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Truck ok for plowing?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Spanks99, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. Spanks99

    Spanks99 Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    Ok just looking for some opinions on if this set up will do well plowing, will be mostly residential drives way and maybe a small lot or 2. Ok so now for the truck, it will be a 99 silverado nbs 1500, BUT a dana 60 front axle hung by leaf springs, 14b ff rear axle, 6.0l mated with a 4l80e. So the truck basically has a 2500 power train but on a 1500 frame, do you thing it will do ok plowing?
     
  2. SnowFakers

    SnowFakers Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 942

    Don't hang a huge plow off it and that thing will be a good rig
     
  3. Spanks99

    Spanks99 Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    I only panned on a 7-7.5 ft plow nothing much bigger.
    Thanks
     
  4. SnowFakers

    SnowFakers Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 942

    You should do very well. 7.5 at the minimum or at full angle it won't clear the truck. Good luck
     
  5. Spanks99

    Spanks99 Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    Thanks, I really appreciate it
     
  6. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    You're fine.
     
  7. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,265

    what is the donor vehicle that the leaf spring dana 60 and 14 bolt are coming from? i'd imagine you have quite a bit of work to put that under a 1999 silverado? not a bolt in swap.

    even if the 1500 was stock a 7.5 width would be the minumum. i'd run an 8 footer.
     
  8. Spanks99

    Spanks99 Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    The D 60 came from a 85 k30 and I don't have the 14bolt FF yet but, plan on taking it out of a 2000-2007 2500HD SRW. Yeah requires cutting all the IFS out and welding on spring perches to hang the leaf springs. Then run a cross over steering step up to passages knuckle. It's not really complicated just takes time to collect all the parts. A lot of hardcore off roaders do this swap for the "flex" but I looking for a HD 4x4 truck.

    And yes thought about it today and may go with a 8 ft
     
  9. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,265

    sounds like a cool project. i'd love to see some pics as you go along.

    a leaf sprung solid front axle for a snowplow can't be beat in my mind - especially when its a dana 60.
     
  10. CAT 245ME

    CAT 245ME PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,032

    How come you didn't just put the 99 1500 body over onto the K30 frame?
     
  11. Spanks99

    Spanks99 Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    I don't know, the k30 has the notorious frame cracking at the steering box. Then moving and fabing body mounts. Seems like a bit more work
     
  12. CAT 245ME

    CAT 245ME PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,032

    Steering brace from off road design would take care of that, I'd trust the K30 1 ton frame over the 1500 all day long.

    How bad was the body on the K30, was it a single or dual rear wheel.
     
  13. Spanks99

    Spanks99 Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    Sorry If I didn't say but I don't have a donor truck, Iam collecting parts as I find them. I would also trust a 1ton frame over a 1/2, but if I were to swap frames it would most likely be to a 2500 frame from the same generation truck to make it easier. But then it would be cheap/easier and just buy a 2500
     
  14. 2006Sierra1500

    2006Sierra1500 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,758

    You're going to have to modify the plow mounts. The solid axle swap requires at least 4-5'' of lift over stock height to avoid killing the oil pan at full compression.
     
  15. Spanks99

    Spanks99 Junior Member
    Messages: 8

  16. CurbKilla

    CurbKilla Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    sounds like to much work to me. I would just buy a truck with a plow or a plow with a mount and find the right truck. But I guess if you like screwing with old **** have at it.
     
  17. Diesel Dan

    Diesel Dan Senior Member
    Messages: 218

    It will handle an 8' straight blade bone stock
     
  18. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    You should be fine with a 7.5' plow.
     
  19. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    Is this an actual "will it be ok" thread or a "look at me" thread?

    Just don't understand why you don't think it would work. Big axles, big engine, "basically a 2500", etc...
     
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2014
  20. Spanks99

    Spanks99 Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    It is a "will It be ok thread", iam not trying to show off the truck if I wanted to do that I would do a big lift with big shines wheel and big tires and never did it dirty. But i am not, yeah it will "basically" be a 2500 but it won't actually be a 2500, it will have the same power train but a different frame, the most important put of a truck, I know the frame will handle the weight/stress of the new powertrain but then when you want to slap a plow on it, and extra what 800lbs? That's where my question was, will the frame hold up to that new stress?. Or should I just not plow with it to be safe. Sorry if I didn't make that clear

    And yes I do like screwing with old *** because I rather build the truck I want rather than buy it. :)