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Project super cheap plow truck

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by affekonig, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. affekonig

    affekonig Senior Member
    Messages: 909

    So, I bought a unimount frame for older Fords a couple weeks ago because, well, it was for sale. I didn't have anything to put it on, but it was in nice shape and I figured it couldn't hurt to have it, but I started keeping an eye out for trucks it would work on. A 91 F150 for $1000/obo popped up on craigslist and I went to check it out.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/papa-bear/2999604458/" title="cheap truck 1 by affekonig2000, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3244/2999604458_55f73266bc.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="cheap truck 1" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/papa-bear/2998765037/" title="cheap truck 2 by affekonig2000, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3271/2998765037_f3a4211b87.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="cheap truck 2" /></a>

    She's a beaut and already has holes drilled in the frame and airbags in the front springs! Oh, it also has 170k miles and is incredibly ugly, but I drove it home (with spongy brakes and upside down steering wheel) for $628. That might seem steep, but I'm pretty sure that it'll end up being a good deal overall. I got it home and started putting the brackets on immediately. It should be ready to go this week...
  2. sechracer

    sechracer Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    nice deal, as long as it runds and drives good you should be ahead....
  3. B430

    B430 Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    i got mine for $660 and hope to sell the cap for $200. You got a head start on me being already all set up, hopefully with that $200 i can catch up :jester:


  4. affekonig

    affekonig Senior Member
    Messages: 909

    It has newer tires on it, so I'm already doing ok...
  5. affekonig

    affekonig Senior Member
    Messages: 909

    Yours is in MUCH nicer shape! I'll get some better pics, but trust me, you're already WAY ahead.
  6. YardMedic

    YardMedic PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    It's amazing what people can find when they put a little effort in! Both trucks look like they'll at least pay for themselves a few times over, even with modifications, registrations, and insurance. Best of luck on both

  7. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    Is the 91 strait six or 302...?
  8. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180

    Or 351W?

    It look simple to my 89 F150 but hard to see under body so I am sure it could be 4.9L 300 but it have auto so it could be 302 or 351W.

    Not look bad shape than my 89 F150 that have lot rust and bent frame where they hit tree at 40 mph but surprise it bent little.

    What axle code on cab's sticker say? H9 or 19? I just want know what gear ratio on that truck since my truck is 3.55 limit slip.
  9. nicksplowing

    nicksplowing PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,226

  10. affekonig

    affekonig Senior Member
    Messages: 909

    Ah, the details: the truck has the 302 and auto with overdrive which should be an e4od. The transfer case is manual and should be a BW1456, and I'm sure the rear end is an 8.8 and the front is a D44 ttb and I'd guess they have 3.55 gears. No, I haven't checked any of that (except the motor), but if history serves as any indication, that's what I'm looking at as far as running gear. The pictures make the truck look better than it is. The rear wheel wells are made of bondo and it has all sorts of dents and rust and paint issues, but maybe it'll look better with some Rustoleum rolled on...? Speaking of which, has anybody painted a truck like that? I was thinking about doing it to make it match the Bronco. Yes, I know it isn't going to be great, but it turned out alright on the plow...
  11. B430

    B430 Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    i only have a 300 with 3.08 gears and an open rear end :( but hey, for $600 you don't get to be picky.
  12. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    Bondo it the best you can and take to MACCO..lol...
    Seriously, I'd just run it the way it is and worry about painting next spring that's what I'm doing..
  13. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    All those motors are bulletproof however, I'd rather take the 351...
  14. Puddlejumper

    Puddlejumper Member
    Messages: 74

    I have been informed...

    :gunsfiring: Oh I mean nice truck.
  15. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180

    That true but for me I want torque with fuel efficient it is 300 but for race is 302 and for torque with drive on highway it will be 351W but 300 could do on highway but it be scream loud than 351W.

    Fun I can't get free truck with V8 I got 89 F150 with 4.9L but honest I start to dislike 300 because can't do heavy foot or it be suck gas fast plus louder than V8.

    For rustolem paint on bronco I have see 86 Bronco i say look pretty 20 feet away but 5 feet look ugly because owner use brush paint it.

    That sound it could be 3.73 since my boss have one in his F150 almost exact to this.
  16. pwrstroke6john

    pwrstroke6john Senior Member
    Messages: 183

    I painted a 79 bronco with safety yellow paint and a roller and it looked good! you could see that thing from a mile away
  17. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    Very cool. I've been keeping an eye out for a similar deal. Everything I have found so far is junk with little or no hope.
  18. fordplowkid

    fordplowkid Member
    Messages: 78

    I just got a 1990 ford f250 flat bed with a boss plow for $300 all it needs is a power stearing hose which is $25.
  19. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    Where are you finding these deals??? That's sweet.
  20. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,794

    If the dollar store has more, get me one too please. :D

    Any pictures of the treasure?