My truck is a 2001 F350. BASE model - only options are 4x4, LS rear and heavy service suspension. No AC, no power windows, vinyl seat ... the only thing I would like is AC. LOTS OF RUST!!!!! I got it for "free" from my parents a few years back at 58000. However, I did have to do the below to it: - Engine $550 --- engine has 225K, truck is at 70K - Radiator, coolant hoses $200 (I got a good discount) - Intake Manifold $175 - Coils / spark plugs $150 (used OE coils) - Starter $75 (got a good discount on new) - Ball Joints / Wheel Bearings / U Joints in front axle - $1100 It sat for 10 years after my dad had some serious health issues. So it rusted pretty badly from sitting in a gravel driveway. Real bad rust. I have been using it mainly for towing. The bed is way too shot to use for truck stuff. But I have towed my Jeep all over with it, towed a F250 back from Vermont. I have a "trust" range of about 200 miles or so ... because that's why my AAA membership is. For the most part, I can't imagine doing too much to my Jeep that I wouldn't be able to drag my trailer with Surge brakes home on back roads if needed. Short of a serious mechanical failure. However, we're starting to do a lot longer runs. This year we are going to Maine and down to VW, along with local stuff and trips to the usual spots in PA. Probably about 3500 miles of towing my Jeep. Definitely out of my comfort zone with this truck. Especially the 450 mile (one way) Maine trip. The truck is 20 years old. The transmission is physically broken and has been for some time. So here's some things that the truck needs: - New Bed $2800 minimum for the 8' steel superduty bed - Transmission fixed ($1000 to have someone pull and install the transmission, then whatever it costs to have the case tigged together then reinstall) ----- As part of above, I'll do a new clutch, flywheel, pressure plate, slave cylinder, throwout bearing --- $350 for a good set - Passenger door - Shock Absorbers - $150 for a good set "likes" would be getting a drivers side rocker panel and cab corner replaced. Even if I went through all of that, I would have a nice looking and very functional truck. But it is still all of 20 years old. I don't know when the fuel pump is going to quit. I don't know when the water pump might go out. What if it blows out a plug somewhere? What if the 1997 F150 engine decides to scatter somewhere on the side of the road? These questions drive me a bit nuts and anytime I go anywhere I end up worrying what will break and where it will break. I have been looking at mid size trucks. Honestly, I prefer my small fleet of utility trailers for house work. Easier to load and unload. Easy to get out of the way if needed. Getting a Ranger / Taco / Colorado with a mini bed wouldn't bother me because I could just use a trailer to move stuff around. There's no reason one of the mid size trucks rated to tow couldn't tow my Jeep on a trailer. And it would have AC! I'd get rid of my Subaru, of course, to find one that's 2 or 3 years old. There's a lot of sentimental value in the F350, so that wouldn't be going anywhere either way. I remember riding off the dealer lot with my dad when it was brand new. Just have a new bed and some of the costlier items delayed.
Used truck prices are very high so buy a new work truck. Wait till the dealers have full lots to get a better price.
Your F350 seems pretty much used up. If you can afford it, look for a new half ton pickup since the prices on used pickups are outrageous now.
Good Plan.Sticking with what I have for now. Our house flooded bad back in August so we're moving. Any extra money (which would buy a nice truck right now) will be used to get into a different house. First project in the new house will be rocker panels, cab corners and probably making a flatbed for the f-350.
Trying to stick it out with old vehicles as long as I can!