Cool Trucks

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Lone Rider, Dec 10, 2007.

  1. ddavidv

    ddavidv Thrifty not cheap

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    That has a Ford badge, I thought Holden was a GM company? My GF has a Commodore in Pontiac livery (G8).[/QUOTE]
    You're confusing the Ford Falcon ute with the Holden ute:
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  2. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    You'll notice I didn't mention it in my post about the ersatz WDX because at this elevation, that flathead is woefully underpowered to the point of uselessness for anything more than parade duty.

    Power is one of the few areas of those old PW's I have no emotional attachment to. To me, that flathead 6 is taking up valuable space best occupied by a small turbo diesel like the Hercules DT 3.7 I put in my M37.

    I admit that is in direct contradiction to what I said about that WD$, but I also built that M37 as a work truck that had to be highway capable, and in doing so, the truck lost none of what I consider essential Power Wagon qualities.
  3. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    I like real trucks.

    I don't know if they came this way from the factory, but I'd love to own a truck with a transmission like this:

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    And this is how a man drives a truck:

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    I specifically sought out a F-150 with a V8, stick shift, and stick for the transfer case just to have something reminiscent of what real trucks used to be. Can't stand slush-boxes or trucks that people dump too much time and money into that have effeminate transmissions in 'em.
  4. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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    The rear stick is the actual transmission. The other is an overdrive box. I'd imagine he's only got a 3-speed SM420 in there. It would make more sense to swap in something like a NV4500 or Clark 5-speed.
  5. crosscountry

    crosscountry Bear went over Mountain

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    There is only a minor change in RPM after those gear switches. I realize these things redlines at just a couple thousand RPM, but switching that often to get to 30mph seems like overkill - unless you have a trailer full of horses or a house behind you.
  6. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    He also needs to adjust his alternator belts.:lol3
  7. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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    Whoops ,made a mistake, the SM420 is a 4-speed transmission.

    If the transmission he's got in there is a SM420 or SM465, his first gear is 7.01:1 (6.55:1) with 2nd 3.6:1 and 3rd 1.7:1 with 1:1 at 4th. With 1st that low you're basically left with 3 speeds. I agree that it is silly to run an OD like that when he could have a modern 5-speed. OD boxes are usually found in big trucks like big rigs. Although I think they now use a electronic solenoid so there is a small switch on the shifter and not twin sticks.
  8. CodeMonkee

    CodeMonkee Geek Adventurer

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    Not all that "cool", but it is my new shiny thing:

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    Power from the 2.4 liter 4 cylinder is "adequate" I suppose. I guess I need to manage my expectations and RPMs as it sure doesn't have the torque of the 2.5 liter six in my car - you have to run the RPMs up to get any real power from it, and even then it isn't much.

    That's okay (although I may have someone look at it to make sure it is okay) as I didn't buy it to race around in, just as a daily driver.

    At least the 4WD seems to work. :evil
  9. CodeMonkee

    CodeMonkee Geek Adventurer

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    He probably doesn't need the aux. trans for normal driving. For that light of a truck he could get away with the main and then shift up the aux. when he is in top gear.

    Also, either he purposely has the engine tuned rich or he needs someone to retune his rack - it does no good to be putting out all that unburnt diesel, it doesn't make power, it just pollutes. Beyond that, I am wondering it it really has a turbo as the caption said; the old DDs usually only came with just the supercharger - it was rare to also add on a turbo, although you could if you wanted (we had a 6V92 or was it an 8v92, with twin turbos in a 25 foot MSB in the USCG and that thing was a real powerhouse from what I heard).
  10. doc_ricketts

    doc_ricketts Thumper jockey

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    1995 Cummins with 230,000 miles and Jayco camper, since removed and sold. Hauls my DR650 and camping/moving stuff now. With a topper only.
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    Before this truck, I had a new 1970 Dodge with 383 engine that would pull a mountain off its base. And the first truck for me was a 1955 Ford with big slicks on the back, a T-bird overbored engine with electric overdrive (switch on the dashboard for shifting up or down). It cost me almost zero, since a customer left the truck with us after the engine blew and I rebuilt a T-bird engine for it. Look liked this one except for the paint job:
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    1970 Dodge with the right color paint:
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  11. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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  12. (none)

    (none) poser

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    Nice! Frame in good shape?

  13. CodeMonkee

    CodeMonkee Geek Adventurer

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  14. CodeMonkee

    CodeMonkee Geek Adventurer

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    As far as I can tell.

    The engine had some head work done on it. New radiator too.

    But as I was coming home last night the "check engine" light came on.

    I think I am going to have to work out some of the kinks.

    Probably take the canopy off pretty soon - don't need it and I want to haul stuff in the bed.

    The main thing is that it is completely stock (except for the brush guard which I will probably take off). This way I can know that some kid didn't go out and beat it to death on a trail, and jack up the suspension all wrong, and so on.

    The suspension does feel loose, but that is not surprising after 220+k miles. For now I will leave it mostly stock. The idea is to use it as a daily driver and something to haul bikes to the trails in and so on. I just need it to do okay in the snow (it will probably snow here tonight) and muddy/dirt/gravel/potholed roads, and be reliable. I am not going wheeling or crawling with it - I just can't get out of my road without a 4WD when it snows and my other truck (1+ ton Dodge 3500 with 12' bed) is too big to be a convenient daily driver (besides, I need to work on it too).

    I just need to get some loading ramps and some studded tires and I will should be set for this winter. I noticed it had some tie downs in the bed at each corner - I will probably get a couple of these though:

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  15. Arkwright

    Arkwright Grumpy ole Git

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    Does this qualify?

    My daily transport since 1999!

    And NO electronics, which is why the Pikeys are always wanting to to steal it to sell in Africa!

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  16. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    They didn't.

    However, I did see a few Detroit / twin stick conversions just like that in GM duallys back in the late '70s / early '80s around some of the big-time Quarter Horse shows.

    Back at that time, there was no diesel in a light duty truck that could pull a big horse trailer, so everyone used the 454 gas engine in thier GM trucks...
  17. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    What's a Pikey?
  18. STANIMAL

    STANIMAL SUPPORT THE SECOND

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    Lowlife Travelers .
  19. theMISSIONARY

    theMISSIONARY hunting and riding!!

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    But IFS is ......Gay :ymca
  20. Arkwright

    Arkwright Grumpy ole Git

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    Travellers, generally from the Irish Republic, in this part of the world they steal anything metal that's not bolted down and most of the lead from church roofs. They've tried to steal this one three times, they got my last one, used it in an ATM robbery (dug it out of the wall with a stolen JCB) and dumped it with the empty ATM in the River Trent, after 7 similar robberies they were rounded up and got an average of 4 years after having got £700,000. Half sentence for good behavior and guess what..................................it's happening again! Two of them after trying to buy it at a car boot sale then proceeded to tell me how they were going to steal it without waking me!