View Full Version : Considering an old diesel

12-25-2005, 01:20 AM
My neighbor across the street just decided to sell his 1985 F-350 dually. It has a shade under 100K miles, 6.9 diesel, auto trans and hasn't worked very hard it's whole life. The truck is in excellent condition with six new tires. I would use it for pulling a 18 ft tandem skidsteer trailer...would only be working it part time. What's a ballpark figure to offer? I haven't paid much attention to what these sorts of rigs are selling for and don't want to alienate a neighbor with a ridiculously low offer. On another note, if anyone has any feedback or advice about those old diesels, mileage, expenses, tendancies, I welcome the information. Thanks, Merry Christmas.

Dirty Water
12-25-2005, 01:37 AM

Give or take $500.

12-25-2005, 03:05 PM
I'd say between $1500 and $3,000 depending on the shape of the truck. If it's a really wel l kept family/camper truck it's definitly worth more than a work type truck. Is it rust or in need of paint?

12-25-2005, 03:17 PM
4wd or 2wd.........

6.9 was a good motor, but often start really hard cold. It should pull your trailer easily.

Ballpark, I'd say $1500 for 2wd or $2500 for 4wd.

12-25-2005, 09:57 PM
Thanks for responding. The truck is a 2wd, in really great shape. The TwoTone paint and body are flawless for a 20 year old machine. I really hadn't anticipated buying a dedicated work truck but a "cream puff" seldom drops in your lap. I eventually want to have an inexpensive one ton, I'm just torn as to whether or not I should get this one now. Bob left town today so I didn't get to approach him about asking price...hopefully tomorrow.

12-30-2005, 07:21 PM
North West Florida, We must have a different market than up north. A half ton that runs of that year starts at about 2000. If it is that nice, air works you would be stealing it for 3000. Heck I would go as high as 4000.

12-30-2005, 11:29 PM
Rhett, it is a 20 friggin year old truck...even if in good shape, i would never pay 4k for a half ton...nevertheless call 3k a steal. Wouldnt pay much more than 2k for a truck like that, how is the interior?

12-31-2005, 12:16 AM
No I was saying for a 1/2 ton around here in decent shape that runs they start at about 2000. He is looking at a 1 ton dually diesel in excellent shape.

12-31-2005, 11:52 AM
I have investigated used truck prices in the local area this past week, you're right on the money Rhett. Used truck prices are crazy...even for 20 year old trucks. They seem to hit a value floor at 10 years old and from there are priced according to condition. This truck is a cream puff with pristine interior and exterior. The only problem is the cantankerous owner. I've cornered him twice and he will not commit to a price. I hope when he finally decides on a (reasonable) figure, I have the opportunity to take it off his hands. I don't need this truck, but when I do I won't be able to find a cleaner one than this. It has got a lot of productive years left in it...just peel off the "Good Sam" and "AARP" stickers and slap on a business sign.

12-31-2005, 01:07 PM
Prices are crazy. Went to Texas to get my last truck. 94 Chevy diesel with 73000 miles for 4500. Same truck around here would run me a couple thousand more if you could find it. Tell the truth wish I could of found an old dodge or ford in that price range.