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Hey Guys,

i am looking at a 1974 Chevy Cheyenne 10 pick up truck that is for sale
it is a clean truck with 77k miles,3 speed auto,350 engine.
i looked underneath and it appers there is a small stain on the pavement (perhaps an oil leak)? anyhow i have not heard it run yet and was just wondering if it is a good deal or what to look for (never owned a truck b4) price is $3,000.

thanks

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as far as rust goes i saw no rust at all.either it was keept indoors or it has been repainted,also appers to have newer tires
if it runs and handles good,trans shift ok,brakes ok,motor then ya,just wondering about that leak on the ground though...
 

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ok so i heard the engine run today,sounds good,drove around the block,handles well,brakes are ok,transmission seems to shift well,it did backfire once
but the gas tank is near empty,the leak on the ground that i saw ,the guy said the the bolts on the transmission pan prob. need to be tightened.

everything seems to be operable,only thing as far as i can tell that would need to be done is have fluids/filters changed new plugs and wires maybe
it has a new battery. guy says that the 77k miles are orginal is there a way to know for sure (carfax)?

anyhow got the price to $2,500

still sound good?
 

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thanks for the advice,the owner is actually a dealer and has only had the truck for a short time
i think im set on getting it,i wouldn't be useing it everyday it is a nice truck that's for sure even if i have to stick a little money into
if it is the rear main how much do you think that would cost to repair?
 

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If it's a dealer & he's only owned it a short time, how can he verify the actual miles?? :)
Check & see if it's the rear main or the trans pan gasket. If it's the rear main seal & you end up buying it you can replace the rear seal in the truck if you have some mechanical experience. If you get it post back here when you're ready to replace it & I'll walk you through it. As far as what it would cost for a shop to replace it, I don't know. They'll probably try & sell you a complete R&I the engine, pull the crankshaft to replace the seal & then while they have it apart they'll find marginal bearings, rings etc, plus depending on what part of the country you live labor rates vary a lot, so find out what it is first & go from there.
One other thing, pull the trans dipstick & smell it. Does it smell burnt? ATF should be a nice cherry red & should not smell burned. If it does, then get an estiment on a rebuild from a shop as you won't be able to do this yourself, or get a price on a salvage yard trans & make the guy an offer with this $amount deducted off the $2500. price of the truck. Even with a few problems this is probably still a good buy, but you don't want to burn all your money right at the beginning or you won't have any for more expensive repairs, & there may be other trucks available that are just as nice if you can't come to an agreement with this salesman. Is this at a dealer, or is it a pot lot?
im in OHIO,this truck is at a parking lot of a plant/mulch place,owned by dealer,says he had a dealership across the way
i dunno that back fire and leak have me worried now,i am not a auto mechanic but am mechanically inclined (plumber)
the fact that the truck is so clean on the outside is what amazes me? ya when he said he was a dealer i was like hmmm....
ya i never bought from a used car dealership b4 and have heard horror stories on some of there selling pratices.....

Im young never owned a pick up truck b4,but have driven alot of my dad's Chevy's vans and cars as well as a couple El Caminos
this truck has a nice look but i sure would hate to fork alot of $$$ into it after i bought it,i think i may bring a mechanic buddy of mine with me
and have hiim look it over b4 i buy it,i told the guy today i would buy it but i never signed anything so i dunno it's better to be safe than sorry
 

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ok well i took my mechanic buddy up to look @ that truck, and the fluid leak appers to be the trans. pan gasket,the oil pan has been smashed like someone tried to use a lift on it,there is rust under the drivers side door,and these "new tires" are dry rotted.

I looked @ the gas and brake pedal and the brake pedal is worn down pretty good at the bottom of the pedal,the gas pedal was no where near as worn down like the brake pedal.

under the hood has some "newer aftermarket parts that looks like they were installed within the last couple of years:
starter,altanator,battery,dist.cap,spark plugs and wires.

so anyhow the backfire deal could be a few things maybe just a simple carb.adjustment,i also understand that in those older trucks you are supposed to use a "leaded" fuel additive like ever other fill up otherwise you can burn out the seats in the head?


My buddy said he wouldn't pay more than 1,900 especially since the tires are dryrotted due to sitting.

i wish i knew how long this truck sat for.....

the other day i told the guy that i would buy the truck for 2,500 but i didn't sign anything
so asking him if he would take 2,000 seems weird (but also justified since the tires are not gonna last long)

all in all i think this truck would be perfect for someone who would want to restore it
(not me) and for 2,500 i know i can get a truck that is a hell of alot newer and with less problems.

Also 1 more thing ,if it's such a good deal than it would have been sold along time ago wouldn't you think?

We handshaked on 2,500 but i feel beter that my friend pointed out the dry rotted tires ...


dealers will tell you anything to sell you an auto this i have heard and this i now know.

also i checked the tranny fluid and it is red with no burnt smell so that is a good sign
just wondering if there is sawdust down in the pan lol

Thanks for everyones advice and suggestions on this topic.


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