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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-16-2007, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
 
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Is my old 7.3 up to the task? I need your help.

Hey Gang,

I have a '99 F250 4x4 Ext. Cab w/ 203k on the original tranny. I know the engine is still good, but my concern is the transmission.

I'm thinking of doing some small excavation work, and I just can't decide to take the plunge and buy new (0% just hit today) or replace the tranny with an upgraded unit and a new exaust system to the tune of about $4,000.00.

If I get a 350 Chassis Cab I can add a dump bed. With the 250 I have now I'll have to pull the Bobcat in a dump-type trailer.

Needless to say the C/ Cab will be alot more money, but I also don't know if the old 250 is up to the task. I don't want to spend tons of downtime and money at Ford fixing it.

Can an older 250 pull a trailer and Bobcat easily with these upgrades? Or am I exceeding the 250's capabilities.

HELP ME MAKE A WISE BUSINESS DECISION. Thanks.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-16-2007, 07:19 PM
 
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Business decisions

That 250 of yours will move the weight that's not an issue. I own a small excavation company w/ 2 skids, 2 ex's (10,000lb, 16,000lb),20,000lb dozer,
'91 F800 single axle dump, '94 F-superduty dump, '99 F-250, my '01 350, And an '06 Denali. And out of all of them i drive my 350 every day, pulling a trailer
(i'll pull everything i described minus the dozer), running around to bid work, to picking up groceries!! It's just flippin' practical. Moral of the story is that if you already own the dump trailer and the skid-steer, i'd beef up the truck (tranny) and run with it.
Buying new trucks is always awesome, however thats about 500-1000 more dollars in overhead per month just to have the new truck. I woud use the one you've got until it dies (which could be never) and at the same time i'd be putting an extra 300-500 per month in a savings account until i had a killer down payment! Well thats all just my opinion but good luck with your endeavors.............. -fast_ashley
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Oh just to clear it up my '01 daiy driver is pictured on the left!
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You might want to add some air helper springs to level the load.
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I also have F350 mason dump with stock trans. I have been pulling Bobcat T300 Loader as well as 341 Bobcat excavator along with dump bed filled with huge tool box and 100 gallen fuel transfer tank. I know I am grossing around 25000 pounds. This truck does this at least 3 times a week or more. Never had a problem with stock trans with 110000 miles on it.

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i pull a cat 277b skid and a cat 304.5 ex on a 24 goose neck all the time and i dont have an prob..pulls like a dream. i got a 97 350 reg cab long bed with
4" sus lift with 35s so a stock truck is gonna pull lil better anyways. but if i was no i would get some air ride helper bags in the back..they help just with the way it drives it makes a diff.
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Thanks for all the help! I really appreciate it.
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I use several mid to late 80s f250s here all with the idi 7.3 and they spend the summers pulling 5th wheel campers one 26 feet long one 32 feet long and a 32 foot goose neck horse trailer that weighs in at around 10k lbs loaded they do the job just fine with no ill effects well that is until I added a turbo to mine with 3 in open exhaust then I started smoking out c6 trannies swapped in a 4 speed and that problem is solved .. the stock engine powered trucks have done fine tho with the c6

I would think it will do fine

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I had a 98 12 valve that was 5 months away from being paid off. I got a new job and "thought i needed a nicer truck" so i sold the dodge and bought the one thats in my sig. I kick myself EVERY SINGLE DAY for doing it and especially when i send out the truck payment.

New trucks are nice and all, but title in hand is better then most anything IMO. Not to mention you go and buy a new powerstroke and you could have more problems from the new one then you do from your old one.

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