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  • #16
    you would be better served buy buying a 1980 chevy dump truck for a couple grand then buying a 90's dodge and the sad part is it would last you about 10 x's longer.
    I mean, I wouldn't go saying that. The Dodges just aren't as idiot proof as a Honda Civic or something. The automatic transmissions overheat sometimes. So put in a bigger trans cooler and an in-line filter.
    The manual transmissions need the 5th gear nut welded on or something. A pain in the ***, but nothing that totals the truck.

    But it IS Chrysler product..from the 90s. So, of course, it handles terribly. And of course, there are no grease fittings on front end suspension components.

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    • #17
      Greg, I think you have a good drive to work and run a company. I dont think that you are ready to run a business by your self. From the posts you put up here I think a lot of us will agree.

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      • #18
        dodge trucks have many issues and still do and they were even worse in the 90's and i had two dodges in the 90's that i bought brand new because i fell for the " their cheaper then a ford or chevy bullcrap" and the money i saved buying that garbage i lost ten fold dealing with the repair costs and lost money dealing with lost time with the truck being out of service.

        speaking for myself, i don't claim to be the burning bush about all there is to know about everything but after 23 years in business and over 28 years in the trade i have seen enough and learned enough over that time from my own experiences and witnessing others in the trade as well.

        i take giving advice very seriously and i am not gonna sugarcoat anything even if i got to tell someone what they don't want to hear if i feel it can save someone the trouble and spare them from finding out the hard way.

        buying a piece of crap equipment can have profound negative effects on someones business especially when they are starting out and have limited resources and can not afford a back up.

        being down a truck is a big deal when you own a business and i am sure the OP can attest to that now that he has a damaged truck and trailer even though it may be by no fault of his own.

        losing a truck can hurt any business and it would even have a effect on mine but for me if i lose a truck i got 7 more to get the job done but if you are a small guy like the OP you are pretty much out of business until you can resolve that problem.

        now that he is in the market for a truck i am suggesting he find himself a truck that will give him a better chance of moving forward with as little headaches as possible and unfortunately there is no easy way out and as the old saying goes " pay now or pay later ".

        in this business you not only succeed because of how well you run your business but also on how well you keep you eyes and ears wide open and listen to people who traveled that path long before you.
        the answers are out there and you don't need to have a crystal ball and find out everything on your own and everyone can learn a lot and spare themselves a lot of trouble by not only asking the questions but by listening to the answers.
        you don't have to follow the advice literally but at least you can have a better clue and be more educated if you do care to listen.

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        • #19
          I mean, I wouldn't go saying that. The Dodges just aren't as idiot proof as a Honda Civic or something. The automatic transmissions overheat sometimes. So put in a bigger trans cooler and an in-line filter.
          The manual transmissions need the 5th gear nut welded on or something. A pain in the ***, but nothing that totals the truck.

          But it IS Chrysler product..from the 90s. So, of course, it handles terribly. And of course, there are no grease fittings on front end suspension components.

          oh really, if the solution is a trans cooler and welding a nut which either is under a 100.00 repair then why would the manufacturer not do that to spare themselves the trouble of doing warranty work or gaining a bad reputation.

          to top it off they all have trans coolers mine did and that was not the problem.
          the motor has more torque then the trans can take and as a result it destroys the transmission.
          you proved my point buy suggesting a in line filter because considering they tear all the clutches up inside the automatic transmissions instead of finding all the brass shavings inside your trans pan it will clog your filter and as a result cut off the fluid getting to the cooler further compounding the problem.
          Last edited by dpld; 03-18-2013, 07:42 AM.

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          • #20
            That is true about the torque. If you noticed the ford C6 transmission was rated for way higher then its actually use. These transmission are still used in dragsters. With a few mods they can take 700-800 lbs of torque.

            Dodge couldnt make a transmission for a minivan. No way in hell would I trust it in a truck. I would buy a honda civic flatbed in a heartbeat though.

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            • #21
              In reference to Dodge vs Chevy, you say, "pay now, or pay later". Dont you mean pay now, or pay forever?

              As far as the matter at hand of whether to buy truck or trailer. Well, I'm assuming you don't have commercial auto, and general liability. The perfect reason as to why you should, and I do. Insurance would get you a loaner truck while its fixed, or replace if totaled, and would replace your trailer.
              My advice... GET THE PROPER INSURANCE!

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              • #22
                In reference to Dodge vs Chevy, you say, "pay now, or pay later". Dont you mean pay now, or pay forever?

                As far as the matter at hand of whether to buy truck or trailer. Well, I'm assuming you don't have commercial auto, and general liability. The perfect reason as to why you should, and I do. Insurance would get you a loaner truck while its fixed, or replace if totaled, and would replace your trailer.
                My advice... GET THE PROPER INSURANCE!
                I have proper insurance but the rental company won't let me drive it and to make matters worse it could take over a month

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                • #23
                  Dodge couldnt make a transmission for a minivan. No way in hell would I trust it in a truck. I would buy a honda civic flatbed in a heartbeat though.
                  A honda civic flatbed would be a pretty cool idea, I'm going to find one of those. LOL
                  Last edited by GreenBlue; 03-24-2013, 05:50 PM.

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                  • #24
                    Sectlandscaping,

                    I found your honda civic flatbed!!!
                    Attached Files

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                    • #25
                      Sectlandscaping,

                      I found your honda civic flatbed!!!
                      does it come with a dump body?

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                      • #26
                        You could probably locate a trailer on craigslist near you.
                        http://www.lunchesruslawncare.com

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                        • #27
                          does it come with a dump body?
                          Its already been modified, I'm sure you could modify it some more to make it that way. LOL

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                          • #28
                            Its already been modified, I'm sure you could modify it some more to make it that way. LOL

                            I'm a big guy I don't even think I would fit in that thing lol

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                            • #29
                              Here's the set up and the ramps are 4000 combined I said separate in the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcqjuqhF-CM

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                              • #30
                                I think the trailer is gonna look good when you finish painting it. I like the color choice too. It will stand out! Keep us posted on this.
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