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Old 07-22-2012, 01:02 AM   #11
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I don't see the point of a 1/2-ton full-size pickup. Big bed, can't carry anything. A full-size without a full-float axle is good for large Styrofoam blocks. I'm sure you'll disagree with me. I love the newer F150s and I love that 5.4, but I don't want a truck with a 6-foot bed (I need a crew and an 8') and a semi-floater.

As to that 5.4--I've been watching an F350 chassis cab 5.4 with a tall walk-in utility body haul an equipment trailer with either a 335 Bobcat mini hoe or a T300 track loader for at least 10 years going by my house. That truck full of tools has to weigh 10,000# easy, and the trailer has to weigh 3,500#. A T300 is 10,000#. This 5.4 has been hauling 20k and more around for at least a decade--I've followed it up hills many times and it's no slouch. That long-stroke 5.4 is a real truck engine and this old '96-ish F350 has me convinced. Having that motor in an F150 pulling a jet ski or whatever is a light duty assignment. I know what it is capable of. That 5.4 is the match of a 460, which I've owned.

When I bought this 15-pax van, I wanted a 6.8. This 7.3 diesel fell in my lap, but that 5.4 made me want to try out the expanded version 6.8. It has to be an awesome motor.
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Old 07-22-2012, 11:39 AM   #12
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6.8l never really impressed me, i think you are better off with the 7.3l you found. The church bus we run had the 6.8l and it just didn't seem to pull like i felt it should, it was also rather loud for a gasser but that was mostly due to the motor sitting right beside you. I think my 5.2l in my 89 dodge van pulled better than the 6.8l though.
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Old 07-22-2012, 12:14 PM   #13
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My brother-in-law here in Florida got rid of his 02 4x4 Ranger and bought a nice low milage 08 F-150 4x4 Supercab 4 door. He bought it 3 months ago. It has only 18,000 miles on it. He really loves it. He can put the whole family and pets in it and go off for the weekend camping, boating or wheeling. He does not miss the Ranger since he now has more room. He likes the power of the V8 when hauling and towing stuff. I liked his Ranger. He had a nice looking truck.
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:20 PM   #15
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I don't see the point of a 1/2-ton full-size pickup. Big bed, can't carry anything.
Actually my Ranger has a longer but narrower bed than my F-150. I didn't buy it to haul stuff in the back (although the extra width is nice) It doesn't take a one ton to haul a lawn mower or dirbike in the back.

The 9.75 rear found in 5.4 F-150's is very much a contender for the venerable D60 and the heavy half tons can be had with 7 lug 10.25 rear axles which is stronger yet.

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I very much enjoy my F-150 as a dd over dads F-250 (also with a 5.4) It is much spunkier, rides a lot nicer, much more manouverable, isn't as wide... pretty much the same arguements that could be made Ranger vs F-150.
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Old 07-22-2012, 05:31 PM   #16
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I agree with 85. If I was doing 1 ton things, I'd buy a 1 ton truck. That day may come, but until then I will rock an F150. As much as I love the 302, these modular motors are quite impressive. I'm glad I got what I did, it's a fun truck to drive that gets semi decent mpgs.

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