Considering an 02' 379 Long Hood 63" Flat top

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  1. Kshaw0960

    Kshaw0960 Road Train Member

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    I would like to clarify my post above. I’m from south Texas and never seen a mouse or rust problem so that might be a big factor that I am not knowledgeable about. My truck also uses 11R24.5 and I haven’t had issues finding them and I paid about $35 more than low pros. I bought my truck for $34k. I spent about $7k getting it fixed up. I spent about $14k with new exterior parts and paint. Will be showroom beautiful and reliable with about total investment for about $55k

    Can’t beat that anywhere for a 1999 peterbilt 379 standup sleeper with a series 60 engine that looks brand new.
     
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  3. W923

    W923 Medium Load Member

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    One thing that nobody has mentioned is you can buy a “perfectly” good truck and have the same amount of nickel and dime stuff but you started out with a lot more $$ in it. I have seen this with several customers and I have one of my own. I have in general been way better off buying trucks like the op is looking at and going through them. Usually turns out to be more expensive than buying the supposed to be good truck but you have a much better product at the end. And new isn’t an option for me for several reasons. I say go for it if you can work on it.
     
  4. Rideandrepair

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    Any Trucks going to need repairs. This Truck doesn’t necessarily have to be completely rebuilt. You get it going, take care of safety issues, and run it. See what you got. Once you get to know the Truck, you can plan on upcoming repairs. Doing them as needed. There’s no such thing as replacing everything and being done. Too many times a few repairs gets a Truck labeled as a Problem or Lemon. In reality it’s just normal wear. Judging by the low mileage, and being a one Owner. My bets are it’s a very good Truck. Clean frame and good original wiring that’s not been hacked up, would be my only concerns. Maybe the mice issue, Lol. The engines probably fine. Fire right up. Fuel may be contaminated with algae. That can be taken care of. So many parts on a Truck, it seems overwhelming. Really not much, if you break it down, a lot of things would need replacing anyways, on any Truck. Maybe not right away, but soon enough.
     
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  5. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    I have to add. Knowing the history of the Truck goes a long way. Never know what your getting with such an old Truck usually. A lot of folks dream of finding such a Truck. There’s always a market for 379’s. They literally sell themselves. They’re never cheap.
     
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  6. rollin coal

    rollin coal Road Train Member

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    That mice thing would be a deal breaker for me no matter how good the rest of it was. You'll probably always get a whiff of that no matter what you do. Rats and mice are nasty little ####s carrying black plague and who knows what else.
     
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  7. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    You got me worried about my drywall in the garage. Saw some mouse droppings on the top sheet. Same with my new subfloor plywood.
     
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  8. Catmando

    Catmando Road Train Member

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    It will be ok .. it doesn't seen to do that to building materials insulation maybe
    That smell is like AIDS once you get it it stays with ya for life
     
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  9. Elroythekid

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    Seal it up, clean it up, and put an ozonator machine in for a few hours. It will kill anything and remove all odors.
     
  10. kah68

    kah68 Bobtail Member

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    I have an ozonator for my cottage. Funny as I was already thinking of that.

    There's definitely two camps in this post. I'm likely going to go with the ' fix it, drive it and continually fix/upgrade '. As W9 says, starting with a fixer and going through everything would be more expensive than buying a ' declared good truck ' but I'd know what I have in the end. I also know a project is never done and unexpected failures can and will happen.

    If it comes together ( old fella isn't too willing to part with it so far ) I will definitely take all the advice given and base my offer on what I find or suspect could be wrong with it.
     
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  11. kah68

    kah68 Bobtail Member

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    Deal sent me the following.

    CAT C15 475 hp, Ser # 6NZ68238

    Trans: Eaton RTLO18918B

    Steer Axle: Eaton E12001I, 12K

    Rear Axle: Eaton DSP41P, ratio 3.90
     
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