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Old 02-01-2009, 11:43 AM   #1
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Wanted to get everyone's feedback on using a converted HDT as a daily driver. The idea is to buy an HDT and convert the bunk area to passenger seating, complete with windows on all 3 sides. Remove all unneeded fairings and convert the exhaust from stacks to a single weed burner style. Build a bed for the rear for use as a pickup (with the hitch enclosed for use as needed).

The overall idea is that instead of wasting money on a used 2500 or 3500 pickup that will only last for a couple hundred thousand miles at best, spend the same money and buy a used HDT that can easily go a million miles before a major rebuild is needed. The mileage will be similar to the smaller truck, but the versatility to tow any size trailer is unlimited. If all unneeded fairings and such are removed and the bed is built to "blend in" with the cab it will fit in somewhat better in the neighborhood than a full out HDT. Thoughts?
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Old 02-01-2009, 09:51 PM   #2
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...WOULD DEPEND ON THE location of work and weather parking would be a PIA like in low overhead garages..... I work at a hospital every Tuesday nite and the security guards have a special place for me and the VOLVO 610 to park in.....close to the dumpster but within 6 feet of the main door to the Medical Arts building.....I don't even get wet in a down pour now......before it was all away across the campus near the new construction area......but the main security guy changed his mind for ....a......some "consideration" of a sort.....he likes good Ky Bourbon.........geofkaye
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Old 02-01-2009, 09:53 PM   #3
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....BTW I can use the generator to keep the tractor cool or hot while I'm at work- no getting in to a cold "refrigerator" anymore......geofkaye
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Old 02-02-2009, 06:56 AM   #4
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No garages to worry about. We can use the wife's car for any trips that require that. I'm still deciding if I would single the rear to make it shorter or just keep it stock. I'm planning on building a custom 5ver that will be much heavier than a stock unit so the main consideration will be the pin weight. I think even with a singled rear it would be well under the single axle limit. Once I get the design in AutoCad and add in the weights I'll have a better idea of the weight distribution. Since the HDT isn't any wider than a dually the turning radius is my biggest concern. I'll also have to get a CDL but thats no big deal.
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Old 02-02-2009, 08:53 PM   #5
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Sounds like a cool idea. Biggest downside I see other than parking at other places is fuel mileage.
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Old 02-04-2009, 02:41 AM   #6
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.....Fuel mileage isn't an issue if you can afford an Truck Conversion......it just isn't an issue unless you travel a long long way to and from work-and this isn't even considering any personal comfort dynamics......last week I got this damn "cold" that is going around the country and making a lot of people very sick- on the way home from work there was the usual traffic accident and resulting clogged x-way and of course it snowed/iced to make things very pleasant for driving.....so I inched over to the brake down lane and turned on the flashers-with the inside temperature at 75 degrees -I took a 3 hour nap-ate dinner- watched the news on TV-made phone called and did some paperwork[taxes].....so the wasted hours became productive and I rested in comfort/safety [with the world's worst cold].....when they finally got the traffic situation sorted out I went home.....how many hours have you spent in traffic messes and had to wait out the situation- not being able to do anything constructive-including eating/sleeping/taxes or even close to a toilet should the need arise?.......The first year I had my Volvo I went to Pennsylvania to look at some military trucks and other military surplus......sure enough it snowed a foot and rather than risk an accident I pulled into a truck stop for 2 days till the roads were passable......total cost of the 2 extra days was 8 gallons of fuel.....I couldn't have done any better-3 day-500 mile round trip with 2 days lodging and hot meals for less than $32.00.....If I had taken my car and gone through the same situation It would be $300 at least[including the girlz].....the Volvo continues to cost me less and make my traveling easier and safer than any other from of transportation......where any overnite stay is possible and much reduced cost if there is any kind of snow emergency or flooding........geofkaye
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Old 02-04-2009, 09:04 AM   #7
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Da#! geof, you have me sold on the idea now :-) Now its a matter of coming up with the $$$$ to buy the rig and do the work I want on it. A volvo is what I want, so its just a matter of the models and specs.
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Old 02-04-2009, 09:30 PM   #8
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.....'bout 20k and you got what you need....geofkaye
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Old 02-08-2009, 01:15 PM   #9
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I got a good deal on my project. Found an old Jevic Freightliner single axle w/ aluminum tanks, air ride cab and air ride chassis, w/ 325000 miles and a Cummins 370 HP M11 for $8500 in Alabama. Stretched it and built my own box. If you dont consider my time I should be at $23,0000 total when finished.
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.....ya had to steal the Freightliner with those miles at $8.5K....way to go!....the MH Conversion isn't that difficult in this economy with all the truck guys eating each others first born. It is a buyers market and one has to deal that way.....and never do anything without checking out the competition for a price....a cash price is even better!. Form personal experience I have knocked off 25% just for paying cash and another 20% for cash up front.....it is a leap of faith-but the owner is a minister and he does what he says he is going to do....0ne has to do what one has to do -these days to make it.......geofkaye
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