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Old 11-01-2013, 09:42 PM   #1
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F250 - Opinions?

Getting a truck for winter, what are your thoughts on this one?

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1989 Ford 250 4x4. 5 speed, 302. 138,xxx miles. Body is not pretty, but that's not why I'm buying a 4x4. Runs great, no mechanical problems. Used as a farm truck. $1600.
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I've had a 91 F250 with a 460 since 1991. It has almost 550, 000 miles on it.
Dont let that fool you though, I don't think that there is an original part on it that moves... And quite a few that don't move!
I love my truck
It has been, by far, the best truck that I have ever owned.

A couple of years ago, I bought an identical truck to mine to use as a parts truck. It was in similar shape to the truck that you're interested in, not so nice body but ran like a champ. (I wanted the transmission)
I paid $700 and drove it home.
I live in a farm town though and trucks are dime-a-dozen.
Try to get it for as cheap as possible because things are undoubtedly going to go wrong with a 25 year old truck.
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Jump on that deal!
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I'll probably be getting it. Dude said he may even go lower. Best deal I've found since I started looking for a 4x4 in my price range. Anyone know how much transmissions are for these? Seems like its a common thing that needs replaced.
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I'll probably be getting it. Dude said he may even go lower. Best deal I've found since I started looking for a 4x4 in my price range. Anyone know how much transmissions are for these? Seems like its a common thing that needs replaced.
A guy I was working with a few years ago had 1 when his transmission went out ( it had like 200.000 miles) he got 1 from a junk yard for like 300$ it work out good he is still driving it around now they are pretty good trucks
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Bought it for $1200. Got home and noticed this, what do you guys think?

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Bought it for $1200. Got home and noticed this, what do you guys think?

http://youtu.be/AxksFNnvI5I
Looks like a pretty serious oil leak. Is that from the engine or the Trans? Could be rear main seal, which would require you dropping the Trans out to replace or the motor could have given up the ghost.. It's hard to say from that video. How is it running? Any odd noises?
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It looks like the trans. I haven't looked at it that much underneath yet. But it seemed like the whole transmission had oil all over it. Called the dude back and he said it has never had an oil leak.
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Sure hope that's not tranny fluid (it's pretty dark) could very well be a rear main.
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Rear main what?
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Rear main seal on the engine.
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Sure hope that's not tranny fluid (it's pretty dark) could very well be a rear main.
I say rear main too, I seen some pretty nasty tranny fluid, but nothing like that.
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That's what I thought. Does this entail a lot of labor? Haven't messed with this before n
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I would have someone do it if you not familiar with the work. You need to take the tranny out to get to it and at that point I would check the throw out bearing clutch and fly wheel while your in there
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That's what I thought. Does this entail a lot of labor? Haven't messed with this before n
Depends on how much room you have between the motor and crossmember. You might have too unbolt the motor lift it up drop the oil pan take out the seal. On my old truck I was able to just drop the pan but its a 74, I bet you will have to lift it up.
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Gotcha. I'm going to take it somewhere and have them tell me everything that's wrong with it. I mean, I have to start it with pliers. Haha.
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Quick question guys, I just replaced the oil, oil filter, air filter, spark plugs, and spark plug wires. It started up fine, let it run for a minute, revved the engine a few times then turned it off. While doing the spark plugs I disconnected the negative battery terminal of course.

I went to go start it again and it won't start, almost positive it's the battery. The negative terminal is grounded and it snug on the battery post, does it just need a jump start?
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Quick question guys, I just replaced the oil, oil filter, air filter, spark plugs, and spark plug wires. It started up fine, let it run for a minute, revved the engine a few times then turned it off. While doing the spark plugs I disconnected the negative battery terminal of course.

I went to go start it again and it won't start, almost positive it's the battery. The negative terminal is grounded and it snug on the battery post, does it just need a jump start?
Battery might be no good or maybe your altenator quit workin. After you jump it and its runnin disconnect the negative wire on the battery if it dies your altenator isn't charging
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Hmm ok. Alternator is new, battery doesn't look too old.
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