I've been reviewing my tractor hauling situation and I'm not quite sure where to go. I'm currently using a '98 Dodge 3500 and while I like it well enough I think I'm already pushing its limits. According to the manual I'm only allowed a gross combination weight of 16500lbs and the truck weighs close to 7000lbs empty, add to that my trailer (24' 5th wheel deckover) which I'm calling 4000lbs and that only leaves me 5500lbs payload. That said I haul 10000lbs on the trailer fairly often but I wouldn't mind being able to haul a second tractor. So the way I see it I've either got to uprate the dodge to handle the load or get a different truck.
On that note I've recently run across an add for a mid 70's IH loadstar 1700 4x4 with only 24000km, currently dressed as a fire truck. From the pictures it looks to be in great shape and the price seems very reasonable. I've been toying with the idea of going and having a look at it but I'm concerned about weather a truck of that vintage is viable for more than parade use. Can you get things like brake parts etc? Anything else to look out for?
Many thanks, Sam