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Another 'slick' Ebay plowtruck

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by JohnnyU, Nov 4, 2003.

  1. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,040

  2. David Smith

    David Smith Member
    Messages: 48

    Like the dump-bed, but the price is a little hiogh for the year and condition, miles, etc.
  3. snowplowjay

    snowplowjay Banned
    Messages: 890

    I think that truck has seen better days. It says that the guy has been using it to scrape gravel from his driveway. The body is pretty rough too.

    It is a pretty good setup though.

  4. David Smith

    David Smith Member
    Messages: 48

    I bought an 84 Chevy 2500HD 4x4 this summer, in rough shape bodywise.
    Put $1500 in parts, replaced all body parts, and $3300 for a new plow setup, totalling $4800.
    Wonder if I spent too much on this truck, or should have bought a newer one?
    (new transfer case also, for only $341 !!)

    I guess we'll see how it does once the snow falls huh :)
  5. CPSS

    CPSS Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    A 20 year old pickup? I think I'd pass.
  6. David Smith

    David Smith Member
    Messages: 48

    With my budget, a $35,000+ new truck was out of the question, so a 20 year old truck will have to work for me!
  7. flatbed

    flatbed Member
    Messages: 36

    the guy should check the year on that truck....85 has 4 stacked head lights....at least my wifes did...... that looks more like an 80-81 model.......somebody could still make money with it.....
  8. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    They had both headlight styles for numerous years.It is probably still an 85.

    Not a bad truck for a beater,but the price is a little high.
  9. meyer22288

    meyer22288 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,003

    It seems kinda old to be a main plow truck/ work truck. i would use it as a back up truck. I looks like a pretty strong truck with some life left in it
  10. phillyplowking1

    phillyplowking1 Senior Member
    Messages: 412

    Dont under estimate older trucks.I have 79 F-350 4x4 dump that is one of my best plow trucks and it still goes out mostly everyday towing a stump grinder or hauling wood.
  11. meyer22288

    meyer22288 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,003

    sounds like you got a real nice truck, a 79 that works as hard as the new ones:)
  12. snow

    snow PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 1,002

    An 85 is tool old to be a main plow/work truck but a 79 works as hard as the new ones. Well, thanks for clearing things up. Make up your mind meyer!

    One of my friends still uses a 1972 Chevy C10 pickup to plow his parking lot and it's in mint shape. I wouldn't talk about old trucks if you don't know what condition they're in. There's plenty of old trucks around from the 70's still plowing, the 4 spds, 350's and solid axles (unlike the newer gm's) are hard to kill and are very common to find.


  13. Joe92GT

    Joe92GT Member
    Messages: 71

    341 for a new transfer case??

    I'm sorry :(

    The best thing about these trucks is the abundance of parts.. I blew my trans and transfer case again, and got a th400 auto and transfer case for 300... with converter

    I picked up a manual trans before I went auto for 75 with a transfer case.. I happen to have an extra transfer case sitting outside...... I just stripped an 91 suburban on monday (most parts interchange), and I baught an 86 for parts... with another transfer case :)...

    I love my truck.. its an 85, and I plowed every storm last year. This year I got an 8.6 western unimount to replace the fisher. It is not to old to be a main plow truck.
  14. griffithtlc

    griffithtlc Senior Member
    Messages: 213

    That Chev is in incredible shape! It's funny he plows with such a "collector's" truck. We've got high hopes for the 80 chev this year, it just got a new paint job, and so did the plow:D
  15. David Smith

    David Smith Member
    Messages: 48

    Yes, $341
    Considering a new transfer case sells for around $1,000 typically, I think I got a heck of a deal (not a used one from someone else)
  16. micah79

    micah79 Senior Member
    Messages: 303

    I think there have been some very valid points made in defense of the old trucks. If someone is starting out with an older truck that they have fixed up and made reliable, then I say give them a thumbs up.
  17. micah79

    micah79 Senior Member
    Messages: 303


    I think $341 is a heck of a deal. I've heard of a cv joint costing more to rebuild.

    I noticed you live in Jackson. Thats not too far from Brighton.
  18. flatbed

    flatbed Member
    Messages: 36

    check out the motor on the ebay truck looks like rust on the spark plugs......a truck like that here would go for $2500 here.....we have no emission checks here so we get lots of older trucks running around........since my truck is payed for if i make money with it it goes in my pocket.......
  19. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    I prefer the older trucks over a new one.The abundance of parts,they are very easy to work on,and it doesn't hurt so much when a driver cracks on up,make it a no brainer.If properly built,they are more reliable than the newer stuff,and when they do break down,they can usually be fixed right on the side of the road with basic hand tools.
  20. David Smith

    David Smith Member
    Messages: 48

    I agree completely. I almost opted to finance a newer truck, but since I have a preference for older trucks, and of course, the price differences, I opted for the older model(s).
    I love than I can actually climb into the engine bay (it helps that I am 5'10 and 170lbs :)

    I have 3 engine blocks in the garage waiting for "action", and enough spare parts to build another truck or two. I actually get people giving older trucks to me, or selling them to me for less than $100.

    77-84 is where it's at for me personally :)