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Larry Bock
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I was thinking about this last night. When I was much younger,I use to do most of my own vehicle repair. Early 80's and before vehicles were "simpler". And thanks to utube , I can still do alot. I was thinking about swapping my 2006 pickup for a vehicle that I can rip the carburetor off and rebuild on the kitchen table and not have the engine compartment so packed with useless stuff. I cant even get my hands in to change A spark plug. be nice to be able to diagnose a problem without "plugging " it into a computer. any thoughts on this? .....Larry
 
James Freyr
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Would you like to buy my 1984 f-150? It's got the 300 inline-6, 4 speed manual transmission, ~114k miles, and I've done intake/exhaust work on it and changed the rear end from the factory 2.47 to a 3.55. The only thing electronic on it is the mallory distributor, which is optical instead of having points. It also has a firetruck airhorn I put in, which is really effective getting the attention of bad drivers who are focusing on their damn cell phone instead of driving. It's "almost" a show-truck, but not quite. There are a couple areas on the body that have some cosmetic rust developing. It's never been in a collision. I haven't actively put an ad on craigslist yet, but I will be selling it in the next month or two. And like you said, it's easy to work on. I can sit on the radiator housing and put my legs in the engine bay when working on it, there's tons of room under the hood. The reason for selling is it has been a weekend sunny day fun truck for me, and it's not practical for me anymore.  I've really been developing a restless spirit as I downsize and simplify my life and I don't need two trucks. Better living with less, right?


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tel jetson
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for something like a truck that might not get a lot of miles, I think going older can make a lot of sense if you like wrenching. I've got an '86 diesel F250 that I really like. needs some expensive front end work that I'm not equipped to do, but I can do a lot of the maintenance and handy friends can help me with some of what I can't do on my own.

don't clean your carburetor in the kitchen, though. solvents partition to fats/lipids really well, which there are plenty of in a typical kitchen. then you eat those and the solvents partition well to the fats in your body. no good. at this point in my life, I think my frontal lobe has finally grown in and I wear a respirator for any work that involves anything volatile. (I know you said "rebuild", not "clean". just a friendly PSA from a chemical-phobe.)
 
Larry Bock
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James,that's a fine looking truck. too nice to have branches to be scraping down the side of it as i drive ot on older logging roads. It was nice to see a photo of an engine compartment without all the useless junk that is in mine 2005 Chevy,lol
 
Tj Jefferson
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I am a fan of the farm truck. Mine is not a thing of beauty, gets poor mileage and is a constant threat to break down. That means I really have to need to use it. The nice thing about an older truck is that it has already maximally depreciated, mine is so old it has "vintage" registration, and yeah it gets crappy mileage, but because of that I put a few hundred miles on it a year. It makes me more intentional about why I use it. I also have friends that want to borrow it (because maintenance is super cheap if it is someone else's truck) but the agreement is if it breaks when you are using it, you do the repair. So only the people who can help me fix the thing borrow it. Works pretty well.

I would consider a big engine, mine is 8-cyl, carb old school. I almost always am towing something heavy at this point the rare times I use it. I also think an 8' bed is awesome. This is not a passenger vehicle, so no second row seating. If you don't plan on towing an 8' bed is even more critical, but then a 6-cyl like James' truck is fantastic. I purposely got a 2WD but your needs will dictate your best vehicle. I think 4WD is generally not worth the extra complexity, really think about how many times you would use it per year.    

If I used mine half as much or didn't tow I would just rent the ones from Home Depot. Also something to consider.
 
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