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Considering an old diesel

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by MOZE4MUNY, Dec 25, 2005.


    MOZE4MUNY LawnSite Member
    from NW Fla
    Messages: 31

    My neighbor across the street just decided to sell his 1985 F-350 dually. It has a shade under 100K miles, 6.9 diesel, auto trans and hasn't worked very hard it's whole life. The truck is in excellent condition with six new tires. I would use it for pulling a 18 ft tandem skidsteer trailer...would only be working it part time. What's a ballpark figure to offer? I haven't paid much attention to what these sorts of rigs are selling for and don't want to alienate a neighbor with a ridiculously low offer. On another note, if anyone has any feedback or advice about those old diesels, mileage, expenses, tendancies, I welcome the information. Thanks, Merry Christmas.
  2. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794


    Give or take $500.
  3. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,281

    I'd say between $1500 and $3,000 depending on the shape of the truck. If it's a really wel l kept family/camper truck it's definitly worth more than a work type truck. Is it rust or in need of paint?
  4. jsbmaine

    jsbmaine LawnSite Member
    Messages: 102

    4wd or 2wd.........

    6.9 was a good motor, but often start really hard cold. It should pull your trailer easily.

    Ballpark, I'd say $1500 for 2wd or $2500 for 4wd.

    MOZE4MUNY LawnSite Member
    from NW Fla
    Messages: 31

    Thanks for responding. The truck is a 2wd, in really great shape. The TwoTone paint and body are flawless for a 20 year old machine. I really hadn't anticipated buying a dedicated work truck but a "cream puff" seldom drops in your lap. I eventually want to have an inexpensive one ton, I'm just torn as to whether or not I should get this one now. Bob left town today so I didn't get to approach him about asking price...hopefully tomorrow.
  6. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,071

    North West Florida, We must have a different market than up north. A half ton that runs of that year starts at about 2000. If it is that nice, air works you would be stealing it for 3000. Heck I would go as high as 4000.
  7. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Rhett, it is a 20 friggin year old truck...even if in good shape, i would never pay 4k for a half ton...nevertheless call 3k a steal. Wouldnt pay much more than 2k for a truck like that, how is the interior?
  8. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,071

    No I was saying for a 1/2 ton around here in decent shape that runs they start at about 2000. He is looking at a 1 ton dually diesel in excellent shape.

    MOZE4MUNY LawnSite Member
    from NW Fla
    Messages: 31

    I have investigated used truck prices in the local area this past week, you're right on the money Rhett. Used truck prices are crazy...even for 20 year old trucks. They seem to hit a value floor at 10 years old and from there are priced according to condition. This truck is a cream puff with pristine interior and exterior. The only problem is the cantankerous owner. I've cornered him twice and he will not commit to a price. I hope when he finally decides on a (reasonable) figure, I have the opportunity to take it off his hands. I don't need this truck, but when I do I won't be able to find a cleaner one than this. It has got a lot of productive years left in it...just peel off the "Good Sam" and "AARP" stickers and slap on a business sign.
  10. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,071

    Prices are crazy. Went to Texas to get my last truck. 94 Chevy diesel with 73000 miles for 4500. Same truck around here would run me a couple thousand more if you could find it. Tell the truth wish I could of found an old dodge or ford in that price range.

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