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Old 06-20-2001, 11:56 PM
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Hello all!

I'd like to find an old MB truck, say 1970s vintage to convert into a flatbed for my own personal use (and also for when I open up my MB shop!). Anyone know of a dealer anywhere in the country who specializes in these types of trucks? We have a Freightliner/MB truck dealer in Cleveland but they rarely deal with MB trucks anymore, mainly Frieghtliners nowadays.
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Old 06-21-2001, 12:09 AM
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try this....

you might need a long weekend to get thru them all,
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Old 06-21-2001, 06:56 AM
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A unimog would certainly be a possibility, but if you ever drive one you'll probably agree that it is more like driving a tractor than like driving a truck.

If you want an MB truck you can get around in well and use it on an every day basis, your best bet will probably be something from Europe. There are so few MB trucks of the size you're looking for in the US, it will be difficult to find one.

Good luck,
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Old 06-21-2001, 09:37 AM
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MB trucks have been very popular for export to Central America. Look around Houston and San Antonio for dealers or others that may have some of these. Big Truck Trader Magazine usually has a few. Supply and demand being what it is, they seem a little pricy sometimes. Larry, civilian Unimogs were originally meant to serve a dual purpose: as both field tractors and farm to market trucks.

[Edited by johngray on 06-21-2001 at 09:49 AM]
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Old 06-21-2001, 03:09 PM
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Select "trucks" and do a search for "Mercedes"...

I found 20 units for sale across the country. The ones that looked most likely to meet your needs ranging in price from $2695.00:

"Phoenix, AZ $2,695.00 1987 MERCEDES, 1219 - cab & chassis, eng problems, fresh trans, good tubeless tires, $2695, 602-278-7411, RAY & BOB'S TRUCK SALVAGE, 101 S 35th Ave, Phoenix"

To $9500.00:

"Sacramento, CA $9,500.00 1980 Mercedes L1116, 1980 Mercedes L1116 10 Ton Flatbed. 352 Diesel engine, custom red and black paint, custom interior, 14 ft. steel flatbed, tool box behind cab, chrome wheels, diamond plate trim. 300K on truck and 50K on rebuilt engine. Mechanically sound truck. Used to haul windows and shelving. Stored since 1996.Truck belonged to my father, so I do not know anything else about it. $9500/Best Offer. Located in Sacramento CA. Email for photos or info. or call Sue at(916)331-7719 (916) 331-7719"

Some even had photos:

"Tampa, FL $8,950.00 1989 MERCEDES, 1317, Fuller brakes, 5 spd., 366hp, $8950 obo, 813-247-4483."

"Houston, TX Call For Price 1989 MERCEDES, 12190, diesel, standard, ps, pb, ready to go, call for special price."

Good Hunting...

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Scott Longston
Northern California Wine Country...
"Turbos whistle, grapes wine..."
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Old 06-21-2001, 07:47 PM
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Thank you gentlemen for your replies. Scott, the one in Tamps looks just about right. Hmm, perhaps a trip to Florida is in the making. And hell, while I'm at it, might as well find another old MB to haul home on my flatbed! I guess it probably isn't a tilt back type, so I'll figure out some sort of ramp system to get cars on and off of it.
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