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Thinking about entering the Mack world...

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Hey everyone, I've been considering buying a 1956 B-42 that's posted for sale here on the forums and have enjoyed browsing through the different topics and reading all the good advice/stories/knowledge that's packed into this website. If I buy the truck you can bet I will be on here regularly. Seems like a cool community and I have a lot to learn. 

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You won't regret it (at least I don't think you will)!

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I'm sure I wouldn't regret it!

Just need to exercise due diligence so as to avoid the situation of my wife regretting it! I would be heading to VA with cash in hand tomorrow otherwise. 😆

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If she’s anything like my lady she’ll probably tell you that’s she thinks it’s real cool but please don’t make it too regular of an expense...


Who needs a back yard when you could have a :mack1: Yard?!

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I guess my biggest question is: does the required maintenance make it a foolish choice for a daily worker?

If I can celebrate the history, character and wow-factor of operating an old truck like this AND make money putting it to work for landscape installs then I am all in. If it can't be used practically as a daily worker then my hand will be forced. I'll need to buy something newer that requires less downtime. Both my wife and I are unsure about the possibility... she is just more risk averse. 

Thanks for the input from y'all so far. 

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I did the same thing 25 years ago with my first B to pull my Cat track loader. Who has a track loader these days, 4n1 bucket, pin on rear hoe, no ROPS? But the point is in the beginning it has cool. It was hot in the cab in the summer and cold in the winter, and all I said before. If you are the only one driving it, it could work, these days forget about an employee driving it, don't forget most B's don't have power steering, A/C, stereo, air ride seat or suspension or automatic trans. You maybe accused of employee abuse if you make one drive it. Mack's do have the COOL factor but at the end of the day after working all day the modern stuff will be more appealing and you maybe able to throw the keys to someone to drive it without a hassle. Like them a lot but how drives a 1960's Chevy or Ford pick-up these days, except to car shows?

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Once you get the truck I think you will be glad you did. I wanted one for years and kept putting it off. Looking back wish I had done it sooner. I have a B 61 tractor with no practical use for. It is fun to just drive around in. I have taken it to a few car shows and it draws more attention than a lot of cars and pickups costing a lot more. Young boys come by just love to climb in and play with gear shifts and steering wheel. I think the truck you  are looking at will be more trouble free than something used but newer.

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