Forget a spork or dress shoes with rubber cushioned soles. Nothing is more versatile and useful than a pickup truck. One highly underrated configuration — at least for routine truck use — is a flatbed, which can allow for easy hauling of especially large and cumbersome items. For instance, large sections of fencing are far easier to load and strap onto a flatbed than they are to hustle into a bed with tall sides.
For $10,250, this 1992 Ford E-350 provides the short front end and maneuverability of a full-size van with the practicality of what’s described as a 17-foot bed. Moreover, it has covered just 10,300 miles — and its red body looks every bit those low miles — meaning the seller wants about a dollar for every time the digital odometer has added another digit.
That’s not a lot of coin for something with so much life — and so many uses — left.
It’s available on Autotrader at a used car dealer in Gretna, Nebraska, a town so much on the outskirts of Omaha that its locals may actually tune into Cheyenne radio stations.
Ford still sells a cutaway version of its E-Series vans — think big van with nothing but blue skies and exhaust smell behind the front seats. Amazingly, the automaker even sells an even more spartan version as a stripped chassis, which is literally a steering wheel, a frame, an engine and a drivetrain. It’s the most basic "car" you can buy today, though it’s sold only to upfitters ready to turn it into something like an airport tug. Or you could weld a folding chair to the chassis and go racing, though you might burn yourself on the catalytic converters located directly below your feet.
Perhaps the better buy is the flatbed truck. Find a Ford E-350 for sale
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