I currently have a 95 reg cab long bed 4x4 12V Cummins with an automatic. It is in good shape, but it does need some work and my wife and I are really wanting something with at least some type of back seat. So I have been trying to decide what truck I want. I am a huge Cummins fan, so it was only going to be a Dodge of course. I was set on an 03 to 04 Crew Cab short bed with a manual. However the fact that the injectors only seem to last 150k miles, and the front end seems to always have some kind of issues. Either very short ujoint life, everything wearing out, or things like that.
Now the other day I come to find that swapping a 12V into even a newer Ford diesel is actually pretty easy and not too expensive. There are quite a few cheap 6.0 Powerstrokes out there that are begging for a 12V. I would be looking at an 05-07 Ford with the coil spring upgrade front end, which also gets a Dana 60. The only thing with the Ford's, is that they are actually quite a bit bigger in crew cab short bed, and similar in SuperCab short bed.
My question is this. For a truck that I want to keep a long time, which lasts better, excluding the 6.0 issue in the Fords. I have always heard that the Ford is built more heavy duty frame, steering and suspension wise, and even interior wise. Any truth to that from anyone with experience?
This truck would eventually get a Four Wheel Camper, and will be used to tow a trailer with a crawler and motorcycles on it. Also used to drive around in some daily chores and general hauling in the bed or trailer.
So where is my money better spent?