In praise of Old Trucks

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by tnmtn, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Back in the late 80's and early 90's my standard favorite was the Chevy C/K series with the 6.2 or 6.5 diesel. I got them cheap at lots around the bases I was staioned at. They wouldn't win any races but were easy to work on and came with extra heavy towing packages. No frills, but those trucks made me a lot of extra money.:usflag:
     
  2. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Loving that chevy!!
     
  3. tnmtn

    tnmtn LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE Tn.
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    they have some great deals on older diesels, still with low milage for their age. talking about the shumate truck center.
     
  4. tnmtn

    tnmtn LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE Tn.
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    just a quick update on the old trucks. The '79 C65 chevy has been working very hard lately hauling. It has been carrying loads up to 7 tons legally without a hitch. still not the quickest truck out there but always delivers. gas milage still sucks but for the price I paid for it I can't even begin to complain.
    The '94 ford got a new lift pump and injector pump about a month ago. so far that has been the biggest maintenance expense for the truck in the 5 years i've had it. it really woke up the pulling power and now I'm not having any trouble towing 6 tons. again it won't win any races but it sure has made money.
    so half way through this summers work season i am very pleased with the old trucks. more importantly it's great to not have payments and enjoying the lower insurance costs.
     
  5. AmericanLawn&Landscape

    AmericanLawn&Landscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 130

    When I buy a work truck, other then my personal which I use now. I'm going for something from 95-03. From the south so its clean, most guys around me drive around in a rotted out, $500, 30 year old "scrappers truck" basically. And I don't want to be associated with that image. I want a clean, professional image.
     
  6. Dually00-00

    Dually00-00 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 181

    This is a great thread. Tnmtn I have always liked your C65 great reliable trucks.Our 93 K2500 5.7 has been a great truck 233,000 on the ticker.This truck still plows snow commercially and some times gets to pull a gooseneck its semi retired and has made me a ton of money.
    93 k2500.jpg

    93 k2500.jpg
     
  7. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Posts: 3,587

    wow it still looks clean. And in the northeast no less.
     
  8. tnmtn

    tnmtn LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE Tn.
    Posts: 1,017

    nice lookin truck, I like those wheels
     
  9. Dually00-00

    Dually00-00 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 181

    Thanks guys! The truck was getting rough body wise so it was repainted a few years back.
     

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