As mentioned here, I sold the Crown Vic I bought for my mom's use (having passed on and therefore the car having lost its mission) and bought a Ford pickup truck to replace it.
It's a 1995 Ford F350 - 4 wheel drive, 3.55 limited slip axles, 4 speed automatic (oh well), 4 door crew cab, long bed, XLT trim level - and under the hood it has an International/Navistar 7.3L turbo diesel V8 sold by Ford as the PowerStroke V8. It makes a mere 210hp at 3000rpm, but 425lb/ft of torque at 2000rpm. They are reportedly very easy to tune for both more power and more fuel economy at the same time and I will be exploring this over the course of the next year...
For now, it's stock. It has some rust holes in the roof from living by the ocean, but roof replacement is rather routine for these trucks. Things tend to fall on them.
It is in remarkably good shape for having 308,000 miles on the clock. The previous owners used it for road trips and hauling horses occasionally. There's a gooseneck hitch ball in the bed and a functional trailer brake controller under the dash.
Yes, it is legal to drive on that beach, just can't go out past the no vehicles signs. Sadly, there was no BP oil anywhere that I could see, as I was thinking of skimming some off to fuel the trip home. No dead pelicans to use as a hood ornament either, more's the pity.
Some interior pictures:
This Clarion aftermarket stereo was particularly miserable and will be Flung Out Right Door as soon as a replacement is obtained.
And the obligatory proof pic. I had to blank out some written comments that further reflection led me to conclude were a bad idea.
Pretty much everything major works in this truck - A/C, heat, slushbox, transfer case, axles. The steering column has to be replaced right away as the owners used the steering wheel as a grab handle to climb into the truck and therefore wore out the upper bearings. Did I mention it is kind of large?
Also, the window tint is clearly dead and needing to be stripped, plus the power windows themselves roll down but will not roll up on command. Some other minor stuff needs to be attended to as well - burnt out dome light bulbs, etc. Still, not bad for a $2000 CL buy.
This sticker is going on the truck at some point: