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1 Ton Chev Dump (weight again)

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by KMB, Jul 15, 2009.

  1. clearance

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    Great engine, a big block is better but whatever. When its empty you can take off in second gear, the bull low gear is great for when its loaded, quite a range between 3rd and 4th.
     
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    The 350 will do fine. You won't win any races, but parts for the 350 are dirt cheap and they last pretty good. You'll take off in the second hole unless you're on a hill or just want to idle through the field. On flat ground I start out in the third hole on mine (I did a little work to it). You have a 12" clutch so if you're easy on it, you can get 100K+ miles out of it. Check the oil on that SM465 and make sure it's full. I find it easiest just to pull the boot in the cab, push down on the sheetmetal shifter retainer and give it a 1/4 turn CCW then pull the shifter out and fill from the top while having someone watch the fill plug underneath. When you hit the chassis grease fittings, don't forget the slipjoint in the driveline just behind the carrier bearing.

    One thing you will really appreciate if you ever have to pull the transmission on that... the whole transmission tunnel unbolts and comes out.

    That truck is as close to bullet proof as you can get.
     
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    legally speaking, look on your door jam, find the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating). fuel up and head to your local truck stop with a cat scale. and weigh the truck. This will tell you how much weight you can legally carry.

    What is the truck capable of? you can probably get 1000# over your GVWR on a stock truck without over loading the suspension. with suspension mods, you can go further.
     
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    hehe. i have a weigh slip of 3200# on my 1/2 ton z71 shortbox...

    custom massive overloads.....

    DOT would of love that one...$7 a pound over the limit....
    believe it or not, i feel safer pulling my tri-axle when the truck is that heavy just because of 6 extra brakes....
     
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    My 6 cents worth

    Great thread:clap:

    What would it carry? More than you can put on it. We have a 1 ton Ford up here that has carried 2 cords of wood on a regular basis of years. No issues.

    I use a ancient Dodge that will carry more weight than it can dump, I am guessing that it was way over 4000 lbs....

    I would think that a frame under a 1 ton chevy would be as good as anothing else, but I have not checked into it.

    The 350 is going to use a fair amount of gas moving it around. A big block would possibly be more economical. Run it, If you just happen to stub your toe on a 396, 454, etc it is mostly just a bolt in.
     
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    absolutely. we had the old 332 HD in our 750 tandem dually 10 yard dump. it got old and tired, so we threw in a rebuilt hopped-up 460. alot better milage and power.

    but later that summer it started to make noises. knocked the pistons out and discovered 6 were cracked....then again, moving 55,000# 10 hours a day with the foot to the floor, a HD engine should be used....:dizzy:
     
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    Load it up

    I haul wood wood (and anything else I want to) with an old 1976 chev 1 ton with a 12foot flatbed dump. The load of green doug fir and oak I cut up just last week stacked up to be 2 1/2 cords. I have added a few extra leaves in the rear spring pack and actually have hauled up tp 10,000 lbs of rock on it. (locally only, of course). It also has a 350 in it and does not go up a hill very fast, but it'll get the job done. I tried to post the only picture of it that I can find at the moment.
     
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    i have had over 12,000# of gravel on my K3500 6.5L turbo 5 speed cab & chassie(12,500gvw)....my avatar pic is was much heaver load than the gravel......i'm guessin' 14,000 to 16,000....
     
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    Dont have 1 Ton but would love to have 1. I use my old 87 1/2 ton with a electric atv hoist on a boom and load logs 8ft at a time and also load the 3/4 pickup trailor.

    Catfish.. you wont like that truck at all.. If you was closer i would gladly take it off you hands for a fair price:hmm3grin2orange:
     
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    Somehow my agent helped me avoid the commercial policy on my one ton GMC even though we haul firewood regularly. $250. a year for Liability.
     

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