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87 f350 diesel dump

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by SECTLANDSCAPING, May 3, 2011.


    Messages: 188

    Hey guys,
    Im going to take a look at a 87 f350 diesel dump truck. I was wondering what I should look for? Its a older truck but the price is right. I dont know much about diesels my other trucks are gassers. I do need another full size and it wont be used much maybe 3000-5000 miles a year. I wanna retire the half ton I started with but still need a truck for a few jobs here and there. The dump wouldnt hurt either for mulch and rocks.

    I plan on looking at a 2001 Ram 2500 with the under bed dump but Im leery on this one because its been used its whole life to plow and the under bed dumps arent nothing special. I dont trust the dodge brand as much either.
  2. tnmtn

    tnmtn LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE Tn.
    Messages: 1,022

    '87 may be the 6.9 diesel. on a high milage truck this could be a plus as it would less prone to cavitation than the later 7.3. the truck won't win any races but will deliver the goods and get respectable fuel use while doing it. i have a '94 with 275,000 miles that i still drive cross country with no issues. these are good trucks. also, if it has the 5 speed maual that would be plus. parts are also relatively inexpensive as well. check www.oilburners.com for more info. great forum with some very knowledgeable people on it.
    good luck,
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Have to disagree with the fuel mileage. Without a turbo, and if it's a 3 speed C-6, it will only get 11 mpg's. If it's the 4 speed manual, then your looking at a little better mpg's at 15-16.

    87 was the transition year from the 6.9-7.3 idi motor so it could have either in it.

    Look at the body close when you take a look at it. When I scrapped out my old 87 6.9, I found out that even though the rocker panels and wheel wells were in great shape, the body mounts were shot. So check the body mounts under the cab and the two up front around the radiator area.

    All in all it would be a good starter truck as my old 87 was for me. I got 3 good years out of it and was in the same situation where it only got used when needed. I maybe only put 4k miles on it a year.
  4. tnmtn

    tnmtn LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE Tn.
    Messages: 1,022

    I get 17-18 mpg's with the 5 speed manual in my F-350. This is one of the reasons I said the manual would be a bonus in the truck. Good info on the milage with other transmissions.
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    That C-6 of mine sucked. I always wanted a fourth gear. The E40D was better put still had it's issues with frying the clutches without the torque converter lock-up mod. If the truck hadn't of died, then I was going to put a gear vendors splitter behind the transmission to help it out.

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