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Old 05-16-2013, 11:51 PM   #16
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this was their company truck, used it to haul parts back and forth. sold it as is (hot rodded) for 20k to some customers from the UK.

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I've driven manual my entire life and have no interest in an Auto. Manual is more reliable. Gas mileage is better with a manual, though with an F100, does gas mileage even matter?

I just personally prefer manual over auto.

but the Crown Victoria only comes in Auto....

When I get a Crown Vic or Marquis, it will be getting a TR3650 swap from a Mustang. Something about a full size, RWD, 4-door American car with a stick shift that just screams fun. America hasn't made that combination in a very long time.
that's cool. Before I bought my automatic 7.3 I test drove and almost bought a manual 7.3, everyone was telling me that was the way to go when it came to the diesel truck. Heck no, it took all my energy driving that thing, tired the hell out of me just test driving the thing.
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:57 PM   #18
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btw Rockstar, I'm supposed to be coming down to Jamaica Beach this Saturday. Pm me your number if you want to hook up and do some surf fishing.
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btw Rockstar, I'm supposed to be coming down to Jamaica Beach this Saturday. Pm me your number if you want to hook up and do some surf fishing.
Thanks for the offer, but i'm going to have to pass. I'm working the next 8 days straight.
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There was a guy out here that rented his lot out to people trying to sell their cars. It had a whole range of cars on his little dirt lot. There was also a free place to sell your car out of a kmart parking lot, that has since moved to Sears. I will be heading down to the Carolinas to buy a few vehicles as soon as the weather cools off down there. Craigslist will be the only game in town for me. I see all those older rust free cars and it becomes a serious addiction. I am going to make the move to a full sized Chevy van.
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Thanks for the offer, but i'm going to have to pass. I'm working the next 8 days straight.
next time then.
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next time then.
For sure. Maybe we can hit up a bar or two down on Postoffice St.
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For sure. Maybe we can hit up a bar or two down on Postoffice St.
now you're speaking my language, friend.
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http://houston.craigslist.org/cto/3738239138.html

I contacted the seller about this truck and asked them what the small problems were that the truck had. They said that it had a dent in the bed and the gas gauge did not work. No big deal to me, so I set up a time to go see the truck. That was today.

The body is great. It had one tiny spot of surface rust that I could find. Under the hood looks great. The frame had less surface rust than my Ranger. The interior was in excellent condition.

The radiator leaks and was pretty empty when I looked at it.
The power steering leaks at the steering column. The metal connections just needed to be tightened.
Both valve covers leak.
The exhaust is someones own creation of 4 glass packs and rusty pipe with holes all through it.
The tailgate is stuck closed, and someone removed all of the insides so that it couldn't be opened.
The hood latch is bent and requires a screwdriver to get the hood open.
There is a dent in the side of the bed from her son hitting the mail box. Not bad, easily fixable.

The brake lines have a "T" and some strange valve looking thing coming off of the line for the front wheels. (Later, I realized it was a line lock).
The front tires show slightly uneven wear.
Oil was a little dark in color, but smelled fine.

I found all of this while looking at it parked. Then came the test drive.

It was very windy when we filled the radiator. The lady had some antifreeze, and I asked if she had a funnel, because I didn't want the wind blowing it while I poured it in. She had dogs, and didn't know that antifreeze was deadly to pets.

With the radiator full, she gave me the keys and a warning. She said be careful, it's a very fast truck and she didn't know why. I was thinking to myself, "she didn't know antifreeze was harmful. I'm probably going to get in and it just be a normal truck."

Wrong.

Someone put some work into the engine and transmission. The truck started up immediately. There is either a pushrod or a lifter ticking away. Truck does not smoke when running. I thought it had a rough idle, but it was actually loping. Due to the exhaust, it was hard to tell. So, I put my foot on the brake pedal and it goes nearly to the floor. Master Cyl was full, but could use a flushing. I figured that I would just go about 30mph for a drive to see how it rides since the brakes aren't safe.

I put it in Drive and the truck didn't change idle. I BARELY touched the gas and was thrown back into the seat. I chirped the tires in her driveway. I tried this again, this time 100% positive that I am just barely touching the gas and the truck leaps forward. I'm thinking to myself, "holy crap, she wasn't joking".

So, I idle it to the end of the driveway, let it idle out onto the street and try to touch the gas pedal again. It seriously felt like the gas pedal left the bottom of my foot because it took off so hard. I tried to stay with it and got it going down the road. I seriously never pushed the gas pedal down more than half of an inch or less. It gets up to about 20-30mph and 2nd gear kicked like a shotgun. I took my foot far away from the gas pedal and went to slow down. Brakes are nearly gone. It was hell trying to stop it.

At 30mph, the whole front end wobbles all over the road. I could not keep it straight. I think the king pins were worn out, along with other front end parts. My Ranger has play in the wheel, but I can still feel when it starts to turn the wheels. In this truck, I couldn't feel anything in the steering wheel.

Thinking this truck wasn't safe to drive, I attempted to turn around in someones driveway. I couldn't stop it soon enough to safely make it in the driveway I was aiming for, so I let it go down to the next driveway. I put it in reverse, and it sounded like the truck was still idling in neutral (stall?). I tried my hardest to just lightly touch the gas pedal so I can back out and ended up throwing a little bit of rocks around, but it got it moving. Once I was back out on the street again, and clear of any traffic this time. I pushed the gas a little harder to see what would happen. Exactly as I expected. It wanted to burn the tires down. I let off the gas and let it idle back to the ladies house never going more than 20mph.

I parked it and told her that is the scariest truck I have ever driven. She said "yeah, I told you it would go fast".

I told her that I may not be as interested in the truck now, as I was before due to all of the work it needs and asked her how negotiable she was on the price. The lowest she would go was $3,000. I told her that I was told that the truck only had a dent in the side and a nonfunctional gas guage. I found tons of other things wrong with it, and 3k is more than I am willing to pay for it, so I am going to take a day to think it over and call her tomorrow. With me saying that, I would be glad to tell her everything I found wrong with it, just in case she wanted to have some more work done to it, and because I feel that it is unsafe to be driven with the brakes the way they are.

She wanted to hear, and I told her. I told her that I would call her tomorrow afternoon and let her know what I decide. She was a very nice person, so I wasn't rude about anything.

Tomorrow, I am going to call and offer $2,000 for it. If she says no, then so be it. It needs too much work, and I could pay a little more for something else in much better condition. Besides, I was looking for a 6 and a manual. If she agrees to $2k, then i'll park it in my garage and do a little bit on it each week until it is safe and reliable to drive.

I'm not exaggerating on anything I said, and I put this truck in the top 3 scariest vehicles I have ever driven. It was almost as scary as when my '66 Buick lost all brakes at 45mph on a slightly busy road.
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I wish we knew exactly what went into the motor and tranny. that alone can be worth 4k, but if she takes 3k I'd call it fair. i do think 2k is a low ball offer and might even penetrate as offensive, but it's worth a try.

if it's got a lope than most likely it's got a cam which means that motor has been ripped open and rebuilt, possibly bored with new crank arms and pistons.

nice write up and good luck. good looking truck.
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I wish we knew exactly what went into the motor and tranny. that alone can be worth 4k, but if she takes 3k I'd call it fair. i do think 2k is a low ball offer and might even penetrate as offensive, but it's worth a try.

if it's got a lope than most likely it's got a cam which means that motor has been ripped open and rebuilt, possibly bored with new crank arms and pistons.

nice write up and good luck. good looking truck.
After driving it, I know it's been built for sure. But, it's got a bad lifter or pushrod tapping. It's loud enough that I could tell which cylinder it was coming from without having to put a screwdriver to my ear. So, the head would definitely need to come off. For good measure, I would rebuild both of them at the same time.

Brakes aren't a big deal, but considering that I would have to rebuild them plus the front end, and all of the leaks, I think 2k is worth asking. Then again, brakes and suspension are to be expected on an old truck, so I may offer 2k and see if we can meet at $2500. I'll decide by tomorrow.

She also said that the truck came from North Texas, which is why it has no rust.

And yeah, knowing what's in the engine would be a big help too.

I even slightly considered pulling the 425 with 345hp / 465lbs tq out of my Buick and putting it in there since I know everything about that motor. But that was more of just day dreaming.

This one is next in line to see. I don't mind the pink.
http://houston.craigslist.org/cto/3737100921.html

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my truck , 2001 7.3 F250 Powerstroke diesel, has a ticking but it's an exhaust leak that sounds like a lifter or injector. is that possible with a gas motor too?

I like that second one, very clean and straight. and the bed rails look good, too.
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Just wow is all I have to say .... Can I drive it too

I am not going to say $2k is a low ball offer, The truck does look good. But what motor does it have installed?
Endless possibilities here. The most likely possibility, is a standard 390 4 barrel which does rock, they added a cam to it and hosed the exhaust.
It takes very little effort for a Ford 1/2 ton truck to chirp or peel off the tires rubber if it has a decent v8 in it.

'76 also has the beginnings of emissions control included. Not a deal breaker, but can be a pain in some states.
You know the line lock was installed for a specific reason, you never got it up to highway speeds to hear how loose the rearend and tranny is. You already know the motor needs work.
You are buying a project or a toy, so long as you treat it as such, you can come out ok. Old fords are tough, I use a 1987 for my daily driver work truck ... I think will just keep it rolling. Why buy new?
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my truck , 2001 7.3 F250 Powerstroke diesel, has a ticking but it's an exhaust leak that sounds like a lifter or injector. is that possible with a gas motor too?

I like that second one, very clean and straight. and the bed rails look good, too.

I'm positive that this was coming from inside the valve cover. It was so distinct and clear, that I could even tell which cylinder it was coming from. This was no exhaust leak.

Still trying to make contact with the pink truck.

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I am not going to say $2k is a low ball offer, The truck does look good. But what motor does it have installed?
Endless possibilities here. The most likely possibility, is a standard 390 4 barrel which does rock, they added a cam to it and hosed the exhaust.
It takes very little effort for a Ford 1/2 ton truck to chirp or peel off the tires rubber if it has a decent v8 in it.

'76 also has the beginnings of emissions control included. Not a deal breaker, but can be a pain in some states.
You know the line lock was installed for a specific reason, you never got it up to highway speeds to hear how loose the rearend and tranny is. You already know the motor needs work.
You are buying a project or a toy, so long as you treat it as such, you can come out ok. Old fords are tough, I use a 1987 for my daily driver work truck ... I think will just keep it rolling. Why buy new?
I'll attach a picture of the motor. It was unsafe to go any faster than I did due to the brakes. I've driven plenty of trucks and know how easy it is to light up the back tires with no weight on the back end. In this truck, it was way too easy to do so. So much to the point, that it was almost a pain to get it into motion.

Any emissions that it came with were now gone. Considering the age of the truck, it didn't matter anyways. We can register it as an antique and not have to have it inspected. Or, I could register it as a normal vehicle, in which case just the basic safety equipment needs to be functional (lights, turn signals, horn, ect..)

That's just it. I'm not looking for a toy or a project. I already have one of those.



I know with an old car, repairs are to be expected (I pulled my Buick out of a barn that it had sat in for 20 years. Have rebuilt nearly everything myself and just have body work left), but now I would rather hold out and find something that doesn't need so much work right off the start. I know there are still some F100's out there that would make great daily drivers, and that's what I will continue searching for. It won't be my primary daily driver, but when I want to use it, it will be there.

This one was so close that I couldn't resist at least checking it out. If I didn't already have my Buick, then yes, I would be all over this truck due to the engine work done to it.

When I was younger, my father had a '79 F-100 and a few years later we had an '84 F150 with a 351W that we shared.

Very cool that you have an '87. And yes, why buy new when there were reliably built cars already made that can be had for cheap, and that are easy to keep on the road if you know how to work on them. I don't choose my cars by looks or options. I go by how reliably known the engines are , which is why I want a straight 6 and a stick shift. (my buick was an exception and a regret every time I try to find parts for it)

Here's the engine that is in the truck:
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I'd jump all over that black truck with that motor for 3k.

what happened with the brown and pink truck? did you get out there today? and nice car. good to see the old hot rod muscle cars still around.

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