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airplane chevy taxi...weird

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by twoslo4five0, Jan 8, 2007.

  1. twoslo4five0

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    i went over to a buddies house the other day and he had a 78 or 79 chevy pickup with no bed and some huge axles like monster truck axles...i asked what the world it was and he told me it was a cheverlot truck to taxi planes on the runway...thing was weird man front and rear steer..all hydro...no motor no trans we were trying to fiqure out what drive train was in this thing...he told me were the bed was was a 6000 piece of lead to keep the truck on the ground while taxiing the plane..he said there is about 4000 of them in the world...anyone ever seen on or have a pic...
     
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    They show up on ebay now and then, they are generally surplus from the Air Force, IIRC. I beleive that they have 5 ton axles, solid mounted to the frame is memory serves...
     
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    We call them "tugs" among other things when I was an AF aircraft maintainer...
     
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    what is the gear ratio in thoose axles???anyone know
     
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    Well, IIRC they have planetary hubs, so it's something nuts like 6:1 altogether.

    I thought those things had NO suspension, i.e. mounted the axles to the frame ... some crazy thick frame, too, and just a CUCV body stuck on top.

    I seem to recall the axles being talked about and tossed out for rock-crawling purposes at some point, but after reading that "monster truck tech" article (those are words I have difficulty using together :haha: ) maybe they'd be usable for a buggy or something.

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  7. twoslo4five0

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    yeah the truck has no suspention..but my buddy is gonna 4 link it he says...one day...
     
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    they came with 6.2 diesels, and th400 just like the cucv's. Wonder what they weigh?
     
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    should of had a 6.2 diesel backed by a th400 and 208 t-case..
     
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    i dunno how much they weigh but his had a 6000 lbs piece of lead were the bed was...he said it came in on a f650 rollback...
     
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    the one in the link posted i have seen in person they are some huge SOB"s
     
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    I know where this is a old school Powerwagon one with a snowblade on it. Im pretty sure it still runs
     
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    All of them that I drove had throttle limiters to keep them under 40 mph or so, but with (IIRC) 7:1 ration in the axle, it could hit 0 to 40 pretty quick, unloaded of course.

    I've seen many variations, chevy, ford, dodge, for the fighters and bigger, diesel monsters for the C-5's and other cargo planes. The C-5 tugs had all-wheel steering, and an ungodly weight. Heck, it even had a winch with 1 inch cable on it. No idea on the weight rating for that.
     
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    IIRC... round aboot eleventy billion lbs...
     
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    was this the one at ricks house?
     
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    yep sure was...
     

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