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Old 12-19-2010, 11:15 AM
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7.3L is the best Engine out there. In 2004 Ford came out with a 6.0L and alot of people hate it and wish they still had a 7.3L.
I've heard that, only reason i'm considering this purchase I'm not really a ford person but I have heard good on the 7.3 and for the condition this truck is in and price I think it would be a good addition to my biz F-550 might be little overkill but I think it would be better suited for plowing then something smaller, Don't get me wrong I love my jeeps with plows easy to manuever kinda like having a UTV but more power.
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I used to have a fleet of 20 one ton ford diesel vans doing mine site deliveries,the old [94 down] non powerstroke engines would go 750,000 km before the rest of the van was done ,the 94 up powerstrokes wouldnt get to 200,000 km without very expensive engine repairs doing the identical work with the same drivers and maintenance schedules .That truck probably has 19 inch tires [very expensive around here] and unless you really load up the back heavy,will float over the snow much like a jeep with big tires which really doesnt make for a great plow truck .At the time I owned a commercial truck and trailer repair shop ,took care of about 80 diesel fords and the powerstrokes were a huge moneymaker for me ,except the ones I owned .
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I used to have a fleet of 20 one ton ford diesel vans doing mine site deliveries,the old [94 down] non powerstroke engines would go 750,000 km before the rest of the van was done ,the 94 up powerstrokes wouldnt get to 200,000 km without very expensive engine repairs doing the identical work with the same drivers and maintenance schedules .That truck probably has 19 inch tires [very expensive around here] and unless you really load up the back heavy,will float over the snow much like a jeep with big tires which really doesnt make for a great plow truck .At the time I owned a commercial truck and trailer repair shop ,took care of about 80 diesel fords and the powerstrokes were a huge moneymaker for me ,except the ones I owned .
He should have plent of weight over the rear tires with that service body on back. Plus the weight of the tools. And those vans arent the greatest anywhere... used to drive one. The weight is carried differently on those vans and the tires are like pontoons.
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we would average a few tons in the back of those vans [mainly diesel engines ,huge differentials,transmisions etc. ],awesome traction .I am thinking the service box is aluminum ,maybe 1000 lbs ? mechanics tools are very heavy,but if they are carpentry tools there really isnt much weight there,especially with two 19 or 19.5 inch 14 ply tires per rear corner .It really all depends on what he's filling the box with ,but I would say anything less than about 3000 lbs he would be better off with something else .
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He should have plent of weight over the rear tires with that service body on back. Plus the weight of the tools. And those vans arent the greatest anywhere... used to drive one. The weight is carried differently on those vans and the tires are like pontoons.
They use the F-550 alot in my area for Tow trucks and they seem to get around good with 4x4 I would definately purchase a more aggressive 19.5 tire to help traction
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we would average a few tons in the back of those vans [mainly diesel engines ,huge differentials,transmisions etc. ],awesome traction .I am thinking the service box is aluminum ,maybe 1000 lbs ? mechanics tools are very heavy,but if they are carpentry tools there really isnt much weight there,especially with two 19 or 19.5 inch 14 ply tires per rear corner .It really all depends on what he's filling the box with ,but I would say anything less than about 3000 lbs he would be better off with something else .
I just checked internet on price of 19.5 tires they are proud of them bout 362.00 a tire looking at this truck in a different way now thats kind of high for tires
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Back up the horses....

I just read that this is a F550..... Is that correct?

If so before you even think about purchasing, talk to your auto insurance agent. Some insurance companies consider that a heavy duty truck (which it is) but the upcharge for the insurance more than offsets any advantage you will get.
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best deal you will find you can swap the body for a dump, reg bed whatever. look around you can get a great deal on tires just shop the truck is a deal of a life time. like you said creager the guy selling it just got a new one for 60 grand and guess what ford hasent kept the same motor in a truck for over 4 years since the international 7.3L. you have a great deal drive it for 5 years and still sell it for more then what you paid.
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best deal you will find you can swap the body for a dump, reg bed whatever. look around you can get a great deal on tires just shop the truck is a deal of a life time. like you said creager the guy selling it just got a new one for 60 grand and guess what ford hasent kept the same motor in a truck for over 4 years since the international 7.3L. you have a great deal drive it for 5 years and still sell it for more then what you paid.
Thanks kevin I think I will get it I'm buying it from my brother in law he buys fleet and said he has some one he gets tires from cheap as far as the service body I'll keep it need the storage for tools and I was going to add a gas compressor on top of one of the boxes so I can have air if needed. My customers are unique I was doing a fence repair the other day and lady came out asked if I could replace the valve in her toilet. I do alot of other service work besides just mowing and snow removal and this will be nice to have all my tools with me at all times, only so much I can get in my jeeps
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And for snow plows I seen a you tube video on a hiniker C-plow any ideas I have never seen a plow like this Is it a hiniker exclusive the back drag capabilitie would be good, my jeeps I use Sno-way only cause of being lightweight What is everyone else using for plows?
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