For Everyone With A Bad Habit With Wheeled And Fueled Things
For Everyone With A Bad Habit With Wheeled And Fueled Things
Not my first color choice but period appropriate.
Not my first color choice but period appropriate.

I love me a good project. Especially one that can drive home. In my recent ‘Ridiculous Diesels’ search I also found this potential gem. I think I want it, but I need some friendly advice from my fellow Oppos!

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Small rust spot and a mismatched wheel.
Small rust spot and a mismatched wheel.

This is a 1983 Ford F-250 4x4 6.9l diesel. Nineteen eighty-three being the first year for a Ford/International diesel. It has 69,000 miles shown but it is unknown if or how many times the odometer has rolled over (5-digit odometer). It is said to run well with only a small leak from a freeze plug and a ‘throttle vacuum sensor’ needed.

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Blue with envy! Original upholstery?
Blue with envy! Original upholstery?

The pictures seem to show a relatively well maintained truck. The paint is faded and it is worn but otherwise pretty clean for its age.

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Why do I want it? Not only do I find these early Fords to be pretty cool but I’ve got a theory.

The early diesel trucks (anything pre-1998) are due for a rally in value. We will never see trucks like this again. By these trucks, I mean trucks with essentially tractor engines with no emissions devices. They’re unique trucks and they were only produced for approximately 20 years.

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Original CA Sunset license plates. Radwood bound?!
Original CA Sunset license plates. Radwood bound?!

Like any truck, they’re getting hard to find clean. Most trucks are used for work. Low miles and unmolested are rare descriptors used when describing most trucks, especially a diesel truck.

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I don’t think it will be a rally in value anytime very soon but I think it will happen in the near future; 10 years or so. Look at the older truck prices! It’s difficult to find anything clean and cheap from the 50s and 60s.

The price for this first year non-turbo, non-intercooled, non-direct injection, all mechanic Ford/IH gem?

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$1500 <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Seems like a small price to pay to keep, maintain, enjoy, and ultimately, maybe profit on a piece of automotive history.

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Only problem I seem to be having with this one is the lack of documentation, and that I already have a 1996 Dodge 2500 Cummins 4x4 with 87k miles ready to be the next project... how many projects do I need?!

An early diesel rally could happen right? Or should I run back to my mountain compound, draw the blinds, and throw away my computer...?

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PS: I take no credit for these photos. I’m simply not revealing the source so none of you opportunists beat me to the deal!!! Lol!

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