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1986 Ford IDI Southern truck- okay to plow with?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by vanman237, Jan 14, 2016.

  1. vanman237

    vanman237 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    I'm new to plowing. I live in NH and i recently bought a 1986 ford idi 4x4 5 speed manual. I'm wondering if its okay to plow with. I have no idea what kind of plow could fit on it or even if i should plow with it. It only has 160k on it. 10k ago it had new transmission, clutch, all new gaskets, all new suspension, brakes, ect. It was in the process of being restored. It also has no rust at all. It's a southern truck from North Carolina. It still has the original paint on the frame. With all the new parts I'm assuming it would be okay to plow with, I just don't want it to get destroyed. The only downside is it has manual hub lock ins.

    Any feedback would be great, thanks.
  2. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    250 or 350? You can plow with anything, 250s that old are very expensive to plow with compared to 350s, front axle is 2x more expensive to rebuild.
  3. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    Sure you can use it.
    Regardless if its a f150 0r a f250 and up.
    It will easily handle your drive and the friends and family plan.

    lock-outs are only a pain when you forget to turn them in.
  4. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    X2, if it's for yourself it'll be fine, manual hubs are better than auto for plowing anyway
  5. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,272

    let's see some pics of the old girl. sounds like its pretty nice. the bullnose 80-86 fords are great looking trucks and are getting rarer everyday. if its rust free do your best to keep it that way!
  6. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,770

    I guess the better question is what exactly are you looking to plow with it?
  7. vanman237

    vanman237 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    A few driveways here and there. I do have an opportunity to help plow large lots with my buddy.
  8. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,770

    I few drives I would say no problem.

    Large lots with a manual is another thing. It gets old in a hurry. I compare it to driving manual in rush our traffic in LA or Chicago. Lots of left leg work!

    There are guys that do it though. I personally don't think they are right in the head, but they are out there. :eek::laughing:
  9. CAT 245ME

    CAT 245ME PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,066

    I gotta say don't do it. The truck is now 30 years old, rust free. Keep it that way, enjoy and have fun with it.

    Old trucks are hard to find in real good condition and often times when you do find one they are not cheap to buy. I have an 85 Chevy K20 that I've rebuilt frame up, lifted with 35" tires, 1987 Texas cab that is just like it came out of the factory. I do have a Fisher 8'6 MM 2 plow on it but the truck is for emergency plowing only in case my other trucks are all broke down at the same time. And even still I don't want it in the road salt.

    Just think, you could turn your F250 into this,
  10. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,585

    If she's in really good shape I would not plow with it. They were nice old trucks, but it's your choice. Have you had a diesel before? Put a lubricant additive in the fuel, those injection pumps are expensive.