Good Truck?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by deere615, Apr 15, 2007.

  1. deere615

    deere615 LawnSite Fanatic
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    I know someone that has a chance to buy a 5 ton dump truck at an auction. It is a chevy 1984 (or somewhere close to that) 5 ton diesel Dump with about 75,000 miles. How much do you think its worth, is it a good truck?
  2. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    If the truck has 8.2 Fuel Pincher Detroit diesel power run away as fast as you can. You don't want that engine it is the biggest boat anchor you can buy.
  3. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
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    all i can think about is TRYING to get that to pass DOT inspection every year!
  4. Mark in MD

    Mark in MD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    Yeah, that DOT inspection is a PITA. Unless the rules have changed, he may be exempt from that. From what I remember, the inspection only applied to vehicles with a GVW of OVER 10,000 lbs -- which might be one reason to purchase the truck.
  5. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    The truck is a 5 ton so I imagine it has a 30,000lb or more gvw so it will need a inspection. If the truck is in good shape it should pass a inspection. I wouldn't buy a truck if the inspection isn't current. If its expired and hasn't been inspected for awhile then ask the owner to have the truck inspected or drop the price.
  6. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    I've heard exactly the same thing. My dad looked at a nice bucket truck with that motor, and all the mechanics he talked to said to buy it only if it was cheap enough to warrant a total engine swap to a Cummins or Cat.
  7. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    GM built those engines to try compete with the 3208 but it flopped. The 8.2 was just as bad as the 6.5. If you buy a 8.2 you will be lucky to find parts the engines are not rebuildable. If you have a Chev truck with one once it blows up repower it with a 502 big block its the cheapest option.
  8. deere615

    deere615 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,676

    Im pretty sure its not the dertriot engine because ive heard baad things about that engine too but I will double check I will also look at the inspection

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