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1982 k30, sticking around

Discussion in 'GM 6.2 Diesels' started by red, Jun 13, 2017.

  1. red

    red stubborn Texan displaced to Utah

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    Truck now has 64" leaf springs on both sides. Had to use the torch to cut the old bolt out of the front mounting bracket.

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    Sits level side to side finally. Front springs are going to be replaced at some point but at least they are not broken. Also the replacement tire came in so will be back to a dually tomorrow.

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    red stubborn Texan displaced to Utah

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    Funny part about a 40 gallon suburban tank, getting it up into place wasn't the worst part of the conversion. It's the damn fill tube with this particular flatbed. Probably going to notch the board on the driver side outer edge and mount the fill neck there.

    Tank is sitting about a 1/4" above the bottom of the truck frame. For today it has just the 2 lower mounts made out of 1/8" strap steel but going to make 2 more and mount those on the top side. It can't go forward because of a bed crossmember. Can't move backwards because of the winch so it's sitting in a pretty snug position already. Used holes that were already drilled through the frame.

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    Extended the wiring harness for the passenger side fuel tank sending unit so the gauge works. Also changed the fuel plumbing around to where the pump/filter are plumbed in after the tank selector valve. Leaves the option open to plumbing in a second tank again.
     
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    red stubborn Texan displaced to Utah

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    Hmm, looking like this truck could be towing much more often in the near future. Question is, buy a gooseneck trailer or modify the military surplus 5th wheel trailer that I have sitting here for use behind this truck. Leaning towards modifying the surplus trailer because of costs and the fact that I can build it exactly how I want. Hard part is getting the 5th wheel hitch high enough to clear the bed while bringing down the height of the trailer.
     
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    MrMarty51 Well-Known Member

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    It`ll be interesting, how ever You do it.
     
  5. red

    red stubborn Texan displaced to Utah

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    Yea, the idea that I'm leanin towards is to have the pickup tow a camper trailer (that will actually survive dirt roads so not a typical camper). A 16-20ft long gooseneck deckover trailer is the plan for that. Whether modifying the surplus trailer from a 5th wheel to a gooseneck, or just buying a trailer is undecided. No dovetail would be a straight deck.


    Today I replaced the marker lights on the roof with new LED's. 3 of the old bulbs were burned out and these are brighter anyways. Same amber color just didn't take a pic of them.

    Also mounted up a pair of air tanks onto the flatbed and plumbed them together. Plan is to have 1 QD on each front side of the flatbed just need a few more air fittings. Using DOT pushlock fittings/hose. Not sure what happened to the pics.

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    Yes that's a twist cap on electric wiring on this truck. No I didn't put it there, gave up on the wiring harness after cutting out roughly 2 dozen of the damn things hahahaha.
     
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    red stubborn Texan displaced to Utah

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    Snapped a pic of the new marker lights. Uses the same style housing. Roof's are LED, bumper are still the original so the LED's are brighter but not blinding haha.

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    red stubborn Texan displaced to Utah

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    Swung by a friends house today to pick up some 56" leaf springs from a c20 he's parting out and happened to pull up just as they guy who bought the cab was trying to get it loaded onto a trailer. With no equipment, it wasn't going well for them. Put a snatch block at the front of his trailer and routed the winch cable to drag it on while they took care of raising the cab.

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    The leaf springs will be used to lift the front of the k30. Shackle flip in the rear. Should net about 4" lift and a smoother ride along with great flex when offroad. These springs are rated at 1950 lbs each.

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    And grabbed another dana 70HD axle. Planning to use it for the trailer project. Couple seconds after the pic had it pulled up/over the roller.

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    You are getting some mighty nice use from the flat bed and winch. LOL
     
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    red stubborn Texan displaced to Utah

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    Hahaha very accurate statement.

    There's a few things I've learned over the years and vehicles that I've owned. Need a 1 ton truck, with a flatbed, 4x4, and a bed winch. Apparently I drive places that 2x4's don't like and carry heavy stuff. It's only about 1500 lbs in this pic......

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    Yea, killed that poor truck within about 6 months hahaha.

    When steel prices drop will pick up some material and rebuild the bed. Move the winch all the way to the front of the bed, roller that actually rolls, underside storage, spare tire mounts, pair of gin poles, and gooseneck hitch. Similar to this bed.

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