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Re: 1955-1959 chevy & gmc big trucks
78buckshot #1377276 Wed Sep 16 2020 01:46 PM
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Originally Posted by 78buckshot
A little more info, my truck is rated at 16,000 GVW, that is with 8.00x22.5 tires in front and 9.00x22.5 in the rear. The capacity would be up to 19,000 GVW with optional tires. I was very surprised of the empty weight of 7000 lbs. It is 160 inch wheelbase and cab high 15 ft. wood grain rack. I don't recall seeing any specs on towing capacity for it. Oh, almost forgot, it's a Low Cab Forward.

i know the later years like the spartan 100's had towing capacities. i was figuring somehow these would have a towing capacity as well not just a gvwr for the truck and the cargo in the bed or body. i can imagine they would be able to tow more than what you could put on the bed just like any other truck. mike had said above the 6000 series had something like 30k+ gcw. to be brutally honest the most it would ever be pulling is right around 15k and that would be a trailer with another truck just like it on the back.


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Re: 1955-1959 chevy & gmc big trucks
BlackViking60 #1377288 Wed Sep 16 2020 02:51 PM
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Disabling a governor is a good way to scatter an engine, as its main purpose is to prevent over-revving in the lower gears. That's particularly true if you've got a bunch of gears to play with, like a Brownie and/or a 2-speed rear axle. In the first couple of gears, especially on the low side of a 2 speed, the engine will max out the RPM before you can make a shift. Engine torque (or lack of it) usually holds the top end speed down, not governed RPM, especially when hauling a load.
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Re: 1955-1959 chevy & gmc big trucks
BlackViking60 #1377296 Wed Sep 16 2020 03:21 PM
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as far as im concerned the truck isnt being drag raced so i dont plan on hammering the gas trying to launch the truck causing a need for worry about shifting faster than the engine can rev though you make an exceptionally valid point about over-revving. its a crawler gear to get the tuck and load moving so you dont need a ton of throttle input to just ease it through first gear. 2nd while true lack of engine torque usually limits top speed it seems buckshots "problem" is that no matter what it wont go over 45mph even if he isnt high in his rpm range meaning it should still have enough "umph" left in it to spin up in the final drive his truck appears to be physically limited by a device vs being limited by engine torque.


THE BLACK VIKING
1958 Viking 60 ~ my new toy hauler

1954 GMC 350 (2ton)
Nick named "BIG UGLY" due to the rust, faded paint, and IMO the ugly flared "mustache" grille surround.

My Current fleet: 1954 GMC 350, 1956 chevy pickup, 1958 Viking 60, 1969 mach 1, 1970 chevelle, 1970 skylark custom, 1971 nova, 1989 mustang GT, 2020 panigale v4.

Keep 'em rollin fellas!
Re: 1955-1959 chevy & gmc big trucks
BlackViking60 #1377357 Wed Sep 16 2020 11:08 PM
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my 58 viking 60 (6400), 2 ton) weighs about 9,000 empty. (steel dump bed). It has a 327 in it, Ranger overdrive in front of the SM420, and 9r22.5's all the way around. I tow my 7100 pound travel trailer with it no problem. Cruises fine at 65-70 on the flat or down hill (not so much up hill!). I rebuilt the brakes (did not reline shoes, and did not go through the hydrovac, but rebuilt all cylinders and all new lines). Brake and Clutch supply in Seattle can reline the brake shoes, I would imaging there is a big truck brake and clutch supply shop closer to you though.


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Re: 1955-1959 chevy & gmc big trucks
BlackViking60 #1377393 Thu Sep 17 2020 09:15 AM
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I have not hooked up a tachometer when driving but I think the governed RPM is pretty close to spec, she's wound out and even for a short stroke V8 it sounds fast enough, torque is not much of a problem with the 7.10 rear end, I know the load of hay is not much for it as it is a grain box and could handle 9000 lbs. of payload without going over the advertised GVWR but it does give me a good idea of it's capability.


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Re: 1955-1959 chevy & gmc big trucks
BlackViking60 #1378111 Tue Sep 22 2020 09:00 PM
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The biggest issue I had to cure on my '56 was the old wooden dump bed, pretty dangerous when I hauled gravel, it would creak and groan and bend. Heard stories of them breaking in half (my friend's neighbor had it happen, crushed the back of the cab). So I replaced the entire thing with a good knaphide box and scissor hoist, new pump and control valve, even rebuilt the SM420 and the rest of the drivetrain while I was at it. Pretty solid now.

I'd like a locker for the rear, open diff isn't good in the winter when empty, just spins the right duals. (I live in the mountains, nothing is flat here)

Good thread though.

Re: 1955-1959 chevy & gmc big trucks
BlackViking60 #1378154 Wed Sep 23 2020 01:06 AM
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I don't think there is a locker for old trucks, might try a steering brake on spinning wheel( home made), otherwise get a newer rear with correct bolt pattern, Detrpit Locker.

Ed


'37 GMC T-18 w/ DD 4-53T, RTO-610, 6231 aux., '95 GMC running gear, full disc brakes, power steering, 22.5 wheels and tires.
'47 GMC 1 ton w/ 302, NP-540, 4wd, full width Blazer front axle.
'54 GMC 630 w/ 503 gasser, 5 speed, ex fire truck, shortened WB 4', install 8' bed.
'55 GMC 370 w/270, 420 4 speed, grain, dump bed truck from ND. Works OK.
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