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Two months ago I sold my 2006 F350 King Ranch 4x4 Long Bed Dually.

I loved the truck but was always scared of the 6.0

These days I am trying to be very smart with my money and not waste any of it.

I picked up a one owner 1996 F150, 5 speed single cab long bed 4x4 for $2,000 with the 300 I6

It is a fine enough truck. I only need to haul about 4k and up to 6k rarely.

A/c blows cold, no rust. Got a few dents, paint is decent.

I don't like it, not at all.

Looking around last night I saw an ad that was 2 days old

1999 7.3 F350, crew cab,DRW, 4x4, 6 speed, manual transfer, clean clean asking $12k with 200k on it

I don't need that much truck, but there is something about it.

I thought about it all night, thought about it as soon as I woke up today.

I justified it that 1) I have the money 2) it likely isn't going to go down in value much next few years. (Agree or no agree?)

So what is the thoughts on these?

Besides being down on power (which I am ok with) and being oil leaky I have heard nothing but good things about the 7.3

So is that a truck I can drive for the next 5-7 years without too much issues?

I forgot to mention, I went to get a hold of the seller today to go see it and it sold this morning.

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That price is about right depending on actual condition and history. Theyll always be another truck, dont lose sleep over it.

Just be glad someone bought that 6.0 POS.
 
I am wanting to stay as low tech as possible on everything these days.

They make an 11+ gasser with a manual trans and transfer that isn't white?

Not a manual transmission but manual transfer case trucks are semi common.

What are you trying to gain from simplicity? In my experience I replaced a lot more parts on my 99 than I ever have on my 11.
 
Not a manual transmission but manual transfer case trucks are semi common.

What are you trying to gain from simplicity? In my experience I replaced a lot more parts on my 99 than I ever have on my 11.

In my mind the less technology the longer it should work without issues.

I borrowed my buddies 2019 Dodge Diesel for a bit, cool truck but no way do I think that is something that will be on the road in another 10 years.

I am getting older and just want something simple that I can fix myself without needed to buy a 'module' to fix the auto high beams, ect...
 
I have essentially the same truck with 275k on it and have owned it for the last 100k miles. Unless the previous owner has receipts that is the age a well taken 7.3 will need 1 of everything including in the next 5-7 years you will own it

Front unit bearings
Hpop
High pressure oil lines
Valve cover gaskets
Injectors
Turbo
Up pipes
Clutch
Fuel pump
Ect
Ect
Ect


Funny thing is I am loosely looking to sell mine and get the exact truck you did while I save money and pay off debt.

For what you want a manual 300 ford is as simple,Dependable, and cheap to fix as it gets.
 
If you are only pulling 4-6K why not get a 1/2 ton pickup? I have been pulling that with my 2008 5.3 Silverado since it was new and it pulls that weight just fine.
 
I have essentially the same truck with 275k on it and have owned it for the last 100k miles. Unless the previous owner has receipts that is the age a well taken 7.3

Funny thing is I am loosely looking to sell mine and get the exact truck you did while I save money and pay off debt.

For what you want a manual 300 ford is as simple,Dependable, and cheap to fix as it gets.

I know, on paper my truck is fucking good.

Does everything I need it to, it just, well it isnt anything special I guess is the only thing I can say about it.

I thought the 7.3 350 was the ultimate truck but it doesn't seem that way based on the responses here.

I guess I will throw some new tires on my truck and a new radio and speakers and just live with a cheap, simple truck that should last me forever that is kinda boring.
 
I'll never sell my 7.3L, I know several other folks in the same position. But we didnt pay top dollar for a 200k truck either and theyve already paid for themselves. The replacement value isnt worth it.
 
I know, on paper my truck is fucking good.

Does everything I need it to, it just, well it isnt anything special I guess is the only thing I can say about it.

I thought the 7.3 350 was the ultimate truck but it doesn't seem that way based on the responses here.

I guess I will throw some new tires on my truck and a new radio and speakers and just live with a cheap, simple truck that should last me forever that is kinda boring.

It's the ultimate truck in the same way the one you have now is. They dont do anything special, just keep going.
 
I'd buy that thing for $12k if it's as nice as it looks in the pics.

With a few mods that thing will destroy a 6.2 Ford towing in the mountains. The 6.2 is decent, but gets anemic quick when climbing grades.

I bought my 97 with 200k and I'm at 333k. I did a fuel pump, clutch and few other preventative things, but it's been reliable as a hammer.
 
And I want first dibs on your current truck if you sell it near your purchase price.

I am 2nd in line.

Post a picture of it. I got my license in that same truck so it gets my feelers all softy.

Edit: never mind, thought it said 1986. :homer:
 
I am 2nd in line.

Post a picture of it. I got my license in that same truck so it gets my feelers all softy.

Edit: never mind, thought it said 1986. :homer:

I'd be pretty happy with a one owner manual long bed 1985.

I'd resto mod the hell out of that!

The 96 is decent but just doesn't do it for me.
 
I'd give you 2500 for that shit. Can drive out any time other than monday. :flipoff2:
They're basically gone up here from rust.
 
[486 said:
;n144617]I'd give you 2500 for that shit. Can drive out any time other than monday. :flipoff2:
They're basically gone up here from rust.

$2600 and I'll fly out, rent a sxs since I've never been in one, and then drink all your beer and pass out behind your shop.
 
I have owned a 97 7.3l, and currently a 04 6.0l

I like the 6.0 way more than the ole 7.3l

The truck has been rock solid for me. Its the usual CC,SB 4x4 flat bill special but I havent chipped it, dont race it and give it Rotella T every 3k. So far, its cost me 2 batteries.

My 7.3 was alright, but just like the 02/03 7.3 at work, they are a little behind the power curve of the 6.0.

Yes, you can up the power of a 7.3l, but you can do the same to a 6.0......

And I like the auto behind my current truck, it shifts right where I want it to, up and down gears. My old autos used to seem to all up or downshift at weird times/rpms. The 7.3 had an aux OD behind it, and was ok, but would have sucked without it IMO.
 
[486 said:
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fuck

2700 and Ill fuck your dog

no idea what were buying here, but if everyone wants it, i do too.


P.S. v8 diesels are G A Y. Like Elton John gay. i6 or gasser.
 
In my mind the less technology the longer it should work without issues.

I borrowed my buddies 2019 Dodge Diesel for a bit, cool truck but no way do I think that is something that will be on the road in another 10 years.

I am getting older and just want something simple that I can fix myself without needed to buy a 'module' to fix the auto high beams, ect...

Is this why we see a bunch of cars from the 40 s and 60s on the road as a daily driver? Less technology = simpler and longer lifespan?
have you considered the lack of needing to fix the newer truck? Instead of getting something that needs to be fixed get something that doesn’t break. Parts aren’t twenty years old. Parts haven’t been exposed to the elements. Parts are still made and it’s not from ripping them off a truck at a junk yard.

My truck is 7 years newer than the one you talked about in the start and with ZERO experience I replaced head gaskets and that required removing the entire wiring harness.
 
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