My wife and I are gearing up to do a lot of house and yard work, and we have a 1976 Catalina 25 that costs a lot to keep in the water. So, I started shopping for a truck -- something that could pull 7000lb (boat and trailer + 20%) and didn't break the bank. Looked at some towing capacity tables and settled on the 7.3l F250 from the 90s after some research.
So, found a good one yesterday and bought it: A 1996 with ~300k miles, rebuilt transmission, new tires + wheels and new starter. I watched Bill Hewit's video
a couple times and took careful notes, and everything that I could access checked out. (Wasn't able to check those bolts along the exhaust manifold even with a small mirror.)
I figure I should take it to a mechanic soon to get more details on what I've got. Also to an alignment shop I'm guessing, as the tires are new but the seller didn't do alignment at the same time. Can anyone recommend shops in the Seattle area?
My first "new possession" paranoia is that our damp climate will cause rust (it came from the dry side of our fair state). The inside of the bed has plenty of paint missing, the liner is only along the bottom and some water is pooling there. Should I worry about this?
Somebody told me rain on the bare metal usually isn't enough to cause rust, but my only working knowledge is from stainless in marine environments.
The truck is a beast! Stoked to join this community too.