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1982 k30, sticking around

red

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Shredded another sidewall a few days ago on the rear axle. Nice thing about a dually, rolls with 2 spares at all times haha. Replaced the tire on friday. And mounted up a better rear bumper. Just a piece of the 5x3" angle iron across the rear of the bed so nothing special but it is solid and doesn't make the truck any longer than it was with the factory bumper. Next is the better tail lights, going to stick with the oval lights that I had cut into the stock rear bumper. Just cut the holes into the back end of the rear boxes and put them there (above the angle iron). That will have them recessed just a little bit, making them better protected.
 

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Couple things done to the truck bed lately. rigged up a fuel filler neck and will eventually get it cut down flush with the end of the box. With its location the options were to either go through the box, or cut through one of the beds main crossmembers. Due to the 9ft length of the bed the stock rear bumper could no longer be mounted properly so finally got rid of it. The total length is actually just about the same as where the stock bumper ended. Attached a piece of 3x5x5/16" angle iron to serve as the basis of the rear bumper. Removed the tailgate since it can't be there with the tail roller plans. Also mounted the lower reverse lights, and am planning to mount the same oval style brake/marker lights next to them on the outside edge.

Initially after the bed swap I had wired in the round tail lights just so the truck would have working ones until the oval ones get setup. Since then it's lost turn signals, then lost markers/gauge lights and brake lights tonight.

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Keep em both! The k5 is awesome off road. Good full cage and you can rip the top off in nice weather. Make the quick removable doors. And you won’t tear up the work truck off-roading. It is so hard on big angles with the 4 door, as you already experienced.
Plus- they match! Get rich and fancy one day and paint them to match. Yeah- I am that guy.
 

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Keep em both! The k5 is awesome off road. Good full cage and you can rip the top off in nice weather. Make the quick removable doors. And you won’t tear up the work truck off-roading. It is so hard on big angles with the 4 door, as you already experienced.
Plus- they match! Get rich and fancy one day and paint them to match. Yeah- I am that guy.
That is a possibility. After selling the wrecker, putting some cash away, paying for the 4L80E and the k5 I've got about a $1600 excess budget to play with at the moment. The k5 needs the steering column put back together and tires, maybe a little more electrical work to get it running/driving again. Other issues are the driver seat is torn up, 3 rust holes at the back (1 through tailgate, other 2 are in the rear fenderwells) and that's about it.

To fix/flip it could sell for between 4-6k. Which is more than enough to fund the crew cab projects and get the gooseneck trailer built.

If I keep it. Cheap build initially with locker in the rear, larger tires, remove the top (go to a bimini top), and tube doors. Few inches of lift if needed for the articulation but no real concern about body damage. Street legal enough to be a backup vehicle. The crew cab would still get the 4L80E swap, bed mods, and engine upgrades (maybe sell the 4BD1T and go with a bigger engine since towing more often). Crew cab would still do some offroading like it does now, just leave the rock crawling to the k5.
 

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Posted up a thread for the k5 here http://www.thetruckstop.us/forum/threads/offroad-toy.47350/

I'm thinking with the finances, the 4BD1T swap might be cancelled. Selling the engine and it's spare parts would help offset the loss of $$ from not selling the k5, and having the same engine in both vehicles would keep maintenance costs/spare parts down.
 

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I have a cheap hx35 turbo sitting here with the small 9cm exhaust housing (was planned for the 4bd) that could be useful for the crew cab. Considering the auto, weight of the truck, and tow rig duties it might be too small though and best to go with a ATT.

The crew cab gained a noticeable amount of weight with the addition of the service bed and tools. Not overweight (sitting about 1/4" away from the upper overloads).

Before any performance stuff happens there are other things to be installed first. Plumbing in a coolant filter, secondary trans cooler with a external filter, PTO, wiring harness, service bed mods.
 
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I have a cheap hx35 turbo sitting here with the small 9cm exhaust housing (was planned for the 4bd) that could be useful for the crew cab. Considering the auto, weight of the truck, and tow rig duties it might be too small though and best to go with a ATT.

The crew cab gained a noticeable amount of weight with the addition of the service bed and tools. Not overweight (sitting about 1/4" away from the upper overloads).

Before any performance stuff happens there are other things to be installed first. Plumbing in a coolant filter, secondary trans cooler with a external filter, PTO, wiring harness, service bed mods.
I've always thought 9 cm2 is too small or the 6.2/6.5 diesel unless you run a BIG CAC. Think small modern blower 'it would take less fabrication and you could run dual exhaust too'.
 

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I've always thought 9 cm2 is too small or the 6.2/6.5 diesel unless you run a BIG CAC. Think small modern blower 'it would take less fabrication and you could run dual exhaust too'.
Being an old square body there is a decent amount of room for a CAC if that happens. Going the turbo route since it's cheaper and I already have plans for enough belt driven accessories (AC back together and a air compressor). For the air compressor I have 2 available. The spare one from my old deuce and a half, or the big one that came with the service bed.

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Probably going to stuff that large compressor somewhere else and run it off the PTO for when I need lots of air haha.

For the turbo plans there's a few of the common issues. With the AC system and it's clearance problems I'm planning to update to a more modern setup. Either go with the Vintage Air system, or maybe find a way to transplant the AC system from a newer truck into it. Both will clean up that part of the engine bay giving alot more room. Second issue, the truck is an 82, which means the coarse thread injectors if it hasn't been swapped out for a newer engine over the years. Supposedly that makes for some clearance issues with the stock 6.5 passenger side exhaust manifold. And, the stock 6.2 pre-cups.

Forced induction and AC stuff won't happen until at least next year. Extra filters, bed mods, wiring harness, those are in the plans for this year.
 

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That would be good. Could also go with the center mount turbo option.

And found out where my minor coolant leak is coming from, the coolant crossover tube. Better options than stock to upgrade to?
 
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