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Old 06-30-2010, 11:41 AM
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Gauging interest in a 85 f250 6.9

i have know nothing about these motors. im looking for a daily driver that i can depend on and dont have to tinker with all the time. ive found a couple i like heres one 1985 Ford 1 ton diesel flatbed


let me know what im getting myself into if i get one
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Old 06-30-2010, 07:43 PM
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First of...cheap. Check
Second...dependable...check.
Daily driver...check (thats what mine is).
Tinker with....negative. Its a 25 year old pickup. If you think you will have to tinker with it less than a newer one, you are sadly mistaken.

They are slow N/A, loud straight piped, smoke crazy if N/A, get ok fuel mileage, will last a long time. Easy to work on, and parts are cheap.
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Yeah I don't know if that truck is gonna be something you don't have to tinker with... It does look like a pretty decent deal and I bet it would be a really stout truck and go just about wherever you pointed it!
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Buy it and put a turbo on it if you need a little more power.

Looks like a descent rig!

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thanks for the info guys< im kind of new to the whole diesel thing. i though it would be a decent dd. what kind of mpg are the 6.9's getting around? any flaws about the 6.9?
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they use oil, all of em do, even ones that are completely rebuilt.
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they use oil, all of em do, even ones that are completely rebuilt.
What are you talking about? Flaws?

The 6.9 is a great engine but the 83-85's had issues with the block heater cracking the block if left plugged in for too long. The issue was corrected for the 86 and 87 models.

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