I've got a 1997 short box crew f250 XLT 4x4 460 and a 1996 supercab F250. The wheel base is not the same, a few inches difference. I bought the crew a couple of years ago. It took about 6 months to find the one I wanted. They’re out there but ya got to look just about everywhere. Found mine on Craigslist.
I just bought a 1996 F150 crewcab( 4 door) shortbox 4x4, made by centurion. Sweet because I can take all of my family (6) and not have to get in our Suburban. The truck has a 5.8 and an E4OD automatic in it. On the way home from picking it up I drove 90 miles on I-5 and averaged 16.8 MPG, which was better than I expected. I only use a truck for about 2000 miles a year so I'm looking forward to having it for 20 years or so. The previous owner put a real nice sounding flowmaster dual exhaust on it and an auto lock Eaton Posi rear end. The engine just purrs. I originally saw one of these trucks at a lot in Tacoma, it was pretty rough so I didn't buy that one but I knew they were made and was looking for one ever since. I'm glad that I didn't settle for the extra cab
Enough room to haul around the entire workmen crew, but no where to put their tools in the little useless shortbox
It's an old thread, and yes, I see the smiley and I know no offense was intended, and I assure you, none was taken. But I really like the crew cab short box configuration. I need a family vacation hauler. It needs to be able to carry 4 adults comfortable (teen age boys aren't any smaller than adults), so that limits me to crew cabs, or Expedition-or-larger SUVs. But it also needs to carry my 8' slide-in camper and tow my ~4500 lb Bronco. And even if it weren't for the camper, I prefer a pickup to an SUV when running to the lumber store, or bringing a stinky dog home from a hunting trip.
And I want the truck as short as possible to make it that much less impossible to park in the shrinking parking spaces most lots now have. Sure, at times a long bed would be nice. But the short box works out fine almost all of the time. You can even haul 20' lumber with it!
Yeah, I had a '95 F-150 SCSB. I needed it to be a 3/4 ton, but the configuration was exactly what I wanted... until my kids outgrew the back seat. But an F-250 SCSB is on the list to be my next project, for the up-coming empty nest years.