Raul of Stealth Automotive gave me a tip to this place. Said you guys were a friendly informative bunch, so here I am.
My passion for big trucks started back when I was a horse-crazy teenager, when I had an epiphany: big trucks haul horses
. From that moment on, I took a mild interest in them, particularly since the new ones were no longer "boxy" looking, and they were coming out rather sleek. Over the years, I became deeply attracted to the big Fords. Especially the crew cabs; those filled my head with visions of friends enjoying all the room up front, as horses were being safely towed in the back (all while men gawked on).
Years passed, and the dream of owning a Super Duty Crew Cab was just that ... an impossible dream. Meanwhile, there's been horses that really needed hauling to a vet, glorious mountain trails left unexplored, big furniture/junk left unmoved, and steel parts from my work that had to be delivered by someone else.
Then last month, my ol' 94 Jeep broke down. It was time to get a new vehicle. I sold all my silver bullion to use as a down payment, and figured I'd get something cheap, like an old F-150.
A week ago, a good friend of my family, who is a car dealer, took Dad and I to an auction. As we were inspecting the trucks pre-bidding, I kept gravitating towards the 250's and 350's; they kept steering me back towards the 150s, saying those were within my budget.
When the time finally came to bid on this particular 150 we'd decided on (which happened to be a gosh awful teal color), my dealer friend popped open the hood, and didn't like what he saw.
We were about to go home, when this magnificent 350 Turbo Diesel Lariat truck pulled into the auction garage behind the 150. It was an '03, 4 wheel drive, with 143,000 miles on it, in remarkable condition. I asked my dealer friend to bid on it, "just in case" it ended below my cap of $10,000.
He did, and won, at $7,600. A bank had a reserve of $12,000 on it, but decided to let it go for that price.
So now I'm the deliriously happy new owner of an F-350; last month I could have never imagined owning one any year soon.
Here are some pics of it:
So far, the engine is working great. And believe it or not, it's getting better gas mileage than the ol' jeep.
The only thing wrong with it is the door ajar light is constantly on (I suspect the driver door latch needs oiling).
Despite my dad being a very good mechanic, and my big brother being a top professional mechanic down in California, I know very little about engines (yeah, they've deprived me of an automotive education). I plan on learning as much as I can so I can take good care of this truck, and am considering night mechanic classes to learn the basics.
Anyhow, that's my story.
I may pop in here from time to time to ask a stupid question or two.