My Ford Truck Project (And Other Projects)

Turbo Zach

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Sep 8, 2015
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I bought a old state truck from a DOT auction a few years ago. It was a 95 half ton two wheel drive with a straight six. I thought it would get decent mileage. Boy was I wrong. 14 with overdrive. My 92 extacab long box 4x4 chevy with oversized tires and a mild built 350 got the same. My diesel gets 15. That is the main reason we don't drive it unless we need it. In my mind you buy a truck because you need a truck, not as a commuter vehicle. I work and beat my trucks and hotrod my cars.
 

joesregalproject

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Nov 4, 2012
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Pittsburgh, PA
This thing has 3.55 gears in it; it's got overdrive, but it's absolutely gutless in OD so if I hit even a slight uphill grade, much less try to pass, I've gotta downshift into 4th.

Add 165,000 miles of wear, the aerodynamics of a cinder block, and my heavy right foot and 12 MPG isn't too bad.
 

Supercharged111

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Oct 25, 2019
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I'm surprised to hear it's gutless in OD, you have that weird transmission with the short 5th gear. Then again, my friend's truck had 4.10s and I think an extra upper overload leaf. His truck was a real weird one, had stuff I never knew they put on half tons.
 

1evilregal

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Apr 23, 2009
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Greensboro, NC
I'm in central NC if you need me to start searching for ya down here... just send meet the specifics you're looking for...
example at a small dealer:
Marketplace - 2011 Ford F150 XL ext cab long bed | Facebook
I love my '09 with the 2 valve 4.6... not fast, standard cab, short bed, auto,rubber floor instead of carpet, but 151k and no real issues other than minor brake and emissions issues...
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joesregalproject

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Nov 4, 2012
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Pittsburgh, PA
Appreciate that Darin. I'm still not 100% sure exactly what I'm gonna do. If I do wind up pursuing anything more than 4 or 5 years old, a trip down south is probably my best bet.
 
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1evilregal

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Apr 23, 2009
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Appreciate that Darin. I'm still not 100% sure exactly what I'm gonna do. If I do wind up pursuing anything more than 4 or 5 years old, a trip down south is probably my best bet.
I'd highly recommend doing so... I've got 152k on my F150 now, driven it every winter, and still not a spot of rust or fluid leaks of any kind. anywhere.
 

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