Would you buy a 800 dollar truck? - Pirate4x4.Com : 4x4 and Off-Road Forum
 
Pirate4x4.Com : 4x4 and Off-Road Forum  

Go Back   Pirate4x4.Com : 4x4 and Off-Road Forum > Miscellaneous > General Chit-Chat
Notices

Reply
 
Share Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-21-2011, 06:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2010
Member # 159940
Posts: 19
Would you buy a 800 dollar truck?

I am looking at a 96 dodge ram 1500 4wd single cab for 800 bucks, AC is good motor and transmission is good but the front drive shaft is missing.

I know dodges are known for transmissions going bad, but anyone have any idea's on what to look for besides the obvious smoking transmission slipping ect?

My buddy seems to think I am a idiot for wanting to buy a truck cheep, I personally think I am smart enough to figure out if it is junk or a good beater. What does the PBB say?

Also, is a 96 dodge IFS?

EDIT, I also have a paid off 2009 civic and a 2005 r6 so this will not be a daily driver, more of a go get wood/haul bike on occasion and maybe ditty move truck if I deem it reliable enough. Sure it might take 500 ish on brakes ect but beats buying a similar 5000 dollar truck!

Last edited by Talon2006; 09-21-2011 at 06:58 PM.
Talon2006 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 06:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
Granite Guru
 
75' Forty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Member # 137692
Location: Texas
Posts: 756
Quote:
Originally Posted by Talon2006 View Post
Also, is a 96 dodge IFS?
depends.

a 1996 dodge could be ifs or straight axled.
75' Forty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 07:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
Registered User
 
247pia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Member # 174055
Location: Chandler, IN
Posts: 571
$800 who gives a fuck! For that kind of money it has to be a beater. Dodge 4wd is a straight axle.
247pia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 07:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Member # 2743
Posts: 141
Quote:
Originally Posted by 75' Forty View Post
depends.

a 1996 dodge could be ifs or straight axled.
Not if it's a 1500 4x4...all were straight axle. Borrow or buy a junkyard front shaft to make sure everything 4x4-wise works.
bwright is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 07:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Member # 184838
Location: Lyons, Oregon
Posts: 37
i paid $600 for this truck with a fresh 460 and auto tranny, ive been driving it off and on for almost 2 yrs, and ive only had the icm go out. of course its not good on gas, but it does anything i ask it to do. just because a truck is cheap doesnt mean its not a good deal
Attached Images
 

Last edited by capblack; 09-21-2011 at 07:06 PM.
capblack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 07:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
Registered User
 
F2504x4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Member # 85205
Location: Always going somewhere
Posts: 655
Quote:
Originally Posted by bwright View Post
Borrow or buy a junkyard front shaft to make sure everything 4x4-wise works.
If it is a beater, it will do just fine as 2wd...
__________________
[QUOTE=Administrator;15106961]And exactly why its better I work in the backround and not meddle what makes pirate pirate. [/QUOTE]
F2504x4 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 07:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
Granite Guru
 
75' Forty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Member # 137692
Location: Texas
Posts: 756
Quote:
Originally Posted by bwright View Post
Not if it's a 1500 4x4...all were straight axle. Borrow or buy a junkyard front shaft to make sure everything 4x4-wise works.
and he said is a 1996 dodge ifs. not is a 1996 dodge 4x4 ifs.

Last edited by 75' Forty; 09-21-2011 at 07:07 PM.
75' Forty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 07:08 PM   #8 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2010
Member # 159940
Posts: 19
Alright since it is solid front I have a second question. He was saying since the front drive shaft wasn't there there could be a huge risk in the axle rotating if I hit a bump wrong. He was saying the drive shaft needs to be there to keep the axle from rotating on the spring mounts or whatever suspension component that holds the axle to the truck. I personally think he is blowing smoke up my ass as I do not see the drive shaft providing any structural support to the front axle.

I think the correct term is axle wrapping too? Am I correct?
Talon2006 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 07:08 PM   #9 (permalink)
Registered User
 
247pia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Member # 174055
Location: Chandler, IN
Posts: 571
Quote:
Originally Posted by 75' Forty View Post
and he said is a 1996 dodge ifs. not is a 1996 dodge 4x4 ifs.
I see what you did there.
247pia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 07:09 PM   #10 (permalink)
Granite Guru
 
75' Forty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Member # 137692
Location: Texas
Posts: 756
Quote:
Originally Posted by Talon2006 View Post
Alright since it is solid front I have a second question. He was saying since the front drive shaft wasn't there there could be a huge risk in the axle rotating if I hit a bump wrong. He was saying the drive shaft needs to be there to keep the axle from rotating on the spring mounts or whatever suspension component that holds the axle to the truck. I personally think he is blowing smoke up my ass as I do not see the drive shaft providing any structural support to the front axle.
your friend is a fucking idiot.
75' Forty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 07:09 PM   #11 (permalink)
Rock God
 
DozerDan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Member # 9144
Location: NJ
Posts: 2,237
Send a message via AIM to DozerDan
Only if I needed said truck, or could fix and flip it.
__________________
Dan Smith
'physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight'

Fear is not an option!
DozerDan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 07:10 PM   #12 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Member # 81214
Location: Lanna, Jawja
Posts: 3,258
Quote:
Originally Posted by Talon2006 View Post
Alright since it is solid front I have a second question. He was saying since the front drive shaft wasn't there there could be a huge risk in the axle rotating if I hit a bump wrong. He was saying the drive shaft needs to be there to keep the axle from rotating on the spring mounts or whatever suspension component that holds the axle to the truck. I personally think he is blowing smoke up my ass as I do not see the drive shaft providing any structural support to the front axle.

I think the correct term is axle wrapping too? Am I correct?
realy...if it's such a death trap offer him $500
Never Monday is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 07:11 PM   #13 (permalink)
Registered User
 
247pia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Member # 174055
Location: Chandler, IN
Posts: 571
Quote:
Originally Posted by Talon2006 View Post
Alright since it is solid front I have a second question. He was saying since the front drive shaft wasn't there there could be a huge risk in the axle rotating if I hit a bump wrong. He was saying the drive shaft needs to be there to keep the axle from rotating on the spring mounts or whatever suspension component that holds the axle to the truck. I personally think he is blowing smoke up my ass as I do not see the drive shaft providing any structural support to the front axle.



I think the correct term is axle wrapping too? Am I correct?
He is lying. Front end or transfer case is bad and he doesn't want you to drive it or if you find out it's fucked up he will say "I told you to have the front drive shaft in".
247pia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 07:11 PM   #14 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Member # 23239
Location: Elizabethton TN
Posts: 1,340
Send a message via AIM to bjack
I bet the po hit a raccoon and it knocked the driveshaft out
bjack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 07:12 PM   #15 (permalink)
Registered User
 
61scout80's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Member # 16722
Location: Wilmington, Nc (the beach!)
Posts: 1,172
Quote:
Originally Posted by Talon2006 View Post
Alright since it is solid front I have a second question. He was saying since the front drive shaft wasn't there there could be a huge risk in the axle rotating if I hit a bump wrong. He was saying the drive shaft needs to be there to keep the axle from rotating on the spring mounts or whatever suspension component that holds the axle to the truck. I personally think he is blowing smoke up my ass as I do not see the drive shaft providing any structural support to the front axle.

I think the correct term is axle wrapping too? Am I correct?
__________________
if the world's at large why should I remain?
61scout80 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 07:19 PM   #16 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2010
Member # 159940
Posts: 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by 247pia View Post
He is lying. Front end or transfer case is bad and he doesn't want you to drive it or if you find out it's fucked up he will say "I told you to have the front drive shaft in".
The guy selling the truck didn't tell me this, my "friend did" I am fully aware that the front axle or transfer case might me fucked up but for 800 I am willing to take this risk. I don't think a new drive shaft or transfer case used could be too terribly expensive?

The story the seller posted is he got the truck from a buddy who pcs'd it is sitting and he isn't using it... Started out around 1400 and now down to 800. Maybe I will find out it is a total POS or maybe it will be alright. I personally think my buddy is a idiot for not even wanting to look at it. Hell a 5k truck coud prove to be as big as a POS as a 500 dollar one. It is all about knowing what to look for and taking the gamble right?
Talon2006 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 07:21 PM   #17 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Member # 2743
Posts: 141
I drive a $600 Ford Ranger 70+ miles a day...price is little indicator of quality.
bwright is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 07:22 PM   #18 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Grim Reaper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Member # 6726
Location: United Socialist States of America
Posts: 3,096
Hell I bought a truck for a Dollar and DROVE it home. The $ Dollar didn't include floors.

__________________
[COLOR="Black"]Did you expect to find something deep and meaningful here?[/COLOR]
"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." -- Winston Churchill

Last edited by Grim Reaper; 09-21-2011 at 07:26 PM.
Grim Reaper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 07:23 PM   #19 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Inferno287's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Member # 69887
Location: NC
Posts: 25
Send a message via AIM to Inferno287 Send a message via MSN to Inferno287 Send a message via Yahoo to Inferno287 Send a message via Skype™ to Inferno287
Your "friend" is trying to blow smoke up your ass so he can buy it for himself when you pass on it.
__________________
Tellico Post #607
Inferno287 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 07:24 PM   #20 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2010
Member # 159940
Posts: 19
Sounds good...

just cuz i love PBB here is a picture from a old girlfriend!

not 35% but close? I forget all the labels.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f3...pinkpanty2.jpg
Talon2006 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 07:25 PM   #21 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Mud Rod's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Member # 43169
Location: Under Kayla's Smile!
Posts: 555
Quote:
Originally Posted by Inferno287 View Post
Your "friend" is trying to blow smoke up your ass so he can buy it for himself when you pass on it.
Yep.
__________________
_________
Mothfukle..........JV post #121 *GO EAST MARINES!!!* Sig# 1,681
Mud Rod is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 07:27 PM   #22 (permalink)
Pirate4x4 Addict!
 
billybob13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Member # 85972
Location: Roswell NM
Posts: 8,867
i would, and i did about 6 months ago.
89 f250 4wd, everything works except passenger side power window, and fuel guage. i keep it topped off and set the trip odometer when i fill up.

runs great, tows great, best $800 i ever spent.
__________________
FJ80 HIGH STEER KITS /forum/axles-tires-wheels/997804-fj80-high-steer-way-you-need.html

Authorized Ruffstuff dealer- pm me for pirate discount and free shipping on orders over $100.

ADS Racing Shocks- I can save you money on those too!

Website http://hellfire-fabworks.com/
billybob13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 07:32 PM   #23 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Member # 193974
Location: Piscataway, NJ
Posts: 77
Cant get anything 4x4 that cheap around here, id jump on anything for under a grand, you can always resell or part out
Redboss281 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 07:33 PM   #24 (permalink)
CSR
Registered User
 
CSR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Member # 3495
Location: in the trailerhood
Posts: 2,412
Yes.

My previous 5 trail rigs/daily drivers..

'87 Samurai - $500
'88 Samurai - $100 (score! All it needed was a starter and a transfer case)
'85 Xcab Toy -$1500
'82 Toy - $900
'81 Toy - $400

I've been wrenching on Suzuki's and Toyota's most of my adult life, so kinda knew what I was getting into with each one. Expect a $800 truck to need maintenance, as in replacing/repairing/rebuilding a lot of parts. If you're up for it, it could be a lot of fun and a great project.
__________________
'85 4runner, locked, lifted, TSL's, 4.7:1 twin stick tcase...

Last edited by CSR; 09-21-2011 at 07:34 PM.
CSR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 07:45 PM   #25 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Member # 102123
Location: Arcadia, MO
Posts: 5,577
bought this one for $800 from a friend. Drove it home. Motor smoked and tranny shifted funny but it drove straight. Got tired of working on it and took the tires and wheels off. Sold it for $1000



bought this one from his brother for $500. Drove it home. Bought used fender and bumper for $200 and sold it for $1200



bought this the other day for $600, drove it to a pond and tore it up in one whack. Guy offered to buy it for $1000. Deal pending



Best deal to date was buying this for $550. Running 454 and drove but had a knock in the motor so I trailered it



new crank and converted it to 4wd and still not yet finished but I have a total of about $1200 in it.




I'm saying I jump on what I think are deals. I can't say YOU should but the only other alternative was the scrap yard for these rigs and I just couldn't let that happen
__________________
[QUOTE=monkeyevil;10413721]Tranny's are the gateway drug to gay.[/QUOTE]

72 Chevy 454/465/205 33's
89 Chevy Suburban 454TBI/400/205 6" Procomp lift on 37's
94 Chevy ext. cab 350/4L60e/241 6"BDS lift,35" MTZ's
randy92782 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:43 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.