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Old October 7th, 2015, 10:27 AM
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Looking to buy a 73, 3 series

I just came upon series III for sale on craigslist in my area.... ive owned my 97 d90 for 15 years but have no experience with the series trucks... it looks to be in fantastic shape but is there anything specific i should be looking for or asking about? im having a hard time finding an average price as well.. any help or direction much appreicated.. thanks thanks
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Old October 7th, 2015, 10:31 AM
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Bulk head rust, chassis rust, Just make sure the 2.25 is running well. other then that pretty much same as any other Rover. Series prices vary so wildly its nuts.
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Old October 7th, 2015, 10:36 AM
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If Its this one
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it looks like a pretty nice truck for the price, considering the "extras" that come with it.

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Old October 7th, 2015, 10:38 AM
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looks good. Crazy how different price wise 88's are going for vs 109.
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Old October 7th, 2015, 10:41 AM
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Looking at the background in all the pictures, doesn't look very Charleston-ie though and Nevada plates?
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Old October 7th, 2015, 10:45 AM
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Looking at the background in all the pictures, doesn't look very Charleston-ie though and Nevada plates?
yes the owner just moved back to charleston...very rare to see such a dry truck in my neck of the woods.... always wanted to own a series and now that i have a great irish rover mechanic here im not nearly as intimidated! thanks for the feedback for sure
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Old October 7th, 2015, 10:59 AM
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Good luck with it if it works out. Series trucks are the easiest things to work on.
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Old October 7th, 2015, 12:36 PM
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Looks pretty good. Inspect the chassis and bulkhead for rust. See how well it "tracks" during the drive. Also when braking, see if it takes multiple pumps to get it to stop.

An LT77 AND overdrive? Dang...
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Old October 22nd, 2015, 07:29 AM
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Good luck with it if it works out. Series trucks are the easiest things to work on.
Yup, but actually getting it right might be a bit more elusive lol.
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Old October 26th, 2015, 01:48 PM
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Had a good look and test drive yesterday.... this is what i found:
- very clean underneath...dry and almost no rust
- clean inside with only a few marks on dash and doors
- original paint has great patina and only a few marks
- new tires and black wheels from rovers north
- new top and ribs from rovers north
- new electronic fuel pump, rebuilt carb, etc
- drums stop well... also with throw in disk conversion kit
- starts and runs well..shifts well... runs loud wth tapping and could not get her over 45-50mph...since im coming from a 97 d90 i have a feeling that is not unusual

asking price is 14500.... truck is right here in charleston... what is a reasonable offer on this classic?
thanks for the help
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Old October 26th, 2015, 02:02 PM
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Had a good look and test drive yesterday.... this is what i found:
- very clean underneath...dry and almost no rust
- clean inside with only a few marks on dash and doors
- original paint has great patina and only a few marks
- new tires and black wheels from rovers north
- new top and ribs from rovers north
- new electronic fuel pump, rebuilt carb, etc
- drums stop well... also with throw in disk conversion kit
- starts and runs well..shifts well... runs loud wth tapping and could not get her over 45-50mph...since im coming from a 97 d90 i have a feeling that is not unusual

asking price is 14500.... truck is right here in charleston... what is a reasonable offer on this classic?
thanks for the help
Motor should be able to 65-70mph on flat, 50-60 on a hill. Sounds like the valves need adjustment judging by power loss and tapping, but i would make sure its not knocking.

Theres a number of 88's around now/recently for around $10k with galvy chassis, so I wouldnt want to pay much more than $10k from your description, the disc brake kit is worth money, but its also not installed, let me know if you dont want it. Does it come with a hard top?
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Old October 26th, 2015, 02:37 PM
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the truck can only get to 45-50 on a flat road.... that little 4 banger diesel is really working hard...definitely power issues trying to get to speed.... the galvanized chassis looked free from rust and even the bulkhead looked clean...its a nevada truck so not sure how long it will stay rust free in this south carolina salt air... did you see some 88s in the forum here lately for sale ?
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Old October 26th, 2015, 02:56 PM
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the truck can only get to 45-50 on a flat road.... that little 4 banger diesel is really working hard...definitely power issues trying to get to speed.... the galvanized chassis looked free from rust and even the bulkhead looked clean...its a nevada truck so not sure how long it will stay rust free in this south carolina salt air... did you see some 88s in the forum here lately for sale ?


You mention diesel above, assume that is a typo?


That truck needs to get to 65 on a flat road with not a ton of work. If all you can hit is 45-50 then there is a problem.


I'm in Columbia, so if you want to see what a functioning truck should run and stop like come and ride in mine. If that truck runs well, it's worth the asking price.


You're not going to find a bunch of Series trucks here in SC, there are about 5 of us in Columbia that have them and a few more scattered throughout the state but nothing compared to the North East.
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Old October 26th, 2015, 02:59 PM
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the truck can only get to 45-50 on a flat road.... that little 4 banger diesel is really working hard...definitely power issues trying to get to speed.... the galvanized chassis looked free from rust and even the bulkhead looked clean...its a nevada truck so not sure how long it will stay rust free in this south carolina salt air... did you see some 88s in the forum here lately for sale ?
Oh, its diesel, that sounds more in line with a diesels top end, but still a little low, would definetley adjust the valves, change the fuel filter and check the IP timing. I wasnt interested in a diesel series, and certainly wasnt willing to pay more for one than a petrol.

I have seen many 88's for sale lately, One was almost complete on here for $6k and galvy chassis, there are a few on craigslist up in the Northeast for around $10k with Galvy Chassis. I will say this, the initial purchase price doesnt really matter once you own it, you always end up (continually) throwing money at it, i would just try to get a solid truck.
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I think that sounds about right for the 2.25 NA Diesel. I have owned a few of these and they were great for local driving, but don't consider it for cruzing down the hiway.. Gotta keep in mind it's a glorified tractor.

The good thing is if you want to swap to the 2.25 or 2.5 petrol engine or the 200 TDi, its simple.




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the truck can only get to 45-50 on a flat road.... that little 4 banger diesel is really working hard...definitely power issues trying to get to speed.... the galvanized chassis looked free from rust and even the bulkhead looked clean...its a nevada truck so not sure how long it will stay rust free in this south carolina salt air... did you see some 88s in the forum here lately for sale ?
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The picture shows a gas engine. You sure it is diesel?

It should do 65 when pushed on level ground at sea level.
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Old October 26th, 2015, 05:35 PM
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I am confused (not the first time)


The truck in the link with the Nevada Plates that is now in Charleston that the OP has referred to is clearly a gas truck.


Is there more than 1 truck that the OP is driving?






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Old October 26th, 2015, 06:24 PM
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i swear I thought it was a diesel but you're right... Thank you
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I'd have that engine looked at before purchasing, because as the others say, you should be able to do 60-65 on flat ground. And it shouldn't knock! But with the engine sorted I'd say it's not a terrible price given it's local and what you want.
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