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Yeah I would never buy a new diesel. Too much regulation. Im not a diesel guy(and im a cdl holder). But if I were to buy one it would be and built 7.3 or a cummins. But then again what can I actually do with a light duty diesel that I can do with a 460?
im looking at tow ratings, unfortunately I may be stuck with having to go with a 250. figure, I need to be able to tow the 82 bronco, after a 1-ton SAS, and 44s, and likely with some gear. So figuring 6500#s plus the trailer. and it seems that the best tow optioned 96 F-150s (last year I'd buy one) has a tow rating of 8k max. and I don't want to do so many mods that I may as well have just bought a 250, like swapping out to a 460 (did that in the Bronco), or swapping out 1 tons (again, that is what the Bronco is for....). And I don't really want to have to drive a friggen land yacht that all the non-regular cab 250s were prior to the 97/98 update w/ SCrew cab short beds.





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I'm finding early 90s 150s for 20k...its crazy. I have my eye on a few that need a little bit of work in the 3-4k range, and I happen to have all the parts and tools to do that work, and being an older truck, I actually can do that work vs a newer one.
That is crazy money for a 30 year old truck. Wow.
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the bronco price is beyond stupid.
the F-1 price would be reasonable if it were a restomod (upgraded suspension, brakes, newer motor with more than 75hp...), not a barely use-able on today's roads true restoration. Then again, I am not a trailer queen kinda guy, I see very little appeal is having a show car you can't drive outside of museum/educational purposes.
 

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im looking at tow ratings, unfortunately I may be stuck with having to go with a 250. figure, I need to be able to tow the 82 bronco, after a 1-ton SAS, and 44s, and likely with some gear. So figuring 6500#s plus the trailer. and it seems that the best tow optioned 96 F-150s (last year I'd buy one) has a tow rating of 8k max. and I don't want to do so many mods that I may as well have just bought a 250, like swapping out to a 460 (did that in the Bronco), or swapping out 1 tons (again, that is what the Bronco is for....). And I don't really want to have to drive a friggen land yacht that all the non-regular cab 250s were prior to the 97/98 update w/ SCrew cab short beds.
How about an early super duty gas truck? 5.4 or V10. Should tow pretty good.
 

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How about an early super duty gas truck? 5.4 or V10. Should tow pretty good.
Unfortunately no, I'm wanting to avoid modulars as well just because I want something that I can pull out, rebuild, and put back in in a weekend for a few hundred dollars. 302s, 351s, and 460s. The only exception might be a fairly stock 7.3 truck.
 

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Unfortunately no, I'm wanting to avoid modulars as well just because I want something that I can pull out, rebuild, and put back in in a weekend for a few hundred dollars. 302s, 351s, and 460s. The only exception might be a fairly stock 7.3 truck.
Tough crowd. Ok, so my recommendation is 7.3idi in 88-94 F250. Had one, great engine, just a little low on power from the factory but turbo chargers fix that!
 

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Tough crowd. Ok, so my recommendation is 7.3idi in 88-94 F250. Had one, great engine, just a little low on power from the factory but turbo chargers fix that!
that is definitely on the table. and a superduty with the 7.3 powerstroke is as well. basically, looking for anything 75ish -96, and 250/350 w/ 7.3 97-2003. 4x4 (I use this rather often), and not outrageously lifted or trashed or abused, this will be a tow truck/work truck and reliability is more important than looking like a bad ass. (I mean, a 2" lift or leveling kit on 33s/34s or similiar isn't an issue....but an 8" lift on 40s etc...yeah not this go around.)
 

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that is definitely on the table. and a superduty with the 7.3 powerstroke is as well. basically, looking for anything 75ish -96, and 250/350 w/ 7.3 97-2003. 4x4 (I use this rather often), and not outrageously lifted or trashed or abused, this will be a tow truck/work truck and reliability is more important than looking like a bad ass. (I mean, a 2" lift or leveling kit on 33s/34s or similiar isn't an issue....but an 8" lift on 40s etc...yeah not this go around.)
All good choices. I’d also throw a recommendation for a 300 6 cylinder in an F250. Again, low on power but reliable. I’d also like to see a turbo on that engine! :)
 

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All good choices. I’d also throw a recommendation for a 300 6 cylinder in an F250. Again, low on power but reliable. I’d also like to see a turbo on that engine! :)
that one's a bit too slow for me. granted, you can't break u-joints or gears that way! I do like the 300 though, one of the trucks I am looking at has it, granted I'd likely swap it out sooner rather than later.
 

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that is definitely on the table. and a superduty with the 7.3 powerstroke is as well. basically, looking for anything 75ish -96, and 250/350 w/ 7.3 97-2003. 4x4 (I use this rather often), and not outrageously lifted or trashed or abused, this will be a tow truck/work truck and reliability is more important than looking like a bad ass. (I mean, a 2" lift or leveling kit on 33s/34s or similiar isn't an issue....but an 8" lift on 40s etc...yeah not this go around.)
If it weren't a 4x2, I'd have a line on the truck for you: https://www.libertytrucksales.net/details/used-1996-ford-f-350/65577084

I nearly drool every time I drive past that thing on the way to or home from work. But I don't need a 1-ton, even if that thing does have about 20k fewer miles than my 2011 Tundra.
 

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that one's a bit too slow for me. granted, you can't break u-joints or gears that way! I do like the 300 though, one of the trucks I am looking at has it, granted I'd likely swap it out sooner rather than later.
300 I6 is such a cool power plant... IMO it’s what the modern Bronco should’ve come with. (The Australian I6 not the old one they’ve discontinued)

2.7 will work too though.
 

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Turbo 300s do have some balls though. There was a Maverick trying to break into the 9s with one i car craft a few years ago.
 

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