|Project by richgreer||posted 08-03-2013 03:38 PM||2152 views||1 time favorited||23 comments|
This is my 2003 Ford F250 with a 7.3 liter diesel engine.
The box was in bad condition so I removed it and had a flatbed installed. I call this truck a “mini flatbed”.
I built the wooden rack myself. 99% of the time, what you see is all I will need. If I need more capacity I can add extensions that increase the height of the sides and back. The oversized toolbox you see is bolted into place, but can be easily removed and put it into the back seat if needed.
These diesel trucks are usually good for 250-300,000 miles. I only have 87,000 miles no it. This truck may last my lifetime. The Ford 7.3 diesel is considered a very dependable engine. It was replaced by a 6.0 liter diesel engine that has been quite problematic.
Note – one of the important functions for this truck is to pull a trailer carrying tractors and other farm equipment. It can easily pull 10,000 pounds (and I need to be able to pull that much).
If curious – If I am not pulling anything, this truck gets about 19 mpg. Pulling a heavy load the milage will drop to about 13 mpg. Much better than an equivalent gas engine would do.
-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.