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POPO4995
09-13-2008, 08:55 PM
A friend of mine has a truck with a plow that he wants to sell and i'm not sure if its a good deal or not. Let me know whatcha think.

1997 Ford F-350
Regular Cab, Long Box
7.3 Powerstroke Turbo w/ 209K
Original Automatic trans but had new torque converter about 25K ago
Has some rust starting around the wheel wells just at the bottom corners
Has a Western UniMount 7'6" Poly Plow in good condition
Newer tires, BFG A/T's, think atleast 285, maybe bigger yet
Rear fuel tank might have a leak but not sure, $120 for a new one, no big deal

Asking $6000

amerigreenlawncare
09-13-2008, 09:08 PM
i think that truck is not a good deal $2500 tops it sounds like you are going to dump alot of$ in to it keep looking just say no!!!!!!!!!!

Hawg City Lawns
09-14-2008, 02:10 AM
imo i think the engine is worth about $3000 not sure what a plow costs ive never even seen a plow on any kind of truck but maybe that will help a little bit

Riley Lawn Service
09-14-2008, 02:36 AM
i would go for it because diesel engines will go for ever with only minor problems. people that say they have big diesel trucks and then after 25000 miles they say they start having problems but no S&%$ thats gonna happen if you drive it like a ****** and goose it around everywhere like all the idiots i see in my town. if you take care of it it would be a great truck for plowing snow. is it 4x4?

POPO4995
09-14-2008, 10:55 AM
Yes, 4x4 auto. Besides the couple rust spots, the truck is in good shape. The rust can be fixed too, just surface imperfections.

Tyler7692
09-14-2008, 11:48 AM
Probably about 4500

DUSTYCEDAR
09-14-2008, 11:54 AM
ball joints will cost you a grand to have them done so bid as low as u can

stroker51
09-14-2008, 01:41 PM
I would give $5000, maybe a little more. If that truck has been taken care of, 209K isn't anything. My 96 has almost 220K and is running strong. The truck by itself is probably a $4500-$5000 unit, plus the plow, probably $3000-$3500 or more new. Check for fuel leaks up on top of the engine, make sure glow plugs and harness are in working order. If that truck was here I'd probably buy it for $5000. My buddy just sold his 85 chevy 1500 4x4 with a 7.5ft hiniker and wings, rebuilt 350 engine, rebuilt tranny and transfer case, brand new interior, pretty nice truck, for $3500, but it's a gas drinking V8. That powerstroke will be awesome to push in.

POPO4995
09-14-2008, 06:43 PM
The front end parts are all new within the last year. He only plows his own driveway and thats it. It's not abused in anyway and most of the miles are highway.

stroker51
09-14-2008, 11:41 PM
I'd offer $5000, and pay up to $5500 if it was me. I've been looking for a truck like that for a while for another mowing truck/snow truck. Being a 350 it will have the solid front axle, so that should carry a plow awesome. I have been pricing plows all week and you will pay about $4000 by the time it's all said and done just for a 7.5ft straight blade.

TXNSLighting
09-15-2008, 12:17 AM
It sounds pretty good, I would offer 5k. That will be a good deal.

Duke9590
09-15-2008, 09:07 AM
Yea i wouldn't pass that up for a second, I would offer 5500.

supercuts
09-16-2008, 02:00 PM
sounds ok to me, doesnt sound abused, good engine too

Riley Lawn Service
09-17-2008, 12:15 PM
i would buy it myself if i had that kinda money. lol but if i were you i agree with offering about 5000 the max i would go would be about 6 thousand but it sounds like an awesome truck.

POPO4995
09-17-2008, 02:27 PM
Think i'm gonna buy it....i will snap some pics if I do. Now I just need to find a '95-'02 cummins and I will be happy.:dancing:

oakwdman
09-17-2008, 03:20 PM
Can't wait for the pics!

TXNSLighting
09-17-2008, 09:59 PM
Think i'm gonna buy it....i will snap some pics if I do. Now I just need to find a '95-'02 cummins and I will be happy.:dancing:

Thats a big gap. And two different cummins! Which one would you prefer?

POPO4995
09-17-2008, 10:20 PM
Thats a big gap. And two different cummins! Which one would you prefer?

I want a 12V but its kinda hard to find one in decent shape.:rolleyes:

KTM
09-17-2008, 10:33 PM
I have A 97 12 V that I am thinking about selling, My father bought brand new, auto, RG C 2500, 4x4 only has about 127k, all original paint/body, never had a plow or a bed hitch, always adult driven, most of the time it did the work that A 1/2 ton could do, except for pulling A skidloader 4-5 times a year. The body is starting to rust, if someone spent time on the body it would be A Great truck for years to come.

TXNSLighting
09-17-2008, 11:19 PM
I want a 12V but its kinda hard to find one in decent shape.:rolleyes:

O the good ole 12v. Theyre actually pretty easy to find around here.

POPO4995
09-18-2008, 12:23 AM
O the good ole 12v. Theyre actually pretty easy to find around here.

Yeah, i'm starting to look for a white 12V, lower miles, in good shape, 2500 or 3500 dually, 4x4.

oakwdman
09-18-2008, 08:41 PM
So did you end up buying it? If you did lets see some pics!
If not I might be interested.....

TXNSLighting
09-18-2008, 08:45 PM
Yeah, i'm starting to look for a white 12V, lower miles, in good shape, 2500 or 3500 dually, 4x4.

Fantastic! Let us know if you get one! Then make it run with vetts!!

POPO4995
09-19-2008, 01:28 AM
So did you end up buying it? If you did lets see some pics!
If not I might be interested.....

Went and looked it over again tonite. The plow will need a new pump and cutting edge. The trucks rust is very easily repaired. So easy I can do it and im mechanically challenged. I'm gonna make the final decision in the morning.

grasshopperslawn
09-20-2008, 12:07 AM
I have one similar with 382,000 miles on it