Goodbye Old Friend

Shortly before Thanksgiving I said my final farewell to my 2000 Ford F-150.  I got the truck in 2003 during my Senior year of High School.  161,000 miles later it belongs to someone else.  I’m still having trouble grasping that it’s not sitting outside anymore.

161,000 miles wont seems like much to some of you.  My brother-in-law is still driving the F150 my wife had in college.  That ’98 5.4 V8 is pushing 250,000.  But my little truck has seen hard use and it was time for it to go before I started having to drop a lot of money into it.

Had my truck 1) been an automatic, 2) had an extended cab I wouldn’t have sold it.  You see my wife and I are trying to adopt a little foster baby, and having a truck without a back seat is just not going to work for that.  While every true country boy should know how to drive a manual transmission, it does get old.  Add a wife and a old beat up truck with a stick just isn’t the best second vehicle.

[Before I go any further I must clarify that my wife can indeed drive a stick.  I taught her while we were dating.  With practice she can drive it just fine, the issue is she is 4′ 11″ and safety becomes an issue]

Another issue is that my job as a youth minister often involves transporting kids.  So for my work the Explorer (which holds 7) is great for me.  My wife and baby get the newer bigger and safer Expedition.

As of now we have a Ford Expedition and a Ford Explorer.  No truck.  I’ve never been without a truck except for a brief time in College.  It is weird and I don’t like it.  But it is what is best at this stage in life and made the best financial since.  Originally we wanted to sell my truck and get a Ford SuperCrew but a used Expedition was less expensive than a used SuperCrew of the same condition.

Now as a woodworker I have the issue of not having a truck to haul lumber and materials.

One solution is to take saw horses and a my cordless circular saw with me to the lumber yard (that’s 40 miles away).  If I know my project in advance I can cut sheet goods down to rough size.

The other solution is to just haul my little trailer to town.  With my SUVs I can pull my little trailer at 75mph no problem.  My new Expedition is rated to pull over 9000lbs!  The Explorer is rated at around 5000lbs +/-.   My little trailer is home built on a Honda accord axle, so it is not the most heavy duty trailer out there.

Trailer 1As of now I’m thinking I’ll sell this little trailer and combine it with the money I got for my truck and buy and new high quality trailer for hauling my sheet goods.

Woodworkers without trucks how do you cope?

 

3 thoughts on “Goodbye Old Friend

  1. I had to say goodbye to my 2003 Ranger earlier this year. It had 278,000 miles on it and was falling apart although the engine and transmission were still fine. I have no trailer so buying sheet goods has been a no go unless I rented one.

    • I don’t know about your area but I recently priced a 12ft Single axle utility trailer for $1440 after take and a spare. It’s Max GVW is 3500 well within my Explorer’s tow rating. As soon as I sell my little “franken-trailer” that’s what I’m going to get. With proper care it should last the rest of my life. It’s covered under house insurance when parked at home and is considered part of the vehicle when driving so other than registration it doesn’t cost anything to own.

      I had a Ranger in High School with 178,000 miles when I flipped it. It was my dad’s meter reading truck and spent a lot of time on dirt roads, but ran great. I’m shooting for at least 200k on the Explorer. The engine and transmission are good, and mostly highway miles. And since I’ve owned it, it has been maintained well.

      • I wished I had known before you sold the Ranger. I would have bought it to replace my 2004 Explorer with 145,000 miles. I am a long time Ford owner. I grew up in Detroit.

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