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Possible diamond in the rough

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by bayfish, Aug 22, 2003.

  1. bayfish

    bayfish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 641

    A local construction company has a 1988 F350 flatbed for sale for $2500.00. I've looked at a drove it twice. Runs great. It has a diesel engine with a 5 speed. I'm not sure if it's a 7.3 or 6.9 liter but it has 65K original miles. Flatbed has toolboxes down each side. They used it to drive around to construction sites to service their equipment. Needs some minor bodywork and a new paint job, remove the toolboxes and build the stake body around it. Does this sound like a good deal? Could be a good winter project. I've managed to talk him down to $2000.00. Let me know what you think.
  2. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    The biggest thing is the engine it would be the 7.3 but if its never had any CCAs added to the coolant you can run the big risk the engine may fail from cavitation.

    The 7.3 is a good engine but don't expect big power out of it my F-Superduty is fine unloaded you put any bit of load on the truck she slows considerably especially on hills. The 7.3 needs a turbo to get anything out of it so expect to pay another 2500 for the power upgrade.

    Is the truck a 5spd or a automatic if its a auto the E40D is probably gonna need some attention they are expensive to replace. If its a 5spd the dual mass flywheel set up can give you some grief if its going replace it with a SMF LuK unit far superior just one drawback is you get a gear rollover noise in the transmission at low speeds.

    If you need more info stop by www.thedieselstop.com

    Lets put it this way a 2000 dollar truck can balloon to a 12,000 dollar truck if it needs a whole pile of work :laugh:

    I made the mistake investing into the truck I have and it turns out tobe the worst thing I ever did a 3500 dollar truck ballooned to a 7000 dollar truck and its a POS.

    I'am looking for a another truck to replace this one before it costs me another 1500 for a rear end and another 2000 grand for a 5spd.

    Good Luck
  3. GeoffDiamond

    GeoffDiamond LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,651

    For 2K it runs it drives, it has a body. Go for it, don't dump a lot of cash into it, make it a dumping rack body, give it a 400 dollar maco paint job, and drive it.

    Don't worry about the possiblity that a tranny may go, or engine problems.

    Pay 2K for the truck

    Maybe on the high end 2500 to make it dump, and to have rack body sides, and a maco paint job.

    So you have 4500 into a truck, run it, and hope for the best.

  4. bayfish

    bayfish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 641

    Bought the truck for 2k. Runs great. Putting it through inspection on Tuesday. Have a certificate for a DOT inspection that was done on 6/22/03. Maryland state inspection is much more through. Has a 12 x 8 ft. flat bed on it. When I put 4 ft stake on it, should hold 8 -10 yrds of mulch. I'll try to put in some pics.
  5. cat320

    cat320 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 823

    sound like a good deal '88 was 6.9 they stated the 7.3's in the 90's I thought. good luck with it.
  6. bayfish

    bayfish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 641

    Turns out it is a 7.3. The first year they put it in this truck. Inspection revealed front end problems. Replaced axle frame bushings, radius arm bushings, drag link, front end alignment, 2 front tires. $900.00. (Work not done by inspection garage). Maaco estimate $900 to repair rust and paint. $75.00 for section of rusty exhaust pipe. Things to be expected with a truck this old. Motor runs great, transmission shifts well, clutch is good. Put on some stakes and go to it.
  7. HarryD

    HarryD LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,068

    65K miles that motor isnt even broken in yet. :) 2k is a great deal even if you have to put 1,500 into it
  8. bayfish

    bayfish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 641

    Put the F350 into service today. My son built a stake body for me. I've got $4500 into it including the $2000 purchase price. Hauled mulch in it today an have 8 yrds sitting on it for tomorrow. I'll post some pics when I get it logoed.
  9. HarryD

    HarryD LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,068

    bayfish is that truck a dually. Sounds to me like your gunna have a nice work truck :p baby it and you mite get another 10 years out of it.

    guy I used to work for had two 83 F250 diesels and both had over 300k on them and only thing ever done to the motors were glow plugs and rebuilt injector pumps and they still ran strong. I have not worked for that guy in over 10 years but the other day I saw one of those trucks still on the road who knows how many miles are on that 20 year old dog now :eek: it looked pretty rough but it was still pulling a trailer
  10. bayfish

    bayfish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 641

    Harry D... Yes it is a dually. I also replaced the injecter pump and the glow plug relay.

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