F350 with a 460 opinions

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Ben's Landscape, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. Ben's Landscape

    Ben's Landscape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hey all! been a long time since ive posted on here. Im looking at a dump truck to by now. Breifly its a 97 f350 4wd dump regular cab 8ft bed down fall is its a 460 motor. Truck only has 39k miles on it. the truck is imaculate and under 10k Is this a good deal? Right now im driving a dodge 2500 with a insert and getting about 10mpg towing my trailer should i be getting about that with this truck? it would only be driven in the city so im not worried about highway mpg.

    From what i can find out it has 4:10s with a posi or limited slip axle code is F5
  2. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
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    You will probably get 8 -9 MPG with the 460, sometimes less. The older 460 engines are prone to exhaust manifold cracks, and exhaust manifold gasket failures.
  3. Ben's Landscape

    Ben's Landscape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    ok so that wont be a huge difference from what i have now and im getting 10mpg now. The truck has brand new manifolds and gaskets
  4. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,673

    I'd go for it.
  5. Ben's Landscape

    Ben's Landscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,438

    Yea im thinking about it a lot going this weekend to look at it. talked to the guy 2 times on the phone he says the only thing it needs is clearance lights in the dump body and he joked saying they all break haha
  6. Ethanslawn

    Ethanslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    At a rental shop i used to work for we had a uhaul truck with the 460 with the c6 auto i think?? and the only thing wrong with truck was it had about a 1/4 turn play with the steering. but the engine burned a little oil but didnt leak. I go for it obviously id try and chew him down but ive heard those engines put amazing torque for hauling and plowing.
  7. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,857

    Not a ford fan today but the 460's we used to have were awesome. Powerful. Never let us down. I'd go for it.
  8. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,186

    460 is beast of a motor. Mpg is somewhere between 6-8 towning or not.
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  9. mpriester

    mpriester LawnSite Member
    Male, from Dunbar, Pa.
    Messages: 104

    i ran a 92ford f250 for years with a 460 and 5 speed tranny pulling a 30ft gooseneck horse trailer all across 3 states and it is a work horse, you'll get between 6 to 10 mpg depending on how you drive. it has plenty of power.I wouldn't hesitate but i would make him a lower offer as the truck is 15 yrs old.
  10. Ben's Landscape

    Ben's Landscape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks for the info on the 460. Went and looked at the truck guy said it never had a sander in it what does the truck have sander controls and looked at me dumb founded when i mentioned it to him, dump body was gone, transmission lost its bolts so you could hear it moving when you slammed on the breaks. the truck was a 4k trucknot a 8k truck. gotta love when people claim its mint just needs little things haha guess we all have different opinons on little things.

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