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Old 07-16-2006, 04:42 PM   #1
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Thumbs up '86 F250 + '72 Tradewind - HELP! I 've never towed before!

Thanks everyone for reading. Any help is great. We are about to purchase a towing vehicle for our '72, Tradewind, weighing in at aprox 5,500 ilb. (we think).
We have an extremely tight time frame to make this purchase, (between now and 2 weeks. Oh, we also live in NYC without a car, so cruising around looking for a deal really means scouring the web for great deals, and having to depend on our instinct from the owners we speak to over the phone.. I must admit, I'm totaly lame when it comes to cars, I've always been a walker/bike rider/mass transit rider.. now im out looking for a gas guzzler to compliment my new lifestyle. but my budget is between 1,000 - 5,000 bucks. perferable I get a truck for 2,000. I found this for $1,950 what do you all think? Will this be able to tow my Tradewind right out of it's storage? Looking for all parental advice...(I'm waiting for somebody to say, "this is perfect!")

The guy tells me it's goes on about 35 miles a gallon, and is in great shape all around. just a bit of rust around the rear wheel. Do you think anything additional will need to be purchased on my behalf? We'll be full timers, so getting something reliable is important, but, I know that's tough to find with my tight budget, etc. Open to all suggestions... THANKS!!!





Price $1,950
Body Style Truck
Mileage 147,000
Exterior Color Blue
Interior Color Black
Engine 8 Cylinder
Transmission Automatic
Drive Type 2 wheel drive
Fuel Type Diesel
Doors Two Door
(1983 FORD F250 HEAVY DUTY).THIS TRUCK IS IN GREAT SHAPE IN AND OUT SUPER CLEAN. LOW MILEAGE FOR THE YEAR JUST BREAKING IN. WAS NEVER HARD WORKED. HAS A STRONG DIESEL MOTOR RUNS AND SOUNDS GREAT. AUTOMATIC TRANNY SHIFTS VERY SMOOTH. INTERIOR IS ALSO IN GOOD SHAPE. BRAND NEW TIRES. NEEDS NOTHING. ITS READY FOR A GOOD WORK TRUCK OR EVEN TO HAVE AROUND THE HOUSE FOR YARD WORK OR PROJECTS. ALSO HAS ELECTRIC PLUG WARM UP AND TOW LIGHTING PLUGS. (1983 FORD F250 RWD)

Air Conditioning; AM/FM Radio; Cruise Control; Rear Window Defroster; AM/FM Stereo Cassette; Power Steering; Tilt Wheel;
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Old 07-16-2006, 04:55 PM   #2
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Ford F250 with a diesel should have no problem pulling a 25 foot trailer. BTW, the dry weight of your trailer is listed at around 4200 lbs. Loaded up it might hit 5500. Your hitch weight is close to 600 lbs most likely more when loaded. Did you get a weight distribution hitch with the trailer? I noticed that you have a ball on the bumper. That may not be the best way to go. A reciever hitch would be perferable. If you do not have one yet, you will also need a brake controller to activate the brakes on the trailer when you stop. There are alot of things involved with the safe towing of a trailer. Ask questions and get the right equiptment. Your truck looks like a great start. Did anyone say that this was going to be easy?
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35 mpg sounds a little more like INCREDIBLE! I'd be curious how they achieved this mileage solo.
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35 mpg sounds a little more like INCREDIBLE! I'd be curious how they achieved this mileage solo.
Downhill?
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35 mpg sounds a little more like INCREDIBLE! I'd be curious how they achieved this mileage solo.
I had an F350 with a 7.3, and a 5 speed, that got 18 mpg at 55 mph, air off, on the road, not towing or carrying anything. 25 mpg would bemore than I would believe, but the truck is still very usable for what you need. I would believe 14 mpg, unloaded, etc. Also, don't plan on going more than about 60 with it, that is about top end for that vintage, with that transmission.
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that looks like a servicable truck even though i like chevys.

you will need a reciever style hitch with a brake controller.

you can get some ideas at http://www.reeseprod.com/ look at the weight distributing hitch section.

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....................The 6.9 liter International diesel that ford put into those 80's trucks had very little pulling torque . They came equipped with either a 3:54 or 4:10 axle ratio. If , the truck has the 4:10 ratio it will pull alot stronger than with the 3:54 , which is really TOO high a ratio for anything other than just runnng down the road .
....................One of the Major problems that those engines had was BAD INjector pumps . I had a 1984 , 4x4 and it had to have the In.Pump rebuilt twice in about 50k miles . Cost around 700 or so to get it rebuilt , SO You should take the truck too a qualified International diesel mechanic and have the Pump checked , BEfore spending your money . And , IF it requires a Rebuild I'd subtract that amount from the sales Price .
....................You'd be wise to look around for a truck equipped with a 460 gas engine which has more pulling power than that diesel . Good luck with your choice . r66
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I bought a 97 F250 Diesel 7.3 to tow my 31 Trailer. There are deals out there on older diesel trucks ... but not really easy to find, where they haven't been beat to death. The one you did find may work ok for you, but mileage will not be anywhere close to what was stated.
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...............Addendum...A couple of additional Items...(1) that truck will have a "C6" automatic tranny in it and at the milage that you stated , it IS A prime Candidate for a REbuild . You should really have it checked by a competent transmission shop .
...............(2) Be fully cognizant that , That truck , given it's age and milage is going to require alot of R&R , i.e.repair and Replacement of various parts . Tires , fan belts , water pump , power steering pump , etc . IF , you were simply going to drive it back and forth to work over short distances you might let some necessary repairs simply slide until they(the components) quit or became defective , BUT , When you start towing a 5000 lb. trailer , every mechanical\electrical system will have to function at 100% OR you're going to be spending alot of Time on the SIDE of the Road waiting for a Tow truck . At the very minimum you will need to ADD a Transmission Cooler to ensure that the tranny does NOT over heat while towing a trailer . Maintenance , on a truck of that age is critical to ensure that you enjoy your trips without constant breakdowns . r66
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Older Ford Diesel

I have inherited a 1989 F-250 regular cab from my Dad. It has the 7.3 diesel without turbo. It is very adequate towing my 72 Ambassador 29'. I feel the transmission does better when I shift the C-6 manually. Solo mileage is more than 20 mpg. I can go over 580 miles on the two tanks of fuel.
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Thumbs up You guys are the best.

Well we decided to nix the truck idea, and get something more like an SUV. We are looking at a military issued Blazer this weekend, and it seems promising. has never everything! well.. we'll see. thanks everybody for all your details.. if the military car sucks butt then we might just go and get this truck. its just so hard trying to find a reliable diesel truck for under 5K. secret.. i typed in deisel and turns out there were more deals, in fact these people were cutting the prices down cause no body had called...hmmm. maybe cause they typo'd!
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By the way.. it has a Pintel Hitch on it.. will i need to do anything in order to hitch up my Tradewind properly? Also anything I should look out for with military vehicles? I already have a brake adapter to install.. thanks!
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We are looking at a military issued Blazer this weekend, and it seems promising.

Depending on which Blazer you are referring to, that make has been around for years but some of them have a really short wheelbase which wouldn't be the best choice for a 25' trailer.
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Thumbs up Here is a photo of it's tire..

and description.. sounds perfect!

There are way too many brand new parts in this truck to possibly get it all. The transmission and transfer case were rebuilt a few months ago. ( I have the receipts for everything) The work was done at lee miles and i believe is warranted. The tires are not even 2 weeks old and I have all receipts for that as well. It has a brand new injection pump, flywheel and vacuum pump. The front wheel bearings, caliper, pads, and dics are about a year old. I would drive this truck to alaska and back without a doubt in my head. I bought the truck from nebraska and drove it back home to new york without ever even seeing the truck. I have a great amount of faith in these vehicles and it gets around 20 miles per gallon being that it's a deisel.

In addition he told me it had a new windshield, installed a cd player, and the roof comes off! and it's going for $2500.. it has a pintel hitch? Will that work?


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