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Have You Ever Seen A Farm That Grows Ford Super Duty 4x4s?

Firing Order editorial: My nephew appears to be growing trucks on his farm.

From Arkansas, this ’00 Super Duty needs a transmission, but it was bargain-priced at only $1,600. With only 275,000 miles the 7.3L Power Stroke probably has lots of life left.

I like wandering around my nephew's northern Illinois farm because there's always interesting things to see; he likes to buy broken stuff, repair it, and use it.

Buy 'Em Broken, Fix 'Em, Use 'Em

My nephew, Troy, is on my wife's side of the family. He purchased my father-in-law's farm, and like his grandpa, is supporting his family by farming. Troy has many traits of my late father-in-law, including that he's a man of few words, he's very hard working, and he's frugal. Maybe that frugality is why there are so many old Super Dutys scattered around his farm. Why buy a new $80,000 Super Duty when you can buy a broken one for cheap and get it running? And if you can buy one for cheap, well, is one ever enough?

This '01 F-250 Super Duty was purchased from Janesville, Wisconsin, for $4,000 (the price included a snowplow). The 7.3L had bad injectors. Odometer says 350,000 miles.

Wandering Around the Farm

Today, I was looking out the window of my office, which is in a building next to his farm, and I couldn't help but notice that his old Super Duty collection has grown. It's like he's growing Super Dutys on his farm. There was a red Super Duty I hadn't noticed before, and when I looked over the top of the sheep pen, I saw a white Super Duty that didn't look familiar. I needed a break from my game of Computer Screen Staredown, so I wandered across the yard to take a gander at what was new in his collection. This was right up my alley anyway because I have a thing about old trucks.

Troy buys the trucks cheap (and mostly broken) from eBay, Craigslist, or wherever, and he has a plan for each. He currently has five Super Duty 4x4s. I need to note that his Super Duty collection is in addition to several really cool old tractors—some running and some not—along with a variety of farm implements.

From Arkansas, this ’00 Super Duty needs a transmission, but it was bargain-priced at only $1,600. With only 275,000 miles the 7.3L Power Stroke probably has lots of life left.

Have You Given an Old 4x4 New Life?

I returned to my office inspired by Troy's knack for getting old 4x4s running again after previous owners threw in the towel.

Do you like to procure old 4x4s and give 'em new life? If you've resuscitated an old 4x4 that someone wrote off, drop me a line at ken.brubaker@fourwheeler.com, and tell me about it! And please include a high-resolution photo if you have one.

A hole in the 6.0L's block notwithstanding, this $1,500 '05 F-350 is from Michigan and has a like-new dump bed, a newly rebuilt frontend, and 220,000 miles on the odo.
Acquired from Kansas, this '00 Super Duty F-350 Lariat has the 7.3L Power Stroke. There's only 313,000 miles on the odometer, and it just needs injectors. Purchase price: $3,200.
The bed on this '02 Super Duty was shot, so Troy replaced it with an aluminum bed. The truck was from Cuba City, Wisconsin, and he gave $3,000 for it. No engine work was needed for the 7.3L Power Stroke, and the odometer reads 450,000 miles.