Well, I'm moving as most of you know... I asked for help with locating a trailer, and had no real luck in finding it. So, I started looking at other options. I had gotten a moving van reserved (just by phone call, no money down, etc). Well, I called Dad, and told him about it, he said he'd help me out... So with him on the way over I tripped over a Craigslist ad selling used moving vans... to my absolute surprise, Dad said "well, let's go!" So, a short while later, I was walking through a lot of 60 or so used U-Haul moving vans. Prices ranged from $1,200 up to $5,600 or so, from small little pickup trucks up through the big ones.
Well, we went out and looked at the $1200 ones... they are 1989/1990 naturally aspirated diesel automatic F350s with a 14' box. Just about bought one with some box damage, but they couldn't get the dual battery to jump off and start... so, we turned and looked at the next one they were using to jump the diesel.
It was a 1995 F350 with the 460 in it... Looking under the hood, it had a new AC pump, new fan clutch, new tune-up parts, new PS pump and hoses... NEW TIRES, and I come to find out that it had all new brakes installed from the master cyl to the wheels... 14' box, no damage. New galvanized frame extensions, bumper, hitch, and ramp assembly. There is a little damage to the body, a few scratches with rust, and the top center of the roof of the cab above the windshied has been stood on, and is crumpled down a bit and rusty... but otherwise, the interior has the vinyl bench seat, and has two damaged spots, the passenger side grab handle on the A pillar is broke, as well as the dash bezel that goes around the gauge cluster and steering column. Cloth head liner, carpet back wall (to cut down on noise), full vinyl floor mat, AM/FM OEM radio... crank windows, manual locks, cruise delete. I had to have them adjust the brakes before I drove it off the lot. It drives straight, but the steering wheel is about 30 degrees turned to the right. All good mirrors, no broken glass...
Come to find out from the guy at the rental desk, that the truck I got had been a rental ready truck for out of town rentals no less than 2 weeks ago!
Anyway, here's the pictures...
Only the last picture is of my specific truck, the others are very close to mine.
Empty weight: 7,540 lbs
Gross vehicle weight: 11,000 lbs
Cubic capacity: 602 cu. ft.
Roofline measurement: 14'
Floor inside measurement: 10'9"
Inside width: 7'7"
Inside height: 7'1"
Outside width: 8'
Outside height: 11'
Tire size: 215/85 R16
Rear door opening height: 5'8"
Rear door opening width: 6'6"
Loading ramp length: 10'
Loading ramp width: 2'2
Bumper to bumper length: 22'6"
Deck height: 36"
AM and FM Radio
Power Brakes - Hydraulic, Front disc, Rear drum
Fibreglass reinforced plywood
Estimated mile/gal: 12 miles/gal
Engine: 7.5 liter/460 CI V-8 gas
Differential & gear ratio: Nonlimited slip axle/4.56 gear ratio
Fuel tank capacity: 40 gal
The mod bug has bit, if you can believe it... I want to replace the broken grab handle and the dash bezel, add a tape player (for a tape adapter), make a GPS/Phone mount, custom labeling...
When I'm done with the van, my mother will use it, then we'll see what else... I've gotten to thinking - a mobile auto repair business - "The SHOP comes to you!" or a mobile handyman business... Who knows, but I now owe dad some money! HAHaHAHAHA