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David Neibert
03-08-2011, 09:28 AM
Picked up this 99 F150 4x4 last night to replace the rusted away 87 Mazda B2000 (aka Mazdaradi). We sold the Mazdaradi to our daughter a year or two ago and ever since have needed another truck for hauling mulch, dirt, pavers ect.. and to also serve as a back up for Kathy's Charger SRT8 when it snows.

I'm shocked that even with 145K miles it doesn't leak a drop of anything.

David

Mike8675309
03-08-2011, 09:39 AM
Looks like a decent enough truck. Built Ford Tough no doubt. Is that the year you need to watch out for spark plugs flying out of the cylinders?

forcedbird94
03-08-2011, 09:55 AM
yup the one i seen most is number 7 and 8 poping out nice truck

95badbird
03-08-2011, 12:19 PM
Looks like a decent enough truck. Built Ford Tough no doubt. Is that the year you need to watch out for spark plugs flying out of the cylinders?

only seen that happen on the 5.4's.

David Neibert
03-08-2011, 01:48 PM
only seen that happen on the 5.4's.

This truck has a 5.4, and yes 99 is one of the years that had problems with ejecting plugs because of only having 4 threads in the head. According to the guy I bought it from the plugs were changed about 20K miles ago. With us driving it less than 1000 miles per year, I don't expect to be touching them for a long time.

From what I've read the damage occurs when removing the plugs, because it pulls a portion of the threads out of the aluminum head and the replacement plug then fits looser that it should and eventually fails. If they do fail there is a pretty slick do it yourself repair kit avalible to correct the problem, so I'm not really concerned about it.

David

qc89SC
03-08-2011, 07:55 PM
nah i only seen this about 1-2 time it rarelly happen great truck and great year i love working those truck at the garage!!! i prefer the f vs de gm or dodge!!!

Nettlesd
03-08-2011, 10:42 PM
Nice find, David.

1HUMINBIRD
03-08-2011, 11:52 PM
Nice truck. It should treat you well and more than do the job.

Melon
03-09-2011, 10:44 AM
Nice truck :) I had a '00 like that and it was a great truck. Mine had some polished Westin nerf bars on it though.

David Neibert
03-09-2011, 02:19 PM
Nice truck :) I had a '00 like that and it was a great truck. Mine had some polished Westin nerf bars on it though.

Andy,

Funny you mention the nerf bars, because I just ordered this set.

http://www.runningboardworld.com/stainless-nerf-bars-ford-f150-supercab-1997-2003-2.aspx

I was also very pleased that it passed MO Safety & Emissions inspections earlier today. The guy at the Ford dealer doing the inspections noted that one of the front swaybar end links was broken and the front brake pads and hoses should probably be replaced before too long, everything else was solid.

I still can't get over the fact that it doesn't have any fluid leaks. I've got retarded amounts of money sunk into my SCs and both of them have some minor leaks, but this $3900 beater with alot more miles on the clock, is dry as a bone.

David

TSC89
03-09-2011, 03:07 PM
Looks good David.

95badbird
03-09-2011, 03:55 PM
Andy,

Funny you mention the nerf bars, because I just ordered this set.

http://www.runningboardworld.com/stainless-nerf-bars-ford-f150-supercab-1997-2003-2.aspx

I was also very pleased that it passed MO Safety & Emissions inspections earlier today. The guy at the Ford dealer doing the inspections noted that one of the front swaybar end links was broken and the front brake pads and hoses should probably be replaced before too long, everything else was solid.

I still can't get over the fact that it doesn't have any fluid leaks. I've got retarded amounts of money sunk into my SCs and both of them have some minor leaks, but this $3900 beater with alot more miles on the clock, is dry as a bone.

David

thats good to hear.
I have a 97 f150 4x4 with the 4.6l with around 111,000 on the clock, and it leaks nothing either.
these are great trucks!

Melon
03-09-2011, 11:05 PM
Andy,

Funny you mention the nerf bars, because I just ordered this set.

http://www.runningboardworld.com/stainless-nerf-bars-ford-f150-supercab-1997-2003-2.aspx

David

That looks similar to the Westin's that I put on my truck. I really liked them.

Both 5.4 F150's that I've had haven't given me any trouble, and my friend's 98 F150 4.6L has over 200k with no problems at all. They aren't joking with they say Built Ford Tough :D

Swanny
03-10-2011, 01:05 AM
I've owned a 98 F150 w/4.6L and a 01 F150 w/5.4L. Boy the 5.4L is fun. I can't believe that's your beater LOL

http://www.fordf150.net for F150 goodness ;-)

David Neibert
03-10-2011, 03:16 PM
I can't believe that's your beater LOL

It's in pretty good shape, but it's still a "beater" when compared to my other daily driving options.

David

slowpoke
03-11-2011, 06:44 AM
doesnt look like a beater to me dave, 4wheel, short body, extended cab, good hauling power, nice height, and its a FORD. looks like a great find to me. i hope end runs good for ya. :)

David Neibert
03-12-2011, 02:56 PM
Replaced the broken sway bar end links earlier today and now the front suspension/steering feels tighter :)

Now I've got to start on the job of installing new brakes and rotors on Kathy's Charger SRT8 :(

David

slowpoke
03-13-2011, 01:59 PM
ouch, that cant be cheap. she needs to learn how to let it coast when she's going over 160mph. brakes dont do so well until your at or under 120.

David Neibert
03-14-2011, 01:15 PM
ouch, that cant be cheap. she needs to learn how to let it coast when she's going over 160mph. brakes dont do so well until your at or under 120.

The Charger had grooved rotors the day we bought it with 200 miles on the odometer. I tried to get it included in the recall and swap to slotted rotors in 2007, but the dealer said they were not worn bad enough to qualify. Unlike any other car I've owned, the rear pads are the quickest wearing on this car and with only 23K miles on the car (Brembo 4 piston calipers), they were already down to the wear indicator clip on the rear pads.

Kathy has always complained about the brakes squealing since we bought the car, so I figured it would be best to start with a fresh slotted aftermarket rotors and some semi metalic pads that are not supposed to squeal and have very little brake dust. The new brakes don't feel as grippy as the stock ones did, but I'm okay with that if they don't squeal and turn the front wheels black.

David

David Neibert
03-19-2011, 12:15 PM
Got the side bars on it a couple days ago, and now it's alot easier to get in and out. After doing an oil change and checking all the other fluids, I'm calling it done.

David