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Dale Hodgins
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I paid $1,500 for this truck. That's $1,290 US. It's a Ford F150 with 93,854 kilometers on it. That's  58,313 miles. That's not much. The old guy who owned it did most of his driving on the south end of Vancouver Island. He had trouble with left turns from a tight driveway.

I had my mechanic check it out today and everything is working great. It has power windows and doors, a good radio,  tilt steering, really good tires, no cracks in any of the glass and a super heating system.

It does have some serious dents along the driver's side. I will never fix any of this damage. It would be prohibitively expensive. It doesn't affect the function of the truck, but it certainly affected the price.

My younger brother saw this one advertised and called me right away. He is moving soon. I'm going to do a few loads for free.

Just the towing kit is worth half of what I paid.
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Dale Hodgins
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The tall canopy came with a small load of junk, but also with four good garbage cans and some insulation that I need.

The engine compartment is very clean. It's a six cylinder.
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Awesome deal! Being in the right place at the right time is what it's about, congrats on your purchase!
 
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Nice! I'd love to find that deal! Congrats on the score Dale
 
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Wow, what a deal.

You can pop off the door liner and pop that door dent a little straighter fairly easy, but I wouldn't bother unless it affects the window.
 
Dale Hodgins
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Thank you gentlemen. I have many eyes and ears out there. I've already told several people that they get free organics hauling for a year if they put me onto a free trailer.

Everything works fine. The door doesn't click and the window works great, so I'd hate to mess things up.

This truck will be used for landscaping and demolition.  It's not supposed be perfect. I'm sure I'll be asked about the dents many times. This will give me an opportunity to brag about the price I paid    and to try to sell whatever is in the back or at the jobsite.
 
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The dents look like they could be pulled with a little sink plunger. You know... the little rubber ones for clearing hairballs from the bathroom sink. I had a truck that had a knack for being hit by old ladies in parking lots. Fortunately they drive slow enough not to cause too much damage, and like you said, it's not worth paying to have fixed. It's just a truck. If there's a spot on the dent where you can get the plunger to stick flat with good suction, you can just give it a good quick yank and it'll pop out the metal. maybe. probably, but maybe. If you need extra suction power try greasing up the plunger for better adherence.

By the way, Nice truck.
 
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Joe Braxton
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Nice find. Hope you get the service this guy got....

http://www.ksdk.com/story/life/2015/01/02/man-drives-75-truck-to-work-for-38-years/21188051/
 
Dale Hodgins
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I hope he hauls something in the truck. I often see big trucks driving down the road empty. People commute in them.

It seems that the newer the truck is, and the more expensive it is, the less likely it is to be doing something useful.

I have put 20 kilometers on the truck and have already hauled three useful loads.
 
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I hope he hauls something in the truck. I often see big trucks driving down the road empty. People commute in them.

Sure, some people go overboard by buying a dually 3500 and put a lift kit, giant tires, and smoke stacks on it and never put a load on the back yet they drive it to work everyday.
But How many people who need a truck, but not everyday, have the money for a truck and a car?
 
Dale Hodgins
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To me,a truck isn't complete until you have a suitable trailer to tow.

I do quite a bit of tree work.The truck with the canopy is great for hauling tools heavy firewood and garbage cans full of junk. It is not well-suited to hauling loose branches, since everything catches on the door opening. An open trailer is much more suitable for that.

The truck is set up with a Reese hitch and trailer brakes. Since I'm driving a six cylinder, I will be careful to not overstress things. I am happy to accelerate at a sensible pace and to drive a little slower when heavily laden.

I will sometimes leave my trailer at a customer's house for them to load up.

We seldom get rain in the summer. I'm hoping to find a trailer with a large surface area, so that it can become a giant dehydrator for the coffee grounds that I haul to the farm regularly. Loads of branches also lose a lot of weight when sitting out in the sun and wind.
 
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