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What do I need for an F-250 conversion?

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by boner, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. boner

    boner Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I have the opportunity to buy a 2004 F-250 supercab 5.4 automatic without a plow.

    This will be used to plow one driveway -- a 1/2 mile gravel driveway with grades of up to 14%.

    4400 Front GAWR

    My father has a 1977 F-250 with an old plow on it--the kind with a hydraulic pump mounted on the engine and a chain controlling the plow drop. Unfortunately, this truck, like its predecessor, is about to snap on the frame rails.

    1) Can I plow with 4400 front springs. I don't care if the front end droops as long as it is drivable.
    2) Can I move the plow?
    3) What would it cost to set up this truck to plow reasonably well?
  2. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    You can plow with a 4400lbs front axle
    the old plow should stay on the old truck
    around 5K +/- for a decent new unit for your truck.

    A yearly coat of Fluid Film will help prevent frame rust.
  3. boner

    boner Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Thanks! Any downsides to using the 4400 springs? I can run a lighter plow.

    A bit late on the frame -- the 86 F250 snapped in half while we were driving it, and the 77 is sagging.
  4. MahonLawnCare

    MahonLawnCare Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 852

    you should be able to pick up a decent used meyer plow for around 1500 on craigslist that will fit your exact truck
  5. xjsnake

    xjsnake Member
    from NW Ohio
    Messages: 40

    If you are looking at used plows be careful. Ford changed the F-250 slightly in the middle of the 2004 model year and the plow mounts for some plow brands are different depending on if you have an early 2004 or a late 2004.
  6. boner

    boner Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Thanks everyone!