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    Colorado_Baja's Avatar
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    57 Chevy 1 Ton Build

    This section needs some action so here's what I'll be working on this winter.

    Earlier this year my dad bought this 57 Chevy 4400 1.5ton truck with a hydraulic dump bed.

    20170323_162334 by colorado_baja, on Flickr

    20170323_162357 by colorado_baja, on Flickr

    This truck was being held together with bondo, bailing wire and sheet metal screws. Someone put an early 70's 400 small block from a caprice and a 2wd SM465 in it at some point.
    The steering, front king pins, brakes, 8.25x20 tires are all trash so we decided to take the sheet metal and dump bed and put it on a newer 1ton chassis.

    Lucked out and found this 2000 Express 3500 for cheap, it has a pile of miles on it and the body is falling off but it has a 350/4l80e 14 bolt FF combo. Drives and shifts great. The 156" wheel base is the same as the 4400 so that was a bonus.

    00d0d_c1eT2HNKG5f_1200x900 by colorado_baja, on Flickr

    Started pulling the 57 apart, front clip looks pretty solid besides the back edges of the fenders.

    20171111_165744 by colorado_baja, on Flickr

    20171111_165728 by colorado_baja, on Flickr

    Spent most of today cutting the bent up dump bed off the back. Plasma cutter is my favorite tool.

    20171114_133151 by colorado_baja, on Flickr

    The plan is to fix the sheet metal and paint it the original Ocean Green. Keep the fuel injected 350 and put an NV4500 and tcase behind it. Might put a Super duty 60 under the front if I can find one that's 3.73 for cheap. If not that and a re gear will be next winters project.

    Bob the dump bed carriage and build a new stake bed for it.

    Plus about a million little things.
    Should be fun.
    Last edited by Colorado_Baja; November 14th, 2017 at 09:23 PM.
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    Cool!!!!!!!
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    Nice!


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    Can't wait

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    So cool! I think something like this would be a of fun! I've seen some really cool COE's done as well, and even 4-doors! But I'd be going with a diesel power plant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 74BuckinBronc View Post
    So cool! I think something like this would be a of fun! I've seen some really cool COE's done as well, and even 4-doors! But I'd be going with a diesel power plant.
    Thanks guys, we've been having fun with it.

    Never been ballin enough to build a diesel project, I like Chevy junk I can go to the junk yard and have my pick of spares. This thing is probably going to be 5-7K all done depending on how nice we go with the body work and paint.

    Spent some time getting the rest of the hydraulic bed broken down.
    This dump bed is rated between 6 and 8 tons and everything except the base frame and rams were too twisted to use. I would like to see the loads they dropped in it to bend it up the way they did.

    Probably only going to need to use one of these rams on the new dump bed since its going to be about 10' and I have the 9500 GVWR to think about.
    This model is a 44DL "Farm Twin"
    Daybrook2001 by colorado_baja, on Flickr

    Super beefy welds on this thing.

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    It'll still be a cool project! But I still wonder if you couldn't find a wrecked 12v cummins and swap it's drivetrain in? No need for me to announce my dreams in your thread, but I am looking forward to seeing the end result!

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