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Just Got An F150 - advice

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by Plowbie, Oct 3, 2004.

  1. Plowbie

    Plowbie Member
    Messages: 74

    Hello All,
    Great Site - I'm new. God I love forums to get informed.

    Ok, I just bought a used '97 F150. Pic should be in my title. It's stripped to the bone right down to the crank windows but I love it. It does have air and 4 wheel ABS but thats it. Here's the rest:
    111,000 miles
    Auto trans
    4.6 litre V8
    Std Cab / 8 ft bed

    I paid an even $5,000 for it.

    To be clear, I didn't buy this truck with the intention to plow it. I know from reading old threads that F250's & F350's are better built for it. But it is what it is and I own one now. I have a good sized paved driveway that I hate snowblowing and would like to plow it. While I'm at it I could easily get a few driveways around here to take care of and maybe make a few bucks. Is this a bad idea? I've read mixed things on here. Ok, lets assume its ok to do in moderation. How do I get an affordable setup? I really can't drop $3k on a plow. Used? Which? If something exists I love to look for it.

    I have the orginal window sticker and it says it has the optional (no charge) 3.55 rear end instead of a 3.08. I see in the specs that this increases towing capacity. Does it do anything for plowing?

    Finally, obviously this is a great plow forum. But can anyone recommend a good all around F150 forum?

    Thanks for any help! :)
  2. crashz

    crashz Senior Member
    Messages: 256


    First - you have a nice rig. For $5K, you got a deal. But the thing is that the new 150's aren't really set up for a plow. A light plow from Fisher, Snoway, Western or Blizzard would be fine but I'd make sure its less than 600 lbs and make sure you have a transmission cooler (tow package).

    I continue to toy with the idea of putting a plow on my 2001. But I depend on it as my daily driver and as of yet haven't had any serious problems with it. I've also never plowed with a half ton, everything I've run is a one ton pickup or larger.

    BTW- a great F150 site is: www.f150online.com