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Used, Rebuilt, Re-Man, Or just say the heck with the truck

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by White Gardens, Jan 13, 2015.

  1. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Our 05' F-150 , 190,000 miles, lost reverse during our last storm.

    Trying to weigh my options.

    Truck has been good to us overall, still has good power and is a great light duty rig.

    I've done a fair amount of general repairs to the truck and it could potentially last a good amount of time after the tranny fix.

    Worst case scenario, I replace the whole truck with a bit bigger one.

    Any thoughts?




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  2. MK97

    MK97 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,046

    Those trucks are really common. Betting you can find a good used trans cheap and throw it in for under $2500 if not less. If a trucks been solid, might as well keep it if you think you can get a lot more life out of it without dumping money into it.
     
  3. JDosch

    JDosch Senior Member
    from Joliet
    Messages: 127

    Have the trans rebuilt, so you will have no worries, and keep on going.
     
  4. quigleysiding

    quigleysiding PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,097

    Just drop it off at the trans shop. Comes with a guarantee
     
  5. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,591

    This. All day.
     
  6. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,521

    50 bucks and will pick up......
     
  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Pfffft.....:sleeping:




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  8. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Leaning that direction, lowest price with a stock rebuild, $1800.00, 2600.00 stage 2 rebuild, all labor included with the swap out.

    Waiting on a call from a small, but reputable shop to see what his prices are.




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  9. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    You always dump money into used trucks, the thing that sucks is that it far outweighs buying a newer truck.....



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  10. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Just got a message from my Brother-In-Law in Champaign. Said I could use his lift to swap out the transmission if I want.

    Might be able to swing the extra money for a stage 2 tranny.

    It's a 1 hour drive, but as long as I don't need reverse, I'm good to go.Thumbs Up



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  11. MK97

    MK97 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,046

    That's when you need to know where the line is between some repairs and a money pit. Went round and round in another thread over this with someone who couldn't comprehend this.

    If the truck hasn't cost you a lot of money other than basic stuff, then throw in a trans.
     
  12. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665


    Repairs will always, well at least 90% always cheaper than buying an upgrade. In our case, I can do the majority of the work myself, so that saves even more money on repairs.

    With the 5 different trucks I've owned in the past 9 years, I still feel about 30k ahead over buying two New, or gently used trucks.



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  13. MK97

    MK97 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,046

    I'm the same way. I can fix the stuff that goes wrong on a older powerstroke (05), pretty cheap compared to new. When a new rig is $60k, that's a lot of repairs to justify new right now. :nod:. I'd basically need to the engine to grenade and trans fall out to make it worth going to new, haha.
     
  14. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    And the front and rear axle to explode at the same time.....


    I can't justify spending 20k+ on a pu truck unless it's a beast. (purchased an 03' kodiak with plow, central hydraulics, dump bed, and spreader this year for 29k). Otherwise, standard trucks are a waste of money for the abuse we put them through.




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  15. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,412

    the shop has all the right tools, and tricks, you time is worth money and shop time is deductable on taxes
     
  16. Sprag-O

    Sprag-O Senior Member
    Messages: 220

    Good thing there's no real front axle on that F150 ;)

    Time to learn how to rebuild a 4R70E I say...

    Did the wifes BMXA in the honda this spring... ended up being $400 in parts for a rebuild, tq converter, some new sensors, and motor mounts.

    We've gone through a few Turbo 400's for under $500 too...
     
  17. billythekid

    billythekid Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    After having to replace my first transmission, an abused 4L60E with 145k, I suggest getting it rebuilt. I'm guessing by this point, 190k that truck doesn't owe you a dime.
     
  18. MK97

    MK97 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,046

    Had my 4R70W rebuilt in my T-bird after many drag passes. Took a ton more abuse afterwards including more nitrous. Did the J-mod in the one in my Mark VIII and also handled it well.

    OP- It's a 4R80W in that, right? I don't recall what the half tons got those years. Not killer to beef it up.
     
  19. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    It's a 4r70W, but there is a difference between the mustangs and F-150+4wd.

    There was two trans for that year, and I'm wondering if the 80 was the second trans. My truck, an 05', was actually built in 04'.



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  20. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Right now, in between snow storms, I've got all the time in the world. In the summer, not so much and I definitively would have a shop do it.

    Yep.



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