Been lookn on Craigslist for a few days for old used trucks. Already have a good daily driver. But would like to buy an old POS truck that has 4x4 for winters here in MN and to haul stuff around. Instead of borrowing peoples truck every few weeks. I don’t care about looks. Can be completely rusted out for all I care.
I found and looked @ a 95’ F150 standard cab, 5spd 4x4 yesterday. Its actually in pretty decent condition. Guy is askn $1000. He is selling because in the service and leavn for over seas soon. "nly mechanical problems are: Needs new windshield. This one is there but huge cracks in every direction. The cap on the master cylinder is missing. I would think you could find a new windshield & cap in a junkyard relatively easily? What do you guys think? suggestions?
Being a wrench and a Ford guy I think I can help you out. The windshield is no problem, but I suggest you get a windshield shop do it. Sure you could probably get one at a junkyard but good luck extracting it in one piece. I tried several times to get one off several RX-7s only to have the damn thing fracture in my hands. There was a couple “GOD WHY?!!!” moments. As for the cap on the master cylinder being MIA I would question the integrity of the brake system. Throw a cap on before you drive or else you’ll be in a real bind 20 feet away from the dudes house. Throw the cap on and pump the brakes. If they feel squishy and not really there you need to bleed the system. No big deal but you can screw the guy some more to lower the price. The problem with rigs with 4x4 and a 5spd is the clutch. If he did any 4x’ing he rode the fuck out of that sum bitch. You need to. I would question the condition of the clutch. Doing a clutch job on a (I imagine) 302-351 mated to a (insert manual tranny series) is a major pain if you don’t have a lift, tranny jacks, and an extra hand. Just that fact alone would make me consider looking for an auto. Plus, manual transmissions are fun in sports coupes etc but on a rig it will get old fast. My knee starts bothering me after a while as an example. There out there you just got to do some digging. Hope this helps
Everything I was going to say, was already said here.
I am guessing your not a mechanical person so I will tell you this.
main problems with this old of a truck would be
clutch,possible auto which is fine still want to check fluid levels
electrical-fords have gremlins Im sorry I love fords but they do.
want to check the diff make sure its clean and full ect.
a 95 f150 I would take it I almost took a 96 f350 for 3000 but I didnt have access to the cash right then. and she wouldnt hold it overnight cause someone else wanted it.
windshield you can always use your insurance and put glass coverage on it I have full glass coverage so its free.
wheel bearings are another thing
my main issue would be the master cyl. if the cap was off you will need it flushed.
brake fluid soaks up moister like a sponge and that lowers the boiling pint of the fluid which will lower the integrity of the fluid.
for a grand I would grab it up, but I can do all the work on it myself so it would cost me about another 500 put into it to be bad ass.
you I would say have another 2 grand ready to put into it for potential repairs.
EDIT: DAMNIT TEDRO
you mentioned the brake fluid thing before I did
I so didnt mean to repeat you lol
Take it easy Maddy! I second the notion of the gremlins. Even more so on them older Fords. I remember a Ranger that was never really sure it was in park so it wouldn’t turn over even after we tore apart the wiring harness, rewired the entire thing according to the schematic, and replaced the park position sensor. “As long as it makes it to the dealer,” we would tell ourselves. They can be good gremlins though. Recently my gremlin in my odometer (cold solder joint in the back of the cluster) went away, which is sad but I’ve had the truck for almost 3 years and have put close to 80k maybe more on the bastard and it still reads 88k. Come trade in time Imma make the sum bitch come back though!