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My "new" 83 Chevy plow truck

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by dneiding, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. dneiding

    dneiding Member
    Messages: 36

    Just bought this truck today. 63K miles, new transmission, newer crate engine, all new body panels. Southern truck, absolutely no rust anywhere on the body or frame. I almost hate to put a plow on it and drive it in the snow.



  2. daman

    daman Member
    Messages: 69

    Nice,she wont last long in the salt.
  3. dneiding

    dneiding Member
    Messages: 36

    I know :realmad:.

    Before it goes in the snow I am going to take the bed off and POR-15 the frame, the underside of the bed and the inside of the bed so that should help me get a little more time out of it.
  4. daman

    daman Member
    Messages: 69

    Under neath floor boards/rockers/wheel wells,etc.
  5. quigleysiding

    quigleysiding PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,129

    Don't do it get a beater
  6. mikes-plow

    mikes-plow Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    you'll hate yourself for doing it!
  7. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Auto or stick?
  8. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,272

    get a beater instead if you need a plow truck. keep this one nice, or maybe sell it for a profit to someone who will. these trucks cannot be replaced. looks too nice and straight to plow with (unless you only do a tiny bit of plowing and wash it down throughly after every storm)
  9. dneiding

    dneiding Member
    Messages: 36

    4 speed auto.
  10. dneiding

    dneiding Member
    Messages: 36

    I am not a pro and only plow one neighbor's and my church (I don't even plow my own driveway; I shovel it because I like the exercise). I plan to get a nice change holder, fill it with quarters and wash every time I plow. Thumbs Up

    I have a beater now and I just hate it. Loud exhaust, air blowing in through the holes in the rockers, etc.
  11. CAT 245ME

    CAT 245ME PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,066

    I'd give that truck a good bath in fluid film. I did a frame off of my 85 K20, just after installing a Fisher MM2, a snow removal contractor that I know was driving by and seen the fairly new plow on the 85. He turned and came back and told me that I was insane for putting a plow on that truck.

    I think he was right.
  12. andcon83

    andcon83 Senior Member
    Messages: 388

    I'd give it a good bath in used motor oil. That is way to nice to run in the salt. Those old trucks are twice the trucks the new ones are...
  13. ceptorman

    ceptorman Senior Member
    from Indy
    Messages: 208

    Wrong...The 80-88 trucks were the worst years Chevy ever had. You have to go back to the 70s to say the older trucks were stronger...sorry OP, and I'm a GM owner also.
    I say plow with itThumbs Up
  14. scott3430

    scott3430 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,008

    I like that style - I would maybe own as a toy before a plow truck, LOW miles!!!
  15. CAT 245ME

    CAT 245ME PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,066

  16. gtmustang00

    gtmustang00 Senior Member
    from Berlin
    Messages: 752

    Get the truck oil'd. That'll help prevent it from rusting.
  17. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,174

  18. CAT 245ME

    CAT 245ME PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,066

  19. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,174


    You must be young, it was the 1st diesel ever put into a pick up and cars by GM. It damn near ruin the Diesel in trucks as we know it. There was so many Lawsuits and crap, it really put stink on diesel world

    Google "Worst Automobile Engines of All Time"
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2013
  20. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,978

    all that work and to lazy to paint the inside of the box or have it sprayed with bed protector what a shame.....anyhow it looks like it was a decent rehab but not super, if you didn't pay a lot use it!