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Looking at my first classic truck, what should I know?!

 
Old 01-02-2019, 07:29 PM
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This generation of trucks had a pretty comfy seat when new.


My truck has the luxury decor option. It's pretty plush.


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Old 01-04-2019, 07:04 PM
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Just curious if the truck in question is a 4wd? If the truck is clean and the guy provides proof of all the mechanical work done then I wouldn't be concerned with perishable items such as belts and hoses, that stuffs cheap. You can crawl under it and wiggle the driveline to see what kind of slop there is in the axle, start it and hear it run, look for leaks, drive it and feel how it shifts, brakes and steers. Beyond that I'd be more interested in it's running gear. For some reason the guy thought it was worth dumping 10K into so what does it have? If it's a 4wd I'd be looking to see if it has a high pinion front axle, high steer perhaps, which transmission and transfer case, that's what I'd be interested in. I only say this because there are a lot of good old trucks out there that may not be pretty and painted, but may have a combination of sought after stuff underneath. Paint and body is cheap enough if you DIY, things like I've mentioned are harder to find and take a lot more work to build. If rust is a concern let me tell you, I live in a semi arid climate and I can go to the wrecking yard and most of the older trucks are still not rusted out. Might be worth having something shipped if you are willing to spend 5 - 10 K on a classic. Anymore it's reasonable to ship a vehicle, especially if it's a major investment. Personally, I'd look for an older Dodge simply because I prefer a passenger side drop front driveline and pumpkin, but that's another story. I have an 86' F150 with a 300 straight six and it's hard to beat the ride and reliability in an older truck. Another thing worth asking, is what are your plans with the truck? Are you wheeling, daily driving, going to show and shine events, or maybe joining a car club?
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Originally Posted by 77Ranger460 View Post
I would want to see before body work pics of the truck.
I have to agree with this, sometimes you are better off with a vehicle that has a straight body and original faded paint. Atleast you know there isn't 1/2" of bondo holding the paint up. The person who spent 10K on a rig should have build pics. Ask him for the album, just act very interested in the project.
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