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#3193 08/11/01 12:32 PM
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The Ford 300" 6 is a real winner. I used to haul as many as 10 horses in a stock trailer with a truck that had one. Bottom end guts!
My current work Van is a E350 with a 460". It's a slug and sucks gas (9MPG) like there's no tomorrow.
I've got a GMC pickup that I love.

#3194 08/11/01 04:34 PM
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Sorry about the size mix-up on the slant 6. The 2 sizes were 170 and 225. I just got the numbers confused. Had a 61 Plymouth with a 170 and a 67 Dart with a 225. Never could tune them to get any performance. The 85 van is geared to lug but it will do a respectable 75-80 mph depending on grade and wind. It's an old GTE van with automatic.

Jim M,
Sorry I have nothing to offer as far as new trucks are concerned. The newest I have had was a 90 Ford Ranger with the 4 cylinder, 8 sparkplug Mazda engine. Good for running parts, but not carrying anything substantial.

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#3195 08/11/01 05:36 PM
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Sorry for the late join-in I had to check under the hood to see the Engine size. I've got a '98 E-150 with the 4.2 Haven't had one problem with it engine-wise.
I bought new in Sept '98 from leftovers and was able to get a great deal. They have package that includes a full rack system inside (both sides) with front barrier, AC, rubber rear floor mat, better tires and some added suspension upgrade. With the package the load rating came to within 50 lbs of the standard E-250.

I don't carry a lot of weight, but would've liked to have gotten the E-250. The thing was that the difference was several thousand at the time. The E-150s' were'nt as much in demand and they wanted to sell them. I figure I got the Truck with the Rack package and AC at dealer cost of a Bare-Bones E-150. It was about $16,800 if I remember correctly.

As far as the Engine goes, the 4.2 won't be winning any races, but I've got no complaints. I came from an '85 E-150 300-6cyl that was 1500 lbs overweight for 10 years and was still running when I sold it.


#3196 08/11/01 08:26 PM
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I have a '97 F350. 4x4 dually, power stroke. it has a Stahl bed. not great in the rain,(you get wet, not the tools). it has 99,400 miles, bought it new. I carry about 1300 lbs tools & materials, it curb weighs just over 9000#,and gets 16 mpg.,has a ton of power, and overall has been pretty reliable.

#3197 08/11/01 09:50 PM
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I had a 1 ton Dodge extended van. I bought it second-hand from Columbus, IN Gas & Elect. It had 80,000 miles on it when I got it. 360 V8 automatic with OD. Bins, shelves,floor drawers, ladder rack and spot light. I put tires on it, a couple of batteries and an alternator. Used no oil between changes and got 10 mpg whether I was empty or loaded pulling my 6x14 enclosed trailer. I sold it to another sparky last January with 188,000 miles on it and he's still driving it! I found a 1988 Ford F-250 XLT with 50,000 miles on it and set it up with truck boxes and a ladder rack. It's been a fine truck. Pulls the trailers like they aren't back there and gets about 14 mpg. 351 EFI with automatic and AC! Now my shirt gets dry before I get home this time of year! I'll never buy another brand new vehicle for work. The depreciation made me sick as well as that first scratch. From now on I buy 'em used, pay cash and work 'em.

#3198 08/12/01 06:12 PM
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See what you've started Jim ?

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we spend lot's of windshield time, so trucks are a fairly important issue. no trucky--no worky !!

This thread does bring to mind all the abused company fleet trucks i drove in the past.

Maybe we should thread 'the worst Co. truck'?

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#3199 08/13/01 07:05 PM
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JIM for what its worth be it dodge chevy ford it doesnt matter stay with a V-8 I guarntee at some point and more than once you'll be glad u had the 8 and not a six
I have had 240 6 cylinder and 300 with a set of headman headers on it with a 650 holley 4 barrell also dodge slant sixes and chevys but it still does not beat the small v-8's on the market go with a 302 up to a 318 or 350 the gas mileage will be there and the power. WE have a son that is a darn good auto mechanic so he has seen them all

#3200 08/16/01 09:56 PM
Joined: Feb 2001
Posts: 60
I drive a 86 GMC 1 ton with the 6.2 diesel. If you plan on running the vehicle over 150k the diesel is the way to go. Diesel fuel is cheaper than gas and gets better mileage. I get 20-24 mpg depending on what I'm hauling, which is usually every I have plus material. Probably about 7500lbs.

This truck has a 3.83 rear and it tows better than any truck I have including my Ford F350 powerstroke.

Next truck will be a Freightliner Sprinter with the doesel of course.

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