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Manual trucks, whos running them?

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by Holland, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. Holland

    Holland Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    Manual trucks are getting harder to find, curious as to how many of you are running them? Work trucks, play trucks, old trucks, new trucks lets hear what you have!

    Here are my two. They're listed in my sig but i'll save you the scroll. 98 Chevy 1500 Ex Cab 305 5 speed. And on the trailer, my play truck: 94 GMC Sonoma 350 5 Speed

    And this is a buddy of mine's truck. 98 GMC Sierra 2500 454 5 Speed. (I know it has a chevy grill in the picture, it was temporary while his gmc grill was out for paint.)

    Lets see yours!
  2. Mackman

    Mackman PlowSite.com Addict
    from S.E. PA
    Messages: 1,356

    2004 F-350 powerstroke with the 6speed. I love my stick shift. I wouldnt want to own a auto. But now after 2011 ford is all auto. Boy did that piss me off.


  3. sbrem

    sbrem Member
    Messages: 37

    My personal pickup, which I don't plow with is an '05 F-250 5.4 6 speed
    The company truck I plow and salt with at work is an '09 F-450 V-10 6 speed

    I really like the 6 speed. I agree with Mackman, it stinks that Ford is doing away with the standard. I really like the 2011 Fords, but not enough to deal with an automatic
  4. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth Member
    Messages: 86

    2004 6 speed F-550... I love it. Yes, my left leg gets sore after being in the truck for 14 hours. And it can be a pain to run plow/stick/spreader in tighter areas (smaller lots). I tow a lot in landscape season so I like the manual for that also. I was thinking about repair costs when I bought it as well...

    But at this point, I'd have to think hard about auto/stick in my next truck. Is that true about no manual in 2011 Fords and on??

    Any personal work truck or daily driver- I would have to get an auto I think.

  5. sbrem

    sbrem Member
    Messages: 37

    Unfortunately, it is true. If you want a manual fullsize pickup/one ton, unless by some chance there are a few 2010 Fords left on lots somewhere, the only choice is a Dodge with the Cummins.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2011
  6. fireboy5722

    fireboy5722 Senior Member
    Messages: 285

    i run an 84 dodge w350 360 4 spd. a 98 jeep cherokee 4.0l 5 speed and an 88 jeep wrangler 4.2l 5 speed
  7. shott8283

    shott8283 Senior Member
    Messages: 258

    and all is right in the world

  8. SIWEL

    SIWEL Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    I have a 1995 Ford F350 dually diesel with a 5 spd and a 1991 toyota 22re and 5spd. Both have plows and run every storm.
  9. randomb0b123

    randomb0b123 PlowSite.com Addict
    from america
    Messages: 1,278

    i have both but the stick shift truck dosent plow.... i hate automatics. i hate them i wish i had bought another stick not an automatic:mad: but o well too late now
  10. maverjohn

    maverjohn Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    I run a 89 chev 2500hd with 350 4spd, and a 02 ford f150 5spd with OD, manual is the only way to go, I think it makes you feel like your driving a real truck. JMO
  11. sno commander

    sno commander PlowSite.com Addict
    from ct
    Messages: 1,063

    i run a 97 f-350 with a 5 speed, id rather plow with an auto, the main reason why i dont like plowing with a stick other than your left foot falling off is with a full load of sand i run out of power at idle when im pushing into a pile. also plastic clutch bushings wear out fast on obs fords and are a nightmare to replace. i cant live without having atleast one standard vehicle though. Thumbs Up
  12. EvenCutLawnCare

    EvenCutLawnCare Senior Member
    Messages: 207

    3 Sticks, 1 Automatic
  13. rusty_keg_3

    rusty_keg_3 Senior Member
    Messages: 514

    My bros plow this year is a 03 chevy 3500, dually, dump... 6.0 vortec, with the 5 speed...

    And my 09 silverado 3500hd is auto, but has that push button shifter... (makes me feel like a race car driver) lol
  14. HALH VT

    HALH VT Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 128

    My left knee has been telling me to get rid of the stick for the last four years. I just got another automatic truck, so this will probably be the last year for the stick.

    I would rather have an auto for residentials anyway, I feel that it gives me better control in tight areas. The auto is also faster in reverse, and it seems like I am backing up at least half the time, no room to turn around, and not worth it anyway on a short push. I don't like having to catch neutral to buzz the plow up (belt drive pumps), but it's a trade off that I can live with.
  15. paponte

    paponte Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    Our larger trucks are all stick. FL70, F650, Tandem
  16. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,081

    Never owned anything with a auto, don't like driving them and dread the idea of not having the option with Ford next time around.
    My 97 F-350 is my Plow Truck, 39,XXX miles, 5spd M, 460. Gets a little busy in the cab when pushing but it makes you a better driver/operator.
    My 08 F-350 is the Family Truckster/Toy Hauler, 36,XXX miles, 6spd M, PSD, lock out hubs and a shifter on the floor for the T-case. Got to have hubs and a T-case shifter, don't like auto anything.

    97 F-350-1.jpg

    97 F-350-2.jpg

    97 F-350-3.jpg

    08 F-350-1.jpg

    08 F-350-2.jpg
  17. beaver2

    beaver2 Member
    Messages: 62

    All of my trucks are stick. I prefer driving auto, but like the repair costs if manuals

    I only plow with the 1990

    1990 F-250 7.3 IDI, 5 speed, dana 60 front
    1995 F-350 PSD, 5 speed, 300,000 miles
    1993 F-350 Cummins conversion (in progress) will use ZF-5 trans
  18. Leggslandscape

    Leggslandscape Member
    Messages: 31

    i have a 04 f550 manual 14' dump body, its a little hard in tight spots but great on wide open spots. Just gotta ice my knees down when im done driving
  19. pwec4974

    pwec4974 Junior Member
    from 08825
    Messages: 2

    2000 gmc 1500

  20. DieselSlug

    DieselSlug PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,068

    My truck has the 4L80E, but i am really thinking about an NV4500 Swap. I like manuals, but i think i like the auto for plowing. Then again i dont plow much. Just need to find that donor vehicle....