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Old 09-03-2010, 05:51 PM
 
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I actually have been thinking about the F150 or at least considering it. And I would rather have a 6 than an 8. I"ll have to think about that. Thanks. Weren't there alot of wiring/electronic issues in the 80s w/Ford? I don't know about the pickups, but I had an 89 Escort that went whacko on the electronics and since then, I've wanted nothing to do w/Ford cars.

All pickups that last 20 years shake and wear the wiring out. I bought several low mileage but old municipal Ford trucks used by parks and water works and stuff at our City vehicle auction. Best rigs I ever had.

I had a V8 Silverado that would spin the tires at 35mph. But it was a gas hog like all 350 Chevys.

I have a 91 Toyota 22RE which is a dream truck if they are not too rusted. My son is working on destroying it bit by bit. But, it gets 35mpg and is more fun to drive than your Corolla. But, you can't find one of those trucks for less than $2500 and that is a lot more than you need to pay for a good PU.

Finally, sorry about calling the Ranger a pig. I think that was not needed. Its a popular truck and a lot smarter people than me buy em.



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Old 09-03-2010, 06:08 PM
 
Location: The Great State of Texas, Finally!
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All pickups that last 20 years shake and wear the wiring out. I bought several low mileage but old municipal Ford trucks used by parks and water works and stuff at our City vehicle auction. Best rigs I ever had.

I had a V8 Silverado that would spin the tires at 35mph. But it was a gas hog like all 350 Chevys.

I have a 91 Toyota 22RE which is a dream truck if they are not too rusted. My son is working on destroying it bit by bit. But, it gets 35mpg and is more fun to drive than your Corolla. But, you can't find one of those trucks for less than $2500 and that is a lot more than you need to pay for a good PU.Finally, sorry about calling the Ranger a pig. I think that was not needed. Its a popular truck and a lot smarter people than me buy em.


No worries on the Pig thing. I didn't take offense to it. So are you saying that 2500 is too much to pay for a good used PU?
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Old 09-03-2010, 06:12 PM
 
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First fact first, a ford ranger is not a ford ranger, it's a mazda pickup with ford badges, that being said the tacoma and the frontier are better trucks Imo but are generaly more expensive. They are all three tough little pickups corse there not half tons, but are way capable for most tasks a homeowner is going to use it for.
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Old 09-03-2010, 06:17 PM
 
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No worries on the Pig thing. I didn't take offense to it. So are you saying that 2500 is too much to pay for a good used PU?
Yea, I think you can find a late 80's or early 90's F150 for $1000.
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Old 09-03-2010, 06:23 PM
 
Location: The Great State of Texas, Finally!
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First fact first, a ford ranger is not a ford ranger, it's a mazda pickup with ford badges, that being said the tacoma and the frontier are better trucks Imo but are generaly more expensive. They are all three tough little pickups corse there not half tons, but are way capable for most tasks a homeowner is going to use it for.
I know that. I saw a little beat up Mazda B2000 series today for sale---no price listed, no contact no. Better to go w/the Mazda than a Ford since they're the same? At least engine wise?
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Old 09-03-2010, 06:27 PM
 
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Those 1/2 ton trucks will cost on average two times what a full size would for the 80's-90's version. Toyota will be the most expensive but they all get a premium. But, like I said, the Toyota 5 speed is a dream to drive.
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Old 09-03-2010, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Thanks Mitch,

I didn't say what year Ranger b/c I'm not interested in any one year in particular or am not looking at any one in particular. But wasn't there a timeframe when the Ranger's were having some probs? I read somewhere that you should look at models before 1998 and after 2003 or something to that effect. I can't recall.

My Toyota is a five speed, so I do alot of shifting in town, alot of wear and tear on the clutch. I've not had to replace it nor have I had any problems at all, but I think I am a bit tired of driving a manual in the city and I take alot of road trips.

The 67 Ford had a C6 automatic transmission put in it recently and the 352 engine has been newly rebuilt, although a friend of mine says the 352 is a smaller V8. He also put in a new carb and electronic ignition. The guy is asking $2500 for the 67 Ford.

OK I see your rationale for using the truck as a daily. However. You will save enough gas driving the Toy to pay for a clutch job when it comes around compared to the truck.

The 352/C6/9" 3.25 gear setup should be a good one though. I can't say without looking at the truck in person, you want to bring along a mechanically savvy buddy even if you have to pay them to come along - but offhand the F-100 seems to me to be a fair deal. If it does not work out for you, I think you will be able to sell it for all you paid for it.

Check out the tires but don't let new tires convince you to buy or old tires convince you to walk. If the truck is otherwise cherry you can put 4 new tires on and still be OK financially. On the flip side, if it's been hit bad enough to bend the frame and that was not put 100% right, or worse, the tin worm has found a home, new wear parts all round make it OK for short term use but not really a "keeper" in my book. Some people really over-emphasize the % remaining on tires, brake pads, etc. Who cares, if you keep it 10 years you will replace all that stuff, probably more than once. Shying away from a vintage car with defined, discrete needs like tires, brakes, mufflers etc. is dumb, *provided* the price reflects the actual condition of the vehicle.

If you *want* to become a DIY mechanic, this truck is a good place to start.

I agree that for light-duty use an inline 6 would be better, IMHO a 3-on-the-tree and a 6 are just "right" for a vintage truck. But the powertrain on offer is not a bad option.

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Old 09-03-2010, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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Thanks Mitch,

I didn't say what year Ranger b/c I'm not interested in any one year in particular or am not looking at any one in particular. But wasn't there a timeframe when the Ranger's were having some probs? I read somewhere that you should look at models before 1998 and after 2003 or something to that effect. I can't recall.

My Toyota is a five speed, so I do alot of shifting in town, alot of wear and tear on the clutch. I've not had to replace it nor have I had any problems at all, but I think I am a bit tired of driving a manual in the city and I take alot of road trips.

The 67 Ford had a C6 automatic transmission put in it recently and the 352 engine has been newly rebuilt, although a friend of mine says the 352 is a smaller V8. He also put in a new carb and electronic ignition. The guy is asking $2500 for the 67 Ford.
the 352 is a FE motor which means it is a big-block with a C6 and 9-inch it should be solid. drag racers still use the C6 and ford 9-inch
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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the 352 is a FE motor which means it is a big-block with a C6 and 9-inch it should be solid. drag racers still use the C6 and ford 9-inch
True. I need another vehicle like I need another hole in my head - but this truck sounds really appealing. Texas is a bit more than 3 hours away from me, otherwise I'd be tempted.

Again, if it's a good sound truck and worth $2500, if you take good care of it, you will pay for gas, tires, and oil, and nothing else.

With a little luck you might sell it for $3000 or more say 5 years down the road.
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Old 09-03-2010, 08:31 PM
 
Location: The Great State of Texas, Finally!
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I wish I knew how much mpg to expect from this 67, but I don't. Seller said he towed an empty trailer about 2.5 hours south freeway driving w/the wind to his back and got about 17mpg. On his way back, he was towing a vehicle, wind to the head, and got about 8mpg, He's thinking the town avg is 10-12mpg. He's put 4500 miles on the rebuilt engine and used it as a daily commute truck.
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