Go Back   Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums > Regional Chapters > Western Region > Montana Chapter
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?


Montana Chapter Join Chapter , Leader: jredline1984

Welcome to Ford-Trucks Forums!
Welcome to Ford-Trucks.com.

You are currently viewing our forums as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join the Ford-Trucks Forums community today!





 
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 12-27-2004, 08:37 PM
88grandmarquis's Avatar
88grandmarquis 88grandmarquis is offline
Posting Guru
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Bismarck, North Dakota
Posts: 1,089
88grandmarquis is starting off with a positive reputation.
Cool I could be done

Well, it's come to this. After all of the money invested and after all the work put into it, another oil puddle has formed underneath the '86 F-150. I haven't had a chance to take a close look at it, but it would look as though the rear seal is the problem spot . . . again. Either way, if it turns out to be another $500+ repair, the truck is going to go. I've been looking at the list of repairs done to the truck over the past few years and have found where an excessive amount of my money has gone. Too many repeat repairs for things that should not be breaking.

I know that an 18 year old truck is going to be breaking from time to time, but the list shows a bad pattern. One of my concerns has been the problems from the previous owner that I've discovered and had to clean up. I'm also facing the fact that I don't need a truck for what I do at this time in my life. I've been telling myself over the last two years that 'if I hold onto it long enough, I'll have a big use for it'. Unforetuneatly, the truck never breaks the mold of "daily driver", and daily driver eats too much fuel.

My plan would be to sell the '86 and either invest the money into my '88 Grand Marquis; or sell the '86 and sell the '88 back to my mom (used to be her car) and buy another truck. At this point I really don't know what I'm going to do. I may just suck up the cost and keep repairing this truck until I've nothing left. It just seems that whenever I get a little ahead with money, something big breaks on the truck.

I'm sorry for the long rant, guys. It's just getting to be a real pain with the wallet and the truck. I can't seem to get a thousand miles on the truck without something going wrong. I'll take a close look tomorrow and go from there.

------------------------
Justin
__________________
-Justin, Owner of a 1995 Ford F-150 XLT, 4x4, 5.8L EFI351, E4OD trans, ext. cab, short box.
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 12-27-2004, 08:49 PM
Matts72's Avatar
Matts72 Matts72 is offline
Post Fiend
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Montana Territory
Posts: 10,280
Matts72 has a good reputation on FTE.Matts72 has a good reputation on FTE.Matts72 has a good reputation on FTE.
Hopefully its just a valve cover and not the rear main.

Whatever happens, don't be leaving the driftas'
__________________
2011 F150 XLT 5.0 RC/SB 4x4 Blue
GE Dash 9-44CW
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 12-27-2004, 09:51 PM
88grandmarquis's Avatar
88grandmarquis 88grandmarquis is offline
Posting Guru
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Bismarck, North Dakota
Posts: 1,089
88grandmarquis is starting off with a positive reputation.
I figured that this pounding headache wouldn't go away until I checked to see what was leaking. Crawled underneath and found the rear seal was good, it's the transfer case that's leaking. I'm gonna sleep on it and check with my mechanic on the repair cost. If it's pricy, the truck will go up for sale. If I knew another way to go, I would, but this is the most money saving route.

Needless to say, I'm not happy with either way that this goes.

----------------------
Justin
__________________
-Justin, Owner of a 1995 Ford F-150 XLT, 4x4, 5.8L EFI351, E4OD trans, ext. cab, short box.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 12-28-2004, 10:08 AM
mtflat mtflat is offline
Post Fiend
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: Kalispell, MT
Posts: 5,210
mtflat has a good reputation on FTE.mtflat has a good reputation on FTE.mtflat has a good reputation on FTE.
I drive old trucks 'cause in the long run it's cheaper to maintain one than make payments/full coverage insurance, etc. But sometimes the maintenance comes in big chunks that are painful. There have been times when I couldn't cover those big repairs and newer/more reliable was a better choice. I've done it both ways.

Do what you have to for now. There are more trucks out there just like the one you have. Once a pickup man, always a pickup man. They get in your blood. Stick around here - we'd miss you and if you sell the current one, you'll eventually be back in a truck.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 12-29-2004, 12:53 AM
MontanaFord MontanaFord is offline
Elder User
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Kalispell, MT
Posts: 752
MontanaFord is starting off with a positive reputation.
like mtflat said...."Once a pickup man, always a pickup man" no words could be more true....there's even a song about it...i believe it's Alan Jackson that sings it....listen to that song, and it's truth all the way through...even though my truck uses an easy quart to quart and a half of oil a day, and i change the spark plugs about every 3 wks regularly, due to oil-fouling, and i get a totally awesome (note sarcasm) 8-9 mpg outta my 84 f-150 4x4 300-6 4 spd, i decided that for what the truck's given to me in overall reliability, i'm gonna return ten-fold to the truck by making it a better truck than it started out as...dana 60 axles w/ 1 ton suspension, built up 300-6, zf 5 spd, a basic restoration to like-new condition, and possibly new paint.....tho if i leave the paint how it is, i won't feel bad when the truck gets a new scratch or ding....

MontanaFord
__________________
1992 F-150: X-cab, short bed, 300-6, 5 spd manual, 114000 miles at time of purchase...gonna git shined up nice...
1982 Full-size Bronco: 300-6, 4 spd manual, 9" rear...gonna git some mods done soon...
Member: High Plains Drifters
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 12-29-2004, 03:09 PM
88grandmarquis's Avatar
88grandmarquis 88grandmarquis is offline
Posting Guru
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Bismarck, North Dakota
Posts: 1,089
88grandmarquis is starting off with a positive reputation.
I will stick around even after the '86 is sold. I'm not sure what will happen in the short-term after I sell the '86, but I will someday have another Ford truck. I'm just gonna have to wait and see. I'll let you guys know how it goes.

---------------------
Justin
__________________
-Justin, Owner of a 1995 Ford F-150 XLT, 4x4, 5.8L EFI351, E4OD trans, ext. cab, short box.
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 02-02-2005, 06:10 PM
lurch lurch is offline
Senior User
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Baldwin, ND
Posts: 116
lurch is starting off with a positive reputation.
Transfer case seals aren't all that hard to replace on your own. Usually nothing more than a few bolts and a new seal, and can be done pretty cheap if you do it yourself.
__________________
Justin

1993 Eddie Bauer Bronco-306, E4OD, comp cam, longtube headers, no cats, true duals, throttle body spacer, K&N filter, hypertech chip, hypertech coil.
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 02-02-2005, 09:37 PM
88grandmarquis's Avatar
88grandmarquis 88grandmarquis is offline
Posting Guru
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Bismarck, North Dakota
Posts: 1,089
88grandmarquis is starting off with a positive reputation.
It hasn't leaked since that horribly cold weather. Still trying to sell it, though. I need the money to get started on my Grand Marquis project.

------------------
Justin
__________________
-Justin, Owner of a 1995 Ford F-150 XLT, 4x4, 5.8L EFI351, E4OD trans, ext. cab, short box.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 02-07-2005, 03:02 AM
mt78Lariat mt78Lariat is offline
Senior User
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Billings,MT
Posts: 143
mt78Lariat is starting off with a positive reputation.
Old trucks are my choice cuz its nice having something that is out of the ordinary,,the average of 10 mpg is fine, dont have that monthly payment or full coverage insurance, and the occasional wrenching is fine, cuz i love to work on em. I like the feeling of pride when I can say,, I built that, and i painted it too..............................
__________________
Current projects: 1978 F-150 Ranger Lariat 4x4
1975 F-250 Crew Cab 4x2
1966 F-100 swb streetrod
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 02-09-2005, 09:29 PM
RICE H8R's Avatar
RICE H8R RICE H8R is offline
Elder User
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: small town, north dakota
Posts: 890
RICE H8R is starting off with a positive reputation.
Kinda sucks sticking money into things. I've stuck countless dollars into my '95, but I still have it. Hope you can sell it quick. What are you doing with your Grand Marquis anyway?
__________________
RICE H8R

1995 Ford F-150 XLT 4x4
2006 Arctic Cat SnoPro 440/700efi
1998 Arctic Cat ZR 600efi Custom
2004 Yamaha Raptor 660r

Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old 02-10-2005, 04:19 PM
88grandmarquis's Avatar
88grandmarquis 88grandmarquis is offline
Posting Guru
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Bismarck, North Dakota
Posts: 1,089
88grandmarquis is starting off with a positive reputation.
Here's the plan for the '88 Grand Marquis:

-High Output 302
-Mustang headers and H-pipe w/ dual exhaust
-3.55 gear ratio (improving from stock 2.73)
-Trac-lock rear differential
-Wide ratio kit for transmission
-Body work (eventually)

. . . and whatever else may come up along the way.

This has been a project that I've been looking forward to for a few years.

----------------
Justin
__________________
-Justin, Owner of a 1995 Ford F-150 XLT, 4x4, 5.8L EFI351, E4OD trans, ext. cab, short box.
Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-2005, 04:19 PM
Reply

Go Back   Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums > Regional Chapters > Western Region > Montana Chapter

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On
Forum Jump



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:48 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Advertising - Terms of Use - Privacy Statement - Jobs
This forum is owned and operated by Internet Brands, Inc., a Delaware corporation. It is not authorized or endorsed by the Ford Motor Company and is not affiliated with the Ford Motor Company or its related companies in any way. FordŽ is a registered trademark of the Ford Motor Company.

vbulletin Admin Backup