Think I got a decent deal

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Swampy, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So I was crusing craigslist and find this 89 flatbed F350 for $1000, clean title, newer tires. But has a few problems rear crank seal is bad and need front spring shackles. Tempted, I meet up with the seller and saw one mirror looks like it was ripped out of the door along with that door being banged up pretty bad, the bulk head was bent forward, and its a IL truck. Suprisingly it only had 58,xxx on the odometer and wasn't turned over, it runs and drives pretty good, the cab has some usual Ford rust but corners are still solid.

    Walked away with title in hand for $650 KBB suggested retail for excellent is around $3,700. Now I got a project for winter.


    Note this is my first 1 ton
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2009
  2. Looking Good Lawn Service

    Looking Good Lawn Service LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think you have a nice project, If you are handy and can fix the truck if it has any issues it will be a nice truck. If it only needs cosmetic, being it is only 58K on the truck engine wise u should be ok.. Best of luck, let me know how she turns out for you
  3. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    Looks and sounds like a good deal! Does it have the 351 or the 460? I'd be checking for any exhaust leaks in either of those engines...
  4. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Its a 351, and no exhauxt leak though the piping looks close to rusting out.
  5. 4.3mudder

    4.3mudder LawnSite Silver Member
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    Hell of a deal, would make a good leaf loader box truck.
  6. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Got a nice deal on some red oak 2x12's, Free. They been painted a dark brown but a few hours striping them down shouldn't be a problem. Thinking of putting the company name along the top with in smaller print below "Build/Maintain - Snow Plowing - Phone Number". These can just slide in out of the corner posts. I'll keep the stake sides for mulch, etc.

    Haven't done to much with the truck, got the oil leak fixed, leaf supports are fixed. I have new doors and a hood to pin on, but my buddies barn is full of tractors right now and its been to cold to sand it down and paint.
  7. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    The old brick body style Fords I had two of them both F-Superdutys.

    On the twin I beam suspension in the F-350s better do the radius arm bushings and the I beam bushings both easy to change. Two radius arm bushings and two I beam bushings. It will help handling and tire wear.

    When the radius arm bushings go they thump and bang.
  8. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Probably should check that out before I decided to hang a plow off the front of this. Thanks GR. Any idea on cost or how long it takes to replace?

    Found this weird the other day while I took her for a spin to charge the batteries up. It drives straight and it'll break straight. But every once in a while it will pull to the right. Ball joints, tie rods, etc seem fine.
  9. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    The I beam bushings don't take long remove the bolt pull the beam down punch out the old and put in a new bushing do that twice. The radius arm bushings can be a pain they can take 2 hours each.

    A good suspension shop could do the work if you don't want to. With the twin I beam suspension Ford uses in the 2wd trucks you need the bushings to be in good shape.

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