2002 F-550 is Rebuilt Inside and Out for the Long Haul

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2002 Ford F-550

Ford F-550 is the perfect used truck for anyone looking to start a cross-country towing business.

If you have ever watched the television show “Shipping Wars” and daydreamed of making your living hauling-for-hire on the open road, this 2002 Ford F-550 from the FTE Marketplace could be the key to making that dream a reality. This truck has over a quarter-million miles on the odometer, but all of the key components have been recently replaced and, in most cases, upgraded for better performance and improved longevity.

The Introduction

When “bfife” first posted his 2002 Ford F-550 for sale, he provided the following information.

2002 F550 4×4 Crew Cab price $20,000.
7.3 Diesel
6Sp manual
256,000 miles on OD
Power steering, power brakes, power windows, power door locks, A/C, Cruise control, AM/FM CD cassette
vinyl floor, vinyl rear seat

Notable upgrades:
National air ride seats
BD diesel exhaust brake
new transmission w/upgrades by Mid West trans @ 210,000
new brakes, wheel bearings, axle bearings and differential and SouthBend Dual Disc clutch at same time
6 new Michelin tires @ 215,000
New engine @228,000. Engine precision built by Pat @ Moffett & Bratten Boise Idaho. Complete blueprint, balance, ceramic and teflon coated pistons, etc. More detail upon request. over $12K invested.

I built this truck with the intention of keeping it forever. but life changes. I have no doubt it will give its new owner years of trouble free service. Please PM for more details.

Located in Rupert Idaho.

He also included the one picture shown here and in it, the F-550 looks pretty sharp, although it certainly isn’t the best picture.

Key Details

At first, some prospective buyers might be turned off by the idea of buying a work truck for $20,000 when it has 256,000 miles, but there are two key points. The original engine was replaced at 228,000 miles with a fresh unit built by a Moffitt and Bratton Racing Engines. The transmission was replaced at 210,000 miles with an upgraded unit, including a stronger clutch, as were all of the key driveline bearings and the braking system. In other words, while the truck has 256,000 miles on the odometer, the engine has less than 30,000 miles on it and the rest of the key moving parts in the drivetrain have less than 50,000 miles on them.

Also, to make this truck more comfortable to a long hauling job, the seller has added air ride seats, similar to those found in big rigs, along with an engine brake that helps control the weight of the combo. Really, it just needs a good sound system and this F-550 would make a perfect vehicle to begin a cross-country hauling service, although we aren’t sure if the television show is looking for more people to feature.

"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

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