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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by trevorf, Jun 2, 2014.
Currently also worth $96K
In all seriousness, that is a great looking ride.
Big Cam III 400 turned up a bit and a Super 13, your stuck truck looks pretty nice as well. On the plus side another month delay might get us both some better roads to drive back on, I have only been up 43 as far as Grande Prairie and it could definitely use some "Spring has Sprung" love from the road crews...
Wife gets annoyed with my thinking I need to get a 3/4 ton when it comes time to replace my truck, well today was a prime example why I want to.
Sumo springs and forgedaboutit.
Till you need to stop and oh shit this thing isn't slowing down very much plus a bunch of other stuff, it's great for light stuff but you get over it's limits pretty fast.
I know a lot of guys throw in spring helpers but to me I'd rather buy the whole package and not worry about it...just $30k short.
The pic in question shows approx 1500 lbs (from experience). He just wants it lifted/leveled a bit. The truck can handle the load, but you are design compromised between a smooth half ton ride and payload. Common owner dilemma. Actually, bigger tire diameter by far is a greater braking worry, and there are plenty of brodozers out there.
Even if you knocked the dirt level that's at least a yard of soil there, which is at least 2,000 lbs, and could be considerably more. Well over that truck's rated payload. Helper springs will make it look like it takes the load better, and will make it handle more safely, but isn't the same as being safe.
How often do you need a yard or so of dirt moved? A utility trailer - owned, borrowed or rented - may be better if you dont need a heavy payload that often.
Unless you just want an excuse to buy the bigger truck....then by all means, I endorse. :)
I would suggest you line the inside of that box with 6 mil poly or it won't last long till it starts to rot. That was my experience anyway. The poly won't save it but it'll prolong it. Though the 2x10s are pressure treated they aren't treated for direct contact to soil. Plastic under the perimeter of the box would be good too. Metal or vinyl would also work, or just lift the entire box on bricks or whatever. Things I'd do if I were doing it again.
I keep my stuff stock, problem with my truck is like you said it's designed for light duty and that includes the engine, tranny, brakes so can't really expect a lot out of it.
It's a generous yard, definitely pushing the limits of the truck foresure and wasn't really wanting to do it but not much other option.
Told my wife I pulled up to the office to let them know what I've got and there's a new F250 diesel crew cab with a tiny utility trailer behind it and a gmc Denali dually with a shrub in the back and then my 1/2ton maxed out.
Lately I've been having a move a lot of stuff, my uncle has a tandem dump trailer but is 2 hours away and gives my truck all it can handle while it's empty. As we are doing more around the house it would be nice having something that I could go to the rental yard and get what I need without having to pay delivery fees.
And yeah mostly looking for a excuse.
I can confirm that a little dump trailer is handy. I was spoiled having a big grain trunk when I was farming, after selling out it didn't take long to realize shoveling was too much work so I bought this.
And so is plenty of truck to pull it.
Soooo. where does the little dump trailer sit....... asking for a friend.
Dump trailers are wonder things...
Thats looks so good I could almost own my first Ford....
@WYO George - I kind of miss Herman, and I never even met him in person.
I went to Ford's in 2012 and could never go back.
This with everything going on has been a rushed project....wife has wanted a garden since me got married but had to many trees and since we got rid of them my excuse is gone .
I had planned on painting them up and trying to line the inside to but we'll see how the gardening goes and improve as needed.