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Is the truck worth it?

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by Truck207, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. Truck207

    Truck207 Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 91

    I am looking at a 1994 Ford F250 351 automatic with 103,000 original miles. It comes with a Diamond plow (I believe). The guy says it has new oil pan and gasket, changed rear leaf spring and hangers, both gas tanks, fuel lines from tank to front, all breaks in the rear (shoes, drums, wheel cylinders, and spring), new headers, complete stainless steel exhaust, new spark plugs, plug wires, distributor cap, rotor button, new coil, and thermostat. The truck does need a new paint job. I haven't been to see it yet because it is 2 1/2 hours away. He is asking $2500, but he said he will take $2200. Do you guys think it is worth it to take the 2 1/2 hour ride to see? If so, what should I look for? Attached are some pictures.

    1994 Ford F250.jpg

    1994 Ford F250 2.jpg
     
  2. FordFisherman

    FordFisherman PlowSite.com Addict
    from 06611
    Messages: 1,594

    Sure, you can make that back in one storm.
     
  3. Truck207

    Truck207 Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 91

    Is there anything I should be worried about with the 351?
     
  4. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,265

    sounds like the guy went through and replaced all the common trouble spots. only other thing that is probably rotted is the radiator support. for $2200 give it a quicky paint job and you'll be good to go for years to come. The 351 is a great motor. make sure it has the 4.10 rear gear ratio. 3.55 gears are a bit too tall for the 351 for towing - but doable. but I much perfer the 4.10s.

    does it have the 3 speed C6 automatic, or the overdrive e4od? The c6 is bullet proof, but the e4od is known to be temperamental. But having that overdrive is nice for highway driving and easier on the mpg rating. I’d recommend changing the fluid and filter on either transmission if you get it. The c6 doesn’t really need that much routine maintenance to last a long, long time, but the e4od needs more regular attention.

    here's a link to some work i did on my 96 F350 with 351....

    http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=91106
     
  5. Truck207

    Truck207 Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 91

    OK thanks for the info! I am not sure what rear gear ratio or what transmission it has, but I will find out. Nice truck by the way!
     
  6. Truck207

    Truck207 Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 91

    The guy said it has the E4OD and he believes 4.10 gears. I know it is hard to say, but with everything that has been done to this truck, would you take it on a 2 1/2 hour ride?
     
  7. FordFisherman

    FordFisherman PlowSite.com Addict
    from 06611
    Messages: 1,594

    Those trannies are suspect once you get up around 120K depending on maintenance. Check it out good, smell the fluid on the dipstick for a burnt smell. Its a used plow truck being sold in the off season; you can probably do a little better on the price.
     
  8. Truck207

    Truck207 Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 91

    Yeah, those transmissions are the weak point. The truck only has 103K, so I am hoping the tranny is ok. When I go to look at it, I will deffinately smell the tranny fluid. This guy seems pretty determinded on the price, but I will try and dicker with him (although I am not good at that).

    Any other things I should look for or be aware of?
     
  9. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,265

    the good news about the e4od in this truck is that it is behind the 351. the 460 and powerstroke make some abusive torque that can hurt most any transmission. not to say someone driving a 351 like a animal can't hurt the e4od, but its just a bit less likely to be hurt behind the 351. and having 4.10 gears will be easier on the drivetrain when pushing or pulling, so another reason to check on the gear ratio.

    ask the guy to look at the sticker in the door jamb. there will be a box that says "axle". there will be a code given in that box (most likely 2 digits). then look it up in the below website. that will tell you what the ratio is and if you have an open or limited slip rear differential. note that this will tell you what the truck came with from the factory - be aware that someone may have changed the gears at some point in the trucks life, but it is unlikely.

    http://www.drivetrain.com/parts_cat...d_ratio_do_i_have_in_my_ford__is_it_posi.html
     
  10. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180

    E40D can be good if you are gentle on it. Not slam on gas pedal and race plow that how it kill E40D.


    I bet it have 4.10 which is huge killer on mpg. I alway got 9 mpg no matter how I drive :realmad: I gave up and switch to 3.55 now I get 12 in city and 16-18 mpg in highway. 3.55 isn't that dog for me. It drive ok but need downgrade tires since they are way HUGE for stock.


    Have him sent you more pictures of frame and under cab if it isn't rot.

    I bought 95 F250 for $3000 it only have 74K miles with 15K miles on new engine.
     
  11. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180

    Can you contact owner what tires size and model. I know it strange request but It look it fit perfect which I want for our F250.
     
  12. Truck207

    Truck207 Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 91

    Thanks for the info everyone!

    Milwaukee: No problem...the guy said they were 265/75/16 Goodyear Wrangler RTS
     
  13. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180

    I see
    235/85/16 on my F250 were incorect because it look wide.

    did he sent you pictures of under truck?
     
  14. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,265

    265 75 16 is a wider tire than a 235 85 16. but tires are approximately the same height - the 235 tire is actually ever so slightly taller.

    235 85 16 is the size from the factory on these trucks.
     
  15. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180


    What about 245/75/16?

    I want small and thin. Because 235 is actually 32-33" which hard to keep speed on highway. I was look for 30-31"

    I want kick person who have awesome idea for that 235/85/16. They should say 33X10.50X16
     
  16. Truck207

    Truck207 Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 91

    No, I haven't asked him to yet. I will try to see if he will.
     
  17. Truck207

    Truck207 Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 91

    Here is a picture of the interior. I am trying to get him to take pictures of the underneath.

    1994 Ford F250 3.jpg
     
  18. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,265

    here's how it works. i'll use 235 85 16 as an example.

    235 is the tread width of the tire in mm. using the calculator below, that equals 9.25"

    85 is the aspect ratio. take 235 and multiply it times 85%. that equals 199.75mm. this is the sidewall height of the tire - the height from the rim to the tread. using the calculator, thats 7.86". now when looking at the tire diameter, the sidewall height needs to be multiplied times 2 cus there is a sidewall on either side of the rim. so thats 15.72".

    16 is the rim diameter in inches.

    so to get the overall height, take the sidewall height times 2 (15.72") and add to it the rim diameter of 16". thats a total height of about 31.72".

    so a 235 85 16 is about a 32" x 9.25" 16.

    this is how it works in theory. the height may vary slightly from manufacturer to manfacturer.

    follow the same method to determine the height or width in inches of any tire.

    just remember that as you change the height from the stock size, you will also be changing the reading of the speedometer and odometer.

    http://www.industrial-enclosures.com/html/conversion-mm-inch.html
     
  19. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    For $2200 with a plow it seems like a good deal. For that money you can't really expect a lot, so if he's actually replaced all of those parts then I'd say go for it- unless the frame is about to snap.
     
  20. tuna

    tuna Senior Member
    Messages: 488

    it`s worth taking a look at ,I sold my 89 F250 with a Fisher MM1 for $2200.00