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The F 150 had another clutch faiulre, this time the splines stripped out on the clutch pedal arm that actuates the master cylinder.

This is the fifth clutch issue and I am contemplating replacing it with something else.

Looking for suggestion, serious and otherwise (could use a laugh about now)

Requirements:

Reputation for reliability.

Be able to tow approximately 5000lbs.

Fairly easy to repair when it breaks.

Nice but not necessary:

4WD

A/C and heat that works

Gas mileage at least in the teens.

Things that don't matter:

Rust

stick or auto trans.
 

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is one $2k truck really any different than any other $2k truck?
Not really.

I have had a string of F150's with good luck, but willing to look at anything.

The truck will be used hard, so it does not need to be pretty, just reliable.

That pretty much rules out Dodge, I guess. :teehee:
 

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skillicous
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find a 1989-93 F250 4x4 with a 351W and a c6 trans. although the gas mileage at highway won't be too eco friendly.
 

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Mid 90's Chevrolet or Gmc 2500 with a 5.7 . These are good trucks that get decent mpg. And are still pretty simple to repair.
 

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dodge dakota 5.2l. their cheap, can pull more than 5000lbs, easy to work on for the most part, and their a dodge!:beerbang::teehee:
 

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dodge dakota 5.2l. their cheap, can pull more than 5000lbs, easy to work on for the most part, and their a dodge!:beerbang::teehee:
Of course you just "passed" highschool too....




Couldn't resist :fish:
 

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I found several trucks that meet your criteria on CL:finger:
So have I. Just trying to narrow down the field.

Fortunately, every time the clutch on the F150 took a shit, it was either in the driveway, or very close to home. Each time it has been something different.

So far-

Hydraulic throwout bearing

Master Cylinder (twice)

Cheesy plastic bushing in master cylinder pushrod (twice, finally made bronze bushing and c clip)

Small lever that pushes the pushrod (stripped splines.)

Really, not much else to go wrong now I suppose. :blah:
 

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dodge dakota 5.2l. their cheap, can pull more than 5000lbs, easy to work on for the most part, and their a dodge!:beerbang::teehee:
I've had several Dodge trucks and vans. I have had several Dodge trucks and vans towed home because they quit on me.
 

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If it has a new timing belt, and it still runs, that is a huge plus. IIRC, those are interference engines.
I didn't think they were, had a buddy that use to run 4 banger rangers and he ran them until the timing belt broke, then changed it.
 
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