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Gatewayuser
08-26-2005, 10:25 PM
What do you all think of this deal? 2 chem-lawn trucks (Isuzu I think) 1 has no transmission, 1 has a bad engine and only 1 has a pump but both have tanks. The bodies look like their in great shape with no rust. They will sell me both for only $500. Seems like a great deal to me I figure I would put the trans in the one with the good engine. How easy is this kind of truck to work on and are parts expensive?
Thanks

Smalltimer1
08-26-2005, 11:03 PM
Do you have a set of metric tools and the facilities to do the parts swapping?

I would suggest you get a hold of a service manual first to make sure you are ready for a task of this nature. Are you sure the one with no tranny runs?

Another thing I would consider is that since the gas versions of these used 350 Chevy engines and GM automatics, you could get a hold of the gas motor mounts and make one of them accept a 350/auto and sell it, and keep the diesel if it is one.

All in all you need to make sure you have the time and resources to do it. Otherwise you'll end up with $500 in the hole and only junk to show for it taking up valuable space.

Lawnworks
08-27-2005, 10:44 AM
What year are the trucks. $500 is nothing... might be worth the risk. Hell if the trucks aren't super high mileage trucks... pay somebody else to do the work. Where are the trucks? I may be interested if your not.

Gatewayuser
08-27-2005, 11:19 AM
They look like they are from the early 90's or very late 80's, I think a new paint job and a few other things they would be in great shape. If I decide not to buy them I will let you know Lawnworks.
They are located somewhere within a 100 mile radius of Cinci thats all I'm willing to say.
Does anybody know how much engines and trans cost for the trucks?

Smalltimer1
08-27-2005, 05:08 PM
If they're diesel the cost will be outrageous. If they're gas you can have the 350 rebuilt to stock specs for less than $2000. If its an old 3 speed auto, a rebuild would be less than $1500, if its electronic, less than $3000.

Gatewayuser
08-27-2005, 11:18 PM
Thanks for the help smalltimer1!

Brianslawn
08-27-2005, 11:49 PM
i spent around $1200 on the 350 i built. i got a buddy that rebuilds trannys for $500-$800 parts and labor deppending on model. turbo 350s are $500, my 4L80e was $750. i would defently buy the trucks if i had the chance. make one good one then part out the other.