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Old 07-05-2016, 11:31 AM   #1
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Ok, here's the deal - I would like to ask TCG's input on what to do with my current truck. Allow me to get into a few points:
  1. Truck has 222k on the clock and runs great
  2. Rust has taken hold of the rear fender wells
  3. Anemic tire sizes piss me off
  4. Been thinking of selling and going 1/2 ton
  5. Interior is still going strong, but need to fix the heated driver's seat before winter
  6. Would like to level the truck, but I am pretty sure the rear is sagging a bit so its sorta already levelled.
  7. Bigger tires, but which and wheels or not to wheels?
  8. Never done a fuel filter on the truck... should I worry about that? It's located on the driver's side frame rail, right?
  9. One of the door moldings literally blew off the truck while I was on a road trip for my son's football to Pennsylvania. 1850mi round trip at 85mph, got 17mpg hauling 5 people and a boat load of stuff in the bed. She cruised quite nicely IMO. Anyway, thinking about removing the door moldings - thoughts?
  10. Grill guard - keep it or lose it?
  11. I think I need some new LEDs - which to buy? Or do I just install LED bulbs in the low beams and keep the old D2 lights I've got in the fog slots now? They work great, but they're getting BADLY WEATHERED.
  12. Running boards - keep em or ditch em? If I level it, I would need to jump to get into the damn thing
  13. Topper or not to topper?

Otherwise, if I didn't keep the truck I'd sell it off for 10k or whatever and go looking for a newer 1/2 ton. Not sure which yet, but seems like the big three all have trucks worth looking at right now.

I really don't like the idea of another payment, so keeping the truck is ideal... but the rust is starting to wear me down.

What to do TCG?!?!
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This is sorta what I'm thinking. Not sure I like the bro wheels or not.

Eh, more like this I think:

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Seems like a lot of little annoying things. If you have the time and energy to tackle it all I'd go that way, otherwise I'd just dump it and start a do over.
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Tough one. You have that big sled trailer, not sure a 1/2 ton will cut it unless you are willing to downsize. That truck should run for a long time if you can somehow deal with the rust or fix it. Plus no payment.
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No payment is awesome. Esp on a truck that I really do still enjoy driving.

Anyone have an idea on effectively stopping the rust?
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Anyone have an idea on effectively stopping the rust?
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does the cab have rust?
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Can't stop the rust train short of cutting out the whole panel and refinishing it. I'm sure @Yaj Yak could interject there.

I say just keep it until it literally falls apart. It's a great truck, just maintain it. And think of how much you dumped into the bulletproofing.
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honestly, find a bed... if the cab is clean
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Was going to suggest this if possible. Best bet especially if already painted same color and clean.
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does the cab have rust?
It's starting to underneath... and the bottoms of the doors are doing the same.

Honestly, I was going to go to a Linex place and see what they'd charge me do do basically all the lower gold areas of the truck with their material, including the bottom of the doors.
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Was going to suggest this if possible. Best bet especially if already painted same color and clean.

even if color is off, painting a truck bed isn't too bad for body shops, especially if he were to remove EVERYTHING and drop it off seperately.

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It's starting to underneath... and the bottoms of the doors are doing the same.

Honestly, I was going to go to a Linex place and see what they'd charge me do do basically all the lower gold areas of the truck with their material, including the bottom of the doors.
ugh fuck rust.

that doesn't sound like a terrible idea though...
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POR-15 (or similar solution) and line-x. Won't stop it completely but will definitely slow it down.
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Can't stop the rust train short of cutting out the whole panel and refinishing it. I'm sure @Yaj Yak could interject there.

I say just keep it until it literally falls apart. It's a great truck, just maintain it. And think of how much you dumped into the bulletproofing.
I can recover a good amount of the bulletproofing in resale. I got the truck at 175k, so I mean, I'm definitely driving and using it. I'm sure I could get 10k for it tomorrow as is if I were to put it up on CList... so I haven't done too bad on it at that point.

But starting over on a new truck, even if its already bulletproofed and tested... is a daunting task to me.
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What of the fuel filter situation? Should I just replace it for good measure?
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It's starting to underneath... and the bottoms of the doors are doing the same.

Honestly, I was going to go to a Linex place and see what they'd charge me do do basically all the lower gold areas of the truck with their material, including the bottom of the doors.
Do that. It's the most cost effective way by far. You can even have them paint match it to burgundy, gold, etc... Get a bed as far as rust is concerned, it's the cheapest way and there's tons of 8' beds out there.

I wouldn't ditch the cap, you do a lot of winter activities and the cap is a lifesaver for that stuff.

DO A FUCKING FUEL FILTER DAN . I do mine every 5,000 miles and you'd be surprised what kind of shit 1-2 bad tanks can bring in. Fuel systems in these trucks are expensive, be as religious about maintaining it as oil changes.

Do that fuel filter, if the forward filter has rust in it, sell the truck, if it doesn't, do the aforementioned things and keep rocking out.
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Sell topper, get tonneau.
Replace bed without rust and line-x/undercoat that whore.
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Tons of 8' beds? Show me.
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Wait you've never done a fuel filter?



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Do that. It's the most cost effective way by far. You can even have them paint match it to burgundy, gold, etc... Get a bed as far as rust is concerned, it's the cheapest way and there's tons of 8' beds out there.
Will talk to my neighbor and see what's up price wise.

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Agreed, but I think it definitely takes away from the "look" of the truck. Maybe its just wearing on me.

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Do that fuel filter, if the forward filter has rust in it, sell the truck, if it doesn't, do the aforementioned things and keep rocking out.
Forward filter? So there are multiples? Best way to inspect for rust in the filter? Should I replace all the filters? Have any resources on this I can check out?
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I just got off lunch, I'll find some resources or just have Alex explain as he's a 6.0 guy.

Look in NW Indiana for beds, tons of companies have new take-off's when they do flatbeds, etc... There's pictures on CL of 8' Ford beds stacked on top of each other lol.
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