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Old 05-19-2013, 01:35 PM
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95-97 OBS gassers

hey guys. im new to the site and I have been looking at getting into a older diesel to replace my worn out 97 dodge ram. ive come to relize that these old trucks sure hold some value and, for the most part, they are out of my price range. But i have found quite a few OBS f250/350 trucks with the 5.8 and 460 gasser motors thar are in decent shape. My needs for such a truck would be to tow my boat (6000lbs MAX) two or three times a year, some car trailer duty and just to Home Depot for things around the house. This truck wont be a daily driver, except during the heavy snow days, and it will sit most of the time until i need it. I had my heart set on a diesel, but they are looking out of my budget. So, school me on the 5.8(351) and 460 trucks!! Thanks again
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Old 05-19-2013, 02:26 PM
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Well the first thing you need to know is 12mpg is the best you are gonna see ever out of either of those motors. Our trucks are just to damn heavy for that little 351. Now the 460 has all the power in the world but its just heavy on gas. Other than that they arent any different trucks than the diesels
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Worst economy, more often maintenance, but much cheaper overall when it's time for maintenance, but my f150 was bought to haul with and had a 351, has 354k miles and got around 8-10 mpg's, but very reliable, never had a 460 but never heard a bad thing about them
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thanks for the input guys. anyonw else have any experience or opinions on these gas motors?
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I have a 96 F-350 with a dump box on it and it has a 460 been pretty good but it did need a new head put on cause it cracked.The truck has good power but the mpgs suck i get about 7 with a full load.
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fro 6,000 lb or less a couple times a year, a OBS F150 would probably do just fine. i pulled regularly with my '95 f150, i originally had a 302w in it but swapped in a 351w. i have done just about everything to my F150 and know it inside and out., now i have my '04 F250 for the daily towing

i work in a marina and have pulled many boats 2500 lbs to over 10K lbs with my f150, now i pull regularly over 14k lbs with my f250..
couple of boats ive towed, the only ones i got pics of.

my boat, 20 ft aquasport, around 3500 lbs loaded couldnt tell it was there.


my dads boat, 270 searay amberjack, estimating over 10,000 loaded.


a customer's boat i picked up for delivery, 270 searay sundancer

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my 88 5.0 bronco(lightest combo) gets 15mpg max on the highway going 65, any more and around town it drops,

try to go with a f250/350 perferable(if 4wd)

the f150s are common to get 3.55 gears and the f250/351w is more than likely to get the 4.10s,

f150 for 96 is a oddball year as its obd2(maf)(bad if you have emissions, 94/95 are maf(best for upgrades) and 86-93 are speed density,
not sure on the f250s

f250/f350
my vote is for the 300 i6(rock solid motor) or the 460, skip the 351w(unless you want to build it up)
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