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Old 12-28-2018, 05:19 PM
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Elsewhere on this forum I started a thread about an F-150. I decided to start a new thread as I am beginning my search in earnest and I am not limiting the search to F-150s. This truck will tow boats, launch boats and go on dump and Home Depot runs. Most of the time it won't be used. It will be exposed to salt water.

First up is this fine example with amazingly low miles.

https://boston.craigslist.org/nos/ct...778194768.html

I talked to the owner and he claims the rust you see in the photo on the frame is superficial. It looks worse than that to me. If it is rotted through, I probably would not buy it. If it is surface rust only, I would take steps to remove the rust and repaint the exposed metal, probably with Por 15 and a brush.
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My instinct: Run, don't walk, run. nothing trashes a truck quicker than a plow blade on the front.
that or a daily bath in salt water.
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That rust on the frame is troublesome.
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My instinct: Run, don't walk, run. nothing trashes a truck quicker than a plow blade on the front.
that or a daily bath in salt water.
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I'd take it to a dealer for an evaluation, but I'm not too worried about engine wear. The old man only did his driveway, and probably the neighbor's. I'll be seeing the driveways when I go to inspect, so I'll know how much plow service it saw. 17,000 total miles over 14 years... What's that, 1200 miles a year? And the tranny has been replaced, so that plow-related wear item has been taken care of. Plus plow related wear is over blown. Take a look at this thread. These are the pros:

https://www.lawnsite.com/threads/how...lowing.288463/

I agree with the rust. That will require a close inspection with an ice pick.
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Yeah, I wouldn't worry about the plow if you can verify it was not commercial use. I plowed my 500' driveway for 13 years with a Ford Ranger. The truck also saw about 20K towing miles with a steel open car hauler and my Fiat X1/9. It had 160K miles on it when I sold it and ran fine. Never had any issues related to plowing or towing other than frequent front brake pad and rotor replacement.
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Status? Or, did it rust away?
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Gone before I could see it, Gene.
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^
So where do you meet a guy who wants to sell a car on Craig's list? His house? Public parking lot? We sold the WRX on Craig's list, but the kid who bought it knew a kid that worked with Rick.
Recently we were "this close" to checking out a car on Craig's list for Ally. I didn't really want to do that at all. Then I found out the car wasn't even registered...so we bailed.

What do you expect if checking out a car being sold this way?
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