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New Old Chevy K30 Plow Truck

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by MTCK, Nov 21, 2015.

  1. MTCK

    MTCK Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    I'd been looking for a plow for my V3500 to do my driveway along with a few family members' when I came across this truck at public auction. Picked it up last weekend and drove 400+ miles home.

    I removed the plow and put it in the back for the long drive. It rode great, but got terrible mileage. Plow seems to work great, but visibility with the flat bed and lift gate is terrible. I haven't decided if I will swap the plow over to my V3500 and sell the K30, keep the K30 and sell the flat bed, or some third option. My wife thinks we are doing option one.

    1984 K30 SRW, 292 straight six, TH400, NP205, 4.56 gears, great studded and siped Cooper STT's, 9' flat bed with Waltco 2000 lbs. hydraulic folding lift, Meyer 7.5' plow that I know nothing about and a little rust.





  2. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,094

    That's a pretty sweet truck....... If visibly is a problem put some auxiliary lights on the back so you can use the mirrors.
    You can also remove racks and the deck for the lift in the winter.
  3. nethel

    nethel Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Looks like an E46 Meyer. We've got one on a 91 F150 and it is a tank. Just rebuilt it this year, so much easier to work on than our newer stuff.
  4. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,604

    That brings back memories. Those 292's run good, can't kill em.
  5. jonniesmooth

    jonniesmooth Senior Member
    Messages: 296

    Nice Truck!
  6. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,681

    E47, you can see the PA block. E46 was lift only no power angle.

    I agree with Buff, take the sides and gate off, add some lights and have at it.
  7. MTCK

    MTCK Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    Thanks guys. I'll keep you posted on which direction I go. We got about 4" of snow last night and today so I plowed for a few hours tonight. Truck and plow performed great. I think the V3500 might be a little long for some of these tight driveways.
  8. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,372

    Nice looking old Chevy. I'd like to have one like that with an old pump under the hood Fisher Speed Cast.
  9. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,980

    nice truck, would not mind it parked in my driveway, it will pull a house but not a speed demon, for a plow truck mpg dont matter
  10. FredG

    FredG PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,414

    Besides takes them side racks off and modifying back rack for visibility that truck is perfect the way it is. Them older gm's are hard to find in that condition.
    You know it's dependable you drove it 400 miles. Don't expect to get good gas mileage.

    The truck is a work horse not a driver. Work the truck when making money. I'm Interested in the truck or bed. PM me when you make a decision.
  11. FredG

    FredG PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,414

    Forget the upper post I did not see you were in Alaska. That six has a little torque. You can maintain with minimal funds and effort. I would of liked to run across it. Get rid of some of this newer junk that's a full time job just keeping engine lights off.
  12. MTCK

    MTCK Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    Thanks guys. You are right about pulling down a house. The gearing is just right for plowing, even on steep inclines. My per tank mpg average ranged from 5.5 to 7.5 on the road trip up cruising 55-60 mph with hubs both in and out. I haven't calc'd the mpg while working it. I think I will tune on it a bit and see if that can be improved.
  13. TMLGC

    TMLGC Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    Awsome old truck I love those!
  14. MTCK

    MTCK Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    Me too. This is the '91 I'm contemplating putting the plow on. One nice thing about our climate here is we don't get a lot of rust and it is usually too cold to brine the roads.




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  15. ScubaSteve728

    ScubaSteve728 Senior Member
    Messages: 499

    that truck is way too nice to plow with each year you see less and less nice old GM's and more and more rusty GM's
  16. CAT 245ME

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

    That 91 V3500 is so nice, and a 4wd crew cab on top of that. The crew cab 4x4 are very very hard to find in that condition. I liked to call them a hillbilly limo.
  17. scott3430

    scott3430 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,008

    The interior of your crew cab looks new still
  18. MTCK

    MTCK Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    It looked like this when I bought it. Reupholstered the two suburban seats and factory 3+3 rear bench with heaters in the 4 window seats.

  19. 72MARIO

    72MARIO Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Two awesome trucks you have there !! I would keep both. The 1991 is the golden. Truck best truck GM ever made !

    BTW My 1990 v2500 with 350/400 3:73 suburban hardly gets 9.5-10mpg on the open hwy. Thats in its best tune new crate 30 and rebuilt everything else.
  20. MTCK

    MTCK Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    That sounds about right. My 91 gets 10 pretty much no matter what unless I'm towing. I did a few hundred miles pulling a dump trailer at 16.5k combined and it got 8 during that endeavor. I'm currently rebuilding an L29 to throw in it which should help with the towing.

    The 292 smells pig rich and has a little miss at idle, but pulls smoothly. Ignition system seems to be fresh. Plugs looked great, wires cap and rotor look new. I won't pretend to know anything about the Rochester Monojet. Anybody know if it has idle mixture adjustment screws?