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3/4 ton 4x4 up graded to 1 ton

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by cat320, Feb 19, 2003.

  1. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,224

    I had always woundered with the older chevy models when you upgrade from a 3/4 to a 1 ton.I have seen some around but woundered about frame strength and converting into a duel wheel dump?Is it as strong as an original bought new or are the frame stregth different and you just are getting a weaker truck.
  2. 85w/350

    85w/350 Senior Member
    Messages: 190

    From my understandings and comparison from what I have seen...converting a 3/4 ton to one ton is just a matter of swapping in the d60 front.....however as you mentioned frame strength is not near the same.... A 3/4 frame is the same as a 1/2ton frame....so I guess other than axle strength and brakes, you are still dealing with the frame issues of a 1/2 ton such as the steering box frame cracks... If you ever get a chance to look at a c/k3500 next to a c/k2500 the extra beef is quite noticable....:nod:
  3. Mike Fronczak

    Mike Fronczak Member
    Messages: 64

    I don't know about frame strenth but are you talking Light 3/4 or heavy.(7000?GVW or 8600) I would think 8600 would be comaprable to 1 ton SRW. I know I had an 85 with full float rear ect.(8600 Gvw), but my brother 2500(1992) had"half ton brakes"), I was told by parts guy?
    I had a F350 SRW that had been converted to a duelly dump, handeled the weight OK, drive train sucked though, no power when loaded, but truck empty weight around 7900 lbs, GVW was 9000. I was young & dumb when I bought it, & it was one of the poorest business decisions I have made, didn't realize it had been converted.
    I personally don't think I would ever buy a used 1 ton dump again, most have been worked very hard. Think about it if myine weighed 7900 lbs(w/diesel), I would guess one average weighs around 7000? How many times do you see them with 3-4 yards topsoil; or stone, I do all the time at the yards. All that time overweight has got to beat the cr** outof them. Good luck.