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Anyone use an old dump truck?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by drsogr, Jun 4, 2006.

  1. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,275

    I have been looking at the dump trailers a little and I need to get one. Basically it would just be used to throw stuff on to and take it to the dump every 2 weeks. In doing so, it made me think, why not buy an old dump truck. 1950 chevy...something like that. I was thinking it could be somewhat of a winter project to fix it up. They seam like extremely simple machines. Being only drivin every couple of weeks, they wouldn't require much more maintenance then a dump trailer. Plus I think it would really look good with the company logo on there. What do you guys think? Do you think I am asking for trouble?
  2. 2 clowns mowing

    2 clowns mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 566

    i love my 2001 dump truck with lift gate. used to have a regular pickup it's great to dump easy:hammerhead: :hammerhead: :hammerhead:
  3. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,034

    I have an 84 GMC 3500 dumper with a 350 in it, that is my work truck.

  4. JJLandscapes

    JJLandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 682

    every landscaper who uses a dump here uses either 2000+ new dumps or old dump trucks not from the 50's but 80's and early 90's
  5. cet

    cet LawnSite Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 89

    I have both a 89 & 99 dump. They are great little trucks. My guess is you could find an 80's cheaper then a 50's unless it is a project truck. They do cost a few bucks by the time you pay for the licence sticker and the insurance.
  6. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,281

    All except one of my trucks is old, but im talking 80's...I would love to have a 50's or 60's dump. They are the ultimate in simplicity. Plus you can retro fit a 350 or 454 into one with no problem if you need a motor or trans.

    If you canb find one and can work on it I would go for it. I just don't have the time for all of that. I would love to have like a 65' 1ton all restored and painted up real nice wheel simulators and lettering. You would make the guys with 2007 f-450 psd's look like average joes.
  7. leadarrows

    leadarrows LawnSite Senior Member
    from N/A
    Messages: 925

    I use a 1977 Chevy C65 everyday and I don't know how I lived with out it.
    BUT it is starting to get hard to find some parts for it. My advise on old dump trucks is any year in your price range is fine ....as long as you can still get parts for it convently. If you grow to depend on a truck and it goes down and parts to fix it are either unavailable or have to be ordered it can be a problem.
    Also my truck gets about 6 miles to the gallon costing me around 6 grand a year in fuel costs. If I were to upgrade to something that gets 12 miles to the gallon that 3 grand a year savings would soon pay for a newer truck. Just something to consider.
  8. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,498

    back home on the farm we've got a old Chevy 78-82 I'd say............454 in that bad boy and stick shift and doesn't have one of those crappy/slow/weak electric dumps.........i recommend tak'n a peak

    don't forget, you can always buy and old dully and put a dump on the rear, lots of them you can find with rebuilt engines...........autotrader.com is your friend
  9. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    I've been keeping my eyes open for an old truck too. I'm looking at old farm trucks with grain or combo boxes. They often have really low miles for the age and can be gotten cheap at auctions. The ones I've seen have had 16to 18ft boxes and I would rather have one in the 12-14 ft size. easier to maneuver and pull a trailer with if I want to. the grain boxes will hold more volume than a gravel box for mulch or brush. I had my eye on a 66 gmc with a 13ft box and a low mileage 350 in it but they want $2500 for it. which isn't in my cash flow for the use it would get right now. but they are out there.
  10. janb

    janb LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 254

    Old trucks are great if you have a little time, (for fixing and travel) and an understanding DOT and insurance guy... If you are careful, and don't take 'overweight / brake' risks you should be fine, and they can look really sharp. I got one of my early jobs (truckdriving in college) because I showed up in my '51 GMC that I had bought for $75 and painted up nice, the boss thought I would take good care of his unique fleet (Studebaker diesels)

    be careful with powerplants, as the older 'industrial' engines can be very hard to get internal / major parts for. I would also consider getting a 'newer' chassis (powerplant / drivetrain) and transplanting an 'older cab'. but... it is easy to invest a lot of time and $$ in something like that, and not have a valuable asset, and still have to fix it frequently. It all depends on the extent of use and dependance on the truck. Trailers are much cheaper to license and insure, as they rate the trucks as commercial use, whether you use them 5x/yr, or 5x/week. Unless you register as a farm truck, but strict rules apply, and don't go putting commercial signs on it :hammerhead:

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