Originally Posted by edrayman
Well, I have been searching and the funny thing is I can find better bargains on F-450s than on the 350s. Will need to see one. The problem is if we did get a 450 this would be my daily drive.
If you look only at 2011 thru 2014 F-450s, then the engine and drivetrain cannot be beat. Regardless of what the Ram and GM fans post. 2008 thru 2010 F-450 pickups had the Navistar 6.4L engine that is much better than the earlier 6.0L, but very thirsty because of smog requirements.
There is no apparent difference between an F-450 and an F-350 DRW pickup with the same options for model years 2011 thru 2014. They are both dually work horses with the Ford 6.7L diesel engine. The only difference in the specs is the rear axle ratio that gives the F-450 more pulling power but not more payload capacity. If you can manage an F-350 DRW as a daily driver, then you can manage an F-450 exactly the same except for a few more engine RPM a the same speed. I doubt you can tell the difference by driving them on test drives.
But the F-450 pickups come in a limited number of configurations. CrewCab diesel is it. You want a SuperCab or regular cab, then sorry Charlie. You want the V-10 gas engine that's available in the F-450 chassis cab, then sorry Charlie. And Ford dually pickups are no longer available with other than an 8' bed, so if you want a newer shorty dually, then sorry Charlie.
Both F-350 DRW and F-450 were available as chassis cab trucks. That means the Ford assembly line did not install a bed. Aftermarket upfitters added your choice of bed or body. So before 2008 F-450 pickups were available, lots of F-450 chassis cabs were converted by adding an RV hauler bed or a pickup bed or a flat bed or some other bed or body. So you may be able to find an older F-450 conversion. But those F-450s were not much ken to the F-350 DRW of the same year. The F-450 chassis cab had 19.5" real-truck tires, heavier suspension, increased payload, bigger brakes, and all sorts of drivetrain options, from engines and transmissions to rear axles. Yes, even ZF 6-speed manual truck transmissions were available
So good luck in your hunt for the perfect truck for your needs.