mistanfo
mistanfo Dork
Dec. 1, 2009 6:44 p.m.

It needs an engine, and is being offered at $600. I am sure that it will need other things, like a thoroughgoing over of the suspension (shocks, bushings, etc.), and I will go through the brake system as well, but this seems similar to the van idea, only less creepy. Any thoughts? I believe that it is an '89.

JFX001 Dork
Dec. 1, 2009 6:48 p.m.

I don't know the history of that particular truck, but U-Haul runs the piss out of their fleet.

I'd budget for a full rebuild and be pleasantly surprised when you actually save a buck or two.

aussiesmg SuperDork
Dec. 1, 2009 7:05 p.m.

Cause they let me rent those puppies

Appleseed Dork
Dec. 1, 2009 8:53 p.m.

Are you a glutton for punishment? Automotive masochist? Go for it!

cwh SuperDork
Dec. 1, 2009 9:26 p.m.

Anything orange with U-Haul on it is trash. Sure, you see Toyota, one-ton, dually wheels and think "Kewl!!", but it is written in the blood of many car guys that it will be a heartbreaker.

Shaun Reader
Dec. 1, 2009 9:50 p.m.

U haul do not sell until it is dead. PASS.

CarKid1989 HalfDork
Dec. 1, 2009 10:15 p.m.

talk em down...see if you can get it cheap and have fun with it...i wanted one too

That being said, my dad was the service manager at a place that repaired U-Hauls. If i even mention the company, he says run! And they are crap...

curtis73 HalfDork
Dec. 2, 2009 12:12 a.m.

$600 seems like a steal.

But, if there is anything worse than buying a used rental car, its buying a used moving van. Its bad enough when someone rents a Neon and trashes it, but after a series of soccer moms, orchestras, and simpletons have attempted to destroy a larger vehicle by running over curbs, filling it with the incorrect fuel, overloading it with engine blocks, hitting low branches, and flying over speed bumps, do you really want it?

Dec. 2, 2009 7:46 a.m.
curtis73 wrote: $600 seems like a steal. But, if there is anything worse than buying a used rental car, its buying a used moving van. Its bad enough when someone rents a Neon and trashes it, but after a series of soccer moms, orchestras, and simpletons have attempted to destroy a larger vehicle by running over curbs, filling it with the incorrect fuel, overloading it with engine blocks, hitting low branches, and flying over speed bumps, do you really want it?

Sadly, yes. Yes I do. Maybe at $400?

cwh SuperDork
Dec. 2, 2009 7:52 a.m.

You will wind up parting it out, so base your purchase price on that. Would there be any demand for that dually rear end?

jrw1621 Dork
Dec. 2, 2009 8:13 a.m.

I must say, i remember the Toyota based moving trucks. Just about every rental company offered them back at that time. I even remeber renting one back in the college days.
What I really wonder is why the program never seemed to continue.

ClemSparks SuperDork
Dec. 2, 2009 8:24 a.m.

Is it a V6 or a 22RE?

I had an '84 motorhome with the 22r and a 4 speed. It was slow (think, 45 mph up hills). That little 22r was working, but it was up to the task.

I bought an old box truck (sans box), it was an '87 I think, for the full floater rearend (after I spit an axle out of the pickup truck rearend that the '84 came with.

If it hadn't been a rental (particularly u-haul), I'd say it would be pretty interesting. Anything u-haul automatically brings the desire down at least 50%...at least.

Look over it WELL before you start. I don't think it's worth $600 since it already needs an engine.

The floater dually rearend is hard to come by, if a person needs one...but they're way too heavy to ship, so I wouldn't count on that having much demand if you part it out.

Clem

foxtrapper SuperDork
Dec. 2, 2009 8:49 a.m.

A well used Toyota with a blown engine for $600. That ain't a deal.

Travis_K Dork
Dec. 2, 2009 9:12 a.m.

No, no, no. its worth whatever scrap metal price is. I have seen more than one of those things burning on the side of the road. I think most of them are too far gone for a going though of any reasonable extent to bring them back to life again.

cwh SuperDork
Dec. 2, 2009 9:23 a.m.

The aluminum box will bring a few bucks, but it's not likely that any of the sheetmetal is straight. 100.00 max if want to get dirty. Nah, just stay away.

benzbaron Reader
Dec. 2, 2009 2:02 p.m.

The other day I saw an ex-uhaul box truck that had the top cut off of it and the back cut off and was turned into the ultimate cardboard harvester.

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