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My son joined the Air Force and I got my old truck back!

 
Old 06-12-2019, 01:34 PM
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Since my son has now been shipped to his permanent duty station overseas, I got my '04 F-150 back. I did miss having a truck, so even though we have more cars than people now, this is pretty nice.

Having said that, teenagers are ROUGH on vehicles. I have been cleaning and fixing it since getting it back.

Sunroof broke and is now sealed shut, but not until after headliner already got water in it.

Back window (power) no longer opens. I haven't figured that one out yet.

I swear some of his friends were deliberately pouring things on the mats in the back seat. I had to get out the spot cleaning vacuum and go over the entire back seat area.

Multiple lights not working - all fixed now.

Stereo and sub not working properly - all fixed now.

Backup camera not working - haven't even started on that yet.

New dents and paint missing in a few places. Orange paint (on a white truck) on the side where he must have side-swiped a traffic barrel. I was at least able to get that off with some work. Dents and missing paint, not so much.

Engine seems to be louder, and does not seem to respond to the pedal push like it used to. At 186k miles, not sure I can do anything other than rebuild or replace.

Rear diff seems like it might be leaking, and front end now creaks at anywhere near full turn. I will have to put it in the shop for that fun....

I know it sounds like I am complaining (and I am to an extent, because I babied this truck prior to handing it down to him), but with all that being said, the body is straight and the interior is in VERY good shape for being 15 years old and with all those miles on it. With a little PDR and paint, the exterior could look just as good. It is paid off (w00t) and still (for now) runs.
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Sounds like you have a nice project to work on. Any pictures?
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I've had my 2002 Lariat for 15 years. Kept it when I bought my current truck a couple months ago. It's nice having a spare vehicle that doesn't cost anything to keep, and basic liability insurance is dirt cheap as well.
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Nice looking truck, well worth the effort to restore it.
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Very nice truck, definitely worth fixing back up.
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Thanks everyone. I really would like to keep it and slowly fix it up - currently I am more concerned with the longevity of the engine.

One of the things I am thinking about doing is Line-Xing the entire truck.

If anyone has gone through that process with their truck, cost and thoughts?
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