A Dually Delight: Top 5 Craigslist Diesel Trucks in Birmingham


What started as a story about an ad for a gas-powered, four-wheel-drive 1994 Ford E-350 that has a presidential history has turned into a recurring topic over at TruckTrend.com. Great feedback on that article was the catalyst, and we now are five (counting Birmingham, Alabama) cities into what has become an epic search for diesel trucks and cars being sold through Craigslist around the U.S.

One of the things that draws diesel enthusiasts to Craigslist is not only the wide variety of trucks and cars, but also engines, tools, and other related mechanical bits and pieces found in its pages. Very cool stuff, and thanks to negotiating, it usually can be had for a song.

Thus far, we’ve highlighted oil-burners being sold privately in Miami, Charlotte, North Carolina, Boston, and the New York metropolitan area. Please note that diesel-powered pickup trucks, while plentiful almost everywhere, are not the primary target of our searches. In an effort to have some fun with this project, the uncommon, unique, or even quirky diesel vehicles, equipment, parts, and so on are what we’re seeking out. However, there certainly will be instances—like in this report, for example—where the late-model diesel pickups get top billing.

Birmingham actually had us second-guessing ourselves about the choice. The same “diesel” search that serves us well in other areas only produced one page of offerings (45 total)—three of which were gassers. The poll also failed to produce an abundance of the different types of vehicles that we like for these rundowns. However, one thing is certain: Late-model duallys definitely rule the roost in Birmingham, at least at the time we conducted our search.

And speaking of searches, if this series inspires you to conduct similar research to find diesels or whatever, we also suggest giving Crazedlist a try. This new site is fast and allows users to search by an entire state, rather than only by city, and it queries eBay and Facebook Marketplace, too.

As always at this point, we admit that our selections might be somewhat subjective, but the finds are pretty cool nonetheless. So, read on and see what Birmingham and environs have to offer. Let us know if you move on one of these deals; also, let us know about cool diesel deals you come across on Craigslist. Send info and a link to: dieselpower@motortrend.com.

1982 GMC Sierra

According to the seller, this Lacey’s Spring-based OG runs, but, “it needs more care than I have the skill to do.” Although the Sierra’s 6.2L Detroit Diesel V-8 only musters a weak sauce (by modern standards) 130 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque, there’s a small degree of cool in the nostalgia of 1982 being the first year for Detroit’s four-stroke powerplants, and it was also GM’s initial foray into outfitting pickups (and Suburbans) with diesel engines. Thinking with the glass half full, a caring, skillful enthusiast can have it for $1,500 or best offer, and probably pull down ridiculous fuel economy once it’s running. “One man’s junk…”

2007 Dodge Ram 3500

Per photos, dually No. 1 appears to be brilliantly clean for having 218,000 miles. However, the claim that it has a Duramax engine that “runs great,” according to the seller, is the lone quality that’s beyond intriguing for us. Of course, a 6.7L Cummins I-6 is the original mill, but it’s not abnormal for Allison automatic transmissions—which are paired with Duramaxes in GM trucks—to be swapped into Dodge Ram pickups like this one. So without actually seeing the powerplant, we’ll buy into the engine claim (for now) and hope that whoever picks it up for $13,900—or less—gives us a shout to confirm exactly what’s under the hood.

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD

The next six-wheeler checks all the boxes for a Best Diesel Deal on Craigslist. The original owner claims the rig is in excellent condition with approximately 89,146 miles, has four-wheel drive, leather inside, an exhaust brake on the Duramax. This one, located in Opelika, being sold for $32,500 or best offer, and we can’t forget to note that a “lifetime XM Radio subscription” comes with the purchase. That alone is interesting, as Sirius XM Radio nixed the pay-once program in 2005. #rollovermusic

1984 Ford Centurion

So you’re looking for a vehicle that will give you diesel’s torque and efficiency, the utility of a pickup truck, and comfort like that of a plush conversion van? Say less! This mechanical version of a centaur is the rig you need. It’s powered by a 6.9L IDI V-8 and sports new wheels, tires, steering gear and an A/C compressor. With only 115,000 miles, we believe there’s still plenty of life left in this one. And, for $3,500, it certainly would be neat to have something so different.

2002 Ford F-350

The last of this group’s three duallys is located in Townley, has 188,000 miles and is powered by Ford’s venerable 7.3L Power Stroke V-8. While that’s all well and fine, the custom CM Truck Beds flat deck, large auxiliary fuel tank and gooseneck hitch are the items that caught our eye. That, and the seller’s claim that “it’s very nice and clean, and runs great.” This rig is a worker, and will probably recoup your $15,000 outlay very quickly.

Best Deals on Craigslist Diesel Trucks from Truck Trend

Miami: The used-diesel market is hot at Florida’s southernmost point.
Charlotte: Pickups, Class 8 tractors, nice TDI-powered sedans, and more!
Boston: “Barn-Find” 1984 Nissan (Datsun) 720 and others.
New York: Sedans and SUVs are abundant in the NYC area.

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