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Tis better to ask forgiveness....

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  • Tis better to ask forgiveness....

    So my 01 Suburban has been giving birth to needle bearings the last two oil changes.

    It has been a great vehicle. Bought it for $2,300 four or five years ago. Had 141K and the standard Michigan rust. It is now up to 198K. Put new tires, shocks, breaks and one bearing into it. The interior is still in very good shape. The rockers and the rear quarters are shot. It doesn't owe me a dime.

    Upon showing the needle bearing to my mechanic, his advice was drive it until .....

    Being a little proactive. I decided to replace our tow vehicle... ...without the Admirals permission.

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    2013 F150 Ecoboost Supercab Lariot, 3.31, 4x2, 110K. Rated to tow up to 9,500, actual will be about 9,200. Has most all the bells and whistles, rust free and no check engine lights.

    So now I'm asking forgiveness. .

    It was an auction purchase. So far I picked up two replacement tires, 1 rim, 1 fog light, waiting on a HID headlight and a tail light. Will have the the front end aligned next week.

    Also picked up a Pace Edwards Switchback Metal retractable tonneau cover for $100 that was put on today.

    After all is said and done, vehicle, auction fees, taxes, title, registration, plate and repairs the total is under $10K. Hoping my better half will soon realize this was a good deal and I will not be sleeping in the camper or the Starcraft that this will tow.
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    Can't sleep in the Mariner. It has no doghouse!

    Wonder where the needles came from? Auto tranny is full of them as I once found out when changing the filter and ATF, but not a motor.

    Nice lookin' F-150. Good luck on sleeping quarters.


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    • #3
      Mariner Does have a Dodger, will be cold though.


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      • #4
        Nice wheels

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        • #5
          Originally posted by 64osby View Post
          Mariner Does have a Dodger, will be cold though.
          I thought the Mariner had a Ford now. LOL
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          • #6
            Didn't know ford made 4x2 anymore.Is that an option?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by 64osby View Post
              picked up a Pace Edwards Switchback Metal retractable tonneau cover for $100 that was put on today:
              Let me know how it works out, more importantly how well does it seal.

              We have the OE tri-fold on our Supercrew. Works ok, but somewhat of a pain getting things in and out.

              ....

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              • #8
                Originally posted by aspeck View Post
                Nice wheels
                Sure beats the rusty old Burb.


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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 82rude View Post
                  Didn't know ford made 4x2 anymore.Is that an option?
                  Yeah, much like Blinkers are an option too.


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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by dingbat View Post
                    Let me know how it works out, more importantly how well does it seal.

                    We have the OE tri-fold on our Supercrew. Works ok, but somewhat of a pain getting things in and out.
                    Still have to get the drain tubes from the old owner. With yesterdays rain and today's snow I'm sure to have water in the bed. I don't expect it to be entirely water proof until the drain tubes are on and I do some foam tape work in the front corners.

                    Thinking the vinyl should be sealed also, when installing yesterday it was sprinkling and I saw water drops on the bottom of the aluminum supports.

                    The slide seems nice, but wondering how snow and ice will effect it. My main goal was just to keep the snow out of the bed for the winter.

                    They are pretty spendy new, this one lists for about $1K. I was really looking at hard panel tri-folds but could not find a good deal on a used one.


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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by GA_Boater View Post

                      I thought the Mariner had a Ford now. LOL


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                      • #12
                        Nice that its a supercab,me I personally dislike the full 4 doors.Ihad a aftermarket soft trifold on my 03 f150 supercab and it sealed excellent.It was on sale for 350cnd.at the time where every other one was 500 plus.Never owned a eco-boost,do they require premium or?

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                        • #13
                          Nice wheels . . .

                          I guess it would be hard to ask permission if you found yourself at an auto auction, since you really don't know if you are buying it until the auctioneer says "SOLD . . . '

                          I hope the 'begging for forgiveness' goes well.
                          Best regards, Ted . . . . Cape Cod, MA

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                          • #14
                            A Ford? A Ford! For owners to repair daily, FORD.
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                              Originally posted by 64osby View Post

                              Still have to get the drain tubes from the old owner. With yesterdays rain and today's snow I'm sure to have water in the bed. I don't expect it to be entirely water proof until the drain tubes are on and I do some foam tape work in the front corners.
                              Just take a Philips screwdriver and poke some holes in the bed. It's aluminum no? But it's military grade aluminum whatever that is. I'm a Chevy guy. My fantastic wife bought me a brand spankin' new 4X4 crew cab Chevy Silverado right off the lot in November of 2011. I have 160,000 kilometers on her now, the truck not the wife. That's 99,200 miles for those in England and the USA. My maintenance so far is brake pads, a battery , a fuel sensor for 100 bucks and oil and filter every 10,000 kilometers. Oh and the truck bed is made of steel, Canadian steel. I don't need to lay a 12" of foam under pad in it if I want to throw a few 6X6's in it or a box of fishing tackle. edit: just thinking if it's aluminum it can't rust. Seal it and fill it with water and you have a swim spa if indeed it is aluminum.
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