Hello all, new user and plower. I have read and searched many areas, but i wish to ask.
What is the best plow for my 83 Chevy C-30 dually 4x4? Seems that a 7.5 is too small? form posts. OOh yea and i plan to join SIMA
You can use a 7.5 just put a set of wings on it.A 7.5 plow is more common and usally cheaper than a 8 or 9' blade. I did that on a couple of dumps I used to have and it works pretty good.Plus the wings are pitched forward so it helps with trailoff.
You're right JD, 4wd Chev/Gmc trucks are "K" series, 2wd are "C" series.
IMO, a 7.5 is too narrow for a dually, especially if it's a dually pickup which uses the w-i-d-e rear axle.
8 foot will work, 8.5 or 9 foot blade is better. You need to clear a wide enough path that your rear tires won't be riding in the unplowed snow. While the 7.5 may work going straight ahead, it'll be a little narrow for any kind of a turn. Besides, that "tonner" truck will push lots of snow, so take advantage of it - the wider plow lets you take a bigger "bite" each pass.
Thank you for the reply's. I hope that the 7.5 with wings will suffice. Im doing only a couple of small res properties and 4-10 to 15 spot commercial lots? the 7.5 is much cheaper and avail. any others require a new purchase at this point. Also the truck is a C-30. The dually and 4x4 are both options on this truck. (you can check on kellybluebook.com)Brought back from VA.
thanks again for all the great info! After sleeping on it i've decided the group answer is what i should use. I think this company should have helped me with this decision instead of pushing for a large dep oin a blade thats TOO small for my C-30
I'll see what else is avail with so little time in MI.
IN additon, I have double checked my vin (all c no k)and original window sticker with all options from new purchase of 1983 Chevy C-30 w/Scottsdale pkge. though if anyone wants to bet a 8.5-9.0 footer i'd be happy to prove. (lol)
Go down to the local auto parts store and try to buy new U joints for the front axle of an 83 Chevy C/10, and see what happens... be sure to insist you want them for a C model.
The front drive axle technically IS an option, but when a truck has it, it becomes a K model. Chevy had been doing that for years. Even the 1967 - 72 series. The only 67 - 72 trucks that came standard with the K emblem were the Blazers. K emblems from those years are rare. The 73 - 87 series sometimes used C emblems on 4wd trucks. In fact in 87 for some dumb reason GM switched to the V (4wd) and R (2wd) model designations. This stayed the same on Blazers and Suburbans until 1990. Yet the Blazer was still referred to as the K/1500 during those years. The pickups kept the C and K model designations, even with the body style change begining in 88. GM made it easy in recent years by just putting a "C/K" emblem on every truck. The VIN# digit for the K designation is the fifth digit for the 81-87 model years.
As far as a blade goes, I think you'll do fine with the wings on a 7.5'. The lots you are talking about don't sound like they will require long arcing runs. Just keep your eyes open for a used Meyer Husky, or Western 8' or 9' blade, or whatever brand. It will mount right up to your existing mounts in most cases.
I should add, that technically you have a C model with the 4wd option, yes, but that is what makes it a K model. Somewhat of a GM oxymoron... Oh, and by the way, only 20% of the C models had the 4wd option in 83 And Chevy only sold 35,625 C and K/30 models that year. So you see it's not that many that had the 4wd option. That's only 7,125 "K" models sold in 1983. Pretty rare.
Chuck, thanks again for all the great info
i have purchase that plow the owner had made the wings himselg very h-d and a little bigger than the stock Meyers. overall plow and wings come to length comes to aboot 96"