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First Purchase of 2008

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by SnowPro93, Feb 1, 2008.

  1. SnowPro93

    SnowPro93 Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    Bought a 97 F350, 351, 27k original miles, the frame is absolute junk. It's snapped in the rear, you can see in the picture. So i ordered a used frame for $400 from AZ, swapping everything over to the new frame in a week or two. Paid $500 for the truck. So in all not counting me and my uncles labor it'll be a 97 f350 dump with 27k miles for $1k....can't complain.

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  2. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,546

    what kind of plow goin on...
     
  3. Redneck

    Redneck Senior Member
    Messages: 187

    That should work nicely
     
  4. f250man

    f250man PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,124

    Looks like some one but to much weight behind the axle a few to many times or were towing something to heavy a few to many times. Should be a quick and easy job to switch it over. I've done it a few times we got are southern body's and frames out of P.A. Complete body, front clip , cab with complete interior and bed for 1500.00.
     
  5. SnowPro93

    SnowPro93 Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    i dunno if i'm going to throw a plow on it because it's 2wd, and if i do its going on with the state so i'll just throw one of the fisher conventionals i have lying around with a 9' blade.
     
  6. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    Wouldnt it be easier to weld it back together and then weld/bolt a plate over it?

    I have been wondering about this with broken frames. A local lawn company broke the frame on their 3500HD 4x4 chev a few years ago plowing and the thing hasnt moved since. Was going to offer them something for it but...?

    Is it not possible to do?
     
  7. IMAGE

    IMAGE Sponsor
    Messages: 1,741

    Its deffinately doable NBI. That frame looks pretty rusty though, so not a bad idea to switch. A frame that still looks good other then the broken part could easily be fixed. When you plate it make sure the welds only run horizontal, not vertical. You want them to go with the frame so it doesn't make a weak spot. Remember to put some spot plugs in too. A good fix will be stronger then the rest of the frame, and when painted will barely be noticable.
     
  8. Supper Grassy

    Supper Grassy Senior Member
    Messages: 948

    Looks good
     
  9. SnowPro93

    SnowPro93 Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    its really only takes a couple days to switch over the components if you know what your doing. This frame is well beyond repair.
     
  10. KATTRANSPORT

    KATTRANSPORT Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    I have a couple trucks with the frame broken in the same spot. It was a problem in those year trucks with frame's braking. I just weld plates into mine. much stronger then factory and .25 of the work. I would cancel your order and just repair it. Chances are your new frame will do the same exact thing
     
  11. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    then u do a preemptive strike and weld a plate on it
     
  12. SteveJ

    SteveJ Senior Member
    Messages: 141


    But it's a Ford :confused:
     
  13. SnowPro93

    SnowPro93 Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    ya i know, if you can't tell by my sig, i'm a chevy guy, but it was $500. And on the thought of repairing it, the whole frame up to the drop before the cab is weak, so replacing it and then reinforcing it is the way to go in my mind.
     
  14. SteveJ

    SteveJ Senior Member
    Messages: 141

    hey Pro I'm just messin with ya! Believe me, I'd a bought something like that for 500 too!

    But my favorite saying is "IF IT'S FREE IT'S FOR ME" :drinkup:
     
  15. gotsnow?

    gotsnow? Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    Nice buy!!! I'd have bought that in the blink of an eye too! I'm looking to possibly get an '89 F350 dumb w/ a 460 this summer at a local County auction.... I believe the opening bid should be around $500 to $600 (they sold a similar truck about a two years ago for $600!).
     
  16. DBL

    DBL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    wow even with labor a grand for a 97 dump is a deal and a half
     
  17. 6feetdeep

    6feetdeep Senior Member
    Messages: 141

    Any true redneck could fix that minor issue with a little duct tape and a screwdriver!
    Just picking! Good find.
    I, too, would put the new frame under it, then brace it up. We've 'doubled', and stretched frames on dump trucks at the farm I work on. They put longer, taller boxes on them, and we're always overloading them, the stock frames wouldn't hold up.