The Ninth Generation Ford F Series Trucks

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by a1fa, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    Sure comes in handy when it comes time to put bicycles and roof rack back on the VW!

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  2. SafetyThird

    SafetyThird Been here awhile

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    I'm debating picking up a quad cab F350-I'm happy with my current rig but I find myself driving the kid to the lumber yard in it. At some point I'll have two kids and mebbe not enough space.


    I'm probably too cheap to upgrade.
  3. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    The seat in the back of the F250 (like A1FA's) that I had was plenty big. Fit adults fine. Fits a kid or two better. Only issue is that those body style trucks came out right before that extra door became popular, so someone's gotta crawl into the back.

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  4. crackhead

    crackhead Long timer

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    Ive owned two OBS (Old Body Style) Ford Trucks as they are affectionately called by some.

    1993 Bronco (still own)
    Stock 302/E4OD/BW1356
    Solid Coil Spooled D44 Front
    Full cage
    full on crawler

    This truck has 130K+ on it on the stock engine/trans/T-Case/Rear Axle.
    When I say it has been beat, I a mean it. Absolutely fantastic rig.
    The only thing I put on it was a radiator and an alternator.



    1996 F250 Crew 7.3 PSD

    Put about 50K on this truck and traded it in around 240K. That 7.3 would absolutely rip with a TYMAR intake, exhaust, downpipe and black box. It hauled all of us around comfortably, got almost 20mpg and would pull anything you put behind it. I never needed to drop a $$ into it other than maint and upgrade items. The thing to look out for on PSDs is glow plugs and harnesses, the vanes in the turbo and if it has been used to haul/tow the condition of the tranny.

    The E4OD is basically a computer controlled C-6 with OD. It is extremely strong, as long as it has kept cool. If you are going to pull with one put the largest cooler you can find on it and call it good.

    If you want to make real power with a 7.3 you have to intercool it. 7.3's are solid solid solid motors, but have weak points like anything else. 250K mi injectors (depending on oil change intervals) that are not cheap to replace, wonky CPS, and flaky glow plug harnesses. If I was in the market for a truck to tow/haul with again, Id buy another one in a second.

    I am a dyed in the wool Ford Truck guy, but their power steering is atrocious. Some call it the Ford Truck mating call. There are fixes for it using stock parts and they work really well, but may be overkill for a daily driver.

    Let us know what you come up with. If you have any questions, let me know. Ive been around these trucks for a piece now and think they are fantastic.
  5. Peter.thepiper

    Peter.thepiper n00b

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    I have always been a car guy and was never really into trucks until recently. Some buddies of mine took me off roading and ever since I've been hooked!

    I definitely love the way 9th Gen F250's look. But that's all I really know about them. Sadly, I'm a super newb when it comes to 4x4's. I'm looking to pick up a F250 here soon and I'm going to go look at this guys rig this weekend. Its a 1992 F250 4x4 with the 5.8L V8 manual transmission. Has some sort of lift but idk what. Is there anything in particular that I should be looking for?

    Anyone & everyones help is appreciated. One more question, how can I tell which transmission variation it has?

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  6. CodyY

    CodyY ADVenture Capitalist

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    I dig it.

    How many miles?
    Solid axle or TTB (twin traction beam)?
    Low range "granny tranny" or regular 5-speed?


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  7. lilsmokey

    lilsmokey Been here awhile

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    How about 1967-72 fords? They are my favorite. Probabily because i have one...:lol3[​IMG]
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    As for the 9th gen fords. 4.9L inline 6 (300 ci) and the 7.3L v8 (460 ci) can not be beaten. We have a 1997 F-250. single cab, auto, 7.3L gas and it is a great truck. It has 175K on it now. Good daily driver, camp truck and camp/trailer hauler.
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    In the family we also have a Custom ordered 1997 f-350. Crew cab, 5 speed, 7.3L diesel. Every thing else on the truck is custom ordered. No performance mods though. Beautiful. Great camp truck. It pulled a 7,000 pound trailer and a camper up Eisenhower pass In colorado doing 75mph.
  8. lilsmokey

    lilsmokey Been here awhile

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    Beautiful truck. Well as a start see if it runs and drives. Try and shift trough all 5 gears and back down. Try shifting into 4hi and 4low. See if it has any problems with that, I see rust over the rear wheel wells. Check if that is the only rust on the truck. And get rid of that propane tank :rofl I dont see much body damage though. For the right price I would take it.
  9. dave186

    dave186 Been here awhile

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    Someone has been doing some stuff with that truck. That is an airbag steering wheel. They didnt come around till 94 and never were put in F250 or bigger. F150 only. Also the badges on the front fenders are the older 87-91 style. Kinda odd little things I noticed from the pictures. If it came with the 5.8 it should be a ZF transmission. No 5.8s came with a M5OD. But given the things I already see swapped around who knows whats in it without seeing it. M5OD has the slave cylinder inside of the bell housing, ZF it is outside. Easiest way tell.
  10. Peter.thepiper

    Peter.thepiper n00b

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    6" lift with 33.5" tires

    asking $2000 obo
  11. TeneRay

    TeneRay 2>4

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    I've only owned 4 vehicles in my life. In order:
    1. 95 Ranger
    2. 96 F-150, 302. Still drove after 220k. Only thing replaced was: fuel pump and the entire rear end (had a diff. leak and only noticed it when it was too late).
    3. 07 Colorado
    4. 94 Bronco. Current cage.

    Nothing wrong with the Chevy. Just didn't feel right.

    I always wanted a Bronco from this generation and this one seems to be a little problematic. I think the PO's did some half ass work on it. Oil drain pan leaked a little on the exhaust x-over. Come to find out the seal folded on itself. Still continues to leak and I assume it to be the rear main seal. Some of the sensors are whack and there's a short in the wiring for my dome light. I still love it. Rear panels are starting to rust. The rust was dormant when I lived in Colorado but now that I'm out East, the humidity is taking it's toll. The 96 F-150 I drove seemed to be the only year Ford got it right. I drove that one in Missouri where we still used salt for a period of time before switching to gravel and I never had an issue with rusting.

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    All I've done to it so far was replace the leaking oil pan gasket, installed a high flow oil pump, 4.10 LSD over the 3.55 open, and the 33 Yoko's. Still need to regear the front.
  12. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    I love having this thing as my daily driver, and the tommygate lift comes so handy to lift "heavy" loads. I picked up a set of Husky toolboxes from Home Depot for $178... 27 inch; 9 drawer... Perfect for my small needs.

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  13. PowerT

    PowerT Long timer

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    Actually you can find a crew cab F150 of that vintage. Google Centurion F150.
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  14. RocketJohn

    RocketJohn Hook em' Horns!

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    My very first vehicle in 1985 was a 1982 Ford F150 reg cab long bed, 300 ci inline 6 auto, with the explorer pkg.

    I would pass on 1/2 ton trucks older than 10 years old for everyday drivers, as they are terrible in collision protection.
  15. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    Plenty of steel around you... you may be more of a danger to others; like a battering ram!
  16. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    The Centurion is actually Fords version of a Suburban... What you have pictured there is a crew cab with a topper on the bed.

    Centurions were trucks added to Broncos, or Stretched Broncos, apparently Ford built them two different ways.

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    Ford has built 4 door crewcabs since '73, although they are pretty hard to find. Not sure if they did crew cabs or super cabs with the bumpsides (67-72), seems like they may have for government use only or something but I dont remember.
  17. RocketJohn

    RocketJohn Hook em' Horns!

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  18. Star-Bellied Sneetch

    Star-Bellied Sneetch Long timer

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    Yep, so instead of the vehicle absorbing the energy of impact, your body does.
  19. pacman1

    pacman1 Long timer

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  20. Ko

    Ko Observant as never

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    Was there an engine in the Bel Air? And more importantly, why the fuck crash a Bel Air? :cry

    I'm not arguing with which one is better/safer, after all we're out there on 2, or in some cases, one wheel with no steel/airbags around us...

    Ko