trucks been sitting for 5 years

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

  1. turnanburn

    turnanburn Medium Load Member

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    He's from the left coast. Crazy talk for the rest of us.
     
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  3. WMGUY

    WMGUY Road Train Member

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    most of us don't like to go to california anyways so that has no real affect on the truck we buy
     
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  4. Joetro

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    Heh. I know of older trucks that will run circles around most of these newer trucks.
     
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  5. Joetro

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    My neighbor gave me an old 89 International cabover that had been sitting in his back yard for 8 years. up until the last 4 or 5 years, he would go out and start her up every so often. Then the batts went bad and he stopped doing that. Anyhow, he wanted it out of his yard, so I went over with my Suburban, a battery charger and a couple batts I had laying around. Well, after fiddling for awhile, I got enough juice to get the 3406B to turn over and once I got her to turn over fast enough, she fired up like she'd only been shut down the day before. There's a lot of other piddly stuff that needs done, but she runs like a top and the 15sp shifts nice. I'll fix her up and put her to work doing... well.. something, I just don't know what, yet. It's the big bunk and needs cleaned up and paint. Another project I want to tackle is a '76 K100 Aerodyne that an old guy (RIP, Dayton) used to run and I used to work on back in the 80's. I'm going to try to find that truck, see if I can get ahold of it and see what's left. If there's enough, I'll put her back together and, either find work for her or turn her into a show truck.

    And then there's this 60's B Model Mack down the road...
     
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  6. txnewbee

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    Im tempted to try it how would I go about draining the fuel and how extensive would it have to be drained?

    I also remember someone talking about a 1959 mack b61 there is one near my town that needs a total resto but right now the 84 would make more work sense since if it runs it would pbly cost less to fix the odds and ends but I can dream can't I?

    And the 84 kenworth would not be my first I have a 2000 freightliner and flatbed I use out in the west texas oil field I just wanted a spare truck cause even to fix lil things that I can't do im looking at a weeks wait time
     
  7. Joetro

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    If it were me and I had the funds, I'd be on it and dragging her home, but that's just me. I love the things...

    Try to haggle a bit, though.

    What more can you tell us about the 84?

    As for draining the tanks, that's not a big deal, just be sure to contain and dispose of the old fuel properly. Mine was actually running pretty good on the old fuel that's in the tanks.
     
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  8. Worthken

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    For that price send it over here. I wil run it all day long. Just saying.
     
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  9. Cranky Yankee

    Cranky Yankee Cranky old ######

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    every hose will need to be replaced all rubber will dry out and crack
     
  10. txnewbee

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    The owner said it needed a new head gasket but as far as everything else he said it was working when he parked it he is disabled and that's why he hasn't used it I will try to upload pics later and to joetro so all you did was hook up batteries and she ran?
     
  11. turnanburn

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    Old diesel will run pretty good. It's not like the corn piss gasoline we have to put up with. At least change the filters and fill them with new fuel. A couple of batts and a wee snort of either should let you know where things stand. (oil okay?) I've fired up quite a few old multifuel and 250 nhc engines in military trucks. Some had sat a real long time. If they have a good heart they will run. It's the rubber and hoses and brakes and batts and bulbs that will drive you crazy.
     
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