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Old 06-25-2010, 01:19 PM   #1
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Default Old 4 door truck

Anybody know a good source for older 4 door trucks? I would prefer a ford 4x4 from between about 1970 and 1979. I realize these are probably quite rare, but I really like the looks of an older truck. I would even consider chevy's too if they were 4 door and had that "classic" look.

The goal is to build a 4 door 4x4 truck do be my daily driver and my fun truck. I want 4 doors so the family can all pile in (our first will be here in Aug) and I want to shoe horn a Cummins 12V diesel under the hood so the engine it comes with does not matter.

I have been doing the craigs list thing and just cannot seem to track down any that have not been totally restored. Ebay had one a week or so back, but it was in Canada. Are there any salvage yards that deal in this kind of thing?

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Old 06-25-2010, 01:34 PM   #2
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Try here:

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Old 06-25-2010, 01:38 PM   #3
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The old Dodge ones are cheap out here.
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Old 06-25-2010, 01:50 PM   #4
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My first thought is to watch for small town municipalities or fire departments that would be selling something like you are looking for. In the midwest there are small fire depts. that still use rigs from the 70's. Occasionally these are sold as surplus. Usually they have low miles (this may be relative due to being run wide-open a lot, but hey, you don't need the motor anyhow) and are pretty clean condition for their age. Also they are generally 3/4 ton or 1 ton 4x4s.

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Old 06-25-2010, 03:48 PM   #5
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I think old 4 door Chevys would be a little easier to find. I see them all the time for sale.
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Old 06-25-2010, 03:49 PM   #6
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You know they are doing that exact same thing on "PowerBlock - Trucks"? Did they steal the idea from you, or did you get the idea from them?

If you haven't seen any of the shows, here's a link to one episode of that swap. They call it Super Dually, and they are putting a 79 Quad cab Ford on a late model Dodge Cummins chassis.


http://www.powerblocktv.com/site3/in...10&ep_sea=0901
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Old 06-25-2010, 03:58 PM   #7
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You know they are doing that exact same thing on "PowerBlock - Trucks"? Did they steal the idea from you, or did you get the idea from them?

If you haven't seen any of the shows, here's a link to one episode of that swap. They call it Super Dually, and they are putting a 79 Quad cab Ford on a late model Dodge Cummins chassis.


http://www.powerblocktv.com/site3/in...10&ep_sea=0901

I suppose I was inspired by them. They are putting the truck body on a modern frame, I just want to drop in an engine. I figure it's a truck and I can source parts to convert any out dated components easier than I can modify the body mounting system. I do like their project though and wish they would do another episode on it. I am tired of their little mini lightning concept.

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My first thought is to watch for small town municipalities or fire departments that would be selling something like you are looking for. In the Midwest there are small fire depts. that still use rigs from the 70's. Occasionally these are sold as surplus. Usually they have low miles (this may be relative due to being run wide-open a lot, but hey, you don't need the motor anyhow) and are pretty clean condition for their age. Also they are generally 3/4 ton or 1 ton 4x4s.

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I keep a pretty close eye on all the local surplus sales, so hopefully something will come up. I guess crew cabs were just never as popular as the single cabs. makes sense because trucks actually used to be used for work only.

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By the way I am open to suggestions on cool looking older 4 door trucks. Feel free to suggest different makes, models and years. I am all about driving something different.

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How much are you looking to spend, you want a dually? lifted? etc?



$9500

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Old 06-25-2010, 04:26 PM   #10
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http://autoauctions.gsa.gov/autoauctions/home.seam

Unfortunately GSA doesn't hold onto vehicles as long as they used to. Therefore finding an older truck is tough. Probably has something to do with "assisting" the auto industry.

Google for forums specializing in the make/model you're after i. e. www.67-72Chevytrucks.com
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By the way I am open to suggestions on cool looking older 4 door trucks. Feel free to suggest different makes, models and years. I am all about driving something different.

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Don't know your fondness for International Harvester, but their 4 doors were a little more common than those of the big 3 back then. Try finding a Travelette (relatively rare, but cool!) They were a Travelall SUV with a pickup box. Basically an Avalanche but decades earlier.

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Old 06-25-2010, 05:58 PM   #12
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How much are you looking to spend, you want a dually? lifted? etc?



$9500

http://chuckstrucks.iforumer.com/vie...m=chuckstrucks
I was looking to spend around $5000, and it will need to be a little lower than that.

Scout driver, did harvester ever make a truck? If so I may consider a harvester. I enjoyed the recent extreme 4x4 shows on them.

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utility company, railroad, come to mind,
might even find one at a farm or construction eq auction.

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seems to be a shit load of them up in the oregon/washington area. i've seen 3 here, none for sale. did you try these sites
http://www.fordtruckfanatics.com/forum/index.php
http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/index.php
http://www.oldfordcrewcabs.com/phpBB....php?f=10&t=88
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Old 06-25-2010, 07:03 PM   #15
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I was looking to spend around $5000, and it will need to be a little lower than that.

Scout driver, did harvester ever make a truck? If so I may consider a harvester. I enjoyed the recent extreme 4x4 shows on them.

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Here's an IH Travelette: http://bindertown.com/BT_CrewCabs/BseriesTravelette.jpg This one is from about 1958 or so, they built them over a period of 15 or 20 years.
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Old 06-25-2010, 07:43 PM   #16
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Yep, they built a good one too! Last year for the fullsize IH pickup was 1975. They were building 4 door pickups many years prior to other manufacturers.

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Old 06-25-2010, 07:54 PM   #17
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A search turns up zilch in the entire southeast for any big 3 crewcab. Well, New Orleans, but who wants a drowned one?
This is my favorite kind:

http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/cto/1807300806.html
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Theres a guy on fordification with one in Texas for sale. Chevies are easier to convert if you want a 4x4 because the transfer case drops on the passenger side but the frames suck compared to the Fords which arent all that impressive anyway.

As far as new truck under old body heres on I like.
http://pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=864848
another crew cab build without the modern frame
http://fordification.com/forum/viewt...p?f=22&t=32919

As far as finding your own: CL, Ebay, and forums classifieds work the best just be patient and have money ready (I missed a 71 with a merc 410 for a $1000 a couple years ago because I paid for school instead).
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Old 06-26-2010, 12:04 AM   #19
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Try Vintage Power Wagons.com
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Years ago I had a 1967 Travelette. Currently I have a 1988 4 door F350 w/ the International 7.3l diesel. I hear the Cummins swap is a lot of work. These guys have done a few.

http://fordcummins.com/1974-ford-conversion.html

Crew cabs were rare years ago. Due to rust, the few survivors today are mostly out west. My Travelette was from California.
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