I'm on the verge of buying a little farm soon and have been putting off buying another pickup after selling mine in 2008, not having a need for managing another vehicle for which I had no work.
I've always liked the way the older Dodge trucks look (late 80's early 90's). Based on the anticipated
- rebuild any existing farmhouse
- move equipment and small animals on dirt lanes in driving rain
- occasionally pull 12-14K lbs of boat and trailer in and out of my barn/boat shed
I'm focusing on Dodge 2500 4WD trucks. Many pop up in the search with the Cummins Diesel engine.
A quick survey shows rebuilt longblocks are priced around $3500. I've rebuilt my fair share of gas engines as well as one diesel,
so making a dent in engine rebuilding by DIY is an avenue I'd consider.
Which model years were problematic?
Where any of the transmissions 'dogs'?
Is the longblock the "tip of the iceberg"? (i.e. are there other high ticket items I'm missing like turbo, manifolds, etc?)
Again, based on 'entry pricing', the late 80's and early 90's trucks are looking attractive.