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Old 12-28-2012, 10:55   #1 (permalink)
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Opinions on 95 F350 w 351 motor

I am looking for opinions on this particular truck. I recently acquired a 95 F350 XLT Four Door (Crew Cab??), automatic, that has 355,000 miles on it. Interior is in good shape, exterior good besides one dent behind passenger side cab on the bed. Guy swears his mom changed oil every 3000 miles in it, which I tend to believe for a gas engine to have that many miles on it. It has issues though. I see a ton of them running around where I live, but they are diesels, and want to know other than the plugs, wires, cap, and rotor I have put in it, is it worth my time to fix up? Heat doesn't work, temp guage flatlines hot when you turn the heat on, not sure about the AC since it's so cold out, but compressor turns on, shifts a bit hard, rear gas tank full of fuel but fuel pump doesn't work, gas guage doesn't work on front tank, broken driver's side door handle (what a pain, I have not the strength to push the button from outside), and needs a new master cylinder, and a major exhaust leak. It was running on 5 cylinders when I got it and pulled a 35 foot travel trailer behind it. It did it, but it drank up the fuel. Is this thing worth my time or should I get it running decent and sell it??? Let me know!
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Old 12-28-2012, 16:58   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Opinions on 95 F350 w 351 motor

Disregard the other post, you should have 2 fuel pumps. Do you know anything about using a multimeter?

Honestly, 355000 miles is a lot of highway for a gasser. Unless you really love the truck and have a lot of money and patience, I'm not even sure if it's worth putting money into it. 355000 is a lot even for a diesel, that's like 2 lifetimes for a gas burner.
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Old 12-28-2012, 18:37   #3 (permalink)
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I don't own a multi meter. And the reasons you say are the exact reasons why I am asking about this truck! lol
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Let's take it one at a time, the tranny shifting hard, if you mean that it has a difficult time going into gear, you can try draining it, changing the filter and fluid, but above that, not worth it. Being that it's an F350, it's probably geared low, so there will be some lurching during a gear shift, not much, but more than your average street car.

The temp gauge pegging high when the heat kicks on kind of confuses me as the heat will actually help cool the engine to a small degree. I would question the accuracy of the gauge, but that will require a meter.

Also needing a meter: fuel pump issue as well as the front tank's level.

A new master cylinder will cost between 35 and 60 bucks (at least in upstate NY). The exhaust leak, cost will vary depending on the extent.

If you're still missing on cylinders after plug, cap, and wire change, then you may have some serious issues going on in the block.

If you were looking for a project, it sounds like this could be an excellent choice, but if you are looking for a reliable means of transportation, you can probably buy something that has a lot less problems for what may lie ahead. If the body is intact and the tanks aren't leaking, you my be able to sell it for parts.
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