Makes it a real PITA to work on.


Ya it's funny because my wife has a new Chevy TrailBlazer and that has a strait 6 in it. They told me that so many people are pulling campers and trailers with them they needed the Torque. Or maybe just because it was not a ford. J/K

Dirty Water
09-15-2006, 11:06 PM
Jeeps 4.0 straight 6 is a real good engine too.

I wonder what engine is in the trailblazers.

dcondon
09-15-2006, 11:11 PM
Jeeps 4.0 straight 6 is a real good engine too.

I wonder what engine is in the trailblazers.

It's a Vortec 4.2

terrapro
09-15-2006, 11:42 PM
Jeeps 4.0 straight 6 is a real good engine too.

I wonder what engine is in the trailblazers.
4.2 one of the best engines since the 350

markzrt1
09-15-2006, 11:56 PM
4.2 one of the best engines since the 350

Why is that? just curious

tcls83
09-16-2006, 06:57 PM
So, is GM ever going to put the 4.2 I6 into the Silverado? Could the reason why they would not be is because the engine compartment is not long enough for the 4.2? Or would it be too expensive of an engine to put into a "inexpensive" work truck?

If it can fit, I personally think GM should at least offer it as an option for the 1/2 ton trucks.

LindblomRJ
09-17-2006, 01:22 AM
So, is GM ever going to put the 4.2 I6 into the Silverado? Could the reason why they would not be is because the engine compartment is not long enough for the 4.2? Or would it be too expensive of an engine to put into a "inexpensive" work truck?

If it can fit, I personally think GM should at least offer it as an option for the 1/2 ton trucks.
If they would put the 4.2 inline in a 1/2 ton I would look at one.

B&M
09-17-2006, 01:31 AM
Go for a 1991-1995 f-150 with a 351w can't go wrong

bdoss123
09-17-2006, 02:28 PM
I've found a ton of F-150's with both the 6 and 8 cyl engine. A lot of the 6's seem to have the manual transmission, and from earlier posts I take it that this isn't a good thing?

Are the autos that much beter? Should I steer clear of vehicles with rebuilt/replaced engines?

- BD

jameson
09-17-2006, 02:50 PM
I've found a ton of F-150's with both the 6 and 8 cyl engine. A lot of the 6's seem to have the manual transmission, and from earlier posts I take it that this isn't a good thing?

Are the autos that much beter? Should I steer clear of vehicles with rebuilt/replaced engines?

- BD

Ive got a 1992 F-150 4.9L I6 w/manual trans. 134,000 miles and still going strong.

LindblomRJ
09-17-2006, 04:25 PM
It depends on the transmission. The guys at ford six dot com can help you out with transmissions. I don't know which transmission is the trouble maker. A buddy bought a 93 with 300 six and a auto. On a recent trip made 20 MPG.

bdoss123
09-18-2006, 11:14 AM
Ok one last question (I think) -- how do the GMC/Chevy 1500 trucks from 1990-1995 stack up to the F150's?

Total.Lawn.Care
09-18-2006, 11:39 AM
Ok one last question (I think) -- how do the GMC/Chevy 1500 trucks from 1990-1995 stack up to the F150's?

In my opinion, they are pretty comparable. I do not have Payload/Tow Capacity numbers available, but I can give you some insight from experience.

I have a '94 Ford F-150 5.0 and for many years also had a '95 Suburban with the 5.7. Yes the Suburban is heavier, but both my Ford and Chevy were built on camparable frames and comparable suspensions. I felt tlike the 5.0 Ford had more towing torque than the 5.7 Chevy, but that just may have been due the extra weight in the Suburban. With the Suburban, I have pulled a 10K Travel Trailer and with the Ford, I have pulled the Suburban on a 3,000 trailer making a 10K load. Yes, these weights are over the tow limits on both trucks, but they managed well, you just have to know how to allow the truck to work without you pushing it.

LindblomRJ
09-18-2006, 01:06 PM
The bodies on the GMs hold up better. Other than that there is not a whole lot difference.

bdoss123
09-18-2006, 01:37 PM
Thanks for all the replies, I'm gonna shoot for a 6cyl F150, but if one of the 1500's looks to be a better deal I'll jump on it.

- BD

bdoss123
09-19-2006, 11:46 PM
Do you guys think a 1990 1500 - Regular Cab 4x4 , 186K, Front End / Rear End replaced along with Transmission and Engine (350) in 2001 by a Chevy dealer. Reciepts for all work done. This is from a trusted friend, but I wanted to get some opinions on the truck itself.

- BD

bdoss123
09-20-2006, 12:17 AM
Oops, I forgot the price. He is asking 3 grand.

BD

Total.Lawn.Care
09-20-2006, 07:41 AM
Oops, I forgot the price. He is asking 3 grand.

BD

Sounds like a decent deal to me, if you trust the friend that he has taken care of it. Having the work done 5 years ago is one thing, but has it been taken care of and properly maintaned since?

bdoss123
09-20-2006, 08:08 AM
I'm going to check it out this weekend. Yes, he actually was a mechanic up until last year, so the truck has been maintained well. Anything in particular to look for when I go drive/look at it?

- BD

Total.Lawn.Care
09-20-2006, 09:36 AM
I'm going to check it out this weekend. Yes, he actually was a mechanic up until last year, so the truck has been maintained well. Anything in particular to look for when I go drive/look at it?

- BD

Defenitely check for oil and trans fluid leaks. Make sure the trans fluid is bright red in color, not brown or black (indicates burning and trans overheating). If you are going to be towing with this truck, you want to make sure it has an external trans oil cooler in front of the radiator. Make sure it does not smoke and that it drives and shifts smoothly. Besure to check the wear on the front tires to incicate any front end or alignment issues. Also, check the condition of the shocks. Otherwise, as long as the body is acceptable, I say you will get a good truck if all that I have mentioned checks out okay.

bdoss123
09-20-2006, 12:58 PM
Great response... will let you know how it turns out.

- BD

kootoomootoo
10-05-2006, 08:32 PM
Should be a law against landscapers driving half ton trucks.

Total.Lawn.Care
10-06-2006, 08:07 AM
Should be a law against landscapers driving half ton trucks.

Why is that exactly???

Would I like to have a 3/4 Ton, YES...

Can I afford it now, NO...

Does my 1/2 ton do the job, YES...

Is it qulified for the Job??? Lets see...

Tow capacity, 7,500 lbs. (V-8 Engine, 2WD, Tow Package, Auto Trans)

Equipment to tow,
Enclosed Trailer (w/ brakes, tandem axle). 3,000 lbs
JD 727 Z 1,200 lbs
Exmark WB 500 lbs
Trimmers, Edgers, etc. 150 lbs (max)
Misc other tools, fuel, etc. 200 lbs (max)

Total Payload 5,050 lbs 67% of total capacity

And I am pretty right on with my weigh assumptions, actually a little over. So, there are still times when a 1/2 Truck can do the job.

Now, if you are talking about a Landscape contractor that regularly pulls skid steers, tractors, excavators, Rock, Gravel, Mulch, etc. I would agree with you, 3/4 Ton truck,MINIMUM....