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Clutch won't disengage - 1987 GMC 1-ton trail rig

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by HelpMyZ, Jul 16, 2006.

  1. HelpMyZ

    HelpMyZ 1/2 ton status

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    ok, so I bought this truck off of ebay in like april and FINALLY got the time to get up there and pick the thing up this weekend.
    The basics:
    1987 GMC 3500 High Sierra (anyone know the difference between a sierra and a high sierra?)
    it's a 1ton so it's got the dana 60 front end, and the 14bolt ff rear end
    it's got a muncie 4 speed tranny and not even really sure about the transfercase...
    looks as though this truck may have towed a thing or 2 in its day as it's got a 5th wheel hitch on the back part of the frame
    no bed on it wich works well since I'm not needing a bed
    it's not pretty by any means
    I've already got a 12,000 lbs winch in the garage for it, along with a th400 tranny with a stage 3 shift kit in it, and an np205 t-case, I think for now, I'm going to run a 350 with a carb, that I've got in the shed, until I save up the funds for what I want (I'm thinking fuel injected big block, but who knows...)
    I've got a few more things laying around here to go on this truck, but I'll get to everything later...
    for now here are some pics of the truck as it was when I picked it up and had it up on the trailer..

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    and to spruce up the ends of those axles a little:
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    let me know what you guys think, suggestions are greatly apreaciated!!
    I'm not planning on this thing winning any beauty pagents, but I do plan on it hitting a mud puddle or 2...
     
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  2. HelpMyZ

    HelpMyZ 1/2 ton status

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    oh, and I plan on building a flatbed of some kind, with enough room to mount recovery gear to and to mount my fullsized spare to..
     
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    4xcrazy 3/4 ton status

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    I don't think you need to install those H2 wheels on that thing, so you may as well just go ahead and send them out this way and i'll dispose of them for you :D
     
  4. HelpMyZ

    HelpMyZ 1/2 ton status

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    haha, thanks for the offer, but I think I'll go ahead and hang onto em!! lol
     
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    looks like a good fixer upper
     
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    ryan22re 1/2 ton status

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    I hate rust.
     
  7. HelpMyZ

    HelpMyZ 1/2 ton status

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    haha... I'm not too concerned about that part... I imagine that the first trip out most of the rust will get knocked off, haha..
     
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    I actually had to go get a tetanus shot after seeing those pics...

    Good luck with the project, looks like a good start for a beater/wheeler :waytogo:
     
  9. HelpMyZ

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    well we got a little bit of a start on things yesterday... here are some pics... can't realy see the rims but they aren't really the important parts... haha

    with just one fender on:

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    and with the front end thrown back on:

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    it's gonna need a little trimming in order to fit everything.. and prolly a little lift, haha... we just had to get those tires on there to free up some room in the garage, and to see what it'd look like!
     
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    Id like to see you get it out of that garage with those tires on.
     
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    yeah, I think we'll have to let the air of the tires or something... but we're a long way from that... still need a lot of drivetrain work before that day comes
     
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    ok, so I'm kind of at a pause in the action now, I've got the back twho bolts for the cab out but the front two broke off, so I'm waiting on the welder so I can weld a metal tab onto the nubs of the bolts and try and twist them out. any other ideas?? also I'm thinking of using por-15 on the underside of everything, just for the fact that I don't need to get rid of all the rust and **** like I would if I was painting it. anyone have any other ideas??
     
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    If he backs up a little and gets a good running start, I think he'd make it (but there might be some loud crunching).
     
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    so no one knows what the difference between a regular sierra and a high sierra is?
     
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    There just trim levels High sierra would be like a Scotsdale and Sierra would be like Custom deluxe Sierra grande is the "silverado" IIRCC
     
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    Got a good start already. Can you really only go 45mph with those U-Haul trailers?
     
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    we ran 65/70 the whole way home, so my vote is no.. although it was pretty scary most of the way... the "pucker factor" went through the roof a few times... haha
     
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    Take a look at "Rust Bullet" as an option to POR-15. I bought some but I'm still in the teardown stage.:wink1:
     
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    I'll be undercoating the bottom of the '79 this winter with POR-15. Should hold up fine to our winters.

    Looks like my '79 when I bought it. Only mine had 39.5s, H1s, built 454 w/ built t400, and 205. hehehehe I'm just waiting on exo, doubler, and 4-links.
     
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    how much lift did you run to clear those tires?
     

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