1990-1995 Work Trucks

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by bdoss123, Sep 14, 2006.

  1. bdoss123

    bdoss123 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 131

    I am trying to find a work truck that I could dedicate to hauling and pulling my trailer. I have been looking at a variety of trucks for 5,000 and less. I've found quite a few Ford F150's (even one with a hydraulic dump bed) and Chevy pickups in this price range. Most have between 100k-150k on them.

    What models from this time period would suit me best? Reliability would be my main concern.

    One in particular was a 1993 F-150 longbed that has 150k on the vehicle, but got a new engine and tranny 15k ago. Price was 4000.

    - BD
  2. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    just bought my 1997 Chevy silverado 2500 for $4500, look at autotrader.com!
  3. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,219

    what are you going to be hauling you may want to look into a 3/4 ton truck
  4. Birdhunter1

    Birdhunter1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 312

    A 3/4 ton will most likely be a better choice if you're looking at towing anything much over 5000 pounds often.

    Half tons are good trucks capable of quite a bit but in that age of truck there won't be much difference in price between a 1/2, 3/4 or even a 1 ton truck. Although what you may find is more of your 3/4 tons will have more wear per mile than your 1/2 tons and you 1 tons will usually have more wear than your 3/4 tons do. In general not many half ton trucks are used as hard as most 3/4 and 1 ton trucks are.
    Most of the engines put in those trucks 10-15 years ago are still going strong out to 250,000 miles today, some aren't. If you can find a Ford 1/2 or 3/4 ton truck with a 300 I-6 and an automatic with low miles it would be an excellent work truck. The 300's are good engines, the 5-speed manuals were crap in the 1/2 tons and only slightly better in the 3/4 tons. A 302 (5.0L) is not neccesarily a better engine than a 300 (4.9L) straight 6-cylinder, just cause the 302 is a V8 doesn't mean it will tow more or tow better. The 300 is a hard to beat engine for dragging mowers around town.
    The Ford 7.2L and the 7.3L turbo deisel were good deisels, 7.2's weren't turbocharged and got the job done. The Cummins in the Dodge's of that era were good, loud but good. The GM 6.2 and 6.5 Turbo were junk, plain and simple they were better for scrap iron than engines.
  5. punk_rockin2001

    punk_rockin2001 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 68

    I've got a '92 C1500 w/a 4.3L engine that I've used for the last 4 years and it works pretty well. My load is only about 2500 pounds and if it was much more I'd definately need some more truck. But its paid off and insurance is cheap so for now it works for me.
  6. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    Look for a 3/4 or 1 ton. Should be plenty in your price range.

    What is the 7.2 engine? The Ford engines were a 7.3 diesel (navistar or IH) or a 7.5 (460) gas.
  7. bdoss123

    bdoss123 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 131

    I would only be towing 2500 on a heavy day, at this point anyway. Even looking ahead, I don't plan on doing much more then full maint. packages with a possible landscaping job here and there. Anything to avoid specifically?

  8. B&M

    B&M LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 333

    can't go wrong with a F-150
  9. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    The F150 with the 300 is a great setup.
  10. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    I have a 95' F-350 dually power stroke and it's a great truck. I love it!!!:cool2:

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