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i got two trucks want to swap blade setups .

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by MetroplexPlow, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. MetroplexPlow

    MetroplexPlow Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    i have two trucks .

    ones a suburban 88 i believe.. with a worthless western setup on it.

    the other is a silverado 84 with a myers setup thats electric and works flawlessly. I want to move this setup to the suburban... i have a mechanic garage ( tow company ) in front of my property and i inquired for them to do the swap . My boss gave them the keys to both trucks ... the trucks have been on my lot 2 wks sense we gave the keys to them .. heard NOTHING. i call today and they said to talk to the boss who comes in later in afternoon. They inturn called back in the afternoon and said its not possible. I have some pix of both trucks .. the idea is to take both set ups entirely and swap em . not just the blades. Either these guys have no damn clue or they're just plain lazy.. I am posting here to get an opinion about this . i need to get this done and i was previously told that this should just move over to the other truck being as they're basically the same being 4wd and all . i don't know .

    what you all think?




  2. FBN

    FBN Member
    Messages: 40

    Those 2 trucks have the same frames so it should be a straightforward swap. The only thing you will probably need is new bolts since you'll probably have to torch the old ones.
  3. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180

    You going need find welder to make fit.

    One on suburban are homemade mount.
  4. MetroplexPlow

    MetroplexPlow Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    as i said previously the entire setup including mounting is to be swapped. after lookin at the western setup on the burb it looks obvious that the mount looks homemade.
  5. MetroplexPlow

    MetroplexPlow Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    so that garage is full of b.s eh ? Or just plain lazy to do the swap for the offer we offered them ?

    IF I do need need a welder i'm s.o.l anyone in the youngstown, boardman, niles area interested in making some money or barter for the pickup with good running motor and nice tires?
  6. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180

    I think they saw how mount were and they feel it wasn't worth their time and effort.

    After look hard I do believe they use same frame.
  7. MetroplexPlow

    MetroplexPlow Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    haha the garage guys that are there do nothing but scratch their back sides all day. never see anyone come in to get their vehicles serviced. They do more towing then anything else honestly .. but still spend more time on thier back side shootin the b.s then actually working honestly.

    i thought it would be a reasonable trade for them - the orig offer to them was to swap the setups and they keep the pickup and western blade for scrap . and they can sell the motor and tires and rims . That in itself i thought would have been worth about 500$ includin the truck if /when they took it to scrap . idk . They want to pass on it thats fine- i just have to find someone who is interested in taking it for scrap in exchange for the work. the motor could be a very good core exchange or rebuild as a spare for someone .
  8. greywynd

    greywynd PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,370

    If the frame and Western blade are decent, it's a fairly simple swap to just swap pump units. They are almost a bolt in swap. Then you'll need to move the wiring over to the suburban.
  9. MetroplexPlow

    MetroplexPlow Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    the western blade is on the burban... the myers is on the pickup truck . as pointed out the setup for the western looks like someone homemade the setup . i don't think the bracket for the pumps are the same esp if i am trying to move the myers to the burban..
  10. Squires

    Squires Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    You "just" have to completly move everything, mount and all, the entire set up should be moved from the truck to the burban. Bolt off bolt on.
  11. t-sig

    t-sig Senior Member
    from 607
    Messages: 121

    Most shops won't do this kind of work, especially for the trade you are offering. There are easier ways to make that much money. Two brake jobs and an oil change will bring in that much money, and not tie up a garage bay for two days. I'm sorry, but if you came to my shop and offered me a junk plow and a junk pickup for the labor and materials (bolts, wire, incidentals) to switch these two plows, I wouldn't take the job either. However, I would have told you outright, not leave you hanging.
  12. MetroplexPlow

    MetroplexPlow Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    true- but they origiinally aggred to do this . then took about 2wks to even tell us that it wasn't possible.. But according to others here it is possible its just that they don't want to do it . Honestly if you stayed here a week watching this garage you would see ZERO VEHICLE Traffic in to thier shop for any type repairs . with the economy the way it is some money is better then no money but thats just my opinion . And i did have a offer from one the members here from mi that was considering taking the offer to come help so for some its worth the effort . but i'll even be lending a hand - i am by no means mechanically inclined nor am i able to transport these to another location to get this done either.
  13. MetroplexPlow

    MetroplexPlow Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    the suburban is over at the garage as i type this . we went out to the burb this afternoon and threw a battery in and she fired right up. Some other possible bad news is it might need a new front trans seal or tranny cooler hose is leaking :( fingers crossed they can find the issue and repair it . and swap the setups .

    this burb never leaked tranny last season i guess from sitting still all summer caused it to leak ? idk?