I’ve been looking for a new vehicle, and my attention has turned to a new (to me) truck. I’ve got a 2000 F150 now, but it’s pretty rusty...I love the truck, but I want a cleaner one.

In my searching, I found something that I find pretty interesting:

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So that doesn’t look interesting at all. It’s a 2000 F150 XLT 4x4 just like mine, but it has about half as many miles as my truck. It’s far less rusty, despite having a rot hole on the floor of the bed...my truck is more rust than metal at this point.

Here’s the interesting bit:

I’ve always wanted a full size truck with a stick, and here we are. He didn’t list anything about the engine, because Craigslist, but my research indicates that the only engine you could get with a Supercab 4x4 was the 4.6 liter V8.

The thing that gives me pause is that one of the reasons I want a truck is towing, and Ford rates this combination’s capacity at a paltry 2600lbs, less than half the rated capacity for a similarly engined automatic.

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I’ve heard it said that they do this basically for people who don’t know how to tow, and that the truck should be able to tow a similar amount to the automatic truck. I’m experienced at towing, so that’s not a concern, I just don’t know if the tranny itself is a weak link or if it was just Ford being super cautious.

Anyway, I’m going to try and take a look at it Saturday. We’ll see how it goes.