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Why I don't like 1/2 tons

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by mountainexplorer, Apr 20, 2006.

  1. mountainexplorer

    mountainexplorer 1/2 ton status

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    Today my planned estimated "1 hour visit" to check this place out:
    http://spokane.craigslist.org/pts/151894908.html

    turned into a 5 hour browsing and buying session with myself and a friend dragging home this "small load" of misc parts we bought. I spent $187 out of my "396 rebuild fund" and my friend spent $158. By my standards, this was a small load, but it was a big load for the little 1/2 ton yellow truck.

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    I have flattened 1-ton rear springs before, but this load reverse arched the 1/2 ton springs quite a bit.

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    All we had in the back was:

    10-bolt front end
    Dana 44 front end
    2 350 shortblock cores
    pair SBC heads
    2 mud tires- 1 38" and 1 36"
    2 15.5" rims with small tires
    Ford transmission
    2 dodge dropout pumpkins
    misc lug nuts, Ford grille parts, oil pans, shopping cart, 4 rancho RS9000 shocks, 10 other misc shocks, 2 aftermarket sunvisors, small cable for hand winch, single chrome stack, 1 Holley 600 carb, box of automotive books, and one '68 GMC core support (which ironically my friend had sold to and never got paid from the guy who had gotten evicted from this piece of property- so he ended up with it back again).

    Our combined total was $345 spent. But it was fun. Ok, time to get back and do what I was supposed to have done today
     
  2. OffRoad

    OffRoad 1/2 ton status

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    that's alot for a half ton. i heard negative arch is good for the springs.:wink1:

    i take it your friend bought the ford parts.
     
  3. rjfguitar

    rjfguitar 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Thats a lot of crap for a 1/2. I hate half tons. No towing capacity, no weight carrying capacity, no power, and NO DIESEL option!:wink1:
     
  4. Drey

    Drey 3/4 ton status

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    What are you talkin about no diesel option...both diesels I own are half tons, hell ones a half ton 2wd:D

    A guy I know has like a 94 or 95 or somethin like that halfton with a 6.5 I didnt know such things existed.




    Nice haul btw, you still have room for more, if ya stick a wooden block between the frame and the rear axle you can crame that box full, just watch the sidewalls on your tires:wink1:
     
  5. beater_k20

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    that 1/2 ton isnt even close to loaded yet. the rear tires arent rubbing the inner tubs.
     
  6. MattK

    MattK 1/2 ton status

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    them mudflaps must be pretty heavy.
     
  7. garlicbreath

    garlicbreath 1/2 ton status

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    Thats a nice score for what you paid!
     
  8. rjfguitar

    rjfguitar 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Well, I meant a real diesel...one where all the pistons are in a single row....:wink1: Nah, just teasing. The 6.2 and 6.5 are great, just not overly powerfull.

    I meant late model anyway.
     
  9. 4xcrazy

    4xcrazy 3/4 ton status

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    yeah, i was kinda thinkin that rear solid steel bumper must be pretty heavy as well.:doah: :D
     
  10. mountainexplorer

    mountainexplorer 1/2 ton status

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    I would have tried to fit more but I didn't want to spend more money and I didn't have any good tie downs or straps with me to be able to keep stacking the pile higher and safely or legally transport it down a road.

    I have loaded my Crew Cab 1-ton to where it's sat like that before. But that was a real load. Darn 4-leaf 52" rear springs on this 1/2 ton don't hold anything. I unloaded the 1st of the 2 350 shortblocks and the truck just about lifted up 2 inches.

    It normally sits almost level. Gotta love the "straight" line the previous owner painted when they sprayed the bottom half black. :rolleyes:
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  11. rick88blaze

    rick88blaze 1/2 ton status

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    That's what my '85 1/2 ton looked like when I was pouring concrete. We loaded it down with 2'x4' steel frame concrete forms. When I turned on to the highway my front end hopped due to lack of traction. Luckily I only had to go about 1/4 mile to unload them. :D

    Rick
     
  12. u2slow

    u2slow 1/2 ton status

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    Looks like it time for those coil-over overload shocks. :D
     
  13. yellowK20

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    :doah: Alllen , with all those one ton crews you have why the hell did you take a halfton????
     
  14. mountainexplorer

    mountainexplorer 1/2 ton status

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    The crew cab was parked hooked to the trailer. I just recently got the yellow '84 running and have been using it for a driver. And originally I hadn't intended on buying anything.
     
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    I've had 3600lbs of concrete in the back of my dads half ton. Ya its sat really really low. It was all fine untill I tried to brake:eek1: Least it was only for a few blocks.
     
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    yellowK20 Well Lubricated Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    all right I can relate to that
     
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    eclipse 1/2 ton status

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    "i never intended on buying anything" HAH... you should know yourself better than that. Btw thats not loaded that bad, I've had my 85 k10 loaded heavier, and I've loaded much much worse at work on half tons.

    btw how that for a daily driver with 35s, 3.08s and a 4spd? Gotta love that huh? Do you start off in granny so you dont lug it from a start?
     
  18. mountainexplorer

    mountainexplorer 1/2 ton status

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    I thought it would be 3.07's but it can't be. With 35's I can burn out easy on pavement (to the point I'm worried about blowing up the 10-bolt rear). It just can't be 3.07's... has to be 3.73's cause a Goodwrench 350 doesn't have enough power to spin 35's that easy with 3.07s. I'm surprised the thing does what it does as it is. Like I said, I need to watch how I drive it or the 10-bolt will be blown soon.
     
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    yellowK20 Well Lubricated Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    [quote I need to watch how I drive it or the 10-bolt will be blown soon.[/quote] it's cool man i'm sure you have spares:laugh:
     
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    great idea, as if the shock mounts werent inadequate enough, lets make them support a load.:rolleyes:
     

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