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2000 f-550 7.3L- WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by DLONGLANDSCAPING, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    It does sound like the truck is in pretty good condition with minimal problems, other than some, what seems to be minor/moderate, rust. Remember that with Michigan winters, rusting will be accelerated, so make sure things are protected/sealed well.

    I know you were saying that you only need this truck to last you a couple years, but it would be much smarter if you can use this truck for several years (5+ years). No sense spending $13k on a truck only to want to keep it for 2 years.

    If you do get the truck, remember to only put the necessities on it to start. You want to put lots on it, but you may really find out how easy it is to blow your budget and fast. So get the stuff you really need done, done first and then work on the other stuff.
  2. bengaginc

    bengaginc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    my father has a 2000 f550 with 272,500 miles still hauls 6k fine yes it has a 7.3
  3. Shadetree Ltd

    Shadetree Ltd LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    RED FLAG. What are all the switches for? They tell a whole story as to the trucks useage. I would also really check uner the dash and hood and see how much of the original wiring has been hacked. I wouldn't worry about all the cosmetic stuff until it has made you some money. If your budget is 13k I wouldn't spend to the limit until you have driven the truck for at least 6 months in case of any mechinacal breakdowns. A pretty work truck broken down is just a broken down work truck.
  4. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Exactly. The truck looks respectful enough as it is.

    Even though we like to have our stuff looking good, it doesn't have to look good to make you money.

    DLONGLANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,418

    Im not saying i dont want it to last long, but if i get two good years out of it, it will be paid fully off with one year of profit and i'll be happy.

    Thanks for letting me know about the necessities. I am definitly going to have the engine and trans, and everything mechanical looked at with my uncle and at his buddies shop.

    I am working on a budget:
    Truck: $9500
    Maintenance,preventative maintenance, and inspections from top to bottom: $1500
    Tanks, tool boxes, strobes, and hitch metal for fabrication of back plate: $1000

    The paint, sandblasting, and sealing is all going to be done at my uncles business. He has all the machines for media blasting, chemicals that they spray for car parts with after the stamping process for corrosion resistance. Then we will paint in his booth also.

    all the welding will be done also by him, to make sure its all right, and one of his employees is really good at getting dents out of trucks so he's going to work on that.

    I most likely will wire brush and paint the dump interior with heculiner or rhino lining or a thick paint but smooth for easy slidding.

    I know there will be things down the road for maintenance and upkeep, but im not saying i only have 13k in my savings. I have pleanty of emergency truck and equipment money from the start. Thats why i have a yearly budget in January of Each each for things like that.

    DLONGLANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,418

    iknow i know i know....I just dont like customers seeing me pull up to their million dollar home in a beat up dump truck. I like to look classy and sport clean equipment. I guess i dont like to show my customers crappy equipment because im not a crappy service, if i am doing great work, then my equipment should look great also.

    DLONGLANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,418

    Not to worry. The wiring hasnt been fussed with. It was professionally installed at a ford dealer. Has recipts and eveything. It was for the top strobe and the rear marker lights, because they have a wigwag pattern. None of the wiring inside the truck was fussed with, just a new line from the battery to the switches, grounded, and to the lights.

    DLONGLANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,418

    i will put them down on my list for the mechanic when it comes home..... hopefully it doesn't sell
  9. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,752

    Sent you a PM

    DLONGLANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,418

    thanks for the input, i really appreciate it man

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