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Maybe this topic will get this board going again. Anyways, my own truck rolled over 110,000 miles last week as you see in the sig. It's had no mechanical problems and runs like brand new( but what do you expect from a 300-6? :) Anyone out there have 200K or 300K or more? Cant wait to hear some good ford truck stories.
 

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OK, none are f150's, but you might want to hear them anyway.

My moms boyfriends econoline has over 400,000 miles on it. I think it's a 98, i'm not sure what engine or anything. He's an air conditioning man, so its completely filled all the time(couldn't even get a door to fit in it), and it's his only vehicle. Never had a problem with it. His van before this was an 86 ford, he has no clue how many miles were on it, the person who sold it to him just said its rolled over once or twice. While he had that one, some how it ran out of oil and over heated. One of the valves were stuck for a little over a year when it finally blew a rod. He always says, just treat your car like a woman, and it'll last for ever.

Oh yeah, my brothers 86 ranger has probably 150,000 miles or more. He blew the speedo(and odometer) on it driving way over 85, the only problem is his pedal has only two positions and the engines always way to loud for some reason I guess. He towed a full size chevy van that got stuck in a ditch with a bunch bushes, the entire area was a sheet of ice. My next vehicles gonna have 4wd :).

My escorts not a truck, but at least its a ford. i've had it almost completely run out of oil twice and it never over heated. My first stupid mistake i'll never do again was forgeting to put the oil cap on when I changed my oil. After about a week I couldn't figure out why it always idled around 2000 rpms, so I looked under the hood and saw it was missing. I'm sure there was some oil in it since the light never came on, but it didn't register on the dipstick. My second dumb mistake was not having the drain plug on tight enough, and I guess it got knocked off becase I was driving home and one of the spark plugs had come loose and made the car shake real bad. Right as I pulled into the drive way, the light came on. I shut it off right away, and saw the trail of oil. I followed the trail of oil for a little over two miles to get my drain plug that had been run over a few times. Put some oil in it, put the wire back on and it ran as good as new. Yeah i know I was stupid to let those things happen, but atleast I'm learning when I'm young on an escort. Its got a 140,000 and the engine and tranny are perfect, except for the 1st and 2nd gear synchros. Not to mention I charge down the highway in 3rd going 70 just to see how fast people move out of my way. I think I have the same problem as my brother.
 

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Low Mileage

How about low mileage ? I own a 1993 F-150 with only 59000 miles . Not bad for a car that's 8 years old .
 
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owner of two F-150's

I'm the proud owner of two F-150's Both are auto. with 302's and 8ft beds. One is a 90 (bought brand new) with 189,000 hauling miles on it. Still runs like a champ but is alittle rusty!It's blue and silver. The other is new to me I got her in Sept.2000 and she is a 91 with 86,000 miles and clean(myBABY). She is dark grey and grey. But i've put alot of bucks in her since I got her. It like needed brakes, lift springs, muffler,ball joints,and of corse some boss tires. It seems like every month something else needs done but she's my Queen. Put them side by side and it's like night and day.;) Hope to get alot of haulin out of her. My trucks earn thier keep. The old 90 paid for itself 10 times over!
 

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Mine is not a truck, but a 93 Marquis. 209k. Only repairs since day one...
Starter at 170k, Alternator at 50k, Tranny flush at 185k. That is it other then normal maint like brakes and tuneups!
 
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I just bought an '89 f-150 4x4 with a little over 200K on the stock 302 and M50D. It runs pretty rough, but it made it 60 miles home running 70 MPH!!!
 
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F-150 mileage

My '95 has over 150K on it. Wish someone (FORD!!) had let me know about the recalls on fuel pumps and exhaust manifolds. Not cheap fixes but...
Can anyone suggest a way to keep up with the vehicle recalls when the Co. doesn't send out notices?
 

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Venerable, Hoarey F-150's

I bought a 78 F-150 4X4 300-6 that had 205K on it. He had replaced ithe engine with a NAPA rebuilt engine at 190K.
We put another 130K on it doing paper routs and Bundle drops, with only a Valve Lapping, which was forced on me due to my own ignorance.
However It went through a Power steering pump, three water pumps (Caused by a NAPA Thermostat) one Alternator, One Carb, two Exhaust manifolds, two Muffler and Tail Pipe setups, two sets of brakes, and at least two sets of U-Joints.
It had an ongoing problem with the Dash lights on the left side not working, and I just wasn't interested in pulling the Dash out.

A perfect truck for me would be a 73-77, 300-6, C-6, 4X4, extended cab. If I could get that in several donor trucks, I'd do the swapping. (If my wife would let me have all that Junk in the Yard long enough to get it done)
 

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The life expectancy of ANY vehicle is largely a function of: (1) the maintenance performed during its ENTIRE life, (2) the use to which the vehicle is applied, (3) the environment in which it is operated and lastly (4) the quality of its manufacture.

I buy Fords because I have had excellent service from them. I am a maintenance fanatic and I buy vehicles that are well-suited for the use that I give them. Total mileage alone is not the only measure of a vehicle's suitability.

Former vehicles that I have owned include a '72 F-250 that eventually went over 350K, an '84 F-250HD 4X4 that is currently in the mid-200K's and an '86 Taurus currently at 240K. My current truck is a '97 F-250 460 4X4 with 45K and doing very well. I have bought all of these vehicles new and done ALL of the maintenance myself. There have been ZERO lapses in the schedule due to indifference.
 

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Amen to Maint!

I was paid to maintain my vehicles during my work years!
Before and After that I did the 3K oil changes because I'd seen the fference plenty of times during Re-Ring and Bearning jobs.
Dont forget to lube what you can, too.

I even change Wiper blades two or three times a year.
 

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My 1965 F-100 just got a newly rebuilt 300-6 at 212000 miles. I bought the truck from the original owner and he said that to the best of his memory the speedo only turned over once before I bought it. It just turned over again since I've had it. If he lost track of the turnovers then it could have 312,000. he said the truck never did any long distant trips. The original 240-6 still ran really good, it just started using a little oil. I wanted a bit more power so I had a 300-6 from a '79 f-150 rebuilt.
 
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High-Miling Trucks

When my 78 F-150 reached the 365,000 Km mark(219,000miles)
My 400 was very tired,It had seen 18 United States,4 Canadian provinces & Numerous Cities.
I decided to swap in a larger/stronger more Torque/HP related
engine.
I ended up putting in a 70-429CJ Torino Engine that just happened to have 200,000+miles on it.
The compression was still great so I replaced the exhaust valve seats,and a couple of valves and put it together.
Now with truck having 265,000 Miles. It purrs like a kitten and has the strength of three tigers.

Dennis

"The early bird may get the worm BUT, The second mouse gets the cheese"
 

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I've got a 84 300-6 it went close to 335,000, then it finally gave out. I put a rebuilt in and I'm driving again! I'm thinking a new paint job this year and I'm good to go for another 300K!
 
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My f150 with the 300 6cyl has 116500 miles on it. My uncle had an 88 f150 4x4 and a 302 with 250,000 miles onit when he traded it in. He rarely changed oil, and really worked the hell out of it. She still ran strong, but had a leaky rear main seal. We even blew the waterpump in the middle of nowhere once, drove it for 12 miles to a service station where the engine shut off all by itself. replaced the waterpump, started right up and ran at leats another 50K before he got rid of it.
 

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'97 150 with 63k.
Normal maintenance except for right lower ball joint.
'95 PGT with 81k.
Normal maintenance except for valve lifters(doubtful replacement)
'89 PGL with 142k.
Normal maintenance except for engine wiring harness(fire).
 

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ok, ready for this,


1987 Ford Ranger XLT, 2.9, 5 sp, over 300K probely approching 350K Runs like brand new, hit 4 deers, worked hard all it's life, Survived Michigan winters since I bought new in 87.

Dosnet burn a Drop of oil (leaks it though), Starts everytime I need it to, and always gets me there and back.

BUILT FORD TOUGH!
 
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TWO YEARS AGO I BOUGHT MY FIRST 300 6 WITH 65000 MILES ON IT. IT IS A 92 F150. IT NOW HAS 178000 MILES ON IT AND IS STILL RUNNING STRONG. I WAS WONDERING IF ANYONE KNOWS WHERE I CAN GET PERFORMANCE REBUILD KIT FOR THIS MOTOR.
 
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