Advice, please?

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  1. brsims

    brsims Road Train Member

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    Looking at a 2002 KW T600 with a Cummins ISX motor. Better than 800,000 miles on the clock, no info currently available on rebuild/overhaul. Is a single owner truck, O/O who traded in for a new truck. Does have a current PA inspection sticker.

    Price is really nice, most likely due to the auto transmission.

    Is there anything specific I should look for on this engine? I'm interested due to the lack of DPF/SCR, but if I'm looking at an immediate in-frame, I'm gonna put this one on the back burner and keep shopping.

    Many thanks in advance!
     
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  3. DUNE-T

    DUNE-T Road Train Member

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    You gotta do main bearings right away. If it's not late, I have seen these engines go to 1.3-1.5 mil without rebuild.
    But majority of people end up inframing them right at 800k-1.1mil miles
     
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  4. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Oil analysis? At 800 grand there's bound to be some wear.
    Also, look at the age of all the accessories...alternator, pump, harnesses, turbo and such...replacing them can nickle and dime you to death.
     
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  5. Ridlingdj

    Ridlingdj Medium Load Member

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    If you are near it look to see if it has old oil and if so oil analysis if not with no info you need to look over it with a fine tooth comb or hire a mechanic you trust
     
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  6. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    Dyno and blow by at least, oa on engine trans and axles and an ecm full dump.

    If the oil has been changed, do it anyway, let the truck run at high idle until everything is warmed up then pull a sample.
     
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  7. Spyro2112

    Spyro2112 Medium Load Member

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    Buy it, spend 20 grand rebuild it drive, if not buy a one that u don't have to rebuild for awhile, ur going to spend money
     
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    Should be decent. That was built well before they had camshaft wear issues. I had a 2001 565 hp, but I traded it off at 900,000 miles. Had no issues with it.
     
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  9. brsims

    brsims Road Train Member

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    I thank you all!

    I'm going to look at it next weekend. The price has me worried. A "too good to be true" kinda worried. So I'm looking at some other trucks in the area.

    Only looking close to home-ish. Money isn't the problem. I'm still working as a company clown, and don't want to burn a bridge before I head off into the sunrise. So extensive travel looking at trucks is a no go. Especially since I do NOT under any circumstances fly.

    Would give my left arm for a pre-07 Detroit 60 with a fresh rebuild. Preferably in an affordable Columbia. Ain't looking for pretty, I wanna WORK truck!
     
  10. DUNE-T

    DUNE-T Road Train Member

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    There is no need to give up your left arm, my mechanic has a 99 Volvo, with a freshly built 12.7 Detroit. I watched him building it for the last year in his spare time. Everything is new there including the block. He said he will sell the truck for no less than 45k, otherwise he will just put a driver in it
     
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  11. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

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    Research the transmission while you're at it.
     
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