1989 dodge ram50

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by jacob land and, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. funkigreasemonki

    funkigreasemonki LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Messages: 13

    Doesnt sound like a bad deal to me at all. You'll love plowing with that diesel, great low end grunt, and plenty of weight in the front. Don't be afraid to wheel and deal a little bit, even though it sounds like your getting a great deal with a plow and a dump included! Plan on putting some money in it though, assume its due for all its fluid changes ect. and go through it all. This way you'll have piece of mind that everythings good, and if along the way you do find something wrong you'll know and can fix it before your left stranded, in a parking lot you've only plowed half of (ask me how I know).
  2. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,445

    That is a great deal. The engine alone is worth the asking price.
    I would not hesitate to buy (also cavitation is a huge issue in the older fords with the 7.3, not in a 5.9 cummins) Expect to replace a few parts though. Probably start with front calipers and brake lines. I suspect the brakes are soft because they need to be bled and the bleed valve was corroded and broke off. Calipers are cheap and easy, you can do both fronts for under $100, master cylinder is under $50. Good luck with it and be sure to check out turbodieselregister.com
  3. Randy J

    Randy J LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    Cavitation has never been a problem with the Cummins - which is good and bad. The reason for cavitation is air pockets in coolant behind the liner that explode from heat in the combustion chamber, and cause pitting in cylinder liners. The Cummins does not use cylinder liners. The good is no problem with cavitation. The bad is more expense when it comes to rebuilding the engine as you can't simply replace the liner. Cavitation is a concern with Ford diesels, not sure about GM.
    The 1st gen Dodge/Cummins was pretty much bullet proof, and could easily last a million miles (several examples). The transmission will be of concern however. And look at the A (door hinge pillar). The early trucks had a problem with developing cracks in the cowl in that area. Some of the early trucks did have problems with the frame cracking, and since this one has been hanging a plow out front, you'll want to take a good look at the frame. The only other thing I would be concerned about is if they have turned up the fuel significantly. It's easy to do with those pickups. And it's also easy to cause damage from too much heat - a result of too much fueling. Other than that, if the truck runs and drives decent, $2500 is a good price for it alone. You can decide how much the ancillary equipment is worth, based on it's condition.
    Oh, and it could be a 350. In the 1st gen, (and again in the newest models) I believe you could get a SRW 1 ton, couldn't you?

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