2007_Shelby_GT Posted February 11, 2012 Report Share Posted February 11, 2012 For the past year or so I'd been passing by this local auto shop with a 1986 Dodge "ramp" truck parked out front. It had a flat tire or two and never moved, just sat there looking forlorn and forgotten. Well, last week when I drove by, low and behold the tires had been repaired/inflated and there was a "For Sale" sign in the window! I decided to stop and investigate! The shop owner was not the owner of the truck - it belonged to a friend - and he didn't have the keys. He did say that he thought the odometer was correct (29K miles showing) and the truck had a new carb and ran great because the owner had fired it up to sell it. I took a slow walk around it - from a distance it looked OK, up close it was a tad rough. Interior was in pretty good shape, no tears in the seat and vinyl trim looked solid with no cracks. Exterior of the cab had some surface rust and the clear coat is peeling in places, but the worst part was rust perforating the lower portions of both doors and the drip rail above the windshield. As for the bed, some surface rust and the storage boxes underneath on both sides, though holding up, looked suspect for rust through. The storage box doors worked, but need lubrication. At the front of the bed was a center mounted Ramsey winch and a rack that had a yellow rotating beacon on top. (maybe it had been used for commercial towing) 360 V8 and (I think) an automatic transmission. I got the guys phone number, but haven't called yet - thought I would see if anyone here had thoughts on things I should look for and questions to get answered. He's asking $3600, which is cheap, but it has been sitting for some time and I know this can kill a vehicle and or turn it into a money pit replacing dry rotted items! I was thinking of making an offer of $2500, (and add a lite restoration budget of about $3500), to get a decent short range hauler. Comments? Sam Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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