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Old 01-06-2012, 02:22 AM
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I have a chance to get my hands on a 1999 F350 xl 4x4 V8 Regular cab. Just a BARE bones truck, but thats fine. I had a few questions for you guys...
#1 Is a V8 powerful enough to pull a trailer with equipment or will it struggle?
#2 Is a V8 powerful enough to plow?
#3 Will the locking front hubs be a pain in the ***?
#4 Would you be concerned with the age... It only has 55k miles and gently used.
#5 I'm concerned with cab space. Not really a question but would like input..

Please give me some input about weather or not your would pull the trigger. Would probably be $8-10k.
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I suppose I will add that I know the truck will get the job done, what I want to know is will it do it well. I guess I dont want to think every day... "should have gone with a bigger engine" I know its a good deal but is it ideal...
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Honestly, I would walk away from it respectfully. I Picked up my Dodge for $2,860 and it's only 3 years older than that "1996" Granted its a lot less truck "2WD short bed, 318 V8, Auto" but it has NEVER backed down from a job or failed in any way. I pulled 6,300lbs on my bumper about a month after buying it and could hardly tell there was a trailer there. Ultimately, it's your call but my opinion is to walk away.
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I have a chance to get my hands on a 1999 F350 xl 4x4 V8 Regular cab. Just a BARE bones truck, but thats fine. I had a few questions for you guys...
#1 Is a V8 powerful enough to pull a trailer with equipment or will it struggle?
#2 Is a V8 powerful enough to plow?
#3 Will the locking front hubs be a pain in the ***?
#4 Would you be concerned with the age... It only has 55k miles and gently used.
#5 I'm concerned with cab space. Not really a question but would like input..

Please give me some input about weather or not your would pull the trigger. Would probably be $8-10k.
one of my older trucks is the same truck as you describe and its been good to me.
it has the 5.8 v8 and the power is not bad for pulling the trailer, its not the most powerfull but it gets the job done.
its the type of truck if it is taken care of and not abused it will give you some good years of service.
as for the 4wd, i prefer the older trucks with locking hubs as well as a manual transfer case.
its nice to push a button but these trucks today have too many electrical components and often fail.

as for cab space, a regular cab is exactly that a regular cab and unless you are moving a large crew around the reg cab is ideal for plowing and maneuvering.

does the truck allready have a plow?
is it being sold from a dealer?
i have bought a lot of used trucks in my day and if your budget allows you to i would recommend buying a used truck that has never plowed and have one installed myself.
and if you do make sure you buy the right plow mounts for the truck and not go the route of custom fabrication.
plow set ups from the early 90's to the current day bolt on useing existing holes in the frame and require no modifications.
unless of course it is a dodge or meyer plow set up.
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I have the same truck in a 250. It pulls trailers no problem. We plow with it not problem and even have the manual locking hubs. Only thing we don't like is the regular cab. Otherwise it's been a good truck for us.
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The truck is capable of everything you want to do with it. I just think the price is high.
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I know the truck is in good condition, never been used as a "work" truck. The KBB value of it is $8 for trade in close to $10 for private party sale. It's in my family so I can't haggle too much. No it doesn't have a plow already.
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The biggest thing you have to worry about is rust. Secondly get an extra set of manual hubs or switch to warn hubs and still get an extra set. Last winter two trucks were down for three days awaiting a set for each in the middle of the first blizzard. That was the advice given get extras and I did just that. Just in case! Good luck
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I like the manual locking hubs too. I lock em and barely ever have to switch 4wd on.
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I have been a Ford guy for 30 years, you cant go wrong with a Ford.
As far as gas vs deisel I always had deisels because I covered alot of ground. this year I bought a gas motor 350 dump and use it in a 15 mile radius. Sorry I bought gas its a dog. Pulled my trailer the other day with my other truck which is diesel and felt like the trailer was not their, also mileage was 16MPG with deisel, I only get 8 MPG with gas both trucks are 2011.
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