Hey TK, that ain't true.... I'm a 'Bama boy at heart... ROLL TIDE!!!
That said, I've made my living in Indiana for more than a few years now...
the state where most of your auto parts come from if they weren't made
It's a backwards state, for sure... we can't even decide what time it is....
whether to use daylight savings time or not.
But there are a lot of really good craftsmen here. And by-and-large, they
build good stuff. Indiana also (used) to make more steel and iron than
anyone else in the World.
Me.... I'm gonna retire to AZ. one of these days and move in with Vicki
(-;... or maybe not. I think Julie wouldn't like that much....
But Julie does like AZ........ so maybe I'll just follow my wife instead.
Oh, and yes.... we'll take your money.... anytime!!!
Our municipality went over to Chevys -- Recalls on Ford are three times
as frequent. Also, they griped because (no joke!) it supposedly takes
eight hours to do the spark plugs in one of the 8cyl. Fords!
I drive a 91 Ford E350 van-chassis with a heavy Stahl work body, gets about
9 miles to the gallon if I'm lucky and eats the hell out of front tires. Had
to put a motor in it around 75k miles, but that's the fault of a FORMER
employee who decided to buy beer instead of using the $25.00 to pay for an
oil change each month (yeah, I found out about it). I can't blame that on
Ford, of course, but it still leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Had to put a
starter and battery on it, replace once injector about a year ago, but other
than routine maintenance, it's been pretty reliable. It's the Triton V8, not
a heckuva lot of power with that heavy work body. It's got the automatic, no
troubles with it.
I also drive a 91 F350 crew cab turbo diesel dually and tow a 44' gooseneck
trailer that weighs in around 14k lbs. I drive all over the Southeast and
Midwest to barbecue competitions ... I'm at about 75k miles on it and had
not problems except one sensor (about $35.00) and regular maintenance. No
engine mods, the truck is strong as can be and drags that big gooseneck down
the road just fine ... only problem I've got is getting around those Chevy's
and Dodge's lumbering up the hills <g>. I get around 12 mpg around town,
around 15 on the highway, and around 11 towing that big trailer on the
interstate. My next service truck will definitely be a diesel (just remember
to plug it in if the temp gets down around freezing). The dually also has
the standard Ford automatic transmission, which I was a bit leery of with
the big trailer. After speaking with a number of people who work on the
trucks, however, I added an external transmission filter and cooler and
haven't had a minutes trouble with the tranny.
I change my oil every 5000 miles. First thing I did when I got it (bought it
used with about 18k on it) was change to synthetic everything (oil, tranny
fluid, rearend dope, brake fluid, etc). Fuel/air filters about every 7k
miles, Tranny filter (I installed an external filter) every 10k. I run a
good diesel fuel conditioner through about every other tankful, supposed to
keep the injectors clean.
I ordered a Knapheide KUV from/through Ford last week - delivery should be
within a month. I know, I know, it's a van style but 10' utility bed WITH
out of the weather almost standing room? I've gotta give them a try! BTW,
I've had great luck with trucks and Knapheide utility bodies but this looks
like a great alternative between knee crawling in a van and digging your
step ladder out of the snow.
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