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Posted May 02, 2013 - 08:38 PM

This old truck was used for hauling clay muck from the basement of our addition. That was 10 years ago. Since then is has sat, unmoved, in 6 inches of mud. That is until me and my buddy, with his 2001 F450 pulled it out of its dark dank home and into some light. Thankfully it had faired the 10 years "well" and looked like it could run again. With a little tweaking I got the engine to turn over but had no spark. I traced it down to the wire leading from the switch to the distributor. That was last fall before the snow came. No, fast forward to today, I threw a battery in it along with a wire leading from the battery to the distributor. After pouring some fuel into the bowl of the carb I jumped in the cab and turned the key. It started almost instantly. It ran rough for a bit until it warmed up enough to fire on all 8 cylinders. From there I hooked up a snow thrower fuel tank and got it started again. With very little feness and more brute force I drove it out of its hole and up near the sheds. Now it awaits new vacuum parts for the brakes and some diagnosing.

 

Just a little bit on a 17 year old's escapades out of the tractor hobby and into the world of big trucks haha

 

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Posted May 02, 2013 - 08:48 PM

Have fun with your truck ,do you plan on using it on the road ?


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Posted May 02, 2013 - 08:52 PM

Great to see another GMC being brought back to life! Keep us posted on the progress! Some more pics and specifics about the truck would be cool too. I have 4 GMC's.

 

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Posted May 02, 2013 - 09:02 PM

Should be the last time those two are in that order.
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Posted May 02, 2013 - 09:07 PM

I love big trucks. I have some myself. 1947 and 1951 Ford. Goof luck with it. Looks fun,



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Posted May 02, 2013 - 09:09 PM

Once I get the funds together, she will be paired with its Ford Sister, an F600, and be used for hauling tractors to and from shows. They are big enough to haul a good size trailer as long as I wire them both for it.


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Posted May 02, 2013 - 10:35 PM

That looks like it will be a nice truck. What's it got for an engine?



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Posted May 02, 2013 - 11:23 PM

A 454 big block V8.



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Posted May 03, 2013 - 02:27 AM

A 454 big block V8.


Nope it should be a 366 truck motor. The truck block is a totally different block. It should have 2 thermostats. The truck blocks were about a 1/2 " taller than the car blocks. What year is it?

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Posted May 03, 2013 - 02:32 AM

Is the throttle hard to push?

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Posted May 03, 2013 - 09:37 AM

This truck was put together by my grandfather and my dad for moving dirt on the property. The engine is a 454 that was transplanted into the truck, I do believe the original engine was a Detroit or something since it has a diesel badge on the side.


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Posted May 03, 2013 - 12:33 PM

Hummmm......That sounds interesting. I'd like to see how they did that. I have seen people try to install 454's in trunks before and it normally won't work. The 454 is external balanced with a cast crank and rage 366 in internal balanced with a steel crank. The 454's would throw the rods with that setup.

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Posted May 03, 2013 - 09:31 PM

My dad told me it was a 454, I dont know how to Identify them myself, just going off what he said.


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Posted May 03, 2013 - 09:51 PM

I love big trucks. I have some myself. 1947 and 1951 Ford. Goof luck with it. Looks fun,

 

 

I like to find a old chevy around the same year as your fords with a flat bed so I can put tractors on it. :D



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Posted May 04, 2013 - 03:49 AM

My dad told me it was a 454, I dont know how to Identify them myself, just going off what he said.


The easiest way to tell the tall truck block from the shorter passenger block is to look at area where the water pump bolts, look at the distance between the mounting holes and the top of the block. On the passenger block the distance is about 1/4", on the truck block it will be over 1/2". Also 3 or 4 places it will have the word truck cast into the metal. On the front under the timing cover, on the back behind the distributor, and under each valve cover.

Also the truck motor will have 2 thermostats in the intake manifold. The truck block is .0400" taller, this is because it has 4 ring pistons. GM AFAIK only made the tall block in 2 sizes 366 and 427. Since the truck has hyd brakes it should have a 366, most 427's were used in trucks with air brakes.
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