I've been looking for a good 1 ton 4x4 5spd for wood hauling (personal and working on starting up small time selling) and have been having a hell of a time finding what I feel like I need for my budget (under $5k) As far as desirable motors for wood hauling, I've been honing in on the Ford 460 and idi 7.3, and less so the chevy 454. Too bad the Cummins 12v is normally way outta this $ range. A 1st gen W350 club cab would be right up my alley... Limitations have been the need for a backseat for occasional family duty and 4x4. Found tons of single cabs and 2wd that would be perfect. Also would prefer a flatbed w/ stake pockets for general flexibility for hauling different stuff. With that said, I came across a decent looking '95 F350 crew cab 4x4 with a nice looking flatbed on it for under $5k. 1 owner, low miles (under 100k), looks well taken care of, manual shift 4x4 and hubs (+ in my book), SRW is good and bad in my book. Good for snow/winter driving/off road wood getting. Worse for payload capacity and towing, but not really doing any heavy towing now and don't have a big trailer even if I could do it. Only thing stopping me from going after it is the 351w and auto trans (I'm guessing the 4spd w/ OD) Am I crazy for not considering this truck because of that? Really the auto is stopping me more than the 351w. I'm working on figuring out if it has 3.55s or 4.10s, which will certainly sway it one way or the other (hoping for 4.10s) Just some context, I live in the thick of the appalachians and will be using this truck primarily for wood hauling/delivery up and down and around all the hills, slopes, passes, hollars, etc and for that reason have really been wanting a 5spd, but told myself that if it was the right truck then an auto wouldn't been the end of the world... Now I'm wondering what it would take to swap in a ZF5 when the 4spd auto craps itself after hauling 4k# of wood around every week? Pic of the truck attached...Any thoughts?