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Is this worth $1500?

Discussion in 'Used Plowing and Truck Equipment Forum' started by NJ Plowman, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. NJ Plowman

    NJ Plowman Senior Member
    Messages: 799

    I just looked at a 1987 Dodge 1/2-ton, shortbed, 318V8 with Auto, 4x4, with a cable operated Western 7.5 Pro Plow setup. No A/C or Power Windows or anything like that, but it has 35,000 original miles on it. It was used as a work truck so it is kinda beat up (work truck, not clean for it's 35,000 miles). The plow was a little sloppy and the front end wandered a little, but what do you guys think? I am at $2G now, but I figure he might go to $1500. Is it worth it? I run a few late 80's GMC 3/4-ton Pick-up's, but I am not a Dodge fan.
     
  2. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,302

    Yes, Yes, All day long... Yes
     
  3. ACA L&L

    ACA L&L Senior Member
    Messages: 362

    Im with metro!! sounds good. As long as it shifts alright and 4by4 works u cant lose.
     
  4. diggerman

    diggerman Senior Member
    from Ames
    Messages: 700

    Dodge Truck

    I have had several 1/2 Dodges of this year and the only caution I would give is, that if this truck has automatic vac lockouts you could have trouble with the locking sleeve. I have gone as far in the past to install a cable operated locking system and still found that I had a bit of trouble getting the front end to hold up and stay locked. I always wanted to find a solid shaft and put manual lockouts on the trucks but was never able to do so.
     
  5. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    I had an '87 1/2 ton for awhile. I would watch for the sloppy steering, especially only with 35K on the clock. It will get much worse. Mine was to the point you could not drive it over 50 MPH with the steering. There had to be about 2" of play in the steering wheel. Also, watch out for wiring nightmares. Mine was terrible. Wires that ended up nowhere. Other than that they are great trucks. The 318 is a hog, but will get the job done. For the price you can't beat it. I sold mine for $1550 this past fall. It didn't have a plow, but did have a 4" lift. It was in decent shape, but smelled awful in the cab! It had 178K on it when I sold it. Good luck!
     
  6. Snow Max

    Snow Max Junior Member
    Messages: 0

    Are you for REAL ?

    You look at a truck that we have not seen and ask for advise. Makes me wonder.......