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My tow rig is almost done!

Discussion in 'Tow & Trailer' started by JeremyK5, Jun 29, 2004.

  1. JeremyK5

    JeremyK5 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I've been slowly working on my 1978 C30 since last fall, and it's finally driveable! It has a 350/sm465 w/ 4.10 gears. I'm going for functionality and less about the looks.
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    here's what's been done so far:

    cab swap to replace the rusted out one (free cab, from 78 k10)
    front fenders off another truck
    set up clutch pedal assembly in new cab (was an auto)
    swapped in a newer 465 tranny (the old one sounded horrible)
    painted the bed and cab
    new brake master cylinder
    power steering hose
    intake and better carb off another truck
    changed all fluids
    new gas tank

    Heres what I need to do before I'm done with it (for now):

    a new tire up front to replace the bald one
    find a hood that doesn't try to look like a taco when you close it
    find a pair of 73-80 wheelwells (none currently)
    finish adapting the 2wd tranny tunnel cover to the 4wd floor
    make a rubber boot for the hole in the floor for the clutch rod
    install the second gas tank and switching valve
    reinforce the old hitch or build a new hitch (can't use a standard reciever)
    put in a cd player
    replace some supports under the bed
    replace or repair the carrier bearing crossmember

    and last but definitely not least, cut off the crumpled front 6"-8" of the passenger side frame rail and replace it with another chunk I have so that I can bolt down the core support and bumper on that side, instead of using ratchet straps.

    I've been wanting a tow rig for awhile, since all of the good offroading is an hour or more away from home. Now that I can trailer my Blazer there, I don't have to worry about getting home if I break something.
     
  2. jjlaughner

    jjlaughner 3/4 ton status

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    SWEET!

    Bring that hood up and we'll hit the steel place and get some metal and weld that hood so it wont taco on ya! /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif

    Do you have something against grills by the way /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif .... /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
  3. JeremyK5

    JeremyK5 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Well, I think I'm gonna have to replace this hood, the support has separated from the hood skin, plus it's kinda rusting out from below. I think I might have found a better one already, though it might need bracing too.

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    Do you have something against grills by the way

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    /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif Actually, I have a grille for this one, I just haven't put it on yet. You never know, while I'm at it I might even put the black grille in the blazer after I put the chrome one on the c30.
     
  4. jjlaughner

    jjlaughner 3/4 ton status

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    Just let me know... the trucks lookin good though... alot better than it was /forums/images/graemlins/hack.gif
     
  5. laketex

    laketex 3/4 ton status

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    cool! You gonna trailer the blazer or just park it up on the bed???
     
  6. 84_Chevy_K10

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    cool! You gonna trailer the blazer or just park it up on the bed???

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    I would think a 6,000 lb truck would be just a little too much to have on a flat bed truck. (my C30 has a 3800 lb payload rating, not sure what a dually has but not much more).
     
  7. jjlaughner

    jjlaughner 3/4 ton status

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    cool! You gonna trailer the blazer or just park it up on the bed???

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    /forums/images/graemlins/histerical.gif /forums/images/graemlins/histerical.gif /forums/images/graemlins/histerical.gif /forums/images/graemlins/histerical.gif that flat bed is big enough but you'd be ducking at over passes!

    No he has a trailer at his disposal /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif
     
  8. kennyw

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    I bet my Servis Bed would look perfect on a truck that size /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

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  9. Bob87Burb

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    Looking good! I like the utilitarian look, all business, no bling. Bling has no place on a tow vehicle. /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    Is that olive drab paint?
     
  11. JeremyK5

    JeremyK5 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Yeah, that's Krylon Olive Drab spraypaint. I like using the Krylon ultra-flat paint because it's really easy to paint with.
     
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    Yeah, that's Krylon Olive Drab spraypaint. I like using the Krylon ultra-flat paint because it's really easy to paint with.

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    Yeah, you don't even have to wipe the dirt off with that stuff. /forums/images/graemlins/histerical.gif
     
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    cool! You gonna trailer the blazer or just park it up on the bed???

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    I would think a 6,000 lb truck would be just a little too much to have on a flat bed truck. (my C30 has a 3800 lb payload rating, not sure what a dually has but not much more).

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    Ya think??? /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif
     
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    cool! You gonna trailer the blazer or just park it up on the bed???

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    I would think a 6,000 lb truck would be just a little too much to have on a flat bed truck. (my C30 has a 3800 lb payload rating, not sure what a dually has but not much more).

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    Ya think??? /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif

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    Well I've seen more suicidal things done in the past. /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
  15. jjlaughner

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    [ QUOTE ]
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    Yeah, that's Krylon Olive Drab spraypaint. I like using the Krylon ultra-flat paint because it's really easy to paint with.

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    Yeah, you don't even have to wipe the dirt off with that stuff. /forums/images/graemlins/histerical.gif

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    he only does that witht he tan because it blends in /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
  16. gzzgfw

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    Cool tow rig. Nice cab /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif Did I keep that old tube grill or do you have it. Is a two wheel drive dually still a 4 wheel drive vehicle. /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif Great job....putting that thing together....
     

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