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  1. Hudbri11

    Hudbri11 Bobtail Member

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    I am looking at 2 trucks. Need input on best route to go. Both trucks have a overhaul with paperwork so just assume they are both in comparable condition.

    2003 379 6NZ Super 10spd 63” Standup Sleeper

    1989 379 3406b 18spd 63” Flat Top (frame off resto)


    I am going to be running 48x102 flatbed mostly Southern to North Central US. I have a strong mechanical background and will do 90+% of my own maintenance.
    Thanks in advance!
     
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  3. Catmando

    Catmando Road Train Member

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    I would go with the 03 with the 6nz.. and find a 13 or 15 sp and ditch the super 10.. that's just me
    But I'am not a huge fan of the real early 379s myself
     
  4. pavrom

    pavrom Road Train Member

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    I think 6nz will be better on mpg ...i would swap 10 to 13/18 ...plust stand up gives you more room ...flat top is just to look cool
     
  5. JoeyJunk

    JoeyJunk Road Train Member

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    Not true. I have a flat top FLD and I don’t look cool at all :biggrin_2559:
     
  6. Catmando

    Catmando Road Train Member

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    If you were sporting 1 of those flat bill Muther Trucker hats you would cool....
     
  7. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

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    Go with that 3406b. Turn the pump up and hammer down
     
  8. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

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    Super 10s were ok, when you got used to them.
    Some, when button in right place on the side, auto shifted 9-10 drove one that didn’t but it’s just a flip and bump of pedal.
    I’d probably go with 03 too, newer and gives more options if you do decide to lease to a company such as Mercer or LS.
     
  9. bad-luck

    bad-luck Road Train Member

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    I would go with the 1993. 6NZ is a good motor. Not to rain on your parade, but is this your first truck? I am assuming that it is, this is a really bad time to become an owner operator. I would hate for you to loose your shirt, the current conditions in the trucking industry are bad.
     
  10. Big Road Skateboard

    Big Road Skateboard Road Train Member

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    6NZ. I've always liked the Super 10's, but if running anywhere out west I'd go 13
     
  11. 201

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    The '89, mostly for resale, but once you drive it, that probably won't ever happen. I think the 379 and the Cat motor were the best Pete's ever.
     
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