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    This tractor stuff sure is expensive - just bought a F350

    As a long-time Chevy guy, it's surprising to announce I decided the Ford offering in this class of vehicle had the better driveline.

    We use to run T444E's in International 4700 24' straight trucks in one of the fleets I dealt with managing breakdowns on. Biggest problem we saw out of them was transmission and brake failures back in 1997-99. 150Kmi with rental customers is hard on anything, I don't care how well it's built. So here we are 16 years later and I got the ford badged one.

    The Chevy diesels in the 6.2 and 6.5 are dogs. The Duramax 6.6 is a good engine, but not without it's own problems too. What completely sealed the deal for me was the lack of a straight front axle in a 1T. IFS is nice and all, but I want indestructible. Give me a Dana 60! So that's what I got, and it didn't take 18K of re-engineering to do it. I am probably going to retrofit some GM seats into this sucker. The Ford bench middle section is too high for my elbow and feels cramped. My drivers side is nice enough I should be able to sell it too.

    241K miles and there's no rust or leaks.

    I'm going back up there to pick it up tomorrow.
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    Nice looking truck. How many miles?
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    Oh, and I need a brake controller. Any suggestions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 56FordGuy View Post
    Nice looking truck. How many miles?
    Thanks! Took 5 days searching the interwebs to decide to make the 2.5hr drive up there to look at this one instead of driving 12 hours out to Colorado to avoid the cancer (rust). For some reason, this one hasn't been exposed to much, if any salt and it certainly shows!

    241K second from last line. ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Timber View Post
    Oh, and I need a brake controller. Any suggestions?
    Tekonosha Prodigy, think the P3 is the current model.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 56FordGuy View Post
    Tekonosha Prodigy, think the P3 is the current model.
    Yes - this one. The best one I've used until I got the Ford integrated one in my '09 F-150.
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    That P3 looks like a good unit.

    Here's another angle of the truck:

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    I did a little better on the price, and then the state took their chunk and drove it up again.
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    They're solid trucks, no question. At that age and mileage I'd expect some suspension work in the future if it hasn't been recently done, ball joints and steering linkage.
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    Tire wear is even and there's no evidence of feathering despite the steering wheel not being centered. I'll have it checked for alignment for sure, and will be going through the front knuckles to service the lock-outs and check for slop.
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    I had the Prodigy P3 on my last truck and it was OK but I decided to go with the factory controller this time.

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