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Eric 1
07-23-2004, 09:43 PM
I wish i had the camera today, oh-well.

It is
1993 Ford F150 long bed
300 ci straight 6
5 speed
138000 miles
air/fully loaded in real nice shape
its black on silver with gray inside
factory chrome wheels nice tires and a bed liner.
$3995 is whats on the windshield but i could get it for about $3350 if i had cash.


Now before you crawl all over me about a 1/2 ton, i like this truck because it is in good shape and the 6 banger will get good mpg but with the 5 spd trans can still pull a trailer.

I what a truck with a smaller engine because in the spring i will be getting a box truck or NPR to use for the business, so this just needs to work for the rest of the year then it will just be a run-around truck to use when i am not mowing so to have a big V8 would just be over kill.

I would like to hear from some people who have had experience with the motor if i could.

GrassFearsMe
07-23-2004, 09:56 PM
i dont like stick and it has to be 4wd for me i think 2wd trucks are a waste but it sounds alright if you just need a quick little truck to run around with.

CamLand
07-23-2004, 09:59 PM
those 300 straight 6 are darn near bullet proof...

Norm Al
07-23-2004, 09:59 PM
http://www.hals.org/imageeng/fondren.jpg

GrassFearsMe
07-23-2004, 10:03 PM
i seen them little train b4 on tv they are so cool.

Eric 1
07-23-2004, 10:04 PM
Camland thats what i what to hear

Norm Al, I dont get it. Sorry

Do you think the truck could handle the weight, about 2000 pds or so for the rest of the year. (Yes i know about helper springs)

barringtonbrothers
07-23-2004, 10:06 PM
I have a friend who pushes snow with a straight six ford 4x4, no problems. I run a v6 4x2 f150 ford 5 speed with a big ol 18foot 2 axel trailer no problem every day. A v8 or v10 would be nice, but I cant justify the extra cost right now. The only time I dont like the six is on the highway cause with that trailer we aint doing over 55, but its no prob cause the farthest I go out is 9 miles to get to my moms two 1/2 pita acres.

Eric 1
07-23-2004, 10:13 PM
Wow, you pull a 18 ft trailer with a V6, you crazy! how much weight is on there?

CamLand
07-23-2004, 10:17 PM
hey eric, this truck is 2wd or 4wd??

barringtonbrothers
07-23-2004, 10:20 PM
All the stuff you see in my avatar. I have load handlers on the rear and it makes all the difference in the world. You would need them on a v8 f150 4x4 or 4x2. I want a nice dump truck with a diesel but it just aint in the cards right now.

Eric 1
07-23-2004, 10:23 PM
2wd

txlawnking
07-23-2004, 10:25 PM
An F 150 with the ole' 300, is the only gasoline powered truck from Ford I would ever own. I used to have a beater/ get away F-100. It was an 81' with the 3 on the tree.. rolled on for 280k miles, and still ran good when I sold it.

eshreve1234
07-23-2004, 11:19 PM
Be wary of the transmission. I am a huge Ford man, I have 6 Fords in my fleet. The tranny on the 1/2 tons during those years was a mazda. It has brass gears and does not cool very well. On the F150 I have I have replaced that tranny 3 times. If it "pops" out of reverse walk away, and look for power loss in 4th and OD. Check the fluid it should be pink, the drain plug is maganetic and will be covered in fillings more so if regular maintance has not been done. If you wish I can send you a company that sells those trannys rebuilt for $725 + freight and core.

Paul Corsetti
07-23-2004, 11:27 PM
the straight 6 ford made then has the power of a v8 but fuel milage of a 6, i hade one and it went 324,000 miles before i sold it for 3500$ to a farmer to run on his farm, and its still going,but a little banged up now ,buy it for 3350 cash you will have a great back up when the box truck goes down for service

Eric 1
07-23-2004, 11:28 PM
In a manual? i did not push it hard in revers but how hard was it to get it to pop out?

Being a manual i would have to get it on a rack and pull the fill plug to check the trans fluid, maybe i will go get it Monday and have a mechanic look at it.

FrankenScagMachines
07-24-2004, 12:12 AM
Good truck, good motor, that's a few miles but fine if taken care of. The 300 I6 is a great luggin motor, but I don't hear that high of gas mileage numbers from 300 I6 owners... really I hear the same as V8 owners (uh, small blocks that is!)... I don't mean to discourage you, it's a great truck. Just don't expect 16 mpg everyday.

VanceTrendov
07-24-2004, 12:17 AM
I have had 3 ford trucks

89 ford f150 v6 300
86 ford ranger
91 ford f150 v8 302

((((all four wheel drive))))

as for it being a good value i would say the person is trying to take you becaue privite party value on that truck if it was 4wd is around 2800 and that is in minnesota (kbb). As for that type of truck it is a great truck. I like the stright 6 and it has alot better gas milage then the 8. The 5 speed is good i would buy one if it was a 4 speed.

Pulling a 18 foot trailer with a ford straight 6 isnt crazy at all. its a strong truck.

The only way to check the magnite it to drop the pan but it is a good was to check if it was mantined

This is my opinon i dont think the truck is worth that much. If you look around long enought you will find a good cheap truck. My 91 f150 i got running for 300 and put about 500-700 in parts. it has 260k miles and still runs. (it misfires and i cant figure out why)

But wait on buying the truck.

Vance Trendov
763-458-7412

EastProLawn
07-24-2004, 12:21 AM
Buy it and bump up when you can. Sounds like a decent deal for now.

lawnman_scott
07-24-2004, 12:36 AM
Like everyone else said, that is a great motor. I think one of the best ever made by anyone. It will pull anything. Mine had almost 300,000 on it when I got rid of it, and was running like new.

Eric 1
07-24-2004, 10:25 AM
Originally posted by VanceTrendov
I have had 3 ford trucks

89 ford f150 v6 300
86 ford ranger
91 ford f150 v8 302

((((all four wheel drive))))

as for it being a good value i would say the person is trying to take you becaue privite party value on that truck if it was 4wd is around 2800 and that is in minnesota (kbb). As for that type of truck it is a great truck. I like the stright 6 and it has alot better gas milage then the 8. The 5 speed is good i would buy one if it was a 4 speed.

Pulling a 18 foot trailer with a ford straight 6 isnt crazy at all. its a strong truck.

The only way to check the magnite it to drop the pan but it is a good was to check if it was mantined

This is my opinon i dont think the truck is worth that much. If you look around long enought you will find a good cheap truck. My 91 f150 i got running for 300 and put about 500-700 in parts. it has 260k miles and still runs. (it misfires and i cant figure out why)

But wait on buying the truck.

Vance Trendov
763-458-7412

Its at a dealer.

I dont want a cheap truck, i want a nice one.

CamLand
07-24-2004, 12:53 PM
Eric, have you driven the truck yet? my opnion would be to buy the truck if it works out then you made a good choice.otherwise keep it as a back up and an addition tax deduction...

DALMlawn&landscaping
07-24-2004, 03:12 PM
i have a '91 f-150 with a straight six and 180K miles. the thing is a beast, and i can do anything with that truck. i have pulled tandem axle trailers, and had more than a yard of soil in the bed with out any problems, the trailer was empty of course, had to drop it off so the f-350 could tow it to pick up a couple ton of rocks. i've also have had 20 bags of quick mix and 15 4x4x8's and had to haul it 35-40 miles, thought there was no way i was gonna make it but then i saw a guy with a f-150 I-6 and he had like, two pallats of rooking shingles and i was like... wow, i guess i'll be fine.

anyways, the truck is great, and with the 5 speed, you'll have no problems with anything. all you guys that say you only want 4x4, you probably live up north i'm taking it. i'm sure you would need 4x4 up there, but around here, mud, ditches, boat ramps have all been childs play for my truck.

buy the truck man, you'll be happy. and gas mileage isn't too great, i get like 16-17mpg on highway (hills/flat) and a crappy 11 in the city, and only 13 mixed highway city driving. with that kind of mpg, it makes me think about our old '79 f-350 4x4 with a 460.

themowingguy
07-24-2004, 05:02 PM
i have an 1985 ford f-150 300 6 cyl. and it has the 4 speed with granny low.i would prefer that to the 5 speed.it is geared lower and has better pulling power.anyways mine blew the rearend out a couple months ago and i slipped a 3/4 ton rearend in and it really made it pull good now.

VanceTrendov
07-24-2004, 09:59 PM
Originally posted by Eric 1
Its at a dealer.

I dont want a cheap truck, i want a nice one.

well if you want a nice truck get one with less miles

txlawnking
07-24-2004, 10:11 PM
As others here have noted, that ain't any kind of "good deal". I can go to auction and pick one like that up with less miles for about $15-18 hundred. IF maintained ( my old one was ) they can run a long time, but, as also has been mentioned here, they don't get the best milage.. In fact, an f-250 diesel will get better mileage and not work as hard pulling the same load.. Ford's gasoline engine have usually gotten rotten mileage. But it will work for you, Good luck..

Eric 1
07-24-2004, 11:04 PM
I have driven the truck, i liked it.

Around here that is low mileage and a good price.

I am going Monday to have a mechanic look at it and talk about it some more with the guy. keep the comments coming.

txlawnking
07-24-2004, 11:46 PM
Originally posted by Eric 1
I have driven the truck, i liked it.

Around here that is low mileage and a good price.

I am going Monday to have a mechanic look at it and talk about it some more with the guy. keep the comments coming.

Eric, if that's a good deal, then I would look elsewhere for a truck. Out of state if I had to..
Example.. My aunt and uncle were looking for a good deal on a single axle medium duty dumptruck. I found them one in Birmingham, Al. for an excellent deal.. And trucks are cheap here... It was actually cheaper for me to fly there and drive it back, than to purchase a similar truck with the same ( very low, 59,000 miles, 99 model ) miles, locally. It's an f-650 with a six speed an Cummins, they paid $17,000. Locally the best deal was 25.. Seek and you will find.

Eric 1
07-24-2004, 11:54 PM
I will do that.

I am not set on having this truck i just wanted some advice on it and the engine as i have never had one, thats all. I am still looking around in close by states. But also am not willing to go 100s of miles to get one..............

I appreciate your advice and will keep on looking.:cool:

DALMlawn&landscaping
07-25-2004, 04:41 AM
i'll sell you mine for 2K and i'll drive it there cause i want to go to laurenceville/lawrenceville, GA (? right out side of ATL). i'll even fix the a/c, maybe. from texas to georgia, thats proof enough my truck is worth it right? its not too nice but it gets alot of looks as one hardass truck:cool:

grass_cuttin_fool
07-25-2004, 11:14 AM
The company I worked for in maintenece had alot of the 300 6 cyl fords, they are tuff motors, I am a chevy man but if I happen to find a good deal on a ford it would have to have the 300 6 cyc engine in it for me to even consider it