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Old 02-01-2019, 10:17 AM
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Originally Posted by turbofan View Post
Cool setup, til you need an alignment ...
sounds juicy, tell me more
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Originally Posted by handsoffsam View Post
sounds juicy, tell me more
We service several of these in the shop I'm currently at. They eat tires, and even with a decent alignment can't seem to keep tires on them for very long. Funky vehicles, very functional, some shortcomings and poor build quality in some areas.
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Old 02-02-2019, 10:04 AM
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This probably belongs in the CL thread, but I figured anyone looking for a tow rig would be following this one.

This thing popped up on another forum this morning and is a pretty good deal if you're in the SW and looking... price would probably be double if it were a truck. Not mine, and no affiliation.

E450 Dually Van hauler thing... 7.3 diesel



+ SELLING MY NO LONGER NEEDED 1998 FORD E450 EXTENDED CAB ECONOLINE PICK UP TRUCK. EQUIPPED WITH A DURABLE 7.3L TURBO DIESEL V8 AND AUTO TRANS. LOW 125K MILES. 2 WHEEL DRIVE. AMBULANCE PACKAGE WHICH INCLUDES: HEAVY DUTY DUAL BATTERIES, RUNNING GEAR, SUSPENSION, BRAKES,AND COOLING SYSTEM. POWER WINDOWS AND LOCKS. NEW TURBO AND HEAVY DUTY ALTERNATOR. COMES WITH A CLASS III AND 5TH WHEEL TRAILER SET UP. DIAMOND PLATE TOOL BOX. INTERIOR OF CAB NEEDS A LITTLE FINISHING BUT TOTALLY FUNCTIONAL AS IS. NO LEAKS. IT STARTS, RUNS, DRIVES, AND STOPS GREAT. NOT A SHOW TRUCK BUT A GREAT DURABLE TRUCK FOR WORK OR PLEASURE. ATTRACTS ALOT OF ATTENTION WHEREVER IT GOES. ... $ 7900 ... LOCATED IN PAYSON, AZ. PLEASE CALL: 602-653-0021





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Old 02-02-2019, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Roda View Post
This probably belongs in the CL thread, but I figured anyone looking for a tow rig would be following this one.

This thing popped up on another forum this morning and is a pretty good deal if you're in the SW and looking... price would probably be double if it were a truck. Not mine, and no affiliation.

E450 Dually Van hauler thing... 7.3 diesel



+ SELLING MY NO LONGER NEEDED 1998 FORD E450 EXTENDED CAB ECONOLINE PICK UP TRUCK. EQUIPPED WITH A DURABLE 7.3L TURBO DIESEL V8 AND AUTO TRANS. LOW 125K MILES. 2 WHEEL DRIVE. AMBULANCE PACKAGE WHICH INCLUDES: HEAVY DUTY DUAL BATTERIES, RUNNING GEAR, SUSPENSION, BRAKES,AND COOLING SYSTEM. POWER WINDOWS AND LOCKS. NEW TURBO AND HEAVY DUTY ALTERNATOR. COMES WITH A CLASS III AND 5TH WHEEL TRAILER SET UP. DIAMOND PLATE TOOL BOX. INTERIOR OF CAB NEEDS A LITTLE FINISHING BUT TOTALLY FUNCTIONAL AS IS. NO LEAKS. IT STARTS, RUNS, DRIVES, AND STOPS GREAT. NOT A SHOW TRUCK BUT A GREAT DURABLE TRUCK FOR WORK OR PLEASURE. ATTRACTS ALOT OF ATTENTION WHEREVER IT GOES. ... $ 7900 ... LOCATED IN PAYSON, AZ. PLEASE CALL: 602-653-0021






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Yeah that whole vehicle just creeps me out. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but overall it just seems wrong.
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Old 02-02-2019, 10:05 PM
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The new rig Iíll be picking up in a week or so.

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Old 02-05-2019, 04:49 PM
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Originally Posted by turbofan View Post
We service several of these in the shop I'm currently at. They eat tires, and even with a decent alignment can't seem to keep tires on them for very long. Funky vehicles, very functional, some shortcomings and poor build quality in some areas.
Thanks for the heads up. It started off funky immediately when the tow package installed from the factory came with no brake controller and a ground issue on the 7-pin...

"Funky, functional, some shortcomings and poor build quality in some areas" describes every Ford I've owned hah
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Old 02-25-2019, 12:21 AM
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2001 Ford Sport Trac. 4.0L V6. Tow capacity 5000lb. This pic was before I increased rear max air shocks from 30-60psi. Installed external transmission oil filter and have a temp gauge. Everything ran well and got 12.25mpg mostly 65-70mph highway.
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Damn. I've been wanting a 2001 Sport Trac because it's the last year Ford put the 5.0 in the Explorers and you can still legally (and easily) swap it.
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Old 02-25-2019, 02:53 PM
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How DARE you put that wonderful thought in my head! Thanks for slowing the Miata fund hehe. Your gonna be pissed to know this car was gifted to me for tow purposes and surprisingly works beautiful.
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Old 03-01-2019, 08:29 AM
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For $650, I couldnít resist. 335k.2wd 7.3 Original owner, started,ran drove great. Did an oil change,filters and re-ringed the fuel bowl. Bed is crud from the rails up, has a wood 4x4 stuffed between the frame and bed. It was a masion truck since day 1. Wasnít really looking, but this was on a lawn as I was passing so I stopped. Glad I did.
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Old 03-04-2019, 06:43 PM
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Just towed my turd from Greenville SC to VIR and back on a single tank of gas. Love this thing and it's 36 gal tank. Even got 17mpg.
https://i.imgur.com/GQk1Ksw.jpg
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The new rig with my 24í maxxd drop n load.
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Old 03-24-2019, 09:38 PM
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Oh **** you actually did that. Wow.
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Old 03-25-2019, 05:26 AM
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Oh **** you actually did that. Wow.
Sure did, lol. Bought it off of Discovery Channels show Street Outlaws star Bobby Ducote. Flew down to Mississippi and drove it back to New Mexico. Basic details: 2011 King Ranch with black platinum interior throughout, 40k miles, and of course custom everything, wheels, interior, sound system etc etc. Fully deleted, tuned, exhaust, convertor and a few other things. Hope to have a pic with it towing the miata in a few months.
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Old 03-25-2019, 01:25 PM
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What a dumb thing to spend money on. How much is a set of tires when you inevitably have a blow out? What's the GVWR on those wheels?
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Old 03-25-2019, 01:36 PM
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Originally Posted by TheScaryOne View Post
What's the GVWR on those wheels?
Was wondering that...? Is it still actually usable as a dually, or are you stuck with bumper pull?

EDIT - should have been more clear... curious about the tire ratings, not wheels specifically.

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Old 03-25-2019, 01:42 PM
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The wheels should be designed to meet the rated load at the hub, which depends on the lug pattern (that truck is 8x180 IIRC). Dono if it's got a true 10-lug conversion or if the wheels just appear that way. I would be far more worried about the tires than I would be the wheels.
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Basically I've come over to the camp of "If something is a reliability problem on the track, just ask Andrew and do what he says".
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I've been looking at a 1992 F-250 custom for a very fair price. Rear wheel drive, standard cab, 8 ft bed, 4.9L inline six motor. 200k miles, decently clean, everything works, little/no rust, straight body. I would need to add a Class 3 hitch, right now it just has the ball on the bumper. Trying to figure out what the rear end gears are.

Anything to be aware of here? I've heard the inline 6 has good torque and mileage, and goes pretty much forever. Would use to tow the Miata on a flatbed trailer, and generally abuse in a way that I would not do with my daily.
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Old 03-25-2019, 06:02 PM
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In 1992 the 4.9L straight 6 was rated at something like 140hp and 260lb/ft torque. It's a great workhorse motor, and perfect for an F150 for a runabout or off road, but it wouldn't be my choice in a 3/4 ton truck of that vintage for towing anything. I'd look for a similar vintage F250 with the 460 V8. Would probably get similar mileage and tow a LOT better.
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I can't really imagine a scenario where that truck would be better than a clean late 90's F150 or chevy 1500. You can buy those trucks in very nice shape in 2wd for $3k and they're far nicer to drive while still offering plenty of capability to tow a Miata.

My '98 GMC Sierra was a very nice truck and did the job of towing just fine. Even with the small V8 it had almost 100hp on that 4.9 straight 6 ha.
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