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3/4 ton CC Dually? does that exist?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Robert79K5, Sep 16, 2005.

  1. Robert79K5

    Robert79K5 1/2 ton status

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    Okay I am thinking about buying an old 1979 dually crew cab for real cheap. I didnt have time today to really look it over...
    Heres my question.

    I assumed it was a 1 ton but the badges on the fenders say its a c20 and I also noticed that it didn't have hydroboost, which I assumed it would if it was really a one ton.

    So did GM ever make a 3/4 ton crew cab dually or did someone just put fenders off a 3/4 ton truck on this thing?

    Also the back of the cab has emblems that say 3+3 camper special.
    Whats that stand for exactly? Extra overload springs?

    Im thinking theres no way but Iv also seen some weird things so who knows.
     
  2. Russell

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    I've seen many 3/4 ton crewcabs around here. The I am not certain, but I think the 3 + 3 stands for three places to sit up front, 3 in the back of the cab.
     
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    Crewcabs came in 3/4-ton, yes. BUT ... it's almost a 1-ton. It has the thicker frame with the narrower spring spacing, and the same spindles/hubs/brakes up front that the 1-tons did.

    The only difference is that a 3/4-ton crewcab will have the same springs that a (low GVWR) 1-ton single-cab had in the back.

    Solution: Get the biggest, baddest 1-ton (high-GVWR) springs you can find, and put them onto your crewcab. Voila, instant 1-ton. Assuming it's 2WD of course.

    "3+3" just means it's a Crew Cab. Bonus Cabs had no rear seat (more cargo space.)

    Camper Special is a package of wiring, tow hitch, maybe ... look on my Brochures page for 1979.

    So yeah, that sounds about right. I have a C/20 crew cab which I put the big springs on, so it's now a C/30 in my book. It's SRW but is otherwise pretty similar.

    Oh, and since someone will ask, you could get 3/4's or 1-ton's in either SRW or DRW. Just 'cuz it's 1-ton doesn't make it a DRW or whatever.

    -- A
     
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    Musclerodz 1/2 ton status

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    More than likely it is a 3/4T crew that someone has added the dually setup to.

    Mike
     
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    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Mmm. Possible, but it'd mean changing the front hubs or doing spacers up front. Again, 3/4's did come in duallies, so it's possible to be factory.

    Anyway, if the RPO tag is still in the glove box you can find out for sure if it's original.

    -- A
     
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    That is something I have never run across. Have seen and owned a C20 crewcab, even recall a K20 crewcab but never a dually 3/4 ton. Have seen many 3/4 ton dually conversions however.
     
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    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Ack! The king of the Brochures might just be wrong!

    :rolleyes: :mad: :doah:

    Here I've been spouting about 3/4 duallies, and yet a brief search of the Brochures keeps turning up "Big Dooley offers dual rear wheels FOR 30 SERIES" ... so I think, for possibly the first time in recorded history :haha: I'm wrong. To wit: At least in the 70's, it would appear that duallies are invariably one-ton. :shame: :ignore:

    Robert79K5, if you do go look at it, check the VIN.

    Should be something like CCZ294... if it's a 3/4, or CCZ394 if it's a 1-ton. Or try the VIN decoder which is less likely to be wrong than its author. Really :D

    And if you do check it out, post up for my sanity, would ya?

    -- A
     
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    thor 1/2 ton status

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    Dremu, don't throw in the towel so quick :D

    I have the original invoice from my truck in front of me, (this is the "new" style 89 though) so I don't know how it would apply to the earlier styled trucks. It reads as follows...

    Item no 1. 2310-122-001 Truck, HD 3/4 ton, extended cab (4x2) 1989 chevrolet (CC20953) $11,418.00
    Item no 5. 2310-122-039 HD tow package (Z82) $370.00
    Item no 6. 2310-122-040 10,000 # GVW PACKAGE (CC30953) $1,428.00

    This truck was sold as a cab and chasis dually, but with the full width D70HD and it was badged as a c3500.
     
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    thor 1/2 ton status

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    Here is what your vin checker came up with, so maybe the invoice was wrong?

    Country: Canada
    Model year: 1989
    Made by: General Motors - incomplete vehicle
    Drive: 2WD
    Engine: 454 V8 HD
    Series: 1 ton (30/35)
    Body: Stake/platform
    Plant: Oshawa
    Serial #:
     
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    Funny... the truck says CC2 (3/4), but the GVW package says CC3 (1-ton).

    I wonder if the General played with these for emissions reasons, or just to make my life hell :haha:

    -- A
     
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    I agree with the frame and spring spacing... but not the spindles/brakes. I've done the brakes on my Dad's C20 crew enough times ;) (also camper special BTW)

    As for the original question.... There's a good chance it was converted to dually later. All it really takes is a rear end swap and some fender flares. It may even have spacers up front instead of the correct dually setup.
     
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    Really? Weird. My '74, though a C-20, takes the 1-ton stuff, and I spent hours poring over the Chevy parts book to the same conclusion. What year is your dad's?

    Yes, that -- you said it better than I did =))

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    i had a factory 73 C20 dually, with a non-factory 455 Olds in it. fun truck. :D
     
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    My Dad's is a '79... vacuum booster and 8200# GVWR. It uses the typical sliding pin calipers just like my C20 Burb did.

    So yours uses the Bendix style with the wedge/spring & setscrew?
     
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    Err. Now you got me -- nope, they're sliding pin type. So the 1-ton 2WD's have big funky things, huh?

    $*^*($@ I swear I checked the parts books for this...

    -- A
     
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    After digging around.... it looks like 1-ton SRWs could have been had with either type brakes up to and including '76. :crazy:

    The 1-ton ones I put on my Burb are the same style used on a Dana 60 front axle. :wink1:
     
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    Let's see pics.... Sorry, man, but I'm calling bullshiat on this. I've never known or come across a 3/4 ton dually. Crew cab, yes. SRW, yes.

    Unless someone can show me pics (and prove they're unaltered), and show me in writting where GM sold a 3/4 ton dually off the assembly line, I want to see. All my GM knowledge says GM never sold it.
     
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    Havn't forgotten about you guys. I just have not been able to get back out there to look at it or talk to the guy who ownes it.

    Soon as I get a chance I will go out there and check it out real good and report back here.

    Thanks for the replies....
     
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    Just went and took another look at it.

    Owner says "nahh its a 1 ton someone just put different front fenders on it."

    The tag under camper special says 8200 GVWR

    I ran the VIN through the decoder and got this...


    VIN decoding of CCL249B130078

    Model year: 1979
    Made by: Chevrolet
    Drive: 2WD
    Engine: 350 4bbl V8
    Series: 3/4 ton (20/25)
    Body: Pickup
    Plant: Baltimore
    Serial #: 130078

    According to the decoder it is a 3/4 ton.


    The owner also said he sold one them rear axles (corp 14) out of a wrecked dually he had for $700 by itself.

    Im thinking hes either full of the poo, or either someone dosn't know what 14 bolts are worth and he ripped them off.

    Either way I believe I will hold out for another one for more money in nicer shape.

    Thanks so much for your help guys.
     
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    IMO, the guys knows the exact deatils on the truck he has and is creating the most innocent/believable story for a would-be buyer.

    $700 is not too much for a C&C 14ff. Its all about the audience. You, me, and the other guy with the Jeep won't pay that, but an owner/operator will after he's burnt the spindle off his towtruck or flatdeck. ;)
     

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