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New to me Chevy Plow/salt setup

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by gunsworth, Dec 13, 2008.

  1. gunsworth

    gunsworth Senior Member
    Messages: 523

    01 2500HD LS 6L. Had to swap on the Boss 7.5 (only has 2 light seasons on it) and the spreader from his other truck. Also have a Truck Craft dumper for it that will go back on in the spring.

    Im new to Chevy's any thing I should check out on it?

  2. tls22

    tls22 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,264

    Real nice ste-up...good luck this season!
  3. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,537

    our 02 has been pretty stout, gas mileage sucks. had to replace both window motor regulators and a blower motor resistor, cracked exhaust manifold. thats it pretty much. its just stupid little things that like to go wrong, nothing big really.
  4. gunsworth

    gunsworth Senior Member
    Messages: 523

    yeah the mileage was a tad disappointing. And I already started trakin down a resistor (figured that is what is causing my heat to not work below 3, had the same prob in my jeep).

    I did think i heard an exhaust leak so I will have to check the manifold.
  5. Krieger91

    Krieger91 Senior Member
    Messages: 353

    The newer Chevy's, like the older ones, that I've worked on have all been stout, good vehicles. Usually just minor crap. Keep up on general maintanence (sp?) and you should be alright.
  6. Supper Grassy

    Supper Grassy Senior Member
    Messages: 948

    nice truck
  7. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,537

    ya our heater would not work below 4. oh i forgot, we had a bad ac compressor, the turbine shattered and sent little pieces of metal all throughout the ac system. that was fixed for $1k.
    the resistor was real easy to change. the exhaust manifold was easy enough to change, its just that our oil dipstick was so rusted we couldnt pop it out of the block and it ended up breaking. make sure you change out your cabin air filter at least once a year, these tend to get really dirty on these trucks.
  8. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,525

    U may want to put some wings on that plow. A 7.5 is quite small on that ruck and ur tires like quite wide Im quessing 285s? I had an 01 It was a good truck never had anyproblems other then I could not stand the miledge an I have since switched to diesels and will never to go back to gas again.
  9. fyerfytr

    fyerfytr Junior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 27

    Sweet setup, should last awhile...
  10. gunsworth

    gunsworth Senior Member
    Messages: 523

    Ill be looking at wings and a deflector once I get my December bills in (getting my business and truck insured at the same time put quite a dent in my cashflow). And yes they are 285s, this truck was never plowed with so the po threw on the meats. Since they still have a lot of life in them I will work with them for a while.
  11. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    we have one just like it (2000) and the only bad stuff is the AC compressor, never fixed it because it's not like you really need AC for a plow truck...exhaust manafold gasket, and DRL, one never works....but you never see the light bc the plow is always on.....nice truck BTW i like the gas mileage, it's much better than the 454 that we have and it pretty much has the same giddy up and go....
  12. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,202

    Nice truck!
  13. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,537

    ours is the 6.0L with the 4.10 gears (cant tow for crap with any higher gears on the 6.0) but i heard the 8.1L with 3.73 gears gets better gas mileage.
  14. deere615

    deere615 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,919

    Nice Chevy!
  15. KubotaJr

    KubotaJr Senior Member
    Messages: 328

    Love those tires, what kind are they and what size?

  16. PORTER 05

    PORTER 05 Senior Member
    Messages: 449

    ya thats a pritty nice set-up nice and simple, that will make you the most money id say outa any other truck low over head for sure!

    weve got a 98 chevy 3500 SRW utility, trucks is very nice simple the same old stuff gos like in every other truck, starter - fuel pump - brakes stupid stuff, but nothing special pritty cheap fixes also minus the fuel pump that was pritty rough!

    weve got a 01 GMC dump DRW that is sweeet, i think i might ask it to marry me?

    good luck!
  17. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,525

    I have plowed with 315s,285, 265s 255s. No problems plowing with the 285s. Thats what I had on my 01.
  18. Rangerman

    Rangerman Senior Member
    Messages: 148

    That 8.1 is worse weve got it in one of the 3500 and it gets about half what the 6.0s are getting. The dual exhaust with glass packs and k&n helped a little but it is a sucker.
  19. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    If I can find a deal on one of those over the summer I am going to get it. I think that is the best truck to plow with. I am a little sick of the bus I am using now. I like the color.
  20. blm86

    blm86 Member
    Messages: 48

    nice truck, thats the exact setup im trying to put together now.