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What fits?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by CTPATRIOT, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. CTPATRIOT

    CTPATRIOT Junior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 3

    New to the forum,just picked up a pretty clean low mile 1988 Chevy R30 one ton dump.It's rear drive only,and has the older "73-87 style cab.I want to paint the truck and install a plow this year on it.Will a plow setup from a "73-"87 four wheel drive fit?(easy to find!)Any help or advice would be great,thanks.

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  2. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    I don't think so.A SFA frame is most likely a different configuration than a C30 or an R30 with an IFS frame.Maybe B&B would know for sure.
     
  3. CTPATRIOT

    CTPATRIOT Junior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 3

    Thanks,also what size blades should i be looking for???
     
  4. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    I had a 9'2'' Boss V on my 88 V30.I think you should stop about there--so say 9'.That old suspension is probably pretty worn out so some added beef will most likely be needed.
     
  5. CTPATRIOT

    CTPATRIOT Junior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 3

    The truck has 67K original miles,front and rear springs are like new!It was owned by a homeowner who used it for fall cleanups and traprock ect..to make a few extra bucks on the weekends.So would 8ft be ok also?I see many of them around too.I "may" sell this truck to put money into a bigger one i have,but this little one ton hasn't seen any hard use.Just want to know what my options are with it.
     
  6. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    If you mean the 8'er regarding weight,yeah of course,it's lighter than a 9'er, but if you have parking lots you want as wide a blade as the truck can safely carry.Saw your truck on the other site by the way.
     
  7. Rat_Power_78

    Rat_Power_78 Senior Member
    Messages: 176

    I believe the front part of the mount will fit, depending on what brand/style you are using. The front frame horns should be the same on 2wd and 4wd. I think where you will run into trouble is the braces that run back from the front part of the mount (what the plow pins to) to the frame.

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    On a 4wd, this brace attaches to the side of the frame right in front of the bump stop bracket (on a Western at least). On a 2 wheeler, I think you will have interference issues with the A-arms. That doesnt mean it cant be done, just means you would have to do a little custom fab work. If you have access to a welder or a friend with one, then it would be very doable i think. Hope this helps.

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  8. Dakota Dave

    Dakota Dave Member
    Messages: 44

    On the older western mounts the thrust arm is differant between the 4X4 and 2X4. any welder should be able to do the mod without much work . You can go to the western plow website and get the manuals and parts lists.Having converted an old body style from 2 to 4 wheel drive in the past the frames are the same. Most of the holes are even already in the frame