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crazed & deranged farmer
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I have the chance to pick up a 1996 f250 xlt for $2,000. its got 283k and has a rebuilt trans, new brakes and newer 35" toyo open countries. the guy whos selling it said it has a blown head gaskets and was drivven for 2 miles like that and there is oil in cooling system and coolent in the oil. he drained all the fluids. so is $2000 a fair price for the truck? i'm more interested in it for a parts truck for the bed and a spare transmission. what do you guys think?
 

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Just another OBS addict
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Seems like a fairly good deal, since a rebuilt trans is worth $2k give or take. You should be able to make your money back by parting it out
 

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STILL LEARNING
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I personally wouldn't pay more than a 1000.
Last year i bought 2 trucks.
One was 96 F350 cab-n-chassis powerstroke auto 4x4 w 98k and the rear axle was blown(1000).
The other was a F350 c-n-c powerstroke stick 4x4 w 120k w needing fenders and cab corners(1500)
 

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I know nothing...
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I personally wouldn't pay more than a 1000.
Last year i bought 2 trucks.
One was 96 F350 cab-n-chassis powerstroke auto 4x4 w 98k and the rear axle was blown(1000).
The other was a F350 c-n-c powerstroke stick 4x4 w 120k w needing fenders and cab corners(1500)
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Are we related? You sound like me, the way I buy I mean.

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Outside of buying like I stole something - ask yourself - would I buy this truck without a motor? Because that's what you're doing. If the motor is ok then it's a bonus.
 

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If you personally didn't see coolant in the oil then it most likely is just bad oil cooler o-rings and the guy is assuming the worst and blaming head gaskets as the culprit. Most casual owners of these trucks don't even know that the cooler exists until it springs a major oil leak. If I were you I would buy it.
 

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buy it, parts are worth alot more than 2000
rosewood will buy the injectors
 

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crazed & deranged farmer
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If you personally didn't see coolant in the oil then it most likely is just bad oil cooler o-rings and the guy is assuming the worst and blaming head gaskets as the culprit. Most casual owners of these trucks don't even know that the cooler exists until it springs a major oil leak. If I were you I would buy it.
Hes fairly sure its head gaskets, he said it was smoking for the last 2 miles it ran and he already has done some work to tear down the engine to replace the head gaskets.
 

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Don't EFN worry about it
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Hes fairly sure its head gaskets, he said it was smoking for the last 2 miles it ran and he already has done some work to tear down the engine to replace the head gaskets.
Wow have not seen too many of these trucks puke the headgaskets in stock form. :confused: Oilcooler maybe ??
 
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