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Truck capabilities

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by benraines85, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. benraines85

    benraines85 Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    Alright so here is my question/situation, I have a '92 Ford F-150 with the 300 inline six 4x4. I currently can't afford another truck so I have to make do with this. Would the truck be able to withstand snow plowing with a 900 pound plow? I have mostly commercial and a few residential contracts. I have ordered heavier coils and shocks for up front and heavier springs in the rear. I've got 5.38 gears with lockers front and rear so traction shouldnt be too much of a problem. Any advice, input, or suggestions would be appreciated.
  2. allagashpm

    allagashpm Senior Member
    Messages: 797

    I would find an older speed cast or mm1 7'6 blade and call it good
  3. gasjr4wd

    gasjr4wd Senior Member
    Messages: 287

    Engine will have plenty of torque and that is what you want. Fine truck.
    Personally I wouldn't hang a 900lb plow off the truck... things wear faster than you think with all that weight. Lockers... may be a bad idea unless selectable. (can turn on and off) On ice, lockers actually give less traction in some situations. Limited slip is better.
    Look at some of the lighter weight steel blades. What blade did you have in mind? Personally 8' is the min you should look at.
    Don't forget about ballast in the back. Makes a big difference. 500 or 1000 lbs behind the rear wheels does wonders.
    Google "the big three" for wiring upgrades.
  4. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,481

    900 lbs is a lot for a half-ton truck. Why do you say 900? Does somebody you know have a specific blade for sale or something? It can be done, but I wouldn't do it. I'd find a lighter blade.
  5. SnoFarmer

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

    If I remember right:drinkup:
    The '92 Ford F-150 or around that time.
    would experience frame cracks at the rear of the front wheel arch, cracks from hole to hole along the crumple zone when heavy plow or hard use.

    just what we saw on a buddy's truck of that vintage.
  6. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,796

    Is the truck lifted with larger tires? The 5.38 gears and locked front and rear seem unusual.
  7. linckeil

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

    definetely not from the factory with 5.38 gears.

    and true lockers front and rear? thats definetly not factory either. a rear limited slip was optional, but certainly not a locker.

    what kind of lockers do you have and are axles original? i beleive stock was a ford 9" rear and a dana 44 TTB up front.

    5.38's would make that 300 straight 6 scream at anything over 50 mph if on stock tires.
  8. Moose's Mowing

    Moose's Mowing Senior Member
    from SE PA
    Messages: 198

    get rid of the lockers, add lots of counterweight, weld on some gussets on the frame in weak spots. Till you do all of that, you'd be better off with a different truck. The lockers will absolutely suck unless you're doing flat parking lots. If you need to maneuver the truck around a driveway, you'll hate it.
  9. geer hed

    geer hed Senior Member
    Messages: 275

    I'm assuming that since this has lockers, it also has manual lockout hubs, I hope. If not you need to change them, the auto hubs WILL NOT hold up.
  10. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Get a better truck.