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ranchhopper

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Looks like a nice setup. Give us a little more info please :)
I just bought the truck in January its a 2500 tradesman the tractor is a 44 ford 2N I rebuilt from the ground up I used the truck last month to haul a skidsteer home I bought too.
 

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nascar72

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They are too expensive not to care o_O
Exactly and also much simpler to put more gas than rebuilding or replacing a tranny imo. And, oh btw, I don't even know if there's at leas 1 mpg difference.
 

Sherman Bird

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I don't know about you, but I read my owner's manual. It sure takes all the mystery of how and what to do.
I recently bought an old, high mileage 2002 S/T Blazer to restify (raise from the dead). It sat for 5 years and has 253,000+ miles on it. The FIRST thing I noticed was there was no owner's manual. I promptly ordered and received one off E-bay.

It mystifies me as to why people remove the owner's manuals from vehicles, but they do. My 2004 Ranger was missing it's manual, and, ditto on the E-bay solution with it. My wife's 2007 Sorento seemingly was missing it's owner's manual, but, when I inventoried and scrutinized the vehicle more closely after buying it (Was in a salvage queue for scrap, so I got it filthy cheap)I finally found it after discovering a drawer under the passenger front seat, and a shallow compartment under a false floor in the rear cargo area. It was in that rear hidden compartment. What was it stowed there for? Anybody's guess.

One of my VERY loyal customers brought his 2002 Ranger in for an apparent fuel related issue a few weeks ago. If you're familiar with Ford, the lids to the fuse panels do NOT identify which fuses or relays do what. That information is in the owner's manual. His problem turned out to be the inertia switch, but... where was the doggone thing? I found it's location through my online professional Automotive information system, because I repair cars professionally. His owner's manual was never in the truck (He's owned it for 15 0r so years). Every time it came in, I'd have to refer to my info system and print out details germane to that vehicle's electrical info (relay and fuse details) and for locating things like the inertia switch. The inertia switch is designed to open the fuel pump circuit in the event of impact (accident) to help prevent fuel related fire. So, as a gift to him, I ordered an owner's manual from E-bay and gave it to him as a gift. NOW, he can make heads or tails out of not only fuses and relays, he can figure out all other aspects of that truck's operation.
 

Random_Walk

...what's this bolt do? *plink* ...oh.
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It mystifies me as to why people remove the owner's manuals from vehicles, but they do.


My 2017 didn't actually come with one... it did however come with a DVD with the owner's manual on it. To be fair, since I bought the truck used, I have no idea if it was supposed to have a paper manual or not.
 

turkeybird56

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Getting ready for a six hour tow pulling my 3000 pound
tractor out to iowa.
Pulling with a 2500, U not even know it is there, that small weight, LOL.
 

Sherman Bird

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My 2017 didn't actually come with one... it did however come with a DVD with the owner's manual on it. To be fair, since I bought the truck used, I have no idea if it was supposed to have a paper manual or not.
At least it CAME with instructions and references and maintenance guidelines. THAT was my point. A DVD is as of late the format some of the newer vehicles have. One of my customers has a recent Lexus RX SUV. The owner's book is on par with the Bible! :)
 

2003F350

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My 2017 didn't actually come with one... it did however come with a DVD with the owner's manual on it. To be fair, since I bought the truck used, I have no idea if it was supposed to have a paper manual or not.

It should have come with one originally. My '17 has one, it stays in the little slot in the glove box that is, imagine this, the PERFECT size for just the owner's manual!

But I echo the statements, I have bought SO MANY used cars that just...don't have an owner's manual. Both from private party and dealers. I don't know if people just throw them away, or if dealers toss them out when they detail a car, or what...but there's a LOT of important info in those that apparently a wide swath of owners just don't care about.
 
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