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What kind of front end do the Top-kick trucks come with??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by steelsoldiers, Feb 28, 2003.

  1. steelsoldiers

    steelsoldiers 1/2 ton status

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    Hey guys,
    I have been seeing a lot of the power co's GMC Top-kick trucks since the frickin' snow won't stop here /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif. They sit up real nice and have some LARGE front ends under the 4WD models. Any idea what those are? Eatons? Some of these trucks are bound to end up in the junk yard soone or later. They have a pass. side diff. so they could possibly be the ultimate beef for my K5 /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif, way over-kill I'm sure!! /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif Any thoughts?

    Chris
     
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    COCHEV 1/2 ton status

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    what's a top-kick tuck? are they the big 2 1/2 ton ones?
     
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    One of the aftermarket conversion places like NAPCO is my guess.
     
  4. steelsoldiers

    steelsoldiers 1/2 ton status

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    Here's a link to the new 2003 TopKick trucks:

    Beefy!

    I didn't see any info about 4x4 options.
     
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    most likely they do what the asplundh tree guys do and send the truck out to shops to be outfitted with axles...many of the tree trucks around here have rockwells under them...some of them have eatons

    Later
     
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    Yeah I gott a photograph of a '85 Chevrolet HighTorque K70!
    thats a 3 ton 4X4, in the photo it looks like there is about 3 feet from the ground to the bottom of the frame rails, and the front diff looks to be larger than a small block chevy motor.
    I can not post photos but I can send it to some one that can post them so that everyone can see it.

    LooksBack
     
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    I drive a '97 GMC 8500 Top Kick Cab 6X6 Fire Truck at work. We have a digital camera, so I'll see if I can post a picture tommorow. I think it's a 5-ton Rockwell but I'm no expert. It weights about 24,000 lbs. with everyting on it and full of water. 1000 gallons of water X 8.3 lbs. per gallon = 8300 lbs. of dynamic load, if your not careful. It has air lockers and of course low range too. The front bumper/skidplate is designed to laydown trees up to about 6" in diameter. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
    It beats having a real job!
     
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    so, do you think it has rockwells?
     
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    It's not a rockwell. Well at least not the one in the fire truck. It's rated to 14,000 lbs.

    I can't remember the company name. I had never heard of it before, "Kline" or something.

    It only has about 10" of clearance with 42" tires. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    A little overkill unless you want to offroad in an armored car.

    The only complaints about the top-kicks being used for offroad is the high center of gravity. The double duelies in the back will walk up most anything un-locked.

    You have to love an air locked 6X6. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I'm a parts interpreter for a spin-off of GM. I formerly researched parts for Top Kick & Kodiak.

    I don't believe the 4wd's are factory installed units, most likely conversions. There are many companies that convert trucks to 4wd. Even some of the body installers do the conversions.

    a common conversion company is...
    http://www.marmon-herrington.com

    Rockwell is the most common axle used in the conversions. Eatons are most commonly used on over the road tractors.
    Anything is possible with conversion companies though.

    But, I will check into it at work and see what I can find out. /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
     
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