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Factory 1/2 ton with a 14 bolt???

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by wayne, Jun 18, 2006.

  1. wayne

    wayne 3/4 ton status

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    Ok, this is something I have not seen before and I don't know if it was real or not. It is a 75 Chevy pick up with 1/2 ton badges on the fenders, 350, th350/203 combo. The trans pan has a drain plug in the front of the pan that looks factory installed and it is not a deep pan. It has an 8 lug D44 front and a 14ff rear with heavy duty leaf springs. Everything on the drivetrain looks factory. Is it possible that it could be factory? Is it what was considered a heavy half ton? The tag in the door jam rated it for 7800#.
     
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    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Decode the VIN and see what rating comes up.
     
  3. dremu

    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Yeah, post up a VIN. Fenders could have been swapped or something... but 8-lug and half tons would be new by me.

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  4. wayne

    wayne 3/4 ton status

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    I can't, I don't have access to the truck. A friend had it and it was going to get loaded to go to the crusher tomorrow morning.:( I got the engine/trans/t case out of it. I wanted the axles but he needed them under it to move it and I didn't have anything to toss under it quick.
     
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    wayne 3/4 ton status

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    New to me too, but it had a th350/203 which I thought if it was a 3/4 ton it would have a 400/205 if it was auto.
     
  6. sweetk30

    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    no 400/205 back then not tilllate 70s
     
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    What about the "Heavy Half" package. Even though I believe that was a 5 lug 14 bolt SF.
     
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    my K20 has a factory 350/203, as does my uncle's 79 K20, and the 79 K20 i used to have.

    the only occurance of a 5 lug 14SF is the 90-93 454 SS trucks. the 14SF didnt come around until 82 or 83, then it was either 6 lug, or 8 lug.

    the "Heavy Half" or "Big 10" trucks had 12 bolts in them, as they were pre-80, before the rear 10 bolt came out.
     
  9. mrk5

    mrk5 The Sticker Guy Moderator Vendor GMOTM Winner Author

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    My guess is that someone down the line swapped axles. We CK5ers weren't the first ones to think of it. Maybe somebody had to make one good truck out of 2 or something.
     
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    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    I'm betting the fender emblems, or even the fenders themselves, were swapped. All depends on what the VIN says on the truck.
     
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    your gunna save it from the crusher right :D
     
  12. wayne

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    Nope. I wish I had more time to strip it though.
     
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    wayne 3/4 ton status

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    It was repainted and the fenders were pretty clean rust wise considering it was a 75 and used to plow snow. I have to agree on the possible fender swap.
     

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