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Got a K30 tow rig...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Ryan B., Feb 20, 2006.

  1. Ryan B.

    Ryan B. 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Well, My friend kevin talked me into it. Get a dually. Build it up before Moab in October. Tow the k5 there, wheel hard, and not worry about the trip home.
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    The good:
    '84 6.2 Diesel K30 flatbed. 150,000 original miles.
    3 or 4" Lift, Th400-Np205 DRW D60 & 14FF.
    Came with Alcoa rims also.
    Dude was asking $2500, my lowballing skills got him down to $1800. :D
    I would be able to part it out for more.

    The bad:
    I just about broke the rear ujoint on the test drive, had to change a ujoint in the dudes driveway. Needs a vent window and winsdsheild and a tilt steering column bearing/clip.
    Needs a kingpin rebuild & steering stabilizer. I tried real hard to maintain 35mph during the test drive to achieve the DeathWobble Selling point and act like i'm crapping my pants when the DW happens. :D :rotfl:
    "rebuilt" th400 has a delay into gear when cold. probably on its way out.

    I was thinking about putting a dually bed on it instead of the flatbed, but not sure. its kinda growing on me.. What do you guys think?

    Complete 6.2L Diesel Engine for sale. $1000.

    PS. Thank you who ever it was that reposted this ad on here off the sacramento craigslist a month ago! :wink1:
     
  2. camok5

    camok5 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    You lucky SOB I have been looking for something like that for a while. Sounds like it needs a little work but well worth the price you paid. If it was me I would keep the flat bed and maybe put some tool boxes on the sides so you could haul extra parts and tools with you to the trails and still be able to lock them up. Also let me know how you like towing with the 6.2?
     
  3. 1-ton

    1-ton 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    That is cool truck. I like the flat bed. I want to get one just like the one you have for my Crew Cab one day. It looks like you have the same rims as I do on my 1985 K30. It looks good with the lift. What size tires are on it? K30 trucks like yours and mine are getting more rare and hard to find. I think the K30 like yours and mine is the most toughest, well built truck there ever was. If I where you, I would keep that truck forever. Here is a picture of my 1985 K30. It has a 454, Turbo 400, NP205, Dana-60, and 14-bolt.

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  4. Ten_Bucks

    Ten_Bucks 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Nice looking rig(both of them). I just noticed that you took those pics in Placerville. Was it for sale there or something?
     
  5. hi pinion

    hi pinion 3/4 ton status

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    Sweet score Ryan, dont forgit to inject the hell out of it now sonny boy, he he.

    Jake:D
     
  6. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    The color looks like a pretty close match to your K5 in those pics.

    So does this mean that you're "IN" for BlazerBash '06?? If I can make it, you can!


    If I were you, I'd order up another set of those spinnaz and throw them on the tow rig for the road trip. That would make for some crazy looks and great photo opps!! :D
     
  7. hi pinion

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    Baaahahaha:haha:
     
  8. mountainexplorer

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    :thumb: :thumb: Nice!

    I noticed that similarity in colors too. :laugh:
     
  9. Yukon Jack

    Yukon Jack 1/2 ton status

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    Sounds like an awesome buy even with the known problems. I would stick with the flatbed, they sure are useful - I'm a bit partial though. Seems less and less of the regular cab 1 tons out there - the ones I see around here are usually the crew cabs. Congrats on the purchase.
     
  10. steve_kibbe

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    I like the flat bed:D

    Nice rig.
     
  11. BudTX

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    Nice K30, and a smoking deal to boot!!
     
  12. 2Dogs

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    Looking for another 8.1???? :eek1::D
     
  13. beater_k20

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    from the looks of the above pic, it looks like putting a dually bed on it would look goofy. appears to be a Cab and Chassis 14 bolt, which is considerably narrower than the Dana 70 found in the rear of most full width duallies. if it is in fact a factory cab and chassis truck, the wheelbase is about 4" too long to just bolt a regular bed on. if you do so, and center the wheelhousing over the rear axle, you'll end up with a big gap between the bed and cab.

    on the other hand, shorten the wheelbase to 131.5" (common LWB Std cab WB), put a regular fleetside bed on it, and have one of these... way sweeter than any full width dually if you ask me, although not quite as stable due to the narrower rear axle.

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    beater_k20 Banned

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    just for refrence, here's a pic of a standard full width Dana 70, the mudflaps are just even with the edge of the tread on the tire. looks quite a bit wider to me.

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  15. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    What's that liquid appearing substance in the pictures??????????????
     
  16. rjfguitar

    rjfguitar 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I love when you post that pic....because I get to pick at how plain goofy that "dually" looks.:p:
     
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    rjfguitar 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    1. Our 400 did the same thing in our C30 right before it went out.:doah:

    2.I'd put a dually bed on it if it isn't a cab and chassis model, if it is your stuck with the flatty without big mods.

    3. I hope you don't plan on pulling the good 'ol 6.2, sure, it's no Cummins or Dmax, but you'll probably love the mileage. I hear they aren't bad with a turbo kit!
     
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    a) its different than any other standard width truck around.
    b) its more stable than a SRW truck, and can safely pull a heavier load, although not as stable as a full width DRW truck, there has to be at least some advantage over a SRW.
    c) i think it looks awesome. if i keep posting the pics, someone else will like it too, and eventually will build another. i can then ask them how/why they like it. basically, just testing it out, without doing any work. :p:

    that, and it gets your poser ass panties in a bunch when we discuss it.:haha:
     
  19. 1-ton

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    So, when you say "Cab and Chassis", would that be a truck that was originaly manufactured to bolt on some type of utility bed on it?
     
  20. Russell

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    Yep

    I'd keep the flat deck too -- Looks very sweet on that truck!
     

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