1986 ford flatbed

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Lakewlc, Feb 6, 2010.

  1. Lakewlc

    Lakewlc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,159

    i just looked at a 1986 ford flatbed dually 5speed 2wd with only 38k miles. truck is in great condition besides a little rust in the bottom corners of the cab. it doesnt dump. im just looking for a work truck so i dont beat on mine. they want $1800 for it. what do you guys think? decent deal?
  2. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,707

    the thing with that is, it has too little miles for the year, it's only been driven about 1500 miles a year, that means that all the parts that move are probably rusted and grinding. It might need some major work the second you start actually using it. I'm guessing farm truck? that being said, if you don't buy it, give me the number of that guy and I will, you just can't beat that deal.
  3. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    You will have to be prepared to deal with leaking seals, brake problems, wiring problems etc.

    Trucks that sit on a car lot get what you call lot rot so any vehical that doesn't get driven regulary the parts seize up things dry out etc.

    You may buy the truck for 1800 but end up putting another couple grand into it.
  4. stroker51

    stroker51 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 819

    Are you sure it only has 38k, and not 138 or more? Those old trucks odometers only go to 99,999 miles, it could have rolled over a time or two....
  5. Lakewlc

    Lakewlc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,159

    i talked to the guy and it seems that 38k is true because the tires need to be replaced and they are really old. i didnt drive it yet but im going to this week. i just dont want to beat the sh!t out of my personal truck even if i have to put a grand into this one.
  6. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,697

    If it is one of the old ford 6.9 diesel trucks, grab it if it runs ans drives good. If it is a gas engine, I would not go over $1200.00.
    Everything on those old F350's is expensive to fix or replace.
    You already know it will need 6 tires. That is 6 x $175.00 each= $1050 you will spend right up front.
  7. Lakewlc

    Lakewlc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,159

    its gas. and the tires can get a couple thousand more miles out of them.. i dont plan on putting on that many miles
  8. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,711

    Brittle rubber is very unsafe...I wouldn't trust them until you get to the tire store. Have the truck looked at by someone reputable...is surely worth loosing $100 now to save you thousands if this is a lemon/moneypit, so to speak.
  9. rcslawncare

    rcslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,684

    Have it checked out and new tires put on it. Good way to wreck your truck if a tire goes, that I assume full coverage will not be on. Good tires a must for a work truck, but it sounds promising, lie said above, get it checked out!
  10. farmboy1285

    farmboy1285 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 574

    Man be careful, expect to put about $1500 into brakes and front end parts in the near future. My dad bought a 85 F350 with the 6.9 diesel, the engine is unstopable(with the right glow plugs) but after we bought it we had to basically replace the front end. New rotors, calipers, pads, brake lines, bearings, tie rods, and the list goes on. Take it to a shop, I guarantee those parts will need to be replaced and if so there is now way you should drop $1800 on that truck. Just my 2 cents, like somebody said $100 now can save you $1000 in the future. BTW what engine does it have, 460?

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