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Postby Eugene » Sat Sep 10, 2016 6:56 pm

I really don't need a vehicle with a built in vacuum cleaner. Or a pickup truck with electronics for a big screen TV in the bed and a grill and cooler under the bed panel.

I have the local dealership perform routine service on my vehicle. The service includes a wash and vacuum.

The electronics in the pickup bed would probably not hold up to fire wood, rocks, salt and mineral blocks, fertilizer, etc..

Must be city slicker attractions. Guessing most city folks don't own shop vac's, drop cords, or pressure sprayers. Pickups must be a status symbol, great for tail gate parties.
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Postby ScottyD'sdad » Sat Sep 10, 2016 7:43 pm

Eugene, that's why we can't afford one! Too many unneeded additions, we have to pay for, need it or not! Not many years ago, a pick up was a cheap vehicle, now they run $50.000+
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Postby Eugene » Tue Sep 27, 2016 6:10 pm

2003 Ford Expedition, 5.4 ltr engine, fully equipped. 197K miles. Engine is failing. Body and drive train in excellent condition. Purchased vehicle at police auction for $800- about 4 years ago. Today, dropped the vehicle off at a mechanic's shop. Asked for written estimates for a new Ford engine and a rebuilt engine.

The vehicle is currently worth about $2K. Guessing/hoping, new or rebuilt engine, installed will run around $8K.

2017 vehicle similarly equipped lists for $71,165. Then there would be tax and title fees. Similar used vehicles run in the low to mid $20Ks.

Did this before. Blew a Dodge 318 cubi engine in a pickup truck. Thought I would just go buy another pickup. Wrong. For $5K got a new engine, radiator, steering and brakes reworked. $5K was about 1/2 what I could purchase another well used pickup for.
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Re: Vehicle advertisements

Postby Jim Reid » Tue Sep 27, 2016 7:34 pm

Eugene I just had a rebuilt 350 installed in my 99 Tahoe warranty for 12 months or 12,000 miles 2,238.00

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Re: Vehicle advertisements

Postby Eugene » Tue Sep 27, 2016 8:09 pm

I really don't know what the new or rebuilt engine will cost. The current engine has very low, dead even, compression on the back two cylinders of the left bank. Have to pull the engine to replace a head gasket. Internet search disclosed that it would cost around $4K to just pull engine and replace the head gasket - if that is the problem.

The clerk/lady who took down my request for service information told me that they had just installed a 350 cubi engine in an older pickup. It's less expensive to repair and keep vehicles on the road than to purchase a new or relatively new used vehicle.

When my Dad, retired Oliver mechanic, was 70 or so years old, he told me that he no longer did any mechanic work. Told me there is the shop and all the equipment - do it yourself without my help. Here I am, soon to be 73 years old, very bad back, with the shop and all the mechanics tools. - - - Will just let the younger guys handle the job.
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Re: Vehicle advertisements

Postby randallc » Wed Sep 28, 2016 5:06 am

Agree with Eugene.
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Re: Vehicle advertisements

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:43 pm

I am like Eugene, my vehicles are transportation, not a status symbol. One thing he mentioned that I would like to have would be the built in vacuum cleaner. :lol: My pickup is parked under a carport about 30 yards from the door, and I am always tracking grass and gravel into it.
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Re: Vehicle advertisements

Postby Eugene » Fri Sep 30, 2016 5:49 pm

Eugene wrote:I really don't know what the new or rebuilt engine will cost.
Estimate is just under $6500-, including sales tax, Wrote the check this morning for the engine and complete installation kit, $4000- and small change. Engine comes with a 3 year or 100K miles warranty.

This will make $7300- total in major vehicle cost. Not bad for a vehicle purchased about 4 years ago for $800-.
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Re: Vehicle advertisements

Postby Eugene » Tue Oct 18, 2016 8:54 am

Engine for the 2003 Ford Expedition, total cost was $6200- and small change.

Vehicle has a 3 position selector switch; 2 wheel drive, 4 wheel drive, and automatic to change between the other two. Tow package, rear heat and air conditioning. And other heavy duty police options.

Spare vehicle normally kept at son's house. 3 drivers and 5 vehicles. One vehicle is usually in the shop for routine service.

Great vehicle for snow.
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