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    Need a beater/HD Lowe's hauler

    I purchased a $800 XJ last October in hopes that it would serve as my beater vehicle and yank a trailer around for hauling stuff I need for the house but that did not work out. I am now on attempt #2 in finding a suitable beater.

    My budget will be $2k. I can do most repairs/upgrades it may need myself except for major issues like head gasket, pressed bearings, and things like that so I am not afraid to fix it up a little if needed.

    What would you buy if you had $2k and needed a beater rig? If you know the vehicle you recommend pls share what to look for, avoid, and best years.

    My short list so far:

    XJ (99 or older) (without the issues the recent one had)
    Ranger
    ZJ
    S-10
    Silverado
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    My pre 1997 ford trucks were all pretty much bulletproof save for rust issues. I would look for an old f series truck with a manual transmission (preferably with an inline 6 cyl) without major rust issues. My old dodges (rams) were all good to me as well and ran a little better, basically it seems that Chevy is only the brand that lets me down repeatedly. Everyone else seems to have good luck with them though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith View Post
    My pre 1997 ford trucks were all pretty much bulletproof save for rust issues. I would look for an old f series truck with a manual transmission (preferably with an inline 6 cyl) without major rust issues. My old dodges (rams) were all good to me as well and ran a little better, basically it seems that Chevy is only the brand that lets me down repeatedly. Everyone else seems to have good luck with them though...
    Seems like 97, or a few years before or after, is/are the magical years for Fords from what I have been reading. Is there a huge difference in mileage between the ranger and f-150?

    Quote Originally Posted by joshs1ofakindxj View Post
    Silverado/Sierra in the 1988 to 1998 GMT400 family.
    Thanks. Will look into it. They are priced decently and I've always liked their design. Any major issues to look out for?
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    Frame and body rot. Check the whole frame front to back. There may be one spot that is completely trashed on an otherwise solid looking frame.
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    Nice hauler, if you don't need 4WD. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...40846079275137
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    Thanks but I need 4wd or I will be parked at the bottom of the driveway during snow storms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by muddeprived View Post
    Seems like 97, or a few years before or after, is/are the magical years for Fords from what I have been reading. Is there a huge difference in mileage between the ranger and f-150?
    I have owned several F150’s, F250’s and rangers so I can give some input on mileage. Both the rangers (93 & 06 both with 4.0/auto) and the 5.0 F150’s (88 & 96 both 5spds) got half decent fuel mileage 14-16 if I remember correctly and surprisingly the F150’s would get around 17-18mpg hiway. My inline 6cyl F150’s (89 & 93 5spd) got a little worse but were completly indestructible as far as reliably and durability goes. My F250 (95 351 auto) got around 10mpg but was a Work horse!

    I would stay away from the 97+ f150’s, they had even more rust problems and the 4.6/5.4 engines kind of sucked in my opinion. Watch out for transmission issues with E4 & AOD trucks around 100-140k miles, manuals were pretty much good depending on abuse, inline 6 trucks as well as F250/350 trucks had the ZF5 manual which is good. As far as rust look for spring mounts, radius arms, floors & core supports on top of the obvious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_War_Wagon View Post
    Nice hauler, if you don't need 4WD. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...40846079275137
    If I wasn’t already in deep �� with my wife for buying 3 new guns in 3 weeks I would be going to look at this one. I love old Dodges and she looks like a short bed!
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    I am selling my 99 k1500. 110,000 miles. V8. Ext cab short bed. Just inspected in January. It needs body work, I started but never finished I have all panels. If you are interested PM ur number. I can text you pics or whatever. Listed at 2200 but obviously I can work with you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Super Scout View Post
    I am selling my 99 k1500. 110,000 miles. V8. Ext cab short bed. Just inspected in January. It needs body work, I started but never finished I have all panels. If you are interested PM ur number. I can text you pics or whatever. Listed at 2200 but obviously I can work with you.
    If the frame isn’t rotted out this is a good deal, 99 should be an LS engine and the 4l60 isn’t bad either. Would be a good hauler if Mother Earth hasn’t reclaimed most of it yet. 4.8 or 5.3?
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    Superscout's is the last of the mid 90s style trucks. 350 vortec I believe. We took it all the way to Scranton and back last year or year before to visit some friends truck is rock solid and good shape for price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith View Post
    If I wasn’t already in deep �� with my wife for buying 3 new guns in 3 weeks I would be going to look at this one. I love old Dodges and she looks like a short bed!
    BLACK guns! ALWAYS buy BLACK guns! Cos' the wife don't know the difference, and when you have one out, you can say - "THIS ol' thing?!?! I had this back BEFORE we got married honey - can't you tell? It's BLACK!"


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    Quote Originally Posted by ridgerunner97 View Post
    Superscout's is the last of the mid 90s style trucks. 350 vortec I believe. We took it all the way to Scranton and back last year or year before to visit some friends truck is rock solid and good shape for price.
    I spoke with him a little bit and he shared some pictures and info. I really like what I see but unfortunately I do not have the funds at this time. I hope he still has it when I do gather enough to make him an offer.
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    I thought 98 was the last year for the old 305/350? Learn something new every day.

    I am lucky enough that my wife really don’t know one gun from another, but yea black guns... I even have a black guns matter t-shirt lol. And it was 2 black ones and 1 pretty wood stock one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by muddeprived View Post
    I spoke with him a little bit and he shared some pictures and info. I really like what I see but unfortunately I do not have the funds at this time. I hope he still has it when I do gather enough to make him an offer.
    So you have a budget of $2k and Steve offers you a $2k truck, but you don't have the funds?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith View Post
    I thought 98 was the last year for the old 305/350? Learn something new every day.

    I am lucky enough that my wife really don’t know one gun from another, but yea black guns... I even have a black guns matter t-shirt lol. And it was 2 black ones and 1 pretty wood stock one.
    99 was a carry over year, called it the classic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeepGeneral View Post
    So you have a budget of $2k and Steve offers you a $2k truck, but you don't have the funds?
    Not a math major, but I was thinking the same thing...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeepGeneral View Post
    So you have a budget of $2k and Steve offers you a $2k truck, but you don't have the funds?
    I guess I worded The original post wrong (fixed it). I posted this in the General Vehicle forum instead of the Wanted Forum to gather recommendations on what to look for in that budget. I wasn't expecting offers but I got one and interested.

    There is a big ass payday+bonus coming so this might happen sooner than I thought.
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