What is the most manuverable 1 ton?

landscaper3

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S. Maine
We have 3 F350 Diesels and Chevy and a 1992 Dodge! Fords are my favorite overall but the 92 Dodge will out turn ALL of our Chevy's and Fords! That the only reason for keeping the old girl!
 

Mick

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Location
Maine
Well, I don't know what is the tightest but I know what isn't - '96 Chevy 3500 DRW:( . Takes a Home Depot parking lot to turn around.
 

TMC

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Location
CT
Tighest turning radius

According to Edmunds.com - 2003 model, 1 ton regular cab 4wd pickups:
Chevy: Turning Circle: 45 ft
Dodge: Turning Circle: 48.9 ft
Ford: Turning Circle: 50.7 ft

Eariler models may be different. Sure do wish one of the big three would make a shortbed 1 ton for tight plowing.
 

jason2

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How about building a 1 ton shortbox? My plow truck is a '75 Dodge 3/4 ton shortbox. Of course Dodge never built them like that, doesn't mean you can't have one. Mine has 3/4 springs, dana 44hd up front with a dana 60 out back. 440/4 speed/part time 203. Thing turns on a dime, fits anywhere. Tough as nails.

Of course it isn't as flashy as a new truck, but it's paid for. And if it gets a few scratches who cares.
 

Grant

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Location
Columbia, CT.
Dodge and International DID make short wheelbase 3/4 ton 4x4's in the 60's and early 70's. That was thier plow package back then. My friend still has his 73 Binder he bought new, 345, (gas hog), 4 sp, ps, pb, 9.00-16 tires, factory installed 8' Meyer plow. Was a great parking lot truck. It has been resting in a barn for the last couple years, his son wants to restore it. There was a swb Dodge around here a few years ago, but the rust demons carted it off!
 

TMC

Junior Member
Location
CT
Originally posted by jason2
How about building a 1 ton shortbox? My plow truck is a '75 Dodge 3/4 ton shortbox. Of course Dodge never built them like that, doesn't mean you can't have one. Mine has 3/4 springs, dana 44hd up front with a dana 60 out back. 440/4 speed/part time 203. Thing turns on a dime, fits anywhere. Tough as nails.

Of course it isn't as flashy as a new truck, but it's paid for. And if it gets a few scratches who cares.
I suppose you could buy a 2 or 3 year old 1 ton regular cab, cut about 18" out of the frame and drop on a short box. What do you suppose that would cost?
 

jason2

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Converting a newer 1 ton to a shortbox would be awful spendy. Why not find a 25 year old 1/2 ton shortbox with solid axles and leaf springs. Swap springs and axles, voila! a 1 ton shortbox.

Cost is subjective to where you live, what shape the truck you find is in, etc... But 5k or less versus 35k + for a new one.
 

John DiMartino

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Location
Walden,NY
I know the Dodge up to 02 wil turn inside all of them by a long shot,the 03's use an American axle now,so they dont turn quite as tight as the Dana 60 did,My 2000 Ram qcab short box turns tighter than a 2001 Chevy 1500 reg cab short box.
 
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