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IF I were to put a plow on my truck...?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by musclecarboy, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. musclecarboy

    musclecarboy 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,303

    What should I do to bring it up to 100% condition? I'm getting an old 7'6" fisher plow off a suburban for $0.00 and want to make the most of it. I was originally not planning on plowing with this thing but this might make me want to.

    Here are some specs:
    6.2 diesel with 150k miles
    Rebuilt auto tranny in April '07
    Screwed up front actuator/actuator switch
    New IP and injectors in June '06

    The truck is extremely solid IMO, so I wouldn't mind throwing a plow on it. I just want to refresh everything that might need it so I can run a reliable truck. Maybe I should refresh the engine this summer (new rings, gaskets, maybe rebuild heads).

    Let me know what you guys think.
  2. mchur01

    mchur01 Senior Member
    Messages: 109

    Well if your not sure and you have a mechanic you trust let them look it over 150k miles really isnt that much. My last plow truck had 260k+ when i got rid of it and they r still driving it around. If its solid and runs good dont fix it if it aint broke, Murpphys Law. I would change out the fluids and see how it does the rest of the season, and go from there. Good luck, and have fun!!
  3. tim096

    tim096 Senior Member
    from wny
    Messages: 100

    if the truck runs good i would not worry about rebuilding the engine.to make it reliable ck all the belt and hoses,tires,brakes,brake lines, front end, all ujoints, tires, rad. cooling system, batteries, , ck all wires for corrision,starter,lights,ect. these are the cause of most break downs during the winter. if your doing a lot of plowing anything that looks poor or your unshure of replace it. better to be safe than broken down in the middle of a storm.
  4. musclecarboy

    musclecarboy 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,303

    Thanks guys! I think I might add a new water temp gauge (stock one is weird) and a trans temp gauge to keep tabs on the engine. The rad is also looking like its seen better days, so it might need to be replaced. As for suspension, I think I'll add timbrens and new shocks all around. I'll change all the drivetrain fluids to make sure everything is in good shape.

    Is there any major worry about putting a plow on such an old truck?
  5. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    Older trucks seem to handle plows better (back when they were built for work) :) just make sure your mounting points on the frame are all good (no rust) and all your wires are grounded correctly and well and do a neat job of running wires/switches!

    btw, make sure you post pics of your rig! :)