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I sold son's F250 Ford pickup

Postby Eugene » Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:47 am

Turned the 92 F250 pickup, 212K plus miles, in at local independent mechanic's shop for vehicle inspection. Also asked to check the steering, steering very loose, unsafe.

$20 to $30 in parts and labor to pass inspection. The secretary started reading off the parts and prices needed to repair the steering. $760 for steering sector, brake line hoses, ball joints, tire rod ends, alignment, and may be more. I quit mentally adding up the repair price when it got to $1000-. Also had a coolant leak and using oil. Floor boards rusted out. Used a farm truck for 10 plus years, really beat up from hauling gravel and fire wood.

Told the secretary that we would probably junk the pickup, I had to ask my son. Secretary said that the owner frequently purchased vehicles. Owner asked me what I thought the pickup would sell for. I said 2 1/2 tons weight, that should be about $250- at salvage yard. Settled on a $250- sale price, in shop credit.

Don't think son was to happy with my negotiated deal, pickup had $400- worth of tires on it, thinking I should have gotten a better price. But, being sold; get refund on part of vehicle insurance, not spending $1000- or more getting vehicle safe and passing inspection, not spending $50- or so on license plates, not having to pay 2018 property tax, not spending time and fuel driving 90 miles round trip to salvage yard. And the engine with 212K could blow at any minute.

I think son will get over his disappointment. He didn't have any out of pocket money in the pickup. He purchased the pickup at auction for $3000- about 17 years ago. Pickup came with a mounted contractors tool box/bed and standard bed. Sold the contractors tool box for about 1/2 the purchase price. Pickup got tail ended twice in accidents, collected insurance money.
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Re: I sold son's F250 Ford pickup

Postby Shane Nelson » Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:22 am

I'd be pissed if my dad sold either of my trucks but on the other hand he has 2 of his own :lol:
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Re: I sold son's F250 Ford pickup

Postby Eugene » Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:49 am

Chipmaker wrote:I'd be pissed if my dad sold either of my trucks but on the other hand he has 2 of his own :lol:
Considering the prices for used pickups, had the truck's over all condition been much better, I would have spent the $1000- or so, to rebuild the steering and other problems.

Previous week I spent $720- repairing the right control arm, other associated parts, 4 wheel alignment, on the 93 Ford Expedition. The Expedition is in excellent condition. Any way, I don't mind spending money keeping vehicles on the road.

The F250 has other problems besides the ones I mentioned. My opinion, not worth the money to repair/rebuild. Some other factors in my decision, son's place of employment will be closing some time around Christmas. Son will be unemployed for a while.

Son will just have to be PO for a while.

Besides that, I have another pickup and the Expedition to haul things and tow trailers.
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Re: I sold son's F250 Ford pickup

Postby Shane Nelson » Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:19 am

Eugene wrote: Some other factors in my decision, son's place of employment will be closing some time around Christmas. Son will be unemployed for a while.

Sorry to hear that, has he started looking for another job knowing he's losing his?
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Re: I sold son's F250 Ford pickup

Postby Eugene » Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:43 am

Chipmaker wrote:
Eugene wrote: Some other factors in my decision, son's place of employment will be closing some time around Christmas. Son will be unemployed for a while.
Sorry to hear that, has he started looking for another job knowing he's losing his?
Son has started looking for other employment. Actually had accepted another position, but had to return to the company and decline the offer. Son is also incurring some medical problems and decided to stay with his current employment because of the medical insurance and the current company pays COBRA health insurance for several months after plant closure. There is a significant sized bonus if son stays with current employer to the end. The new employer, health insurance wouldn't start for 3 months after employment date.

Son is a well qualified maintenance technician and a licensed maintenance electrician with years of experience. In demand qualifications. He should/will not be unemployed for very long. Guessing, everything depends of his medical problem solutions.

Edit: More factors in my decision to sell the pickup. Wife's cataract surgery in 4 days for right eye, 1 1/2 months for left eye surgery. I'm the designated driver until the surgery issues are resolved, taking up my free time. Next issue. Just spent $720 on the Ford Expedition and another $2000- for the lens for the cataract surgery. Another $2000- coming up in February for the left eye lens. Personal and real estate taxes coming up along with routine expense.

The short and near term expenses are putting a dent in the income and savings. Unload the F250, not incurring any more immediate expenses.

Another edit: In three months or so, will be looking for an older pickup, basic, no computer, dirt simple.
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Re: I sold son's F250 Ford pickup

Postby Peter Person » Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:45 pm

Eugene,
I agree, your son should not be unemployed for very long.
My son Aron worked for a high performance plastics manufacturer for a few months earlier this year until he got a job within his chosen field. He was a Millwright Mechanic making $32.50 per hour with 10-16 hours of OT every week, not bad for a 22 year old. Union Shop, so mechanics, electricians, etc. who had been working there for 20 plus years were also making $32.50 per hour. Now there's some incentive!

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Re: I sold son's F250 Ford pickup

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:36 pm

Remind me not to leave my Ranger parked at your place when I go to MidMo next summer!!!! :lol:
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Re: I sold son's F250 Ford pickup

Postby Eugene » Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:38 am

John *.?-!.* cub owner wrote:Remind me not to leave my Ranger parked at your place when I go to MidMo next summer!!!! :lol:
Better lock the pickup and sleep with the keys under the pillow. I think I can get $300- in store credit for the pickup.

On another topic. John, We do not have a dish washer, we have vegetable brushes and dish soap. More than happy to scrub and clean your dentals in the kitchen sink.

There was a Ford Ranger sold at the consignment auction week or so ago. Brought $1500-. Didn't check out the pickup, wasn't interested at that time. Several months down the road, when we get the medical expenses, property taxes, income taxes finalized, will be looking for another farm pickup.
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Re: I sold son's F250 Ford pickup

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:33 pm

Eugene wrote:....
On another topic. John, We do not have a dish washer, we have vegetable brushes and dish soap. More than happy to scrub and clean your dentals in the kitchen sink. ...
So long as you don't rinse them in the commode! :x
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Re: I sold son's F250 Ford pickup

Postby Jackman » Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:58 pm

What kinda engine was in that Ford ? Hope it wasn't a diesel. When I was young I drove lots of POS's ,was so poor I couldn't pay attention :mrgreen: the good news was I became a pretty good mechanic fixing those POS's :D

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Re: I sold son's F250 Ford pickup

Postby Eugene » Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:29 pm

Jackman wrote:What kinda engine was in that Ford ?
Gas, 351 Windsor engine.

Couple hours ago, I was looking over the mechanics estimated repair costs. Mechanic only removed the right front tire/rim, costs for the right side of the front suspension were provided. I can assume that if the steering/suspension parts on the right side needed repair, so would the left side parts.

Another subject. Receive my 2017 county tax statement/assessment on personal and real estate property listing for 2018, this afternoon. Need to compare my personal property statement for 2018 with son's statement to make sure none of the property is double listed and that everything is listed. Will be able to line through/delist the F250 Ford, saving a few dollars.

Another subject. Have a female, RFD, mail carrier. Great personality, fun to talk to. Planning on asking her what her kids tell their friends when mom is a male carrier.
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Re: I sold son's F250 Ford pickup

Postby Jackman » Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:30 pm

351 Windsor engine a good engine but not a diesel scrap metal was probably all that tired ole truck was worth. Here in NY ya pay tax on a vehicle once at time of purchase 8% of the price you paid for said vehicle when you register it, I grumble about that all the time :evil:

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Re: I sold son's F250 Ford pickup

Postby Eugene » Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:29 pm

Son stopped by today and borrowed my pickup. Son is moving some of his personal tools out of his place of employment which is closing 16 Jan 2018.

Son and other maintenance personnel are stripping the plant buildings bare. Son said that there were 20 foot long electrical drop cords and electrical runs 100 feet long. Also said that they were removing the plumbing for pneumatic powered machines. Told son to load up the pickup and that we also had trailers. Son asked what we were going to do with the stuff. Told son that I didn't know, but we would find a use for some of it, the rest when the price of scrap metal raised, we could sell.

Any way, son starts new place of employment on 17 Jan 18.
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Re: I sold son's F250 Ford pickup

Postby BigBill » Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:41 pm

I just sold my Chevy ‘79 c20 long rack body for $250 with a good wrench engine. It’s probably better running than anything newer. But we just have to let it go sometimes. I’m too tired to restore it, too tired to care.
I'm technically misunderstood at times i guess its been this way my whole life so why should it change now.

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Re: I sold son's F250 Ford pickup

Postby Eugene » Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:40 pm

Just paid off the last $2000- on wife's cataract surgery, personal and property taxes.

Been checking local Craigslist for another pickup suitable as a farm truck. Something I can throw/dump rock, gravel, fire wood, in the bed and not worry about banging up the truck. Folks call some suitable pickups as project trucks and are priced beyond reason. Will be checking auction flyers. Should be able to find a decent pickup at a reasonable price.

Turns out that my 2003 Ford Expedition is a great trailer tower. Lots of power, vehicle has weight over the rear axle.
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