Henry’s Truck

While all the flower children are swooning over the latest electron-car from Deutchland, I decided to upgrade my truck situation:

One of Henry Ford’s finest: a pre-emissions 7.3 liter (444 cubic inches for us “Muricans) high- pressure injection turbo-diesel, Four Wheel Drive, crew cab, and tow package.  250 horsepower, and 505 pound-feet of torque.  The F350 by itself weighs in at 6400 pounds, and is capable of hauling 3500 more pounds of cargo and passengers, or towing 15,000 pounds worth of trailer.

Yeah.  Should be adequate for my peak needs.

6 Responses to “Henry’s Truck”

  1. matt says:

    Very nice. Did something happen to Ye Olde Ramm?

  2. Pitt says:

    Dodge Ram is still running like clockwork. But it’s got somewhere around 280,000 miles on it (The odometer broke at 254,000 many years ago, so I’m estimating) and, more importantly, the stick shift was difficult for Katie to drive. Seems the clutch throw is roughly the length of her femur. So, the Ford’s an automatic. I know, I know, heresy!

    The Ford also has only 147,000 miles, so it’s a baby in diesel terms. It also has such nicities as power windows and cruise control (and A/C, though the Dodge has that, too). The crew cab was a big selling point- the Dodge is an extended cab, but with no separate doors to get in the back, putting anything back there was a contortionist’s feat. Imagine all the accessibility of a ’71 Charger, but raised 3 feet off the ground.

    The amazing this is, these diesels hold their value so well I was able to get nearly what I paid for the Dodge when I sold it, after owning it for 8 years.

  3. Pitt says:

    Both the Dodge and the Ford came with the original window sticker tucked into the owner’s manual. The Dodge had stickered for just shy of $20,000 new in 1992. The Ford? Over $38,000.

    This is why I like buying vehicles that have reached the horizontal portions of their depreciation curves.

  4. Pitt says:

    The F350 is a 2000 model year, BTW.

  5. matt says:

    “This is why I like buying vehicles that have reached the horizontal portions of their depreciation curves.”

    You and me both. There’s a reason why the “new” minivan is a 2005.

  6. Pitt says:

    8 years old is still a little too new for me. 10-15 years is where you really hit the flat spot. 😉 Plus, most of the Lemons have been weeded out of the gene pool by then, parts are cheap, most of the recalls and such have been taken care of, and all the shops have good experience working on them.

Leave a Reply