Keep and update or run til it dies 1988 F250 7.3 4x4

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by J.R. Services, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. J.R. Services

    J.R. Services LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 259

    I have a 1988 F250 4x4 7.3idi reg cab 5spd with a dump bed insert. Over the past couple years I have invested some decent money in the truck mechanically, brake lines, brakes, all new front end parts, exhaust, 4x4, all new steering assembly, pump, gear box etc... this truck is pretty much a beast, its done everything I ever asked it to, now its starting to show its age with typical ford fender rust, small hole in floor board, needs a new driver door, and a decent paint job, I only use it when I need it now b/c I'm almost embrassed to be seen with it, my other trucks are in nice shape. So I'm figuring on about 3-3.5k in body work and maybe 1k-2k in misc mechanical and interior upgrades to get where I would want it. so I guess I'm asking for your alls opinion on whether I should do that or just slap some bondo on it do a maaco paint job and just run for a few years or even get rid of it and buy another truck. Thanks
    Posted via Mobile Device
     
  2. Danscapes

    Danscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 331

    If that 7.3 is a turbo, keep it. You won't find a better engine to put in a truck. As for body work, panels are cheap for those trucks and I would ditch the bed and build (or have built) a nice flat bed with stake pockets. Do some body work and send it to maaco. I've seen some pretty nice things come out of maaco. A GOOD paint job is 90% prep and body work and if you do it yourself you can make it nice, and save a ton.
     
  3. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,385

    If the truck is tight , keep running it ! If your letting your guys drive it they will trash a new truck as fast as they will an old one.
     
  4. J.R. Services

    J.R. Services LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 259

    Some pics of the damage

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    Posted via Mobile Device
     
  5. J.R. Services

    J.R. Services LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 259

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    Posted via Mobile Device
     
  6. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
    Posts: 1,818

    I would not feel comfortable putting 5 grand in that truck like you mentioned...sell it for a few grand and put that money towards a newer truck with less headaches. But only you know what will really work out best for you.
     
  7. J.R. Services

    J.R. Services LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 259

    I also found a donor truck, with a solid body for 600, I could probably scrap what I don't use and break even. Then the body work would probably only be 1000 to 18000
    Posted via Mobile Device
     
  8. Deori

    Deori LawnSite Member
    Posts: 197

    No offense, but I think you're making a bigger deal of it than need be. It's not going to win any beauty pageants, but it doesn't look THAT bad. It sounds like it's mainly a backup truck for you and especially if it's being driven by your guys and not you personally then there's no way I would dump 4-5 grand into it just to make it look nicer. If you plan on keeping it for years and years maybe, but it sounds like it's just old trusty dusty in your fleet and you'll probably get rid of it in 5 years or less. If it's mechanically sound I say keep it as your reliable backup and don't put anymore money into it than need be. Maybe pick up that donor truck for some cheap odds and ends.

    People on here often make too big of a deal out of the looks of their work trucks some times or having all of their handhelds be the same brand so they "match", weird stuff like that. Believe me, your customers are NOT paying that much attention to your trucks and equipment. I think the only way they notice a beater truck is if it's BAAAADDD and even then they really don't care as long as you come out and do a good job. All they care about is the work getting done. Just my .02, good luck!
     
  9. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,385

    You can buy beds for that truck all day long for 1k with a tail gate. Run that truck for another year or two. It will not loose much more in value
     
  10. J.R. Services

    J.R. Services LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 259

    This reason I'm. Playing with this idea is because for past couple years I've been using my 1ton dodge to mow with, which I feel is kind of over kill even if I'm towing 2 kubotas and an exmark, but this year I'm looking to make my company more effiecent, so I want to try and run just a two man crew as much as possible, and I would like to keep my dodge for heavy loads and my 150 for estimating and small jobs, so I'm looking into the feasability of getting this truck "presentable" and using it to mow, I figure it could still last me awhile because our service area is pretty tight and we don't tack a lot of mileage a year. And I like having a dump bed with me for maintenance because you never what you'll need to haul and when.

    Deori
    I definitely get you're saying, I guess it is probably more for my satisfaction than anyone elses

    Thanks for the opinions, keep em coming
    Posted via Mobile Device
     

Share This Page