How old is too old for a truck?

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  1. LimpyLegs

    LimpyLegs Medium Load Member

    Aug 26, 2008
    What's the oldest you'll go for a one ton?
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  3. Arctic_fox

    Arctic_fox Experienced mx13 execrator

    Sep 16, 2016
    Depends on use case. If its a personal vehicle and it runs. Who cares age as long as the bones are good.

    If its a hotshot. Then the less miles the better above anything else. Those hotshot trucks live hard and die young.
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  4. roundhouse

    roundhouse Road Train Member

    Jul 11, 2018
    What are you planning on using it for ?

    age isn’t a factor, nor are miles , as much as condition .

    the company I work for bought 5 new 3/4 ton 4 wd crew cab Chevrolets in 2016

    I am The only person that’s ever driven the one assigned to me .

    Mine has 197k on it

    some of the others have 25k or 40kon them and they are total junkers .
    Seats ripped , fenders dented etc

    i assume you’re gonna do hotshot hauling ?

    id try to avoid a truck that has DEF and EGR and all that garbage .

    And avoid the ford 6.0
    I’d get the nicest older dodge 24 valve manual transmission you can find .

    I see alot of guys sleeping in them but unless you remove the passenger seat and the right rear door panel and window regulator , the mattress isn’t long enough to meet DOT regs .
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  5. Brandonpdx

    Brandonpdx Road Train Member

    Dec 27, 2007
    Elkhart, IN
    Like above, age and condition matter more. That being said, almost anything older than 2000 is probably nothing more than a project toy at this point and many 2000’s era trucks are already there too, so the older you go the slimmer the chances of finding anything solid enough to haul with. 2011-2018 4th gen Ram’s are pretty solid and would be my first choice for a not-new-but-newER truck.
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  6. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    under a shade tree
    your question is quite ambiguous....

    be more specific

    personal use?

    farm use..??

    running wheel man for a group of bank robbers.??

    loading it up with explosives to ram into a building..???
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  7. SmallPackage

    SmallPackage Road Train Member

    Dec 20, 2019
    Marion Texas
    I know guys that are running first gen Dodges with over 500,000 on them and still working them hard. It’s all about personal preference and doing your own thing and what your lifestyle is. Lots of so called crazies like me love old stuff and wouldn’t want anything else. It’s not about being poor like 99% of the folks out there that get new vehicles every few years look down upon us as. Lol. We have no need to keep up with the “Jones” so to speak for a feeling of self worth.
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  8. Lite bug

    Lite bug Road Train Member

    May 3, 2014
    Columbus Ohio
    I got old truck. I have had it since new. I have almost 900,000 on it. I have replaced almost everything at least once. I am putting $2400 into it tomorrow redoing the brakes and some maintenance. The workhorse is a 2000 F350 with a 7.3 powerstroke. It has a manufacturing date of October 1999 so I can use a paper log. I have taken out the passenger seat and the rear seats and set a twin mattress running front to back. The engine is a lower HP and I run under 26,000 lbs.
  9. Old_n_gray

    Old_n_gray Road Train Member

    Apr 9, 2016
    western pa
    7.3 powerstroke was a beast in the day.
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  10. Brandonpdx

    Brandonpdx Road Train Member

    Dec 27, 2007
    Elkhart, IN
    it's not the miles that surprises me there, it's the fact that it's lived it's whole life in Ohio and the rust belt (I'm assuming) and the cab hasn't fallen off the frame yet.
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