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Old 10-05-2009, 11:49 PM   #1
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Default I killed my truck today

I knew it was going to happen, just not like it did. I knew as soon as I fixed the rear end and the transmission that the engine was going to go. After all, it has been knocking for a year. But it didn't throw the rod, instead it blew the head gasket and possibly cracked the head. Last time the head gasket went the head also cracked. I guess I didn't replace those freeze plugs quick enough.

I'm not sure what I should do. The truck isn't worth fixing but that's never stopped me before. I don't have the money to get another truck so I guess I'll eventually start taking it apart to see what I melted. I drove it until it quit running, I was tired of stopping and adding water. It'll be down for a while. I'll let you know how it goes.
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fix it

whats left to go wrong after you do?

if the trannys fresh itd be a dumb move not to fix it. is it the 300 i saw in your profile or a different truck?
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Buy a crate engine and throw that already half dead engine in the garage for parts etc.
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Yea, I've got the 4.9. No money for a crate engine. I was hoping to just change the bearings but now it will need more. The tranny isn't exactly fresh, but it did come from a '96.
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haha theres a few years in your favor then

how many miles on the motor itself?
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Well, it only goes to 99,999. ha ha
Mileage unknown, went for months without a speedometer until I found the '88-'91 tailshaft housing. Probably close to 175,000 or so.
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i say go ahead and find a used head.

i love that motor.
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ouch, that sucks...4.9's are pretty easy and cheap to come by, at least around here though
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I can get one cheap at the you-pull-it but the condition will be unknown until I get it in and try to start it. More expensive from the other junkyards for a known good engine. I've done the head once, this time should be faster. But then I still have to do the bearings. I guess I'll have to do it, I can't waste all that money I spent on freeze plugs. lol
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Fix it.. I know from your previous post that ive used to fix many problems on my truck that you have to much work in the truck to just let it die...
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Fix it.. I know from your previous post that ive used to fix many problems on my truck that you have to much work in the truck to just let it die...
i know that feeling all to well....i honeslty will be the last owner of my truck, only time i will get rid of it is when i/someone crashes it
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Yes, I really love the truck. Even though it's a base model no options truck, it does everything I need it to do and the *** mark on the seat fits me real nice.
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Mines base to.. it doesnt even have carpet or AC but i cant imagine getting rid of it.. even when somthing goes wrong and i want to set it on fire and roll it down a hill i still manage to get it fixed and keep on driving..
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That's the great thing, I beat the hell out of it and it keeps going. Even when I break it I can't get rid of it because it's so easy to fix.
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haha i think we all love our pieces of **** way too much.

i couldnt see getting rid of my truck, ever.

it saved me sooo much money instead of buying new. for a 18 year old truck it drives down the road like a cadillac. minus the steering play ;]
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I don't see the point in spending so much on a new vehicle when I can pay cash for used and it will still do the same job. Plus older vehicles are better.
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i have no clue why but i feel better when im in an old truck..

probably cause i have that extra couple hundred bucks each month for gas and upgrades instead of forking it over to the bank
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I have never in my life made payments on a vehicle and I don't think I ever will. I buy cheap and make them nice. I only paid $700 for the truck and it only had 95,000 miles at that time.
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lucky man.

550 for my 91 half ton with 140,xxx on it i believe.

and 600 for my ranger with 136,xxx on it.

both paid with cash, neither needed any repair. i plan to keep up with the maintenace as i do all my things and hope to see 200k+ out of both trucks.

its gonna be ruff with the ranger though, i bought it for a beat the **** out of truck XD
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Sounds like you know how to spin a wrench, so it couldn't be more than a couple hundred to get that 4.9 back running. We all know those things last forever.
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