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Dumpy the K3500; the zero dollar build.

So, a few of you probably know I scored a K30 or Technically a 3500 because it's a GMC, back in December to help me out with some general work related to my other hobbies and some snow plowing.

Well I decided to make this tread to keep track of costs while I fix it up some. The idea is to spend as little that's humanly possible to get this fixed up some. Progress will be slow, like my other threads. But probably even slower. I also want to document the trials and tribulations of building something the cheapest way I can.
I'll spend money if I have to, but I'll be doing everything I can to keep cost down to keep me rolling on my stepsides.

Here she is a few days after I bought it. View attachment 226414 View attachment 226415

I am going to exclude consumables to this cost like fluids, tires, paperwork, etc.

My wife was against this idea, not against the dump Truck idea, but against this dump truck. She thought I should just buy a newer one and not bother with fixing one up.

I found a HD3500 and looked it.
This will be my baseline of cost effectiveness.
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This guy has a asking price of 5800.

Way to rich for my blood for a truck that will only get really used 10-20 times a year. Maybe, maybe more.

Cost of truck was 1200.

So the first thing was to get a key lock cylinder. The old key was broke off in the ignition.
I also needed to get the inside quieted down some. Good greif this thing was loud, exhaust exits just past the cab, no carpet and 4:56 gears. It screams down the road. Plus, it was rough in there.
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I ordered a key cylinder up from Rock auto and I was set.

Now I need to get something done for the loud interior.
So I made a visit to beagle's parts pen to see what I had laying around.
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Dang gumit. Just a soccer ball.
Wait a second didn't I just walk past the GMT400 cab I parted out for the 454 for the 76?
I did, I bet that can donate some carpet and a steering wheel.
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Read more about this build here...
 
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So with a small plan I went to work.
The carpet and wheel was pulled out of the 91 GMT400 cab.

I went install the key cylinder and I put the new on in and cranked it. Nothing.
After several minutes of screwing around I started to compare the two. Dang, I think rock auto may have sent me the wrong one. Off to auto clown to get a different one. I needed to keep momentum.
After getting another one I was set. IMG_20170319_172637359.jpg IMG_20170319_172555519.jpg
They only had black in stock, which I guess I don't care about for this kind of truck. The wrong one is on the far left. It's for a gm car.

Once that was in I buttoned things up a bit. And went looking for a seat.
I think I have one...:thinking:
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After digging around I scored a seat from the cattle shed... And look this girl is in pretty decent shape. I think I saved it for this exact kind of project.
Pulled out the old seat and found the typical dirt, old pens, grime, coins and four radiator cap?! Four!
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Wonder if this thing has a history of overheating?
Or was somebody working it to a slow hot death?

Anyway, once I cleaned up some I installed my new, old goodies.
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Then I need address the cab saver.
I couldn't open or shut the door the passager door because it it was bent forward.
I just wanted to scab something together to get by until I can get some proper steel to re-fab something. I found a small angle to weld on. It worked.
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Carbon (the dog) approved.

Which brings me to this weekend.
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I actually have been logging and doing some things here and there but I haven't had much time to post.


Lastly, my cost to date for the key cylinder is... 20.51

Total cost to date 1220.51.
 
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Oh, that's from my old gmt400 plow truck.
You know the one that was 6.2 powered many moons ago.


The one in the picture above with the John Deere loader bucket resting on the cab.
 
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Huh?, I surprised this is actually getting some responses, I originally posted and it no one really comment on it. I figured that no one cared, then I wouldn't update this thread.
But since maybe there are a few people out that that want to watch me save this old workhorse I guess I'll keep up with the thread.

And since no post is good without some pics. Here some "working" pics.
@The Griff s favorite tailgate.

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BTW I named it dumpy because it's huge pile of crap. It's the rustiest running/driving squarebody I have had to date.
In fact I think it's flat out the rustiest one I have ever owned period.. I think I somewhere around 15ish squarebodys now...

I am currently looking for a new cab to keep it living on.
 

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I briefly had thought about that. But I want to keep this a squarebody. Plus that's pretty Rusty too... There is a reason that will be headed to the crusher very soon...
 

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I think the reason that this truck is still living is because of the dump box. From the standpoint of the cab alone, someone would have scrapped this out years ago.
 
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