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New to me truck...

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by CornerStoneProp, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. CornerStoneProp

    CornerStoneProp Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    What do you think? I got a 1996 F350 with 8' Fisher MM1, 9' Mason dump truck. 4X4, 7.3 Powerstroke 5 Speed truck. It needs the driver side exhaust manifold, 4x4 shift linkage and an oil cooler. 66K miles on the truck and stole it at $4500. Very minor rust. Think I got a deal?
     
  2. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    Sounds like it. Pics?
     
  3. CornerStoneProp

    CornerStoneProp Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    I am having it towed to my house tomorrow and will post a couple pics. How hard is the oil cooler? I never owned or worked on a diesel.
     
  4. tyler886

    tyler886 Member
    from RI
    Messages: 40

    Oil cooler is nice and easy to do. Sometimes they'll squeeze out without having to undo drivers side motor mount. Sometimes you have to unbolt it, jack the engine up a little to gain enough room to slide the cooler out the back. Pay close attention to your turbo/downpipe if you have to jack the engine up.

    -Tyler
     
  5. CornerStoneProp

    CornerStoneProp Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    Why is it so hard to find someone to tow a mason dump? AAA won't do it because it has a dump bed. A 30+ foot camper is fine.. Makes no sense to me. Anyone here near Swansea MA or Vernon CT?
     
  6. chevy2500meyer

    chevy2500meyer Member
    Messages: 95

    have you tried a larger tow company? cause ive seen medium tow trucks tow a 1 ton and every now and then with a trailer attached(if being dropped off close by).The price might be a little more but that might be your best shot.
     
  7. CornerStoneProp

    CornerStoneProp Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    Let me rephrase my statement, why is it $500 to go 77 miles? I kind of spent much of my disposable income on the truck. I will make more but it will take a couple weeks to catch up.
     
  8. FordFisherman

    FordFisherman PlowSite.com Addict
    from 06611
    Messages: 1,593

    Get used to it. They are great motors when running good but can be expensve to repair especially if you can't do the work yourself.
     
  9. chevy2500meyer

    chevy2500meyer Member
    Messages: 95

    Towing ain't cheap with diesel at $4 a gal. But that truck will be a tank when its done o would like to see pics up when you can.
     
  10. CornerStoneProp

    CornerStoneProp Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    Will do asap.. not a perfect truck but in good shape for 17!
     
  11. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    Because tow companies have overhead and you can't do it yourself, thus why you need them. Same reason why having snow removed from your property with loaders and dump trucks is expensive.
     
  12. chevy2500meyer

    chevy2500meyer Member
    Messages: 95

    I would have took the risk of renting a uhaul tow dolly.
     
  13. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    If the front wheels would even fit on it. How about renting an equipment trailer for half a day from your local equipment rental place?
     
  14. chevy2500meyer

    chevy2500meyer Member
    Messages: 95

    Idk about an equipment trailer good thought but I've only seen a dually put on a deckover trailer only.
     
  15. allagashpm

    allagashpm Senior Member
    Messages: 703

    With AAA it would cost at least 270-300 just to tow a car that far. Hauling a dump is a little different
     
  16. CornerStoneProp

    CornerStoneProp Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    AAA imo should cover the tow that is why I got the membership to begin with.
     
  17. linckeil

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

    i had to have a flatbed F350 single rear wheel towed by AAA once. while on the phone they asked what kind of body it had - knowing they had issues with dump/mason/flat/rack bodies, i told them it was a factory bed. they came out and towed it away no problems.

    once the truck is dispatched, it will pick you up - unless you have a trailer hooked up to it.
     
  18. CornerStoneProp

    CornerStoneProp Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    I should have tried that... I called the guy I sub for he has a wrecker to tow it. I am headed out first thing in the AM so wish me luck!
     
  19. CornerStoneProp

    CornerStoneProp Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    Well I finally got the truck to CT tonight. I had it towed to a shop pics to follow
     
  20. CornerStoneProp

    CornerStoneProp Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    Well I finally got it back from the shop for the oil cooler. On the ride home the engine temp light came on, but does not appear to overheat per the gauge and does not seem too hot. Was late and dark so I will have to look into this. Next repair is some rust on the frame so wish me luck.