I am thinking of buying this truck. Yes, i know it used to be a city truck. i looked underneath and it didn't seem to have a lot of salt rust. It came from Kentucky which I don't think sees a ton of snow/ice anyway. It is a 96 and has 87k miles with a cumming 5.9 and Allison trans. The company selling the truck started at 12.9k but i have gotten them to 10.2k. I know city trucks are usually pretty cheap and that the new paint makes it look pretty. To me cummings and Allison is a pretty good combo and everything works on the truck. Before I buy it I will have a mechanic look it over but thought I would get the thoughts on here first. The reasons I am wanting the dump is so i can haul off stumps etc that i dig up/remove, to be able to haul away trees/lots i clear, and to be able to haul smaller amounts of mulch/gravel that is part of a job. I know I can't compete with tandems for straight hauling, I just look at it as a way to not have to depend on anyone else for the smaller requests from customers. I have never driven a dump truck and have a few questions. I drove the truck on back roads up to say 45 to 50 mph. It has air brakes and they seem very grabby. I think I locked them up when i came around a corner and there was a stop sign. i know it isn't loaded but would you consider this normal or anything of concern? I pumped the brakes several times and each time the pressure went down some. I looked at some videos on youtube and this seems normal. When i just held the brake it seemed to stay steady. I was opening boxes on the side under the bed while the truck was running. I didn't realize one held the batteries and when I tried to lift the top of the box I actually saw sparks. The truck didn't sputter at all but it did freak me out some. Is this somewhat normal or bad sign? It has a spring suspension. Dang was it stiff. I can only imagine driving it on bump roads or on longer trips.