View Full Version : My new truck- F350 flatbed dually

04-17-2004, 10:28 PM
My "new" 1989 F350 dually flatbed (8'x12' deck) Jasper rebuilt 460 EFI big block (75,000 miles on it), C6 automatic with all the coolers (rebuilt 2 years ago), 3.55 gears, cruise control, air conditioning. Too bad it does not have o/d, but the 3.55 gears will be OK. The a/c needs recharged. And it will take a couple days to clean it.. but for $2,000 did I do so bad? It flat gits too LOL. I dropped it in low and spun the duals on my blacktop driveway (accident! honest! haha LOL) It was a buddy's mowing truck for 10 years, and I filled one trash bag just quickly cleaning out the interior.

The only trouble is, even after it is paid off I will be making payments to the Sunoco fuel station My F250 is dying and I need something. The flatbed will be real nice, and the insurance is actually $300 cheaper for a flatbed on commercial insurance policy. Got to use it today, it is a good running truck to work out of, but it's a lot bigger than the F250. Hopefully that fact will make me not drive hard/fast so I may get decent mileage. I have a big mulch installation job coming up, can't wait to put it to use. Best thing of all- it doesn't leak anything! Yay!!! LOL.

04-17-2004, 10:34 PM
Nice catch Eric. How does it do with your trailer loaded?

Good luck with it & have fun & if you get a chance could you post some pics with your trailer hooked up to your "new" toy?

Eric 1
04-17-2004, 10:35 PM
Hey thats nice, thats exactly what i need.

What was wrong with the 250.

How did you get this so cheap.

Does the bed dump.

The only down side i see is using it as a daily driver. Oh, talk about a chick magnet! lol

04-17-2004, 10:43 PM
Rob, thanks. It hardly noticed the trailer. Will try to get pics of it with trailer soon.

Eric, the F250 needs brakes, clutch, slave cylinder (for clutch), oil pan gasket, and I decided it wasn’t worth it to me to do all that. So I’m trying to sell it. As to “how did you get this so cheap” well I have connections ;) it was a buddy’s mowing truck and he said he might sell it, but his wife wanted him to keep it for backup (he has a new Chevy 2500 Duramax/Allison, I guess it takes a Ford to back up a Chevy hahaaha) but he is getting another Lazer so he lowered his price from $3k to $2k. He has a 60” Lazer 27hp Kaw LQ, 48” Scag belt drive, 52” Scag hydro w/b’s. He wants to get another 60” Lazer. I think he said it is on order actually. Oh but I digress. LOL I will have to get pics of his rig up on here.
No it does not have a hoist on the bed (yet) if I keep it a while I may put one on it. I MIGHT sell it later this summer for a diesel once I get more money. Right now it fit in the budget better than a diesel. I have a chic and she likes it, but I do get more looks in it LOL…. the real ONLY downside to this being a daily driver is 8mpg in town at best likely. I bet you I could make it get as bad as 4 or 5 mpg if I really romped in it hard. Oh well I will not be doing that anytime soon.

Eric 1
04-17-2004, 10:50 PM
Wow that old ford did need some work.

I was kidding about the chick magnet:) .
The reason you get more looks is they are thinking ''god thats an ugly truck'' j/k

Well maybe some day this year i will get a truck like that, but it will have to be a Chevy!:p

Well glad you got a good deal man, best of luck.

btw. welcome to the Bad gas mileage club.

04-17-2004, 10:55 PM
Eric, I was going to ask you if you had a body style in the works for that but you already answerd my question. One suggestion if you don't mind is keep it for as long as you can add a little something to it to make it worth the re-sale. That is if you decide to do so. If you only payed 2k you might beable to get 2,500 or maybe 3k if you add to it. Those are just some food for thought. Again Good luck with it & enjoy

Creative Lawn Care
04-17-2004, 10:59 PM
Nice looking truck Eric. If it runs good I would have gladly given 2000 for it

04-17-2004, 11:05 PM
BHB looks good, fair price but save your pennies for a hoist to make it dump..... its one thing loading a truck by hand, its another unloading it by hand... once you get a dump you will say its the best investment you made!

04-17-2004, 11:34 PM
nice truck FORD!!!!!!!!!!! the only way Good Job and GOOD LUCK!


04-17-2004, 11:40 PM
BHB, I have a 89 3/4 ton with a landscapers dump box on it. It has 89,000 original KMS 55625 miles on it. We bought it last year just to use for leaves and it worked good. We also have a chev diesel 1 ton that I put a flat bed on and I just finished adding a hoist to it. I bought a Ford F350 4 door truck from the city and robbed the hoist off it to put on the diesel. I sold the F350 for more than I paid for it and still have the hoist.

04-18-2004, 12:02 AM
Thanks guys. If I decide to keep it I will definately seriously consider a hoist beleive me! With the cleanups I do it would be great!

Gravel Rat
04-18-2004, 03:53 AM
You will get anywhere from 5-8 mpg with a 460 powered truck it won't really matter loaded or empty the truck will get close to the same mileage.

Too bad the truck doesn't have a OD but you really wouldn't want the E4OD they are very very expensive to replace. The money saved in fuel mileage having a OD will go fast if you had to replace a E4OD. The old C-6 is simple and tough cheap to replace if neccessary you can beef the tranny up if it needs rebuilding.

The one thing about the 460s you should check right away is exhaust manifold bolts check to see if they are all tight and non missing. These 460s have bad problem with the exhaust manifold leaking which is usually against the firewall which puts enough heat to catch stuff on fire.

When I had a 88 F-450 with the 460 I was told about the manifold bolts and sure enough I had loose bolts and a exhaust leak. I got new gaskets installed the missing bolts replaced it cured my problems I always kept a check on the bolts everytime I checked the oil.

The other thing todo is change the fuel filter its located under the cab on the drivers side you will see it looks like a round barrel gold in color. If you don't feel competent to replace it have a mechanic change it for you be warned if you do change it yourself wear safety glasses. The 460s in 88 use a different type of fuel system than your old truck did. The 460 uses so much fuel a clogged filter really hurts the pumps and performance of the truck.

The air filter on the 460 should be kept clean the 460 needs lots of clean air to keep them running good it also helps in fuel mileage.

Now with brakes you will need to have the rear brakes checked to see if the rear shoes are in good shape. With one ton dually trucks the rear brakes need to be in good shape and adjusted up. With a F-350 being a heavy truck you need to depend on the rear brakes for dependable stopping power.

Front suspension and steering if the truck has king pins at the ends of the I beams get the grease gun out and try see if you can get some grease into them. If the truck has ball joints I don't think they are greasable but you can grease the tie rod ends and drag link. Now look at the other end of the I beam where the pivot bushings are see if they look like they are in good shape. The bushings are known to wear out they will make the truck wander a bit your front tires will wear a bit funny.

That old truck should give you good service the payload capacity should be 4000lbs safely but probably would carry 6000lbs on a short trip. A hoist under the deck would make the truck even more handier especially if you are hauling leaves or grass or brush. If you get jobs where you need to haul mulch or topsoil that truck should carry 3 yards.

Good luck with the truck I hope you don't do much of this :cry: when filling the truck up with gas everyday :laugh:

04-18-2004, 01:59 PM
Nice truck, I just bought a 1995 f-350, dually diesel, will post a pic of it, get it tommorrow, Monday/Tuesday

04-24-2004, 01:07 PM
Nice truck! I love F 350 regardless how old they are, they are beast...but one major major thing keeps me away from it is "GAS", my Ranger V6 is good enough for me and very happy.
Good luck on your big dog F 350.

Eric 1
04-24-2004, 08:10 PM
My bad. But why did you post this in 3 different forums?

04-26-2004, 11:25 AM
Thanks all. Gravel Rat, Appreciate the info. Eric- I put it in commercial lawn care but they moved it here. I later put it in pics forum. Different audiences :)

05-02-2004, 09:56 AM
I found a 1988 F350 dually flatbed with a diesel 5 sp manual last fall for $2000. I put $3K into it and now I use it everyday. It is a great truck. It had 165K on it and runs great. I had it painted and logo put on it. I'll try to post some pics. It's not very good on fuel so I hate to think what a 460 is going to be like. They put 2 tanks on them but they are both small. Good luck with it. Wednesday, I loaded 6 yards of mulch on it and towed a dump trailer with 6 more to a job 1/2 hour from here. No problems.