New Here, Thinking About Buying a 1310

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  1. Chris Cooper

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    A buddy of mine bought this years back for a fire truck, moved to town, and has no use for it. I’ve loved it since he got it, and thought it might make a go-anywhere RV with the addition of a pop-up truck camper in the back.

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    It’s got a 304 with a leaky rear main, 4.88’s, a disconnected gas tank, and missing headliner and passenger-side door interior panel. It also has small rust holes at each corner of the windshield.

    Before I commit to the RV idea, I’ve got some questions:

    1. What’s the cruising speed of this truck? I have a Jeep M715 & one 50-mph truck is enough.

    2. Obviously, a 304 is not going to be a powerhouse, but can this truck get around the mountains ok? I’m sure it would do fine off-road, but would it be super slow up mountain highways with a 1500-lb camper? See above for motivation.

    3. How is parts availability?

    4. I’m assuming gas mileage is atrocious?

    That’s about it so far.

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. stroker3

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    Speed depends on the transmission. Guessing that one would be on the slower side. My 1310 dually had the 304 / 4 speed/4.88's . It was a 55- 60 mph truck. Not a cruiser but pulled hills with a loads just fine.
    For a lot of highway driving, a five speed would be so much better. With a good running engine, 12 mpg would be a fair guess.
     
  3. Chris Cooper

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    I really don’t know what it has for a gearbox, other than it’s a four-speed. 60 is at the low end of my requirement, so I’ll have to mull that one over.

    Thank you for the info.
     
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    Just a thought: If you decide not to buy it...and your buddy still wants to sell...I might be interested.
     
  5. Chris Cooper

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    Ok, but one thing at a time: I'm still trying to get a feel for this truck so I know better whether I want it.
     
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    No worries...just planting a seed. Looks like a nice rig...depending on the price and what your goals are...I think you should take the plunge! :oldih:
     
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    Thank you! I just gotta get feel for how fast (or slow), how noisy, how compatible this truck might be with hauling a camper around, and actually enjoying the experience.
     
  8. ruderunner

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    Sounds like your biggest problem is top speed. Overdrive will help but...
    A swap to more common better geared axles will be better. Mainly because of brakes. You're kind of stuck with the drums which can be rebuilt but the drums themselves are scarce.

    Mechanical parts aren't too hard to find but body and interior are good used where you find it.

    Pulling power and load capacity are non issue. The 304 was used in tandem axle dumps.
     
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    Not sure what the asking price is but those 1310 dually's are a trucks truck. It was built to work. IH guys would drive that thing on long highway trips and put up with the noise and low gearing because they understand it was built as a work horse. If you're going to do some sort of remote camping, hunting etc. within 100 miles or so that'll be the rig for you and you'd learn to love all the quirks that go with these old trucks on today's highways. If you're planning on mostly comfortable highway runs to far away campgrounds, it's not the truck for you. It sounds like you would need to upgrade the driveline and a few other things to be happy with it. By then, with the extra time and expense, you could probably find a much more common or "modern" truck , a used F350 dually or something similar, that'll cruise at 75 mph a lot easier than that old IH ever could.

    Either way, that thing is cool . It'll make someone a very nice old truck.
     
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    Did you pull the trigger?

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  11. Chris Cooper

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    Test drive day:

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    Lost interest for a while because I thought this truck would be slow & noisy. Not so.

    That 304 is plenty powerful enough to do 70 all day long, and I even saw 80 once on a long straight stretch. Good enough for me. Not too noisy, either.

    If I hadn’t known the size of that engine before driving it, I would have concluded it was at least a 350. I love it.

    Now to replace the rear main & track down a camper...




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  12. Chris Cooper

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    Questions:

    Will wheels from any of the Big Three fit a 1310? I need to get rid of those split rims.

    I need an underdash A/C system— what works best?


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    Those have what's called"coined" rims and are lug centric. Dodge dually prior to 93 fit but watch out for the 16.5" rims. I think Dodge changed to 16" in or around 85.
    Some Ford's used 16" coined rims as well.
    GM are out since the center hole is too small.

    As for under dash ac, look at old full size Wagoneers. All from the early 70's to the last in 91 had under dash setups. Early units had York compressors, later are I believe Sanden.
     
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    Thank you for that info— that’s very useful.


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  15. Chris Cooper

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    Found a camper:

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    The build begins.


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    Good looking camper. I 've never seen a slide in hi-low before. Should make a great hunting and fishing rig. Even a good looking p u trailer.
     
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  17. Chris Cooper

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    Thank you. It’s an 8’ Alaskan like my grandfather used to have. It’ll be fun, I’m guessing.


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    I'd like to reccrecom checking the website Vintage Trailer Talk. While slide in aren't their cup of tea, they are pretty knowledgeable about old camper construction.
     
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    Thank you-- I'll make a note of that.
     
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    Nice one! I'd have been bummed if you passed on this one--too perfect for your needs. Glad you took the plunge and I hope you get MANY years (you likely will) of fine service out of the old girl.
     
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