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mow king
04-24-2012, 12:07 AM
1999 Ford f550 4x4 dump. 7.3 powerstroke with a auto tranny (rebuilt 2000 miles ago). 91k original miles.

Issues: Rusty cab, front end clunks, starts via a flip switch because computer is bad.

Includes a 10' Western Plow.

Truck runs down the road okay, doesn't smoke and stops okay.

They're asking $6500.

How bad would this rust be to repair? These pics are of the drivers side. Passenger side is pretty solid except for cab corner.

I need a truck for about 4000 miles a year to haul debris and tow a bobcat.
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x226/BMFEQUIP/430%20e%20257th/f61a3cef.jpg

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x226/BMFEQUIP/430%20e%20257th/0764c179.jpg

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x226/BMFEQUIP/430%20e%20257th/48532e0e.jpg
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x226/BMFEQUIP/430%20e%20257th/3a251844.jpg

ecurbthims
04-24-2012, 01:59 AM
a new-used door and a rocker panel are not too expensive ,doing it yourself might cost a few hundred,much more at a body shop .I would get a very close look at the rest of the body and fuel lines looking for rot before purchasing something like that .

vaacutabove
04-25-2012, 06:04 PM
Looks like its been rode hard and put up wet a few to many times for me price is not to bad but is it worth it to get it looking good.
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mybowtie
04-25-2012, 09:24 PM
Check the oil pan. There known to rot. Most shops pull the motor to replace the pan= lot a $$$. Some guys have cut the cross member out, change the pan, then fish plate the cross member back in. If your only puttin 4k a yr on it, it might be a good rig 4 ya...Id try to knock em down a grand or so...

The Grounds Crew
04-25-2012, 09:33 PM
Agreed. it looks to be pretty beat up and rusty. For the price it is worth looking at it into more depth. I would almost have a mechanic look at it and see what are the key issues to it and what it would to cost to fix it. Maybe it might be worth it to put a few thousand into to make sure it will last longer. How long do you plan on keeping it for?

cutbetterthanyou
04-25-2012, 09:40 PM
Do what you please, but i grew up in a auto body shop and i can tell you one thing rust ALWAYS comes back. Like said before if its something you arent going to use much maybe,but i wouldnt buy it if you entend on fixing it up.

Looking Good Lawn Service
04-25-2012, 09:51 PM
Its a cheap truck, but that thing is worth one years payments on a brand new truck of the same today...however to not get off topic, I have never seen a superduty cab or chassis that rotted...ever, they must have parked that truck in a salt bin, that being said, if a door is that rusty I dont want to see what is not obvious and easy to clean off, stay away, no wait run, run away...cheetah speed!

Nick's Lawn Care
04-25-2012, 10:05 PM
If the door panel looks that bad i'd hate to look under the truck!

Deori
04-26-2012, 06:48 PM
Did you look underneath at all? I'd be most concerned with that.
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mybowtie
04-26-2012, 10:25 PM
Its a cheap truck, but that thing is worth one years payments on a brand new truck of the same today...however to not get off topic, I have never seen a superduty cab or chassis that rotted...ever, they must have parked that truck in a salt bin, that being said, if a door is that rusty I dont want to see what is not obvious and easy to clean off, stay away, no wait run, run away...cheetah speed!

Ive seen many rotted out ford 1 tons.. Maybe NY salt is stronger:laugh:

Moss Man
04-29-2012, 10:55 AM
The truck still has some life left, but I would have to think that you are going to throw a ton of money at it to get it decent, most of which you are never going to see back. There has to be a better deal out there on the horizon, just be diligent about looking. Rust is the first thing I look for when searching for a used vehicle, rust repair and body work can be more expensive than replacing major driveline components.