older trucks?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by vaacutabove, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. vaacutabove

    vaacutabove LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How old can a truck be and still look professional. Looking at adding a truck
    94 3500 dump. Cleaner truck for the year.
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  2. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,673

    I thought about a 1955 1 ton flat bed. Sitting on a modern truck rails. I thought it would be neat and different. It would be a nice truck, not Fred Sanford.
  3. C & T Landscaping

    C & T Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    I don't think the age matters...the condition does...You could have a 2013 truck but if its covered in dents and rust it won't look good...same as an older truck if it has dents, rusts, runs bad..it probably isn't that professional looking.
  4. vaacutabove

    vaacutabove LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That's what Im thinking it would only probably be used for mulch and leaf season and installs hear and there. I have always wanted a dump or dedicated work truck but its not to the point i have to have one this one is cheaper 2 wd. So we can shall see tomorrow when i golook.
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  5. MR-G

    MR-G LawnSite Senior Member
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    we use all older trucks...we have 1991 -1998 chevys and fords....we keep them in top condition...in and out..in the process of reconditioning one of the 91's now..engine rebuild,tranny, and all new exhaust as well as new tires,brakes, and interior....and oh yes paint....we will have about 5k in it ...but it will keep making us $$ for many more years....trucks look great!! will post some pictures when done. we just cant justify spending 20k plus on newer models...you can completly rebuild an older truck usually under 5k if you can do most of it yourself...or hire an in house mechanic....
  6. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Messages: 4,891

    Other contractors made fun of my "old junk" for years. While theyre at the dealership every other week financing another brand new truck.

    Mine are painted, they look good. Theyre just late 80s to late 90s.

    The economy crashed. Business got slow.
    I still have all my "old junk"

    They cant say the same about their shiny new ones.

    I can sleep at night knowing nobody is going to be sneaking in with a tow truck

    The year doesnt matter. A clean, decent looking truck will do the exact same thing as a new one. Your customers wont notice the difference one bit
  7. vaacutabove

    vaacutabove LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The one Im looking at is a 94 2wd dual 10 ft mason dump with the 454 w 130 k anyone got ideas on a fair price
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    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
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    Yes get it. those are awesome trucks. I have a 94 chevy 1500 and it is an awesome truck. My customers are always commenting on how nice it is for its age.
  9. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    Either a car/truck looks great and shows little wear and tear. Or it doesn't.

    A great looking car/truck that keeps on looking great as it gets older just makes it one of the fewer that have survived of that model year that still look great.

    When terms as: clean for the year, excellent for it's age, are ways of presenting a car/truck trying to avoid admitting that there are dents, rust, chips, scratches, worn interior, high mileage, etc.

    Sounds as Clinton is selling used trucks now. Just the way he said I did not have sex with that woman. Yea, his semen got on Monica's dress by immaculate orgasm.
  10. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    A clean presentable older truck I thinking is an.advantage. I frankly get.compliments on my 85 Toyota 4x4 even though it is far from being cosmetically perfect. It has.been.amazing how many comments I get. They.either had.one. or knew of someone who had one back in the day.

    Truck.is getting a make over this winter:

    Aluminium UTE utility flatbed conversion
    Firestone airbags to help.the rear suspension
    Powder coat front and.rear bumpers and.class 3 hitch
    Front and.rear brake upgrades
    New BFG all terrain TA's on cast aluminum wheels to match UTE bed.

    Truck will become more of a theft magnet when it's done late March....more than.it.is.now.

    What really seems to make an impression is that the truck has been in the family since new.
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