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#1 OldBuzzard ONLINE  

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Posted January 25, 2013 - 09:11 AM

Well, my poor old '98 F-150's electrical system has been possessed by demons.  :(

 

Lots of weird things were happening:  Open the door, and the turn signal relay would click, and the dome light would flash.  Electric windows wouldn't work, but when you did press the button, the dome light would come on.  Turn signals would work with the headlight off, but turn them on and they wouldn't.  And probably the worst of all, the blower motor for the heat/air wouldn't work.

 

We thought it was the GEM module as that was a common problem with the F-50s and the local Ford dealer replaced it. However still had the same issues.  Evidently the cause was someplace in the wiring, and finding it was not going to be easy.  It's one of those things that you might fine right away, or it could have takes hours and hours of chasing down.  Since I only paid 2K for it 2 years ago, I just didn't think that it was going to be worth fixing.

 

So I went on an internet search to find it's replacement. I ended up with a 2001 Dodge Dakota 4x4 Club Cab with 122K on the clock.

 

Not a bad running truck.  Does have a bit of rust, but nothing major.  Would have preferred a 6-cyl for the better fuel mileage, but this one has the V-8.

 

Dealer was wanting 4999 plus tax, title, fees, etc.  I ended up getting it a 5K out the door.  I think it was a pretty good deal after looking at what other 2001 Dakotas 4x4's in the area are going for.

 

Anyway, here's a pic:

 

 

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Posted January 25, 2013 - 09:23 AM

Nice looking Dakota! Wish they had a longer bed!



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Posted January 25, 2013 - 09:44 AM

Nice truck.  I think you will find that the V8 and the V6 in this truck will give you around the same MPG as the V8 won't have to work as hard.  There are things you can do to increase MPG as well.  I also think you will be happy for the extra "stuff" under the hood when it comes time to tow.



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Posted January 25, 2013 - 09:46 AM

Nice looking Dakota! Wish they had a longer bed!

They used to have a full 8 foot bed on them.  My first truck was a Dakota with a regular cab and 8 foot bed.  A little more narrow than a full size but the full 8 foot long.  That was nice.


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Posted January 25, 2013 - 10:01 AM

Nice Truck! I agree with Jeff, when you hook up the trailer the V8 would likely get better mileage because it won't work as hard as the V6 would.


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Posted January 25, 2013 - 11:22 AM

I agree with Jeff also. I have f150 with v6 and it dosent get any better milage than v8. Very nice looking truck.



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Posted January 25, 2013 - 02:35 PM

Were you getting jealous of Kenny and Bill? lol

Nice truck, hope many tractors hop in the bed for ya for years to come.



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Posted January 25, 2013 - 02:59 PM

Bed's a bit short for tractors, and I always use a trailer for getting those.

 

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Posted January 25, 2013 - 04:25 PM

Worked with a fellow that had a Jeep Automobile and a Dodge pick-up. One had the 6 cylinder and the other had the 8 cylinder. He never said which was which, but both got the same MPG, but the 8 "performed much better"!



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Posted January 25, 2013 - 06:19 PM

Well, I'll get a chance to see what it does on state/local highways nost week.

 

I bought a Bolens EK7 that I need to pick up.  I'm shooting for Mon or Tue, as it seems like we are getting a 2 day break in the cold weather.  :D :D

 

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OOPS just looked at the map.  That's just a short hop, only about an hr each way.  Guess a real test will have to wait.


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Posted January 26, 2013 - 05:07 AM

Hey,nice looking truck.



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Posted January 26, 2013 - 07:05 AM

Nice looking truck OB, are you sure there are no demons in this one?



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Posted January 26, 2013 - 11:17 AM

That's a nice looking truck.  I like the green.  






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