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Ford Superduty

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by snow, May 14, 2001.

  1. snow

    snow Banned
    Posts: 114

    I will be looking at this truck wednesday (someone's looking at it tomorrow). hopefully they don't buy it. My intent it to buy this truck and turn it into a rackbody dump. the truck is an 89, 5 speed manual and diesel. Any thoughts, comments, suggestions? I really like this truck and hope that it will be mine.Link to truck

  2. eskals

    eskals LawnSite Member
    Posts: 210

    How much are they asking?

    From the pictures it looks to be in good shape. Try www.ford-diesel.com for more opinions.

  3. cat320

    cat320 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 822

    Truck looks good Bryan,it seams to be an owner operator truck.I would go with a dump body,a rack will only hold light material but if you go with a dump you can haul sand rock gravel for landscape jobs.In my opinion a dump would be better unless your only gonna haul grass clippings and mulch.Let me know how you make out with it.
  4. snow

    snow Banned
    Posts: 114

    Well, i went with my friend yesterday to check out the truck. There's water in the oil, so it probably needs new head gaskets. Only one small spot of rust on the whole truck, interior is spotless. Clutch needs some work for 2nd gear, u have to double shift to get from 1st to second. The owner of the truck place, truck's on consignment ,said that if he was to buy that truck, he'd only buy it for $1200. He told me if it's not sold in a month or so, to call him and make him a crazy offer. If it's still there in a month or so, i'll buy it, put a flatbed on it for now, get it on the road. I'll buy a used 7.3L to replace the one in there, and keep that for parts. I'm going to run the engine in it now till it dies on me. For now, i'm looking for a pickup/ rackbody dump, 4wd, diesel, stick. That truck is still on my mind, but with the $2500 worth of work it would need, i'd have to get it for like $800. Also, the radiator temperature gets very hot after out 20 minute test drive.


  5. cat320

    cat320 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 822

    Bryan for a few more dollars you can probably pick up something better and not have to deal with a bad engine ,tranny and putting a body on it.That may be the reason that the truck is there the guy probably figured out the cost to fix all the problems and said forget it and bought a new one.I know I have sold stuff that was gonna cost me big $$ and then I would have to keep it longer than i would want to recoup the cost of the repairs.
  6. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,555

    Bryan,forget it,you dont have the mechanical background to do the repairs,and you cant afford the shop rates to get it fixed right-at this point,Id plan on a reman engine if its been sitting with water in the oil,its junk.They likely overheated it so bad its no goood now anyway.The clutch/pedal hardware are always going out on those trucks too.A rema engine,installed,new clutch,and underdash pedal assy-they all go bad,will set you back in the area of 5500-8000 bucks,professionally installed and warrantied-which is why I said to forget it.
  7. Mike Nelson

    Mike Nelson LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 416

    You might be right John,but he has a friend in Walden that does.:angel:

    Mike Nelson
  8. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,555

    Thanks Mike,as if I dont have enough to maintain already.:eek: I still havent got the brakes working on the loader yet.
  9. snow

    snow Banned
    Posts: 114

    I tried to respond to cat320 yesterday , and when i was almost done with my post i got booted off. I scraped the idea of that truck yesterday, it was a refuse truck that had a hooklift on it, so it was probably beat. Even the owner of the truck shop where i looked at it said it needs a lot of work. So, now i'm looking for a diesel/stick pickup or rackbody dump, or a regualr dump. My budget is around $5k, so if any of you guys know of anything, email me. I'm looking in a lot of different truck papers now, so hopefully i'll find something good within my budget.

    John D- Hope you get those brakes done soon

  10. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,412

    How much is that truck?

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