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Old 9th May 2013, 00:02   #2566
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Thank bunch Jomz. I just got back and it seemed the distributor was tapping in moisture, they swapped with another truck and the problem doesnt seem to occur. I will check again tomorrow.

Heh, and the truck is home , I paid a princely sum of $2K for it..

The only problem I forsee at the moment is, I may have to relocate to Dearborn next year early, thats when the logisitcs/transportation going to pose issues.
Congrats TR on the truck.
For 2k i think its worth the chance, but did you get the tranny checked?
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Thank bunch Jomz. I just got back and it seemed the distributor was tapping in moisture, they swapped with another truck and the problem doesnt seem to occur. I will check again tomorrow.

Heh, and the truck is home , I paid a princely sum of $2K for it..

The only problem I forsee at the moment is, I may have to relocate to Dearborn next year early, thats when the logisitcs/transportation going to pose issues.
Congratulations!!

The truck might just come in handy during the move depending on how much stuff you have! It can easily pull a UHaul trailer and carry the bike at the same time. Your wife can drive the Mazda... a fun little road trip
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but did you get the tranny checked?
Thank KW, Tranny is all good. Had it checked. As a preventive got the entire transmission Flushed and all the fliuds changed. I will have to stick to 3K mile oil change policy for this one.

I love V8 throaty growl. GRRRRRRRR. I bought this purely because of the growl.
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It can easily pull a UHaul trailer and carry the bike at the same time. Your wife can drive the Mazda... a fun little road trip
Thanks bunch Mohit. I have seen people doing it here, I thought it would be a very difficult thing. Currently the handling scares the heck out of me, We have a sweeping corner near my apartment, and I took it at 45 and I literally shat bricks.

The truck just wobbles in motor way speeds, slight steering inputs unsettles it. I may need to get it looked .

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Thanks bunch Mohit. I have seen people doing it here, I thought it would be a very difficult thing. Currently the handling scares the heck out of me, We have a sweeping corner near my apartment, and I took it at 45 and I literally shat bricks.

The truck just wobbles in motor way speeds, slight steering inputs unsettles it. I may need to get it looked .
I have heard that with these old F150s, people used to toss a couple of sand bags on the flatbed just to settle things down. Might be worth looking into if the suspension is fine otherwise.
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Heh, and the truck is home , I paid a princely sum of $2K for it..
Congratulations TR!
I've always wanted to own a pickup here.
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The only problem I forsee at the moment is, I may have to relocate to Dearborn next year early, thats when the logisitcs/transportation going to pose issues.
Congratulations! Just tow your car with the F150 . Simple, right?
So this is going to be your daily driver now and your wifey will drive the Mazda, I suppose. It's also handy - like when you move. Also, you will become the go-to man for a lot of your desi friends - like picking up furniture at Ikea or buying someone's used stuff on craigslist. Be ready for all that!
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Heh, and the truck is home , I paid a princely sum of $2K for it..
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Congo on the truck. Post some pics. Great price for hopefully a reliable truck.
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Heh, and the truck is home , I paid a princely sum of $2K for it..

The only problem I forsee at the moment is, I may have to relocate to Dearborn next year early, thats when the logisitcs/transportation going to pose issues.
Congrats on a truck. It is not a truck, It is a piece of american history. The most sold vehicle EVER??

I have a soft corner for vehicles which are part of history, like the Corvettes etc.

Edit :- Just looked that up.Ugh, I own one of the most sold cars ever "Toyota Corolla", while you have the most selling car in the US. I'm not really proud on the history of the Corolla.


Is it 4WD?? You might need 4WD in Dearborn.

Happy chugging. One of my most memmorable drives was in our Company RAM, 70mph on the interstate, looking down on cars, Country rock on the radio, shining sun and some nice sungalsses.

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I have heard that with these old F150s
Thanks Mohit, I did get the suspension looked at and they were fine. It just may be that these older F150s have very lousy leaf suspension.

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Congratulations TR!
I've always wanted to own a pickup here.
I had exactly the same reason, I didnt really need to buy this -since I am swamped with the Car Loan and Bike loan (Almost over). But at the end of the day, i just went ahed with it. I love it. The interior is a mess, but the V8 growl


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So this is going to be your daily driver now and your wifey will drive the Mazda, I suppose. It's also handy - like when you move. Also, you will become the go-to man for a lot of your desi friends - like picking up furniture at Ikea or buying someone's used stuff on craigslist. Be ready for all that!
Heh, Thanks Vineeth. Yes this is going to be the daily driver, I plan to alternate the Truck with the Bike. My Commute is really really small 2+2 miles both ways. I only bought the truck, since this was available for dirt cheap.
Hehe, Luckily I dont really know any desis over here, There are none in my office

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Congo on the truck. Post some pics. Great price for hopefully a reliable truck.
Thanks CHev. I am banking on the reliability. Even if its bad, i plan to work on it - more like a progressive DIY. These things are really bare bone, nothing should go wrong with it. Since its only 2K, I am not keeping very high hopes.

I am taking the truck for a Wash and minor polish - Exterior is a mess, Interior is an even bigger mess.

I will post some pics today after I get home.

Till then 2 pics from my phone -

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Is it 4WD?? You might need 4WD in Dearborn.

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Thanks Jomz, Regarding 4WD, it says FX4. Is that the same as 4WD?
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Hi Guys,

I am currently living in Vancouver BC. I plan to start a rest-mod project soon but still kinda' debating on the project car, therefore I thought I will pick your brains to figure out which car it would be.

Of course this project will take sometime to takeoff but I thought I should start research as soon as possible.

The focus of this project will be to create something that is fun to drive on regular streets and is some what easier to maintain as well.

I have shortlisted the contenders and create a poll. Let me know what you guys think.

To Mods - I was not sure if this is the right place for this threat. If not i will request you to please move it to appropriate location.

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I think Fx4 is the 4WD package.
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I think Fx4 is the 4WD package.
Hmm. Whats the cheapest solution to take care of rust? There is lot of rust on the foot board/running board.

I can try and source second hand ones off craiglist or ebay.

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How much restoration can a 2010 Mini Cooper need?
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Hmm. Whats the cheapest solution to take care of rust? There is lot of rust on the foot board/running board.

I can try and source second hand ones off craiglist or ebay.
You could try sanding off the rust and painting the sanded off parts. Use sandpaper or maybe a hand grinder. It is labor intensive though.
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Heh, and the truck is home , I paid a princely sum of $2K for it..
Congrats Dude, Now you have an American truck, an enthusiast sedan & a bike. Nice Garage

P.s. I envy your insurance premium, I pay slightly less than you for one car in NJ
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