'93 f-150, 4.9L straight six engine, auto trans, 4WD, some body damage and some rust but nothing major, your basic knock around, foul weather, haul stuff and don’t care what you look like truck. I’ve had this truck for over a decade now but I really just don’t have much use for it anymore. It needs a few repairs and as far as my needs are concerned, there’s no reason to put more money into it. To get this back into running shape as a weekend project or fishing/camping rig, I would need to have the following repairs done:
- The starter has been chewing up the flywheel for some time now and they’ve finally failed. Both need to be replaced at a cost of $800-$1,000. Until I have this done I can’t even start the engine.
The bushings in the driver’s door hinges are worn badly. If you open the door and then lift up, there’s quite a bit of vertical play. Because of this sagging, the interior door handle is broken. The door needs to be removed, have new hinges installed and re-hung and then replace the broken latch mechanism for about $400.
The engine is good but could use a good tune up.
In good running condition, this truck is maybe worth $2500 as a private sale and maybe half that as a trade in. I’ve had a person offer to buy the truck as-is for $300. Apparently the straight six engine in it is in demand to power irrigation pumps and he wants to cut the shell of the truck in half, turning the bed and rear axle into a trailer. I can’t justify spending this kind of repair money on a truck I don’t need BUT do you think I can make the repairs and then recoup that cost with the higher sale price of a truck that actually runs? Should I gamble on the repairs or take the $300 bird in hand?