What's the general consensus on the Triton V10 in the Ford trucks. I've got a line on an '01 F350 dually V10. Wondering if it's worth messing with. If I bought it, it'd be to pull my JK on a gooseneck so I'd be lookin' at about a 10k load, I'd guess.
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I've never heard of the V-10 blowing head gaskets. Not sure where the guy below heard that. The 6.0 Ford diesels blow head gaskets (6-7 grand to build this motor as reliable.) Some of the V-10's have issues with over tightened spark plugs that blow out due to threads getting ruined. If you follow the specs, they're okay. They are a motor that loves RPM's, beyond what most people are comfortable at. At 4k, it's pulling great. I had an 02 350 with the V10. TONS of the E450 motorhomes on the road run the v10. Keep an eye out and you'll start to notice that it's a heavily used motor on the road.
I went back to a diesel, but that truck got the job done. If you are not going to drive the truck alot, gas will be fine, whether a Ford v10 or chevy with a 6.0/8.1 motor. 8.1 will get you an Allison trans though.
If you are going to drive it alot and tow alot, go diesel. I've got an 06 Dodge 2500 and a 96 Dodge 2500. Both cummins. 06 is auto, 96 is manual. Both have some tuning and both tow my Jeep comfortably. But, be realistic. People that inflate Dodge milage are either reading the mpg on the display or their ego is typing. My 96 i can get right around 20mpg empty on the road at 60-70, hand calculated. My 06 has more power and the auto and the best i see is 18 on the road. The 06 @ 75mph with a combined load of gear/jeep/me scales at 14-15k and I see 10-11 through Nebraska hauling out west. I had an 02 PSD with the same load got maybe 1mpg better, but was less powerful.
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What "older" model trucks would make a good tow rig. Needs to of coarse tow my jeep (almost 6000 pounds) and a trailer. Post up!!!!!!!!!!
We need a $$ as to what you want to spend to give you a worthwhile opinion. Without a price, go get a new dodge 5500 Laramie crew cab!