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Unread 08-14-2015, 02:20 AM   #1
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I've been throwing around the idea of buying a second car for the winter. My daily right now is a little bit nicer than I want for the winter. I don't really like having the salt and snow and crap on the road rusting up my car. I've been looking into a truck that I can use during the winter that I don't mind really dirtying up and driving really hard and maybe even using as a plow truck. I would really like something with 4x4, because this car is pretty useless in the snow. You're in neutral until you hit 4th gear or so. So would a 65-75 pick up be able to be purchased under 5k with a running engine? Or should I go for something a little bit newer with more modern tech?
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I grabbed my 87 chevy for $4700 but it was kind of a steal for its condition and its only 2wd. Early to mid 90's half ton chevies are a dime a dozen though as are s10's. The half tons are super easy to work on and parts are super cheap. If I were looking for a 'beater' a v8 97-99 k1500 would be where I would look.
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So you're saying stay away from a decent 60's chevy side step project and get a ****ty newer car?
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So you're saying stay away from a decent 60's chevy side step project and get a ****ty newer car?
Not sure why you're showing hostility here. He's right. It would be a bad decision to buy something like that to daily drive in the winter. Hell, the carb would make it difficult to even keep running year round.

Keep in mind, back then 50,000 miles was becoming quite a lot of miles, 100k was pretty well shot. Quality has come a long way since then.

Not to mention when you go old cars, you pay collector premium..making it not a good deal.
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Oh sorry, I conveyed hostility with the "****ty car" phrasing. I was genuinely asking if I should ditch the 60's truck for a more crappy work truck, no hostility meant by any means haha.
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I think a beater 90s work truck is usually a good purchase.
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I love older trucks, (a 1956 chevy is in my future at some point) but if you are looking for something to have fun with on a budget that won't be a constant source of frustration (mentally and monetarily) get something newer to beat on. Ground clearance and the right tires can be hella fun in the snow.

Plus with a newer truck you get things like fuel injection as Mike suggested and AC on the off chance you need to haul something when its warm out
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