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KPW LawnCare
05-30-2010, 10:35 PM
Would you use say a 1967-1972 chevy c10 for k20 truck for work. I am thinking about getting one and slowely restoring it with my dad and want to use it for work in the mean time, till i am done college to do a full frame off resto.

jhawk60
05-30-2010, 10:42 PM
If it is mechanically sound, sure. I would love to have a 1972 f250 for a work truck, a twin to my first truck.

BINKY1902
05-30-2010, 10:43 PM
I have a newer Nissan truck, so I recently decided to get an 81 Chevy dually to use hauling my mowers, mulch, and rocks. The good thing about an older truck is that they are easy to work on. I was tired of throwing limbs and such in the bed of my Nissan, which has a perfect paint job.

TheOctagon
05-30-2010, 10:44 PM
I think its a really cool idea. I found a probably late 40's early 50's chevy probably a 1 ton or 1.5 ton small regular cab truck w/ no box it has the narrow front end and its heavy duty. It has a dually rear end and some old split ring tires. I want to get it in the worst way. Looks like the perfect canidate for a 4bt cummins engine and a wooden flat bed w/ a small 5th wheel trailer. I have some killer ideas but less funding and time than necessary. I say as long as you can make it reliable for your sake and your customers sake then there are probably a lot of people out there that would love to see something like that all restored pulling up in the neighborhood.

KPW LawnCare
05-30-2010, 10:47 PM
Yea my dad said he would be up for a father son resto after college but i thought get a good truck and use it for work for the time being and then once restored use it agian.

doubleedge
05-30-2010, 10:48 PM
Old trucks look unprofessional to me if they are in poor condition.

BINKY1902
05-30-2010, 11:04 PM
Yeah you for sure want to make sure it looks presentable. And for example, you wouldn't want glasspacks or straight pipes on your work truck because people will not want you in their neighborhood. My dually with a 454 had straight pipes on it when I bought it, and I didn't take it on my route until I welded some mufflers on it. I would suggest getting a 3/4 ton or 1 ton, for one reason you can tote a whole bunch of weight in the bed, like rock for flower beds and stuff. Plus when you grow you will always have the truck to pull your stuff as you get more equipment. I think it's a good idea to use the older truck, they look good and are always a conversation starter. I would also recommend a long bed truck, some people don't like the looks but it is sure nice to have that room, especially during leaf cleanup time.

Turf Commando
05-30-2010, 11:05 PM
My work speaks volumes, my 91 f-150 isn't nearly as nice ..lol

KPW LawnCare
05-30-2010, 11:38 PM
Here is and example of and 86 chey
http://i47.tinypic.com/2qa3ihv.jpg

T.M. LAWNS
05-30-2010, 11:51 PM
That's a good looking truck. :cool2:

BINKY1902
05-31-2010, 12:00 AM
Man them classic Chevy's look good. That's the same color I want to paint my 81 dually.

Krakatau42
05-31-2010, 01:00 AM
I've got an '87 chevy that has treated me to some of the best and worst a vehicle has ever thrown at me. I will say that staying on top of maintenance has been the biggest issue for me. Seems like every time I turn around some different part is going out on the thing. The upside? You can replace nearly everything in an older truck like mine whether you have a clue of what you are doing or not. Only thing I've needed help on was an oil pump. That was worth the case of beer my buddy got in exchange for lending a hand.

KPW LawnCare
05-31-2010, 03:00 PM
:waving: Bump

SLGLawnServer
05-31-2010, 06:43 PM
Here is and example of and 86 chey
http://i47.tinypic.com/2qa3ihv.jpg


Niiiice, I love it, giving me an idea.....:clapping:

KPW LawnCare
06-01-2010, 03:22 PM
Bump bump bump anyone eles

Richard Martin
06-01-2010, 03:36 PM
As long as the truck is clean and not beat up. I use a 1995 F150 and I don't anticipate replacing it anytime soon.

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb56/RMartin631/DSC00261.jpg

KPW LawnCare
06-01-2010, 06:19 PM
Yea your old truck looks real good for being a ford lol. Probally gonna get one and dd it for a little bit and let my bro drive it and then restore it after college.

poncho62
06-01-2010, 07:05 PM
I haul my stuff with this......however, I am just small time and part time.

BadRancher
06-01-2010, 08:33 PM
If its good mechanically, is economical as far as fuel and gets you from point A to point B dependably do it. I think it will work out well and you will definately get looks if it looks sharp. It could actually be a good move business wise for 2 reason: 1) you don't have a truck note on it. 2) it will definately get you noticed by people, especially men and women who are in to classic vehicles. HAHA. They may sign up just so they can see it every few weeks.

another reason is. the parts for older trucks are usually not as expensive. But a problem you may run into is finding some parts.

rm25x
06-01-2010, 09:34 PM
http://www.alluglycars.com/hotlink/imgproc.php?pic=/home/uglycars/public_html/data/media/1/camarotruck.jpg
Yeah Baby!

I could see this working!
http://bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/1962_Chevrolet_Corvair_Ramp_Side_Van_Truck_For_Sale_Open_1.jpg

T.M. LAWNS
06-01-2010, 11:24 PM
That 1st. picture, what is that 1/2 camaro 1/2 nissan?

ashgrove landscaping
06-02-2010, 12:28 AM
As long it can take a beating. I am way to busty to worry if my truck is going to break down. I always have a fairly new truck. You can get away with a down mower with a loaner or your back up, but a down truck means no money and lost money. You re in a business not a truck show.

topsites
06-02-2010, 12:53 AM
The concern with older trucks is whether it will hold up,
and if it's in good enough shape to be considered a collectible
or an antique then I'm not so sure I'd want to use it for work.

My trucks look 'presentable' but they are in no way ding or scratch free,
this type of thing comes with the territory, it is only a matter of time before
it gets beat around some kind of way and not for trying.

Just what happens when you use an automobile for hauling outdoor power equipment, they don't stay looking new long.

Swampy
06-02-2010, 01:09 AM
To me it just seems what your using it for and if its residental or commerical. If its a Lawn Service truck that is going to be making stops every week to the property for peoples houses/condos/apartments. Then yes its got to look pretty, not all gussy'ed up either with big super swamper tires and enough KC lights to compete with the sun.

Now if its commerical mowing a little beat up is fine or even with any landscape construction. The bottom line of other business owners is that, you are there to cut the grass or with construction you are there to DO WORK! I'm not saying you can just roll up with a sh!t box. Here is a example of what would be exceptable.

http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/ctd/1769527900.html

BadRancher
06-02-2010, 03:05 AM
http://www.alluglycars.com/hotlink/imgproc.php?pic=/home/uglycars/public_html/data/media/1/camarotruck.jpg
Yeah Baby!

I could see this working!
http://bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/1962_Chevrolet_Corvair_Ramp_Side_Van_Truck_For_Sale_Open_1.jpg

Definately a mexican custom. I've seen them around here.

Richard Martin
06-02-2010, 05:30 AM
Definately a mexican custom. I've seen them around here.

The second truck isn't a custom. It's a Corvair Rampside and that's how it was made.

JDExmark
06-02-2010, 07:37 AM
sick 86 red chevy p/u

very nice

as far as working with a restoration project... if it starts, rolls and pulls and doesn't look out of place go for it - especially if part timer or starting out

KPW LawnCare
06-02-2010, 06:26 PM
Yea idk what i am gonna do yet, probally a 67-72 4x4 with like a lift and what not.

punt66
06-02-2010, 06:37 PM
i dont know how you guys work with that old stuff.

KPW LawnCare
06-02-2010, 06:47 PM
Old truck are awsome and can get parts easy and cheap and you can work on 99% of them

punt66
06-02-2010, 07:22 PM
i can work on the new ones. Its not that hard.

KPW LawnCare
06-02-2010, 07:24 PM
But its harder to work on new new ones with all the electronics and what not on them.

punt66
06-02-2010, 07:25 PM
then why do you have an 06?

KPW LawnCare
06-02-2010, 07:28 PM
hahahhahahaha not saying i dont like new trucks, just anything major you have to basically take it to the dealer, with old truck you dont have that many electronics and computers.

punt66
06-02-2010, 07:31 PM
hahaha oic. Like you i would much rather and do ride around in a newer truck. 2007 ram quad cab hemi that i bought new in 07. Rides smooth, satelite radio. Makes the day easier to handle. You guys can keep that old stuff.