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Would you use an older pickup for work?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by KPW LawnCare, May 30, 2010.

  1. KPW LawnCare

    KPW LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    Would you use say a 1967-1972 chevy c10 for k20 truck for work. I am thinking about getting one and slowely restoring it with my dad and want to use it for work in the mean time, till i am done college to do a full frame off resto.
  2. jhawk60

    jhawk60 LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Messages: 241

    If it is mechanically sound, sure. I would love to have a 1972 f250 for a work truck, a twin to my first truck.
  3. BINKY1902

    BINKY1902 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from South
    Messages: 1,123

    I have a newer Nissan truck, so I recently decided to get an 81 Chevy dually to use hauling my mowers, mulch, and rocks. The good thing about an older truck is that they are easy to work on. I was tired of throwing limbs and such in the bed of my Nissan, which has a perfect paint job.
  4. TheOctagon

    TheOctagon LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    I think its a really cool idea. I found a probably late 40's early 50's chevy probably a 1 ton or 1.5 ton small regular cab truck w/ no box it has the narrow front end and its heavy duty. It has a dually rear end and some old split ring tires. I want to get it in the worst way. Looks like the perfect canidate for a 4bt cummins engine and a wooden flat bed w/ a small 5th wheel trailer. I have some killer ideas but less funding and time than necessary. I say as long as you can make it reliable for your sake and your customers sake then there are probably a lot of people out there that would love to see something like that all restored pulling up in the neighborhood.
  5. KPW LawnCare

    KPW LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    Yea my dad said he would be up for a father son resto after college but i thought get a good truck and use it for work for the time being and then once restored use it agian.
  6. doubleedge

    doubleedge LawnSite Senior Member
    from ND
    Messages: 911

    Old trucks look unprofessional to me if they are in poor condition.
  7. BINKY1902

    BINKY1902 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from South
    Messages: 1,123

    Yeah you for sure want to make sure it looks presentable. And for example, you wouldn't want glasspacks or straight pipes on your work truck because people will not want you in their neighborhood. My dually with a 454 had straight pipes on it when I bought it, and I didn't take it on my route until I welded some mufflers on it. I would suggest getting a 3/4 ton or 1 ton, for one reason you can tote a whole bunch of weight in the bed, like rock for flower beds and stuff. Plus when you grow you will always have the truck to pull your stuff as you get more equipment. I think it's a good idea to use the older truck, they look good and are always a conversation starter. I would also recommend a long bed truck, some people don't like the looks but it is sure nice to have that room, especially during leaf cleanup time.
  8. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,186

    My work speaks volumes, my 91 f-150 isn't nearly as nice ..lol
  9. KPW LawnCare

    KPW LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    Here is and example of and 86 chey
  10. T.M. LAWNS

    T.M. LAWNS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 313

    That's a good looking truck. :cool2:

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