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The truck I bought,good or bad?

Its a 1985 INT COE 9670 Cummings 855 300BC 3,9 speed OD, 235 WB custom frame,springs no air ride,Newer virgin steers in all positions 24.5, 3.70 gears.It had an inframe 240000 miles ago with papers, it has 1200000 miles on it total,No smoke seems to run good.The person i bought it from owned it for 14 years and drove it for the company before he bought it,he gave me all the repair and maint receipts for the last 14 years,he is now retired.The truck sat for 2 years last DOT and IFTA 2010.I paid $2500 I guessed if nothing else I could part it out for more!What it needs is paint and interior also power steering,which I found for $400 compleat.I have been driving for 1 and 1/2 years company driver,I do all my own work!!!! going to take the leap and become an lease operator.My question is for the people that have run these old trucks is what can I excpect and what too look out for with this truck?and what do you think about starting with an old truck for my first?Going to run southeast or just Florida .Thanks for all your input.

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With that old mechanical Cummins yor fuel mileage won't be great but besides that it's a classic. Always nice to see one restored on the road and if you put a nice paint scheme on it I bet you'll get a lot of compliments. Besides for $2500 with a rebuilt motor you can't go wrong for a starter.

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Thanks Jerzy,kinda good too hear some feedback on it,I always liked Oldschool stuff,I built a couple old streetrods and old bikes,Always got complements on them,hope I get some on this when done,+ make money,This is a new career for an old dog an I am Lovin It!!!

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I am driving a 81 KW A model with a 400 Cummins 15 sp 3.70 grears on lo pro 24.5 tires pulling a step deck and avg just over 6 mpg.

I am on fuel gauges

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Keep in mind, once FMCSA finally mandates EOBRs, which will happen in the next couple years, that mechanical engine will be outlawed from interstate commerce.

We have around 800 trucks, in our fleet, with mechanicals. So this is a concern of our log dept. Our log dept head called the FMCSA and asked if there would be any exemption for them. The answer was no. None of the EOBR manufacturers has or is developing one to work with mechanicals. I seriously doubt that they will come up with one as it is a small market and getting smaller. There is no money in it, for them.

I'm working on upgrading to an N14 Celect Plus.

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Just out of curiosity, what fleet has 800 trucks that are all so old they don't have computerized engines? That is a huge number.

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Landstar, we have some very old trucks still running, like my 84 model. 800 is only about 10% of the fleet.

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I run an EOBR in the company truck that I drive now,and I dont understand why they would not work.The movement of the truck runs on GPS signals and ignition switch,why would it need a computer controled truck?

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Are you sure that is an EOBR (Electronic On Board Recorder) per FMCSA reg 395.16 and 395 Appendix A, or an AOBR (Automatic On Board Recorder) per 395.15? AN EOBR must be attached to the engine ECM, where an AOBR does not.

They are easy to confuse, until you read the regs. FMCSA is pushing for EOBRs and will probably delete AOBRs when they get that passed.

http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulatio...

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Put the truck to work by the time the FMCSA makes a final ruling you will have your 2500.00 back and some. Don't worry about how it looks, just make sure it's mechanically sound. Dirty little secret you will get paid the same rate as the OO with 2011 truck. Drive 55 mph and your mpg will be good enough to live with.

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Thanks Pete, I like that attitude!Going over everything + a good hot pressure wash and paint,should keep the DOT at bay.I do all my own work so it should not be to bad.

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