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Posted: 5/22/2005 5:41:35 PM EDT
Looking for a land truck. Just one to keep on my property that I can use to haul stuff around and plow in the winter so it has to be 4 wheel drive.

I also want it to be as cheap as possible, so it will be an older model - what years , makes are good? I was thinking F150 because they seem pretty reliable.
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 5:43:40 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 5:50:12 PM EDT
The late '70s Ford f-series were great trucks, especially with the 351ci engines and manual trannys. I recently donated my 1977 F-250 to charity and have missed it ever since.
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 5:54:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Aimless:
With old trucks the condition of the particular truck and how well it was maintained will probably be more important from a reliability standpoint than Dodge v. Ford etc I'd try to avoid one that was used a plow truck previously.



Oh, that is good to know. I have been eyeing trucks with plows because I thought it would be easier than having to buy one to have installed. It seems I can buy a whole truck/plow combo for what it costs me to buy a brand new plow in most cases. Guess I will have to rethink my gameplan.
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 5:58:37 PM EDT
Not sure of the layout of your land, but on my friend's farm he has lots of narrow passageways through the trees and a fullsize is TIGHT. He has an old 2-door, 1984 maybe, Nissan Pickup. Works incredibly awesome.

My personal choice would be a 4WD S-10 of the 1986 vintage, maybe 1987 with the 4.3L V6.

I had a 1985 version with the 2.8L V6 and it the only thing that made me sell it was the neverending oil leak from the notoriously leaky 2.8L. The 4.3L is a pretty damn solid motor.
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 6:01:12 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 6:01:58 PM EDT
My dad has had to deal with his share of plow trucks with corroded brake lines, etc.
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 6:05:18 PM EDT
Pre 1975's are the best. 1967 F-150 solid
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 6:13:05 PM EDT

I'd look at Kubota tractors. You can get plows, blowers, mowers, trailers or whatever you need
and they will last a hell of a lot longer than any pickup used to plow. My cuz up in Wisconsin has a diesel 4wd that is small enough to maneuver easily yet can skid out nice sized logs for firewood or lumber. Awesome machines that hold their value. Just another idea...
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 6:16:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/22/2005 6:17:15 PM EDT by Cincinnatus]

Originally Posted By Stormtrooper:
Looking for a land truck. Just one to keep on my property that I can use to haul stuff around and plow in the winter so it has to be 4 wheel drive.

I also want it to be as cheap as possible, so it will be an older model - what years , makes are good? I was thinking F150 because they seem pretty reliable.



I've got a 1992 F250 4x4 extra cab, with a 460 in her.
Never been used to plow.
I'll sell it to you for a song.
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 6:17:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By oulufinn:
I'd look at Kubota tractors. You can get plows, blowers, mowers, trailers or whatever you need
and they will last a hell of a lot longer than any pickup used to plow. My cuz up in Wisconsin has a diesel 4wd that is small enough to maneuver easily yet can skid out nice sized logs for firewood or lumber. Awesome machines that hold their value. Just another idea...



Thanks, but i don't want to spend thousands on a truck. Just something that will carry junk, dirt, garden crap, and plow. It will sit most of the year.

I would like to get a kubota, but they are pretty well out of my price range right now.
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 6:22:15 PM EDT
73-79 F-150
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 6:28:50 PM EDT
What ever you get make it a diesle

if you keep it on the property you can use fuel oil to save on opperating costs
that is if you already have a tank on the farm
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 6:41:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By roguetrader:
What ever you get make it a diesle

if you keep it on the property you can use fuel oil to save on opperating costs
that is if you already have a tank on the farm



+1...I'd look at a Cummins in the old Ram body style, I think they made them in 92-93...Ugly but run forever...
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 9:10:33 PM EDT
Get an old International Harvester. Parts are easy to find and they are cool as hell.

I have a 1968 1100, school bus IH yellow with a 266 V8.
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 9:14:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By PeteCO:
Get an old International Harvester. Parts are easy to find and they are cool as hell.

I have a 1968 1100, school bus IH yellow with a 266 V8.



+1

You can usually pick up a Scout or Terra(pickup version of a Scout) for a couple hundred bucks. Parts are readily available, and they are easy to work on. And they are TOUGH!!
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 10:09:22 PM EDT
Well if we're going for cool and unique, my vote is for a Kaiser M715. Or maybe an old deuce and a half.

For a beater farm truck, I'd keep and eye out for a 73-86 Chevy/GMC or late 70s Ford.
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 10:15:33 PM EDT
Sounds like you need a tractor.
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 10:24:17 PM EDT
The old Ford F-series trucks are tough as nails.
Link Posted: 5/22/2005 10:27:33 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/22/2005 10:28:23 PM EDT by sprayandpray]
80-86 f150 300 i-6 , manual tranny

300-6 go for 300k if you beat the balls off it , treat her nice and youll see 4-500k

Manuals always last longer than Autos

Worst case you can do an engine swap in 4 hours ( ask me how i know)

Twin i beam is as sturdy as it sounds , cant go wrong

<edited for> there are millions of em on the road and the can be found for a song
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