My Ford F-100

Hi, my name is Jordan Jackson. I bought my 1982 Ford F-100 backs in the summer of 2007 with 38,000+ miles on it, and at what I am still convinced was a steal at $500 dollars! It has a 4.9L Inline 6 engine with a 3-speed manual trans. with a column shifter on it, this was the second vehicle that my dad used to teach me how to drive and the only one he taught how to drive stick on. It whisked me between home and school until I graduated three years later. When I went to college, it muscled its way through the first half of the year, but it seemed that the 30 year-old engines age, despite only having 10,000+ more miles put on it by me, had finally caught up to it… I was really sad when the mechanic informed me that the engine was just about done, I tried to have it fixed twice, but the old engine had had enough. I was extremly sad when I had to retire it, luckily though, I do still own it and have it in storage until I can replace the engine and allow it to prowl the streets of Pennsylvania once again. I now drive a 1991 F-150 with 116,000+ miles on it, and it still runs like a champ. Fords are the only vehicles I will ever buy, thank you Ford for making the truck,my F-100, that has made me a Ford guy forever.

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Arztlaw I bought my 76 F100 302 V8 from the guy who bought it new. He was a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was a mechanic but got a new one from a friend that died. I had been looking for the oldest Ford pickup that could do my jobs, and this was it. I have had it for over ten years and though it shows its age it "sounds good, runs right, is a Ford through and through."
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The F-150 is too damn big; especially for those of us living in larger citys like Southern California.  It is a complete bear to park; I've got a 96 explorer which need to be replaced; preferably with a truck.  Sadly the discontinutation of your Ranger line has me looking at the Toyota Tacoma which has essentially remained unchanged in terms of engine or trans technology since 2005.  A V6 4x4 Access Cab Tacoma, while the perfect size for us city dwellers gets 16 City/ 19 Hwy mpg. That's at a curb weight of 4,100 lbs. An F1-150 4x4 with ecoboost gets 15 City / 21 Hwy mpg. Despite a curb weight of 5,600 lb A 2011 4wd Supercab Ranger had a curb weight of 3,700 lb.  That's 2000 less than the F-150. If you revived the Ranger line, sticking in it the f-150 innovations (Eco-boost, 6 speed trans); You would have a 4x4 truck that could be pulling 25 City/30 Hwy Mpg and could out-haul the current F150. I undestand all of the reasons why you left the small/mid size truck market;  It's dwindling, the plant closed, the F-150 is everything the Ranger is an more.  But a 4x4 truck that can pullover 25mpg on gasoline is something significant and would beat the heck out of anything coming out of Toyota.  In 2011 you sold 70k rangers to 110k Tacoma's In 2012 you sold 19k Rnagers to 141k Tacomas It's in-arguable that the decision to stop producing the ranger has allowed some market share to be absorbed by Toyota. I'm no expert, but all the new F-150 tech in a slightly smaller package would result in what's probably the best small truck on the market. As it stands, I am seriously considering getting a eco-boost crate motor and new trans and sticking it in a old F-100 body.  That gets me a small truck with phenominal gas mileage that can likely out tow the current F-150 while still being able to park in a big city. I'd love to buy a new Ford; you guys are on the bleeding edge of technology.  But the package it's in (The F-150) is just too damn big to be functional in city life.  Short of Reviving the ranger, my only option is to take the new tech and stuff it in an old shell.  Thanks for reading.
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