My 1993 Ford F250 IDI bit the dust (head gaskets) and I wasn't in the mood to resurrect it so I decided to replace it. Wanted something that had a little more power, or the potential to have more power (with minimal cost/effort), and, of course, a diesel! (I've got three diesel cars, two diesel tractors, a diesel generator and a diesel Polaris Brutus!) Mainly wanted something that was sound and not rattling apart. Really only used for occasional hauling (feed, straw, building materials, perhaps my tractors and anything else I might figure I need to haul). I paid $2,500 for that Ford about 5 years ago and put little money in to it; it paid for itself many times over; but, I was always a bit nervous just kind of waiting for it to give up. I don't want to live with that feeling any more in which case I decided to spend a few more dollars! So...
After doing some research I settled on a 2nd Gen Dodge/Cummins, manual and 4wd. Wasn't so sure I wanted an extended cab again because they tend to be hard to access: I'm not really looking to do long-hauls anyway.
Picked up yesterday. 192k miles. Bellingham area truck all its life. Pretty well taken care of. No engine mods that I or the previous owner (third owner) am/was aware of. 4" exhaust. Pacbrake exhaust brake and air bags. Redhead steering box. Have a drag link, tie rod and some other frontend parts (needs at least one ball joint): I should be able to do this R&R myself. Looks like there's a little oil weeping from the timing cover, but will have to have a closer look. PO says that the original owner was to have had the KDP and fifth gear nut fixes taken care of, but I suppose that without any paper work there's no way of knowing. Clutch, standard duty Luk, has less than 30k miles on it: seller had said it was a Southbend (I'd wished!), but the service records said otherwise.
Other than a little steering wander (my F250 had a bit as well) the truck seems pretty tight. Engine seems really crisp and smooth. For peace of mind I'll probably have Diesel Outfitters give it a look-over.
Will be looking to address driveability/soundness issues first (will see how the inspection goes) and then be looking to bump power a bit. Also needs new tires and I'm wondering whether my 285/75/R16 Cooper MAX tires (only a couple thousand miles on them) from the F250 would be suitable. The existing Toyo tires have a crappy ride (compared to the Coopers).