My new truck- F350 flatbed dually

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by FrankenScagMachines, Apr 17, 2004.

  1. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    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!
  2. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,544

    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:
  3. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,154

    Nice truck, I just bought a 1995 f-350, dually diesel, will post a pic of it, get it tommorrow, Monday/Tuesday
  4. MTR

    MTR LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,280

    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.
  5. Eric 1

    Eric 1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,220

    My bad. But why did you post this in 3 different forums?
  6. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    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 :)
  7. bayfish

    bayfish LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 641

    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.

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