You’ve seen us researching trucks over the last couple months, and we’ve been looking for one the entire time. Finding exactly what we were looking for was proving to be quite the challenge. We wanted something big enough to carry two adults, three kids, and a couple dogs. It also needs to tow a reasonably-sized trailer with room to upgrade later on. That meant a 3/4-ton truck, and those are hard to come by.
While driving her normal route to pick up #3, Erin happened to spy a silver F-250 crew cab sitting on a used car lot. The truck wasn’t there the day before. She stopped by to get a closer look just as someone else was taking it for an overnight test drive. Erin took some photos and got as much info about it as she could before it drove away. We ran the VIN to make sure it would meet our needs in case it ended up back on the lot the next day.
She got a call the next morning that the truck was back, so I ran over as fast as I could. I hopped in for a test drive. After rumbling around town, I crawled around, over, in, and under it to check everything out. We found our diamond in the rough. We decided to make the deal.
Truck Acquired – Step One Complete
The truck is a little on the older side being a 2004 so there is some wear and tear on the body and frame, but there’s nothing too bad that we care about. The most attractive thing to us is that it only has 81k miles on a 6.0L PowerStroke diesel engine. That engine is basically brand new and had far fewer miles than many of the other used trucks we were seeing (most near or over 200k). Oh yeah, and it’ll pull 14,200 pounds!
And his name is Bruce.
Bruce is a Lariat, so he’s pretty well-appointed (for 2004) on the inside. Power leather seats, keyless entry, some shiny bits, and *gasp* an in-dash CD player. I think my favorite thing at the moment are those nice and beefy running boards. They make it super easy to get in and out, and also make it easy for the girls to climb in on their own.
The front seats are super comfortable, but what really matters to most of the family is the back half of the cab. There is a leather split bench that’s nice and wide and fits two car seats and the 8-year old comfortably. This crew cab also has rear legroom in spades. We tossed the dogs in for a couple minutes and they had a ton of room to move around and lay down.
Even Big Trucks Need To Grow
Given that Bruce is a 2004, he does lack a few things that have become standard over the last dozen years. Electronically, he’s missing a nav system, backup camera, and bluetooth. There’s also no bed liner. All of these things will be remedied quite soon. I have a new headunit on the way that will solve the nav/backup/bluetooth issue. There is also a DualLiner bed liner on the way, and I’m very curious to see if the glowing reviews about that thing are true.
Stay tuned for more pics once it stops raining, and also make sure to check back on the upgrade installs. I almost feel obligated to take some photos of how poorly it fits into most parking spaces too. Driving Bruce has had a steep learning curve when it comes to turning radius and vehicle length. Follow us on Instagram for more frequent updates.
We got a big truck!