Should we aquire this truck? (rough under power)


Old 10-22-13, 11:33 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 15
Should we aquire this truck? (rough under power)

We are trying to trade our motorhome for a truck to tow with. It is older but in good shape. Someone offered us an '86 F350 with a 460 auto, but he said it idles fine but is rough under power.

What we want to know is if this is something we should even consider or not. I know it could theoretically run the gamut from cheap fix to can of worms, as with a lot of issues, but it is a nice truck otherwise. We just want to see if there are any knowledgeable opinions out there on this.

I may or may not perform the work myself depending on what it ends up being. I am not great at diagnosing, but I can fix pretty much anything if I know what it is.

We don't have much money, so we want to know if the risk is worth it.
Sponsored Links
Old 10-22-13, 11:45 PM
Banned. Rule And/Or Policy Violation
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: USA
Posts: 4,297
That's a 27 year old truck.
I'd pass.
Old 10-22-13, 11:49 PM
PJmax's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Northern NJ - USA
Posts: 46,897
How many miles are on it ?

I've had several vehicles with the 460 engines and they were good performers and reliable.
We could only guess at problems. Why not take it to a mechanic for his opinion. You may have to pay him a few bucks but it might save a costly mistake.

Is the risk worth it on a 27 year old truck ? Borderline.
Old 10-23-13, 02:50 AM
chandler's Avatar
Banned. Rule And/Or Policy Violation
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 39,968
With a 460, be prepared for 9 MPG. You'll have to map out your fuel stops on all your trips based on your tank capacity. I've owned one, and smiled when it left.
Old 10-23-13, 04:36 AM
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 44,362
I also previously owned a 460. I was told it got close to 10 mpg but after buying it found it to be 6 mpg, tweaking the carb and timing allowed me to get 8 mpg Mine always ran good, just drank too much gas!

The miss could be as simple as a tune up or could mean extensive engine work. I'd want to do a compression test.

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes