View Full Version : How much would this tucker 1742 be worth?
07-14-2012, 09:02 PM
Hey guys im new to the snow cat world. I only own a bombardier jw 69. I am looking to get a older tucker snowcat because they are my favorite style. Anyways I found a 1979 tucker 1742. Detroit diesel engine /Allison automatic transmission / Front blade / Long tracks/ Very clean / Good condition / Present owner has reconditioned this vehicle / Good to go for snowmobile trail grooming. That is the ad and its listed at 7500.00 I know since it doesnt say the hours and stuff its hard to put a prie on. Ive heard that this has the desireable long track system. IS that 6 bogie wheels. Well any help is greatly appreciated.
07-14-2012, 10:07 PM
Not sure where you are from but there is a regional market on cats. Long or wide track Tuckers are not very desirable where I am from.... Just saying. (terra rubber tracks are another story)
True value is up to you. Cabin access is one market, Grooming trails is another market . My $,02 is that you should weigh your skill set against its condition, and look it over like a new or used car, Generally snow cats are relied on in somewhat extreme conditions, In hot weather you can wait in the shade of the vehicle, If Your cat breaks down in its intended environment you have critical steps to maintain your existence.
Looks straight and clean, Pictures always look awesome go see it.
i would say that is a good price the cab is a bit limited with cramped seating fot 2 having that noisy road oiler in the back is a plus but it also leaves no room for cargo so its good for towing only i would use these facts in your favor to haggle with remember it's worth what sme one wants to pay for it.
07-15-2012, 06:37 AM
Well I am from ohio and where I would be operating if I break down wouldnt be to big of a deal. In fact its a little overkill but I like to be different and I have always loved the tuckers style. Im not exactly sure what you mean when you say road oiler. Are the detroits better or worse than the gas engines?
07-15-2012, 11:48 AM
In by book diesels are a plus but am a die hard VW diesel geek with a stable of 1.6D,
1.6TD and 1.9TD ( no TDI ) all old school Jetta's / GTI's
7500.00 sounds good to me. I do prefer the older pick-up or extra cab style however,
and they seem to be mostly gas.
road oiler is a nick name given to 2 cycle detroits as they were prone to marking therir spot when parked. detroits have to have an operating roots style blower (the iron lung) to operate with all the shafts and seals they leal small amounts of oil into the induction systen it settles out in the bottom of the air box and drains through a couple of tubes. you now get the impression i'm familar with the motor as i also have lots of hours of dicking around with finnicky ignition systems and carbs and timing chanes on the v8 chryslers. so if noise wasn't an obstuction the dd is the way to go just on reliability alone you will have to carry oil and add it because like the old radial engines it's going to use some likely a quart every 8 hours on the other hand if you can get a front engine model a 4b or 6b conversion with an overdrive trans would be cool
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