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89 F350 Dually ----2 Wheel Drive backup truck

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by MGardner, Oct 30, 2005.

  1. MGardner

    MGardner Senior Member
    Messages: 106

    Picked up a good used F350 flatbed 7.3 auto. Solid truck and at present looking to either install a Rugby hoist under it or go to the salvage yard and find a used hoist body. Have a Western Unimount sitting in the weeds off a 90 F 150 and wondering if it will fit this truck and if it would be worth using as an a back-up for flat lots equiped with a salter? Anyone use a dually 2 wheel drive as a plow truck ? I know a guy that used two of them and loaded them up with salt and seemed to use them a lot. Truck was a deal at 1900.00 bucks with 152 K on it with good service records....
  2. rancherman84

    rancherman84 Senior Member
    Messages: 196

    might be able to make it work,is the plow a 7.5 or 8 footer?
    8 would be better to cover the duals.load her up with some weight and she'll push fine.
    152,000 on a 7.3 IDI,its just broke in:D
  3. MGardner

    MGardner Senior Member
    Messages: 106

    The plow is a 7 footer,but I could weld some wings on it. I`m afraid it will be worthless as tits on a boar as far as traction.
  4. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    The frame size should be the same to mount the plow,depends on the year the mounts from. You could upgrade to a wider plow that fits the mount too or add wings to that plow. I see alot of bigger 2WD trucks that have plows but mostly used as salters. You could add a locker to the rear axle to improve the traction. With the V-box weight or weight of salt bags it should be usable. If it works flat lots plowing with other trucks, when it loses traction a short pull with a yank strap and your back plowing. Do the big stuff and the 4x4 trucks can do the close stuff.
  5. MGardner

    MGardner Senior Member
    Messages: 106

    May just use it as a salter truck and if time allows ,mount the Western ,add pro-wings. What`s a diff locker ? Will it stress when cranking it on corners ? May be worth looking into .
  6. Oshkosh

    Oshkosh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,655

    Most of the DPWs run 2wd

    Most of the bigger municipal trucks are 2wd,a good set of snows, some ballast, maybe a set of chains and you'll be fine.Allot of guys around here still run 2wd one tons, you just have to use your head ,get out early and go$go$go$.
  7. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    A locker installs onto your ring gear in the rear end and also replaces the spider gears. It locks both wheels together when moving in a straight line. It unlocks on corners so the tires do not scrub around them. Most rear end places have them or can get them.
    Chains would be a good idea if the going gets rear tough on heavy snows or ice.
  8. douglasl330

    douglasl330 Senior Member
    Messages: 356

    It will do fine!

    In the 80's I ran two trucks similar setup for plowing streets and large lots and they both had 9' in the front--just use a lot of ballast. I also have a 4x4 that the traction in the rear is so good that I plow mostly in 2wd after I do my first pass in 4wd!