Surplus trucks get new lives

They’ve served their country well. Getting parked in a nondescript dirt lot sure doesn’t seem like much of a final resting place.

For many of the camouflage-painted military trucks and trailers lined up in neat rows at the Truck Center near New Castle, it won’t be. The surplus vehicles will be snapped up by buyers, at pennies on the dollar for what they cost taxpayers, and gain a new lease on life.

“They’re built so tough,” said Ed Talley of Washington, N.C., who refurbishes what he buys and makes a living reselling them. “I’ve sold some trucks that were built in the ’70s. And ’60s. And they’re still out there goin’. They’re simple to work on – you don’t have all these computers.  They hold up.”

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