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grassmastersLC
10-22-2012, 02:57 AM
Looking at buying this truck to pull my 20' and other use. Its a 99 Ram 3500 24 valve cummins, laramie edition leather seats, automatic, new tires, real clean truck. The owner is asking $7250

zak406
10-22-2012, 10:29 AM
Around here they would be asking 15000 for that truck. I would buy it however plan on putting a tranny in at some point htose autos are weak. The truck looks rust free though thats a big plus!

grassmastersLC
10-22-2012, 11:07 AM
He told me that he had the tranny rebuilt as well as replaced the water pump. I'm contacting the mechanic that has done all the work on the truck today.

LandFakers
10-22-2012, 11:30 AM
BUY IT!!! BUY IT NOW. People around here ask 6k for that truck with a blown motor

Marek
10-22-2012, 12:07 PM
Looks like a good buy . How many miles ? Has the lift pump or injector pump been done yet ?

grassmastersLC
10-22-2012, 12:17 PM
BUY IT!!! BUY IT NOW. People around here ask 6k for that truck with a blown motor

ok I think I'm going to.

grassmastersLC
10-22-2012, 12:18 PM
Looks like a good buy . How many miles ? Has the lift pump or injector pump been done yet ?

240k, a little higher than I wanted but it sounds and runs strong, and not sure on the injection pump.

LandFakers
10-22-2012, 03:40 PM
Oh, and tell that boy to puts some pants on!!! :laugh::laugh:

THEGOLDPRO
10-22-2012, 05:06 PM
Check on the lift pump, Hope it has an aftermarket fass style system, the stock lift pumps are garbage. Also check on the injector pump, if it hasn't been replaced it will more then likely need to be pretty soon.

When you go to look at it cycle the key 3 times and it will read the codes stored in the ecu, The codes will come up on the odo screen. If it has any codes pertaining to the injection pump you should ask less money, Thats a couple thousand bucks to have that replaced.

grassmastersLC
10-22-2012, 11:54 PM
Just talked to him and the injection pump was replaced last year and as far as I know it doesn't have an aftermarket fuel system.

THEGOLDPRO
10-23-2012, 09:22 AM
Just talked to him and the injection pump was replaced last year and as far as I know it doesn't have an aftermarket fuel system.

Better check the fuel pressure then, A new injection pump means nothing if the lift pump isnt putting out, it should never fall below 10-11 psi at wide open throttle.

If it does you will be replacing that injector pump pretty soon.

zak406
10-23-2012, 03:37 PM
Better check the fuel pressure then, A new injection pump means nothing if the lift pump isnt putting out, it should never fall below 10-11 psi at wide open throttle.

If it does you will be replacing that injector pump pretty soon.

Even so that truck here goes for double at least a lift and injection pump would cost 4 g max. Which still puts you around 10. 5 less than I'd get it for here

THEGOLDPRO
10-23-2012, 05:46 PM
I would never pay 10k+ for a truck with 240k let alone 14-15k, I dont care if its a cummins or not.

zak406
10-24-2012, 02:10 AM
I would never pay 10k+ for a truck with 240k let alone 14-15k, I dont care if its a cummins or not.

I don't disagree however the minute kids thought it was cool to own a diesel the prices sky rocketed. If I had a dime for every 16 to 18 ye old kid driving a 07 to 12 Cummins around here I would own one.
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grassmastersLC
10-24-2012, 10:47 AM
New info.

Positives:

No cracks in the windshield

Replaced in the last year: injection pump, lift pump at same time, valve cover and gasket, water pump 2 months ago, fixed front seal leak, new tires, new brakes.

Replaced around a year and a half ago: all new front end, new stainless toolboxes, stainless accents, LED marker lights, transmission at 180k, new A/C compressor.

Negatives:

3 rust spots right behind the front tires on the kicker
reverse lights dont work probably a fuse
needs a new belt
small crack in dash
missing antenna (radio still works)
cracks in the drivers leather seat.

ect....

grassmastersLC
10-24-2012, 10:51 AM
This is his new truck; the guy I'm buying the truck from!

grassmastersLC
10-24-2012, 10:53 AM
Sorry about the picture being upside down.

THEGOLDPRO
10-24-2012, 12:22 PM
Then yea buy it right now.

precision8m
10-25-2012, 09:14 AM
You wont find a better priced truck. Those things are awesome. Spend a few bucks personalizing it to your liking and you will have a long lasting truck for well under 10K.

I have a 24 valve and love the mileage I am getting. Plenty of power. I will keep this truck for at least 10 more years.

dareo
10-26-2012, 01:18 AM
Check if its a 53 block, google that. If it is, theres a spot that might crack and leak coolant. If its made it 240k w/o cracking its probably good even if its a 53 block.

Looks like a great deal. I'd put in a fuel pressure gauge or warning light. Even with proper fuel pressure, i needed a new VP44 injection pump at 52,000 miles on my 2002 ram and it had a FASS. I decided to sell it for a (much cheaper) 12 valve and not worry about when/if a 1k part will go out. I was very unlucky, and many have gotten 200k miles on a single VP44. Transmission can go a long time at stock power. You can get some cheap Bosch RV275 injectors to replace the worn stock parts and gain MPG+power.

The good thing is he rebuilt that front end. Those can be a few thousand to overhaul if you don't do the work. If he changed the oil more often than every 15,000 or 1 year that cummins will run forever. You may have to feed it front end parts and a VP44 now and then.

grassmastersLC
10-26-2012, 02:20 AM
I'm planning on putting a raptor 100 on it when I get it and doing all the fluid changes.
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grassmastersLC
12-19-2012, 02:11 AM
Sorry it took so long to get some more pics up but I finally picked it up a couple weeks ago! Here are some pics of it after we got it cleaned up and then with the tow mirrors and the bed repainted.

grassmastersLC
12-19-2012, 02:15 AM
And another of the truck outside

Kelly's Landscaping
12-19-2012, 01:55 PM
Check if its a 53 block, google that. If it is, theres a spot that might crack and leak coolant. If its made it 240k w/o cracking its probably good even if its a 53 block.

Looks like a great deal. I'd put in a fuel pressure gauge or warning light. Even with proper fuel pressure, i needed a new VP44 injection pump at 52,000 miles on my 2002 ram and it had a FASS. I decided to sell it for a (much cheaper) 12 valve and not worry about when/if a 1k part will go out. I was very unlucky, and many have gotten 200k miles on a single VP44. Transmission can go a long time at stock power. You can get some cheap Bosch RV275 injectors to replace the worn stock parts and gain MPG+power.

The good thing is he rebuilt that front end. Those can be a few thousand to overhaul if you don't do the work. If he changed the oil more often than every 15,000 or 1 year that cummins will run forever. You may have to feed it front end parts and a VP44 now and then.

You aren't kidding about the block I have one that's cracked bought it that way didn't even know. Bastards hid the crack with some epoxy and then painted it started smelling antifreeze 2 weeks latter. The block cracks on the passenger side where it starts angling back towards the center. Mine cracked 14 inches I still use the truck but you always need to keep an eye on the coolant. Tried stitch welding and it failed 2 years later and those stop leak products only last a few months then clog up other things. The blocks with the defect are Brazilian made the good ones are Mexican. The problem is for every 1 that was made in Mexico 8 were made in Brazil. The 99s are effected and I believe I read the defect went all the way to 2002

grassmastersLC
12-19-2012, 02:25 PM
I had the block checked out and its good!

Kelly's Landscaping
12-19-2012, 02:31 PM
Good cause it kills the resale mine has half the miles you got and I will probably be letting her go for just 6500.

THEGOLDPRO
12-19-2012, 03:30 PM
Get the raptor 100 and the draw straw v

jones68
12-19-2012, 04:19 PM
grassmaster where did you get your tow mirrors and if you dont mind how much did they run? I have been looking for ones similar to those but i cant find any at a reasonable price.

Classic Cuts Lawn Service
12-19-2012, 05:21 PM
is the dog included?

grassmastersLC
12-19-2012, 07:54 PM
grassmaster where did you get your tow mirrors and if you dont mind how much did they run? I have been looking for ones similar to those but i cant find any at a reasonable price.

I actually got them off ebay. Just make sure your get the support brackets with them otherwise you won't be able to see they will rattle so much. They are around $200 for the set and $15 for support brackets, or you can get some as a package with both mirrors and brackets. They look just like my oem mirrors on my 2500.

Classic Cuts Lawn Service
12-20-2012, 09:15 AM
Looks like a solid truck

jones68
12-20-2012, 09:33 AM
thank you for responding. do you remember the brand on them?

grassmastersLC
12-20-2012, 11:22 AM
thank you for responding. do you remember the brand on them?

I can check for you later!
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