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04TurfT
07-19-2007, 11:53 PM
I am looking at a 87 F250, 6 cyl. 3.9 liter fuel injected truck. It's got around 100 thousand miles on it, (virtually nothing for its age) In good shape, looks good I aint drove it yet, it's a manual, I work out of a tahoe right now but I am tired of cleaning it and trying to keep it so clean, (it's my daily driver)..... The guy wants 3 grand for it, hes a friend of mine so I dunno how to ask if he could take less. what do yall think, is it worth it. It seems like the truck would be a little under powered for the a F250 to have a 6 banger in it.


help me out guys!

04TurfT
07-19-2007, 11:55 PM
I meant 4.9 liter....

Petr51488
07-20-2007, 12:34 AM
I'm pretty sure you'll soon be having problems with it being thats its 19 years old. Remember, you get what you pay for.

Birdhunter1
07-20-2007, 12:36 AM
The 300 I-6 is a damn good engine, if not one of the best engines ever made by any manufacturer! It will do great as a work truck, especially if most of your driving is in town. It has an incredible amount of low end torque, comparable to any gas V-8 engine. If you are going to be pulling mowers around and hauling stuff in the bed it will be fine,if trying to drag a skid loader or excavator around you may be underpowered but as a mowing truck it will be awesome. A buddy of mine runs two 87-92 4wd F-250's with the 300 I-6 one with a 4-speed one with a 5-speed in his mowing biz each pulling two grasshopper 718 (I think that is what they are) 1-52' deck and 1-60" deck deisel engines. In the fall he runs one with the mowers and leaf collector and the other truck pulls a covered trailer to haul leaves.

Tough trucks!

SILVERSTREAK INC
07-20-2007, 01:26 AM
too bad youre so far off, id sell you mine for 1000 bucks, 1987 f150 ex cab 4x4 with a stick, xlt awesome truck, just needs the motor swapped, brothr was putting a water pump on and diddnt realize that there was a diff between a 1989 pump and a 1987 one, long story short he got the wrong one, cranked the bolts in too far and popped holes in the block so now it burns antifreeze, but i have another 6 cylinder here to drop in with 33k miles!

awesome truck, awesome on gas, if i could do it over, all my mow mobiles would be 6 cylinder 150 or 250s, towing a single axle trailer, aint the fastest but it ill run forever

good luck, id try and talk him down a lil though, but if its truely nice, then go for it

LindblomRJ
07-20-2007, 01:53 AM
The 4.9 is a great motor. Lots of low end torque. They are decent on mileage. Reliable to boot.

If I had my way I would have both of my pickups with 300 6s or diesels.

lawnboy dan
07-20-2007, 07:33 PM
3 grand is too much -2 grand would be more like it

MTR999
07-21-2007, 02:52 AM
I have a '95 4.9, 300 I6 also with 98k miles and manual, it works best with pulling my boat and a z & wb on trailer, like everybody who knows about this 300 I-6 it is superreliable and no need for timing belt cause it is all gears. It sounds distinctively big 6 that nobody makes this kind of engine anymore.
I would pay just 2k, parts galore so easy to maintain and cheap to take care but work as hard as you want to.

vadeere
07-21-2007, 03:12 AM
Good engine, rock solid reliable, torque monster, but wont win any races

04TurfT
07-24-2007, 10:35 PM
okay I got more details, its the 1987 F250 4x4 4 speed... 4.9 liter inline 6 cylinder with 104000 miles on it. It does have a few problems, he said it pops out of third gear. he thought it was something wrong with the gear syncronizing, and then it has the double gas tanks and he said the switch is messed up to switch between the two tanks, and the front right end has a "weak spring" causing the tire to lean in a little bit. I got him to 2500 bucks what do yall think I am gonna drive it soon. He is the third owner of the truck

help me out guys

LindblomRJ
07-25-2007, 03:32 AM
Ford front ends of that vintage tend to have weak front springs. Tends to be more of a problem with Diesel engines.

Fuel selector should be a fairly easy fix. Head over to ford-trucks.com they are in the know. That is low mileage for a 300

Scag48
07-25-2007, 04:38 AM
I have a '94 with the 4.9 with 199XXX miles on it right now. Bought it from a friend of mine with basically no problems and the truck was CLEAN, paint was a 9 out of 10 for $2,000 a couple months ago. Much more miles, but the 4.9's are bombproof so I've heard and I can see it myself.

MTR999
07-25-2007, 06:04 AM
okay I got more details, its the 1987 F250 4x4 4 speed... 4.9 liter inline 6 cylinder with 104000 miles on it. It does have a few problems, he said it pops out of third gear. he thought it was something wrong with the gear syncronizing, and then it has the double gas tanks and he said the switch is messed up to switch between the two tanks, and the front right end has a "weak spring" causing the tire to lean in a little bit. I got him to 2500 bucks what do yall think I am gonna drive it soon. He is the third owner of the truck

help me out guys

Try $1200-$1400, the engine is very low on mileage which is the only thing I like, but other problems you can use that to negotiate it down . I won't pay more than $1400 cause you have to spend uncertain extra dollars fixing.
Why don't you look for '95 or '96 those are two best years left of 4.9 L and parts are so easy to find, besides prices are not much different at all. It takes time to shop but patience will pay off.

J&R Landscaping
07-25-2007, 11:34 PM
With that low of milage on it, that engine is barely broken in. You'll do pretty good on fuel, have plenty of pulling power but like others have said, don't be in a hurry as you wont win to many races with it.