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'82 c30 Working Dump Truck

Discussion in 'Under Construction' started by xtremek, Jun 24, 2020.

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    This is a sweet build, on a great truck. I'd like to find one just like it, and you can bet I'd abuse it like you are as well. ;)
     
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    i can see HOW the hitch works but what is the complete function or intention? my truck has one mounted and i only ever get praise and awe for having it but functionally speaking what is hte big deal I guess lol
     
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    To my knowledge, it reduces the chucking most often associated with heavy trailers. When you pull a heavy trailer that doesn't have 10-15% tongue weight, and hit the brakes or take off, it can cause a lot of banging in the hitch. Also, back in the day these trucks were build, not a lot of heavier trailers (6,000 lbs plus) had brakes, which are now required. Those springs helped make the ride somewhat tolerable in the truck I'd imagine.
     
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    Neat.
     
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    Gents, my apologies for not acknowledging you earlier, thank you. I think it's a combination of the chucking absorption, and the ability to hook up a trailer without a spotter. When I was a teen, a few hundred years ago, I worked for a farmer who had a similar hitch that had just the heavy spring. It was the only hitch he was able to keep under the back end of the truck.
     
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    As stated, my apologies for not keeping up with the build. The next part of the build is the fabrication of a pair of latches that will allow us to pull a gooseneck trailer safely, while still being able to use the dump box was needed. The first is making a inboard set of guides seen earlier. That also required making 6 LARGE nuts to hold them straight across from the outboard guides frame nut 1.jpg 20210117_102235.jpg 20210117_102248.jpg 20210117_102248.jpg
     
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    Next up was building the latch. The bolts are made out of 4 different pieces. It's always good to "have" to make parts using the lathe, mill, angle grinder, and welder. Then I played connect the dots when I made the vertical bracket pieces, and more mill work for the tubes latch bolt 1.jpg latch bolt 2.jpg 20210125_193123.jpg 20210131_165708.jpg latch carrier 1.jpg
     
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    Uuuuuuh huuuuuuhhh. Eww that looks like fantastic fun!

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    Yeah, it was a ton of fun playing connect the dots.........not. Especially having to do it twice.
     
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    Got the latches finished. Drilled holes in the box frame, then welded sleeves into the frame. Pretty happy with how it worked out. I'll do things a lot differently when I do it again.
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    Also had to extend the filler neck on the gas tank. Everything works really well, especially when I forget to unlatch the box and flip the hoist switch. filler neck.jpg
     
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    I'm still playing catch up on my posts. Here's the proof of the pudding that my concept for latching the box to the truck is valid. This past winter I borrowed the neighbor's gooseneck to bring the Old Mule home from the other side of the state. Not one issue. gooseneck.jpg proof in the pudding 2.jpg proof in the pudding.jpg
     
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    I'm still playing catch up on my posts. Here's the proof of the pudding that my concept for latching the box to the truck is valid. This past winter I borrowed the neighbor's gooseneck to bring the Old Mule home from the other side of the state. Not one issue. View attachment 191419 View attachment 191424 View attachment 191426
     
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    Omg that's AWESOME!
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    What a bad mother..:headbang:
     
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    RN, I don't know about bad, but she's as tough as they come. She definitely doesn't get pampered, and is worth literally 20x what we paid for her. Some of the best money I've ever spent.
     
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    I had some drivability issues back in the spring. Did a tune-up, rebuilt the carb (the float was actually rotting in the bowl), but no love. Replaced the timing chain and cover (the old one was missing the timing tab), and we had success.

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