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How Old Is Too Old ?

How old is too old ?

I'm looking to buy a Pete 379 or 359 to pull a flatbed. I will be running short runs of less than 500 miles a day, 4 to 5 days a week.

I'd like a pre-egr 2002 or older truck with a 63", 48" or 36" flattop.

I'm looking at a couple of trucks: A '96 379 and an '87 359. Both have 3406cat's, one has a 13 spd od and the other has a 15 spd od, both have .350 rears. Both have, both have alot of miles, though they have been taken good care of.
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If there isn't a requirement from who you work for, buy something that you like, they all take upkeep no matter what the trucks age. The 96 may have an electronic engine in it, the older one is a mechanical, if the 96 is electronic it could be made to get pretty decent fuel mileage.

Just cause their old don't mean they can't be good trucks, of course the those would be new trucks to me. LoL

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Thanks, Log Hauler and SmokinCat. That's what I was thinking and working towards. I appreciate your replys.
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Most companies you'd lease to have limitations on truck age. Very few make leases with even well maintained older tractors. That's one more good reason to get your own operating authority and run under your own flags...indepedently. I'm curious if load board brokers and/or companies that list there frequently impose age restrictions.
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people think im crazy for running 86 k100 from ont to bc 3 times a month . i dont think im that crazy when i pass new trucks on the side of the road thats broke down . i had rad hose blow one day . my own fault i knew i was bad . older trucks dont have as much to depend on to go up and down the road . new trucks dosent matter if you fix them right when you have a problem and the dealer says THERE IS NO PROBLEM the computer says so it must be how your driving it .hmmmm ok thanks for charging me for that diagnostic anlal ***** *****
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Most companies you'd lease to have limitations on truck age. Very few make leases with even well maintained older tractors. That's one more good reason to get your own operating authority and run under your own flags...indepedently. I'm curious if load board brokers and/or companies that list there frequently impose age restrictions.
My own authority is what I'm working toward, Rogerstar1. Thanks.
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older trucks dont have as much to depend on to go up and down the road
That's what I'm thinking. Thanks, Heavy hauler ont can.
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Does the 2003 Cat 6NG motors have ACERT ?
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No the 6nz is not a accert. Many will argue it's one of the best motors CAT ever made.
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