Originally Posted by bankr63
Assuming this has the MT that you really wanted? What year and mileage? Any other specs?
Cab body looks pretty good, but you might spend a few hours and many spray bombs of Tremclad on the frame...
The lane holding could very well be those LTX M/S tires. Had those on my old 1st gen Pathfinder; they squirmed a bit on dry, but handled snow great.
No, this is most definitely NOT My Dream Truck. This is my 2003 F-350 4x4 chore truck with the dump body and snowplow hookups. 5.4L V8 gasser with 4-speed overdrive automatic transmission. Factory equipped for towing. All I had to add was a brake controller.
Last time I checked, it got 11 mpg in mixed driving, with an unrepaired major vacuum leak and lots of wind resistance from the rack body front panel. I haven't put enough miles on the thing since I replaced the power brake booster to get a good read on fuel consumption.
The tires have to go! They are over 9 years old (MFG 2007 week 46). If I'll be over 50 miles from home, it'll be on fresh tires. Also those tires are so hard/dried out I got the truck stuck on the road
while plowing during the rough winter two years ago.
The 'steering issue' I felt seemed more like wear in the steering box or a ball joint or 3. The thing tracks straight. Little or no bump-steer. Its just those little twitches one needs to keep a vehicle in lane were actual movements of the wheel. I just don't know if I'm being picky or there actually is something that needs to be fixed.
The chassis got a coat of Rustolium back in 2012 when I moved the dump body from my last chore truck (1984 Chevy K20) to this one. 4.5 years and under 5,000 miles has not been kind to the frame.
After the transmission work, I'm going to a body shop to discuss fixing the roof. There was a work light up there at some time. Now there is a rusty hole with a wire sticking out. A major crease from some odd load. Plus scratches from transporting the auction win compact FEL & backhoe home. If the roof can be straightened out, the hole filled and painted something close to the rest of the truck along with putting some kind of durable coating on the frame for under $2K, I'll have that done too.
Then THE SEATS!!!!!
Again, this is in-no-way-shape-or-form my dream truck. I am just catching up with a whole lot of neglected maintenance on my chore truck. While forcing it to fill yet another role.