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'87 F-250 Diesel

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by Slicer Al, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. Slicer Al

    Slicer Al Junior Member
    from WI
    Messages: 12

    Looking at a 1987 F-250 diesel that has a boss V-plow, which is either the 8'2" or the 9'.
    Asking price is $4995.

    According to the Boss Website, they do not recomend putting a plow on this year diesel.

    What do you think the price and the Boss website recommendation.


    MAR4CARS Senior Member
    Messages: 246

    Those year diesel engines weren't the best.
  3. Dirtboy953B

    Dirtboy953B Senior Member
    Messages: 204

    I have a 86' 6.9 and a 88' 7.3 and they are great plow trucks as for the price it seems kind o high to me but I dont know much about boss plow...I'm a western man myself

    JB Excavating & Snow Removal
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2008
  4. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,320

    Price is about 2 K to high in my mind. Good trucks though...just don't like cold weather starting!
  5. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,171

    need to know miles? condition? around here a 87 7.3 4wd in good shape will bring 4-5k with no plow
  6. grass happens

    grass happens Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    I can tell you, after looking at about 100+ plow trucks to buy, that the truck itself is worth maybe 2500. Thats if it is suppppper clean. The 6.9 is a soild motor, and if its the c-6 trans, thats pretty good too. As for the weight? My freind has a 97 F350 7.3PSD with a boss 9.2 V, It almost squats, and there is no suspension upgrades. And both Ford and Boss said that the set-up is too heavy. However, as that is a 250, you have the TTB front axle witch is kinda a turd, I would get it, and the front suspesion looked at first. I'm not sure what a used boss V goes for, but 2 grand seems a bit high.
  7. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,171

    1987 that truck would not be a 6.9 it would be a 7.3idi
  8. Ford445

    Ford445 Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 243

    If that price is the truck and plow together, and both items are in "ok" shape, that price isnt terrible. Especially if that is just the asking price, maybe you can dicker a little with the guy and bring it down. Can you post a pic of the setup? How old is the plow?

  9. Ggg6

    Ggg6 Senior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 521

    Good year truck, engine, and trans. Plow is a good plow. The TTB front end is the weak link, it is really expensive to keep in alignment. If the truck was a F350 I might consider it for 5 grand, but with the TTB front I would offer him about $3000 in cash if the truck was in good shape.
  10. beaver2

    beaver2 Member
    Messages: 62

    1987 would be a 6.9 Trust me, I owned one.

    I also have a 1990 with a 7.3.

    Both are good engines, not power houses but they are alright. My 1990 gets 14+ mpg.

    The 7.3's cavitate, other than that they are fine. Nothing like the 7.3 powerstroke. In my area, 2500 would be ballpark for a truck like that.

    Avoid the TTB and go with a dana 60. I converted my TTB to a dana 60.

    1997 Ford F-250 powerstroke (will convert to dana 60 after TTB wears out)
    1990 Ford F-250 7.3 IDI plow truck. Dana 60
    1987 Ford F-350 6.9 IDI plow truck, dana 60 (truck scrapped, using axle on 1997)

    add: 1988 the 7.3 IDI came out
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2008
  11. Ggg6

    Ggg6 Senior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 521

    The coolant cavitation is not exclusive to the 7.3L. Many non sleeved diesel engines have this issue including the 6.9L, some Cummins, Deutz, Isuzu, & Lister Petter engines as well. Some are more prone than others, but the solution is the same, maintain the coolant SCA level, or use special antifreze such as CAT long life coolant.
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2008
  12. Dirtboy953B

    Dirtboy953B Senior Member
    Messages: 204

    You are right about the 87' haveing a 6.9 that was the last year. I have a 86' F-350 with a 6.9 that was the first year they put the straight axle back under the front. I also have a 96' F-250 that I swaped out for a dana 60,BEST MOVE I EVER MADE!!,was really not that hard too. I have a 89' with a 7.3idi too. 6.9,7.3idi or 7.3 psd ther are all great!!
  13. beaver2

    beaver2 Member
    Messages: 62

    For clarification, all 4wd F-350's had the dana 60. The TTB was used on F-250's only until the body style change in 1999. I don't remember when they started, probably in the early 80's.

    The swap is pretty much bolt on. Make sure you find the trac bar mount.
  14. Dirtboy953B

    Dirtboy953B Senior Member
    Messages: 204

    80'-85' F-350s had TTB front ends
  15. beaver2

    beaver2 Member
    Messages: 62

    oppps sorry Guess you learn somthing everyday.
  16. Silverstreak

    Silverstreak Senior Member
    Messages: 168

    none rec'd plows for the diesel models, from 84-up

    my 85 f350 never had problems, had a western 9 footer on it since new,, just overheat problems which you would have with any truck after driving on the highway with the plow on

    independent front end sucks, springs finally wore out and recently added leaf packs

    price is a little too steep, 2500 or so sounds better



    unless its looking like mine or better, ive got 5k invested, and did all the body and paint work myself, and still aint perfect

    good luck