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 04-24-2008, 04:27 Post: 153213
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 97 Ford F-250

Dear friends,

A friend of mine recently passed away due to a long battle with cancer. Richard Wilcox was a very nice guy. In fact, he kept my family supplied with some of the best beef we've ever had. Unfortunately, for everyone, Richard Wilcox is no longer with us.

His wife, Donna, recently held a farm retirement auction. I was present for the auction just long enough to purchase one of the pickups. It's a 1997 Ford F-250, with the big 460 gas engine. It's got 4wd, a manual 5 speed transmission, extended cab, long box, off road package, towing package, soft-plug heater, cruise control, tilt wheel, a goose-neck trailer hitch system, class III receiver hitch, and an electric brake controller installed. Sale price was 1400 dollars. This truck retails for around 7 grand.

I've never owned a truck with this much power. In 4-low, and in first gear, at full RPM, it will get me going at about 3 miles per hour........or 6 gallons to the mile. hehehe. This thing is simply awesome when it comes to pulling a heavy load. It doesn't even know my Kubota, tiller, cultivator, plow, etc, is behind it.

I spent 800 dollars on a complete new set of brakes.....rotors and pads up front.....and new shoes and drums in the rear. Used trucks often need some sort of work in order to make them operate like new again. But, for a total of less than 2300 dollars, I've now got myself a real truck.

If you're looking for a good pickup, but don't want to spend the money on a new one, shop in farm country. With grain prices as high as they are right now, farmers are rolling in cash. And, of course, they're spending a good deal of it too. Many farmers now own new trucks, and the used lots are packed to the gills with good, used trucks, which are now available at tremendous cost savings.

I purchased my pickup at auction, with little bidding competition, because many farmers simply don't want, or need, another pickup right now. Forget the new trucks. The prices are ridiculous.

See lot number 15 at the following link. (Please note: The Auctioneer incorrectly labeled it as a 1994 model. It's actually a 1997, which he made mention of at the time of the sale.)

Joel








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