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#1 mnwildpunk

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 04:30 PM

My family owns some land up north and it has been a storage ground for everyone in the family my uncle was storing a old 70's COE freightliner there. He past away a few years ago I don't know a whole lot about the truck. Well other members in the family want it gone. Long story short it's my truck. Even though I haven't driven it in years and never legally I was only on logging roads. I want to keep it. is there a fan base for these old trucks? Enough of a base where I'd be able were I could get parts to restore it. I was up there this past weekend and it turns over and runs after a little working on it and changed fluids and stuff. I have no clue about the rest of the tractor other then the air pressure wouldn't come up. I really want to do this so any help or info will help

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 04:38 PM

Just a few questions, do you have the money to restore it?, have the time to restore it?, and what is the point if you can not legally drive it?.

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 04:47 PM

there is a large collector following for old trucks.time and money will be a huge factor

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 04:54 PM

I can get my CDL I was going to do it awhile back but didn't for various reasons time isn't a problem I've had time and mony to restore my two of my many other smaller lol projects :D Posted ImagePosted Image this is just a lot bigger

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 05:01 PM

Check with these guys: http://www.aths.org/

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 05:02 PM

Sounds like it's too new to be collectible, it's just a used truck.

So you have to decide whether the time and $$$$ you'll have to spend on it is worth it to you. And if you do spend the time and money to fix it up, then the question becomes what are you going to do with it? Where are you going to park it? How are you going to be able to drive it every now and then to keep it in running order if you don't have a CDL? What about insurance?

Lots of stuff to think about. If it was me I'd sell it as is and be done with it.

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 06:31 PM

I will grab a couple of the one I want to restore next time I go up but I do have a picture of his other one that we are getting rid of wweeeeelllll once we remove the tree growing in the middle of itPosted Image I call this piece of art called a tree grows in freightlinerPosted Image

Edited by mnwildpunk, 15 August 2012 - 06:37 PM.


#8 mnwildpunk

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 06:41 PM

Posted ImageI don't know what happened to the first picture in the last reply

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 03:52 AM

How are you going to be able to drive it every now and then to keep it in running order if you don't have a CDL? What about insurance?

If you are not using the truck commercially, just transporting it to shows, cruising around town, etc you don't need a CDL. You can tag and insure it as a private vehicle also. If it's over 30 years old most states have an option to tag it as an antique.

PS, It would make a cool motor home ...

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or camper hauler ...

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Edited by old-hermit, 18 August 2012 - 04:03 AM.


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Posted 18 August 2012 - 05:15 AM

If your going to restore the other cabover, it would be wise to hang on to the tree growing Freightliner as there may be a lot of parts you can use and those trucks are not easy to find to get parts from nowadays!