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Did I make a good deal?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Chris "Greenville", Jun 17, 2009.

  1. Chris "Greenville"

    Chris "Greenville" LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    1994 ford f150 long bed 4x4 5.0 liter V8 with 147,000 miles. Sale price $2650. Tell me the honest truth... also any problems that I should watch out for. Thanks, Chris
  2. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    The honest truth. Thats alot of miles. I have that exact same truck for sale with 120k for $1500. These trucks have weak transmissions and rot around the rear springs and spring hangers. Look the truck over underneath for rust. Check the brake lines and transmission lines.
  3. Chris "Greenville"

    Chris "Greenville" LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    That's the feedback that I'm looking for.... Thanks...Punt66.. The previous owner was a ford employee here in Louisville and a mechanic and has all the records for the truck. The brake lines were replaced and the transmission has record of being serviced. It does has the typical rust on the bed above the rear tires but not all the way through to the outside yet. The undercarriage was compltely under coated and is is great shape. I was a little concerned about the miles also before I saw the records. This is going to be my lawn only truck and I typically drive about 4000 miles a year part-time. CHris
  4. ZTR_Diesel

    ZTR_Diesel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 371

    Well, I have had a little more experance with the old 300 cid I-6 engines, but that truck should serve you well knowing it was owned by a person who kept their service records. Records alone count for quite a bit in my estimation.

    Had a co-worker who was given his father's 1994 2wd ext-cab short-bed F150 when he graduated college. The truck had the same driveline (but 2wd) as yours, the 305 V8 and 4-speed auto. His father was a courier who, to say it lightly, traveled extensively. This individuals' truck had 612,000 miles when he left our facility to join a new company in Arkansas. His father had always practiced 5k oil changes and the engine had not been opened past a valve cover.

    So I guess with good maintance, and maybe a bit of insanity, one could get these old trucks to last for a very long time. I just wonder if he replaced the driver's seat on a regular interval.
  5. Chris "Greenville"

    Chris "Greenville" LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    Here are a couple of pictures of the truck... Best part.... It's green to go with the lawn service theme! Thanks, Chris


  6. ZTR_Diesel

    ZTR_Diesel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 371

    Wow - looks very nice. It should work well for you.
  7. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    Spring hanger rot is really common.

    Truck looks good is it a XLT ?
  8. Chris "Greenville"

    Chris "Greenville" LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    Gravel Rat... I did check the springs also.. thanks for the reply... The entire chassis is undercoated... can't find any rust to speak of.. Yes this is the XLT version. All power, windows, locks, auto 4 speed trans. He also replaced the TPS (throttle position sensor).. another ford problem that I'm aware of. Great comments... looking for more.
  9. buttaluv

    buttaluv LawnSite Senior Member
    from MidWest
    Messages: 569

    Might check front end stuff, that probably has the TTB front end or whatever they called it, lots of moving parts in those, Ball Joints, Bearings, Etc....I like that body style! Good Purchase!
  10. LoneToySoldier

    LoneToySoldier LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    Nice looking truck. I had an 85 F250 and a 96 F150 xlt 4x4 5 speed. The 96 wore out all 4 balljoints around 100k. Universals went not too long after that. The ttb has a problem with rotting out the stock radius arm bushings, but they're easy to change. Other than basic maintenance, the only real problems I had was it had a 3.07 ring and pinion so it was worthless for towing anything heavy, but it got 18mpg on the interstate, and those had that aluminum Mazda manual transmission that had a weak front input and synchros. I put a clutch, slave cylinder, rear main, and flywheel in it around 150k miles. Around 175k it lost 3rd gear synchros and grinded every time I shifted to 3rd. Still got $4200 out of it and miss it. But my 03 z71 is ext. cab with suicide doors and its nice to have room for gear in the cab sometimes. Still probably have a ton of ford parts laying around if you need any.

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