I am looking at purchasing a 1989 Peterbilt 379EXHD,for $18,000 total price. It has a new 444 Cummins engine, New 18 speed eaton transmission, PTO wet kit and the speedometer reads 896,000. The truck is in excellent condition inside and out, it's uncanny to find something that is almost 20 years old and looks and runs like this. The original owner is an old man and he is retiring. My question is, what companies will hire myself and my truck, based upon it's age and recent mechanical upgrades? It seems that all of the companies I keep reading about in trucking mags, require a much younger truck; 5-10 of age. The economy is slow right now, who has the luxury and what finacial institutions are willing to lend money to private citizens, when they are refusing to lend money to other banks. Our only choices are to buy used and solid equipment, maintain it and drive it until it goes tits up and can't be driven anymore. Companies are dictating terms, but in reality if we force them to except our terms, they will fold to our demands. But we have to stand united and unflinching in order to confront these tyrants. Like our forefathers did to the British back in 1775 and also 1812. And how we have done to many other monsters around the world, in order to maintain a fair and level playing field. Remember they need our trucks in order to move the loads and make money, America needs us to move the loads to keep this country strong. It's only fair that we be given more say so in this industry and not just to chauffer these loads around at these companies' leasiure.