trucks been sitting for 5 years

Discussion in 'Trucks [ Eighteen Wheelers ]' started by txnewbee, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. txnewbee

    txnewbee Light Load Member

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    There is a truck for sale that has sat for 5yrs the owner is selling it pretty cheap but it is about 4 hrs from where I live the truck is a 1984 kenworth w900 and he is asking 6k for the truck outside looks good but he doesn't have batteries to try and start the truck what I wana know is what all should be checked to see if its worth it or should I just pass on it
     
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  3. marmonman

    marmonman Road Train Member

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    I would pass on it myself seems like it is a little high to me .
     
  4. lkpuede

    lkpuede Bobtail Member

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    what can u do with a truck from 1984 anyway?
     
  5. FLATBED

    FLATBED Road Train Member

    Plenty of them still working
     
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  6. txnewbee

    txnewbee Light Load Member

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    I know that older trucks can still haul loads just not as fast but if I could get his price down it would still be a gamble as to if it would run so im wondering if there are some things to look at before I take a gamble this big cause if I get the price down and can get it running fairly cheap jackpot if not ima get screwed with a sandpaper condom
     
  7. jbatmick

    jbatmick Road Train Member

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    Might be a good deal, but your fuel mileage from that time will not be impressive.If you mechanically inclined, and do your own work, might be OK. If this is your first truck, I say no.
     
  8. FLATBED

    FLATBED Road Train Member

    Theres still older trucks out there that will blow a lot of NEW ones into the weeds , but they had lots of $ put into them.

    1985 W900 on truckpaper going for $6,000.00 to $9,000.00 , but expect to put more than batteries into it. If sitting that long it needs to be gone over end to end , lots could be wrong with it.

    For a startup truck you likely would be better off getting a newer one ( running ) this 1 would make a good hobby truck if you had a shop and time to work on it.

    Its your DECISION , only provided some INSIGHT
     
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  9. txnewbee

    txnewbee Light Load Member

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    I thought of taking batteries up there and seeing maybe if it would go but my worry is that the diesel is bad

    From the sounds of things I guess ill pass thanks everyone
     
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  10. lkpuede

    lkpuede Bobtail Member

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    welp...unless u are prepared to get your own Authority, you can forget about signing it on anywhere. even the sleaziest of companies are not going to sign a 1985 anything on. but if you got it like that and just want to tool around your farm, maybe haul your horses for here to there...maybe pull you a fifth wheel drag along when you go camping...well driver...have at it.
     
  11. yotaman

    yotaman Light Load Member

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    Don't give up just cause somebody says no,get a hold of some batteries go fire it up and see what you got.you get it cheap enough could make a nice first truck, and you get an education fixin it up. jmo also not true about nobody signing you on.
     
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