Well my brother and i are looking for something that we can share that gets good fuel economy. He drives a 06 6.0 that gets about 14, and my 7.3 gets 13 in the winter and 17 in the summer around town. We are wanting to get something that is reliable, gets 20+ mpg's around town, and can still be a workhorse.
We have 2 options for a vehicle. We have a 1990 F-250 2wd standard cab, completely base truck, 4.10 gears, C-6 auto behind a 300 I-6. The truck has about 176k miles, and our dad has owned it since it was new. Its a work truck, always has been and always will be. The frame is super clean for being a 21 year old work truck, and the bed is just starting to rust. Overall the truck is in great shape. It weighed in at 4980 on the scales at the shredder after i unloaded, and i have a bunch of crap in the toolbox.(prolly 1-200lbs
Our ideas for that truck is to put a manual in it, and some tall gears. For a motor i have a 99 7.3 that we were told ran great, and only has 114k miles out of a bus. I bought it for injectors and the HPOP
system, and its now sitting in the corner of the shop. We can also get our hands on a DT360 or DT466 fairly cheap. We we have also talked about a 4bt/6bt but we don't really want to do that.
Or the second vehicle would be a 80's to 90's 4wd extended cab Ranger. Once i get some more cash i'm gonna be on the hunt for one just cause i need something soon with decent economy, and i want a Ranger to toy around in. My plan for a Ranger would be to stuff a 4BT in there, with a 5/6 speed, and 3.73(maybe taller gears) in it.
So what do you guys thinks would be better? A light 2wd F-250 with a 7.3/DT360/DT466 and fairly tall gears, or a 4wd Ranger with a 4BT. We are just kinda tossing the idea of these around, so i'm open to opinions and suggestions.