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    Default Ford F250: Old model / New model / Not at all?

    Hi all,
    I am looking for an old bakkie for general farm transport. It will be used very little, weekends only really, to sherp kids and guests and kit around a farm, probably only 1000km or 2 a year, at low/farm speeds.
    I love the F250 look and the idea of lots of load space, but have never owned or driven one. It seems that there is not much price difference between the older "vintage" models (pre-1990 it seems) and a high mileage new model (post 2005).
    I would really appreciate some pearls of wisdom on the following:
    - Are there any issues with the older models in terms of reliability, and how easily can you get parts / get them repaired? (I don;t have the knowledge to DIY)
    - Are the newer ones a better bet even at high mileage? (>200K km)
    - Should any of the models be avoided at all costs?
    - Should I rather shelve the dream and get a Hilux or Nissan or something?
    thanks!
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    I'd say old F-250 spares will be a challenge. The local guy up here in Skeerpoort has almost NOTHING left, he used to have a hectare of bodies and bits and pieces.

    The new ones were only ever sold in small numbers. So again, spares might be an issue.

    I'd rather get a Nissan Safari, they are strong as stone and there are still spares available all over the country at this stage. In fact, that's what I am looking at for my farm.

    Just my little opinion.

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    I have owned an F250 spares becoming more and more scarce. Same can be said of the newer shape F250 I have a few friends that owns them. Ford does not stock much spares anymore and you need to import simple stuff like tie rod ends. But they are great vehicles.

    If you go the Safari route beware the clean samples are as rare as hens teeth. Rust kill most of them. The Safari were the only bakkie that rust to bits in the dry Northern Cape.

    Very good call is an SFA Hilux if you find a good sample it would still outlive you and your children.
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    Stay away from a Series Landy: the suspension and steering and brakes will drive you nuts. been there and done that.

    If you buy a Landy, then find an early 80s 110 V8. Now THAT is a workhorse. And at the price of SFA Hiluxes these days, you'd be able to find a decent version.

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    There's a guy here in Edenvale that imports parts for Ford F250s (and F100s) IIRC.

    http://craigary.co.za/

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    One of those International Springbok Series bakkies with the Chrysler 5.0 V8 would have been perfect for such a purpose but I think Penduka Safaris scooped up all available models and spares by now. Maybe a trokkie like an old Canter or Dyna?
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    This will be my first, second and third choice
    https://www.autotrader.co.za/car-for...r/110/25249523
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens78 View Post
    One of those International Springbok Series bakkies with the Chrysler 5.0 V8 would have been perfect for such a purpose but I think Penduka Safaris scooped up all available models and spares by now. Maybe a trokkie like an old Canter or Dyna?
    That's tanks, not bakkies! 3 to 3.5 km/l! I drove many kilometres in them, exploring Mozambique for new safari destinations, with late Izak and his son Cecil Barnard from Penduka.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pablo View Post
    That's tanks, not bakkies! 3 to 3.5 km/l! I drove many kilometres in them, exploring Mozambique for new safari destinations, with late Izak and his son Cecil Barnard from Penduka.
    Very cool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens78 View Post
    no

    just no

    I said it already

    "Stay away from a Series Landy: the suspension and steering and brakes will drive you nuts. been there and done that."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens78 View Post
    One of those International Springbok Series bakkies with the Chrysler 5.0 V8 would have been perfect for such a purpose but I think Penduka Safaris scooped up all available models and spares by now. Maybe a trokkie like an old Canter or Dyna?
    you mean those flat nose ex-SADF things?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    no

    just no

    I said it already

    "Stay away from a Series Landy: the suspension and steering and brakes will drive you nuts. been there and done that."
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    Stay away from a Series Landy: the suspension and steering and brakes will drive you nuts. been there and done that.

    If you buy a Landy, then find an early 80s 110 V8. Now THAT is a workhorse. And at the price of SFA Hiluxes these days, you'd be able to find a decent version.
    I thought you were hands on
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens78 View Post
    One of those International Springbok Series bakkies with the Chrysler 5.0 V8 would have been perfect for such a purpose but I think Penduka Safaris scooped up all available models and spares by now. Maybe a trokkie like an old Canter or Dyna?
    Very interesting. Frans Reichert is family of the Penduka clan. They have imported two 6.0l v8 Ford F350`s from the States. Spares for the Internationals becomes a problem.
    Last edited by grips; 2019/11/19 at 05:46 PM.
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    Bly weg van n datsun/nissan safari.
    Terrible terrible goed. Opgeroes, geen parte beskikbaar. Suip petrol.

    Kyk na iets soos n sfa hilux eerder. Of toyota stout
    Of ouer fj45 cruiser

    N ou f250 bly darem maar n droom voertuig
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reenen View Post
    Bly weg van n datsun/nissan safari.
    Terrible terrible goed. Opgeroes, geen parte beskikbaar. Suip petrol.

    Kyk na iets soos n sfa hilux eerder. Of toyota stout
    Of ouer fj45 cruiser

    N ou f250 bly darem maar n droom voertuig
    Ek dink jy het al die beste Safaris by jou. Skoon Safaris sonder roes raak nou so skaars soos hoendertande.
    Last edited by grips; 2019/11/20 at 05:41 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grips View Post
    I thought you were hands on
    too much hands on with a Series......what do they say? "Daai goed breek jou wakker in die nag".

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    Quote Originally Posted by grips View Post
    Ek dink jy het al die beste Safaris by jou. Skoon Safaris sonder roes raak nou so skaars soos hoendertande.
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    Kalahari Safari ?
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