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Which older budget plow truck?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by sqdqo, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. sqdqo

    sqdqo Member
    from mqt mi
    Messages: 53

    I have a very limited budget and want an older truck to leave at a remote cabin for plowing. No power there so I am thinking gas as it may sit for extended periods in very cold temps, I want it to start. What vintage do you guys prefer for reliability and durability. We get alot of snow in the northern U.P. I wanted to put a 9' boss v on it and want to make sure the front end will handle the weight, and that the truck has enough ass to push it. I have a 3/4 ton now with an 8'2" boss and when cornering the body panels come dangerously close to the banks, when plowing close to buildings or retaining walls the mirrors almost touch them. I figured the extra width would help keep me safe. I have been told by some knowledgeable people that the 96-2000 vortecs are very good reliable engines, a 454 is what I had in mind, I am not concerned about fuel economy as it will sit at a cabin only being used when we get snow. I thought a 1 ton truck would best suit me for strength. Are the frames any different on a 1 ton than a 3/4 ton? Is there any real benefit to using a 1 ton versus a 3/4 ton? I intend to find a truck that has not been previously plowed, is there a mileage amount that would concern you? Any experienced opinions are appreciated.
     
  2. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    The 96-00 GMT400 (AKA OBS) trucks are great plow trucks. Either the 350 or 454 will be fine. The 4L80 is a great transmission, will hold up well to plowing when shifted properly. I ran a 97 ECLB K2500 with the 350. Power was never an issue, especially with the Vee plow. Run plenty of ballast, let the rear axle do the work. And probably tire chains will be in order for you.
     
  3. sqdqo

    sqdqo Member
    from mqt mi
    Messages: 53

    Do the chassis and suspensions hold up well on these too? I will probably opt for the 454hopefully the extra tork doesn't tear things up. I do want to push a 9' boss and we get heavy snow.
     
  4. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Very well, regardless of what Pin** says. If you get a deal on a 454, go for it.