NTD - New Truck Day

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Big_Bend, Oct 11, 2019.

  1. Big_Bend

    Big_Bend Poster Extraordinaire

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    2 months ago I went to my local Ford dealer and a nice young man, unassuming and low key, said can I help you? And my response was yes, I want to buy a truck. He asked what kind, and I said I wanted a blue one.

    Last night I got to drive it home, 10 miles on the odometer.

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    A custom ordered 2019 Ford F250 4x4 PowerStroke Diesel. I went to the Ford.com site and picked out exactly what I wanted, and left out everything else. A true minimalism approach, this truck doesn't even have power windows or door locks lol.


    I'm hoping this truck will last me at least 20 years, and I plan to be extremely religious on the maintenance. Suggestions appreciated from other diesel truck owners on what to look out for, or accessories I need.


    Next month I'll be driving it out to California to get my new truck camper installed... More info from this thread -

    https://www.tdpri.com/threads/im-em...ng-a-tech-nomad-will-live-on-the-road.972111/


    Happy New Truck Day! Life is good...
     
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  2. orangeblossom

    orangeblossom Friend of Leo's

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    Wow that’s a beauty for sure.
     
  3. Big_Bend

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    First thing on the list is to switch to synthetic oil.

    Then I'm going to add Airlift Airbag suspensions for each wheel... extra lift, and the ability to level the truck camper when parked on a hill for easier camping and sleeping.

    Also a big Ranch hand front bumper.

    I need a new toolbox to take on the road.. what is the minimum I need for tools? I'm not a mechanic, but would like to be prepared as best I can.

    I'm going to be reading the owners manual completely today... taking it very slow the first 500 miles, hoping to break it in smoothly.

    Off and running... my first diesel truck...
     
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    You got a good one :cool: ... drive it like you stole it !
     
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    Nice wheels you will enjoy it.
     
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    LOVE IT! Great plan too! Way to go!
     
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    My brother in law has a Ford Diesel he bought back in the summer of 1996, he still has it today. He took the bed off of it and put a flat bed on it, because he used it to haul hay for his horses. When his brother passed away some years ago, his sons polished it up, varnished the bed, and they used it to haul his brother's casket from the funeral home down to the interment site. It was a cool send off.
     
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    100% awesome truck!
     
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  9. Toto'sDad

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    Cool thing about the heavy duty pickups is that they are really built more like big trucks with bigger wheel bearings, and everything is just built stronger. You should be able to drive it as long as you want to. Nice truck!
     
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    Nice truck !!! Love that color ... Best Of luck with it ... happy trails !!!
     
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  11. fendertx

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    Big roomy truck, nice buy. Interested to see it once you get it outfitted. Oh by the way, it's missing the Astros sticker.
     
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    Just a thought... Not even sure if it's warranted... But wouldn't you want to let it settle in before switching to synth. Maybe im just blowing smoke. Maybe it's a non issue!
     
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    Wow!
     
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  14. gwjensen

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    Congrats! I like your minimalist approach. My last (and only) truck was a 1985 F150 I bought new and kept for 15 years. Like you, I ordered it to my minimalist specs. Didn't even have carpeting. It was my main driver and never needed anything except routine maintenance. Great truck.
     
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    Congrats. Those Powerstroke Diesels are good engines. The extra cab has just enough room to them without being too much.

    My 03' 4 cylinder Ranger had 280k miles on it and one weak cylinder. I thought about getting a F150, wasn't excited about the aluminum body though. Got me a V6 07' Red 4-door Ranger for cheap. Really wanted one of those new Bronco's, but they weren't available.
     
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    My parents were AMS/Oil dealers in the days when there weren't other synthetic motor oils on the market. For them new vehicles (or new engines) were hands off, because, according to company literature, the engines needed time to "seat" their valves and rings, and the superslick synthetic oil wouldn't let them do that.

    I don't know if the wisdom has changed, but I'd chance a year or two (maybe longer--I've held off seven years so far--because diesels carry so much more oil than gas motors) with conventional oil. That truck is a thing of beauty!
     
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    Congrats on your new truck. You ask what to look our for? Other guys with trucks. I encounter them every day in my commute, air horns blaring and lights shining through my rear window like in Close Encounters. Three tons jacked up isn't too nimble, but late for work, some of these guys drive like they're in a Mustang GT. Enjoy your truck and stay as far as you can from some of the others enjoying theirs.
     
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    Fantastic - congrats !

    I like that blue too.

    My Ford truck is not a diesel but it is a 2002 .

    The Internet is your best friend.

    If you look up what motor and drivetrain that you have, if there ever has been a problem with them , that means that 20,000 other people have also had that problem and it will all be laid out in front of you - the symptoms, the fixes, whether dealer/manufacturer knows about it or will cover it, etc.
     
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  19. 985plowboy

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    Grown man's truck right there.
    You and I are cut from the same cloth.
    Good job.
     
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    That's a beautiful piece of machinery there.
     
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