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Is it worth the $$$$$

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by willofalltrades, May 31, 2006.

  1. willofalltrades

    willofalltrades Member
    Messages: 97

    I came across a 1987 Ford F250. It is a regular cab with the XLT up fit. It comes with the heavy duty front springs and 4.10 gears in the back; Of coarse it is a 4x4. It also has the 6.9L International diesel motor and a automatic transmission. The motor has around 120,000 miles and the truck has 106,000 miles. It has a newer transmission and all new front-end parts including u-joints, ball joints, and brakes. Is it worth the $5000 that is wanted for it? would you suggest the 5.8L instead? It would be used for light landscape work and hopefully plowing a hospital. Opinions please, Thanks -Will


    p.s I heard the rear main seals go a lot, and the weight of the diesel motor mixed with the snow plow tears the front-end up is that true?
     
  2. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    I am not an expert, but here it goes: The 6.9 diesel engine is not the most reliable, especially with the glow plugs. It is a lug of an engine, but with the right plow and not beating on it you would be OK. Personally, if you are not set on a Ford, I would go with a Chevy or GMC 2500, but if you are set on a Ford F250 and your only other choice is the 5.8, I would go with that. I had a 5.8 Windsor in a 1996 F150 and loved that engine. It is a good engine. Then again, that is a gas hog. I would venture that this truck is not worth $5000 that is one thing that is for sure. Just some thoughts. OH, and welcome to plowsite!:waving:
     
  3. willofalltrades

    willofalltrades Member
    Messages: 97

    Thanks for the information. I believe the glow plugs were just replaced. I was told the motor used was origionally a tractor motor and that it didn't belong in the truck. I am going to pass this one up and look into a F150 with a inline 6 motor. I was raised in a Ford family so that is what I want but if a decient dodge comes a long I wont hesitate.
     
  4. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    That inline 6 is a good motor from what I hear. With a standard trans it is real powerful. Good luck in your search.
     
  5. Plow King

    Plow King Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    I'm thinking of selling my F250 to get a F550. It is a 1997 Ford F250Hd XLT (Power windows, locks, etc) with 104,000 miles on the chassis. The engine and tranny only have 1000 miles on it and are both under warranty. I have performance headers and catback exhaust on the truck as well. The suspension was just went through and many pieces were replaced. All brand new u-joints. Tires only have about 3000 miles on them. It has a 7.5ft meyers poly plow with saber lights. It also has a backrack, tool box, and strobe light. No rust at all, runs like new.

    PM me if you're interested.
     
  6. willofalltrades

    willofalltrades Member
    Messages: 97

    ok I don't know about my PM its all messed up and won't let me send any, so please PM me info about it. Thanks
     
  7. Plow King

    Plow King Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    You have PM's turned off.

    Feel free to just email me at: mcamaglia@gmail.com
     
  8. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    You need 35 posts to turn them on I think.