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  • #16
    He'll need them drive shafts with the torque that transmission is providing.
    This innocent looking pickup looks stock until you notice the badges. They don't lie.
    It egan as a new pickup, a new Detroit and new 13 speed road ranger in the mind of a man with a fist full of money and absolutely no understanding of transfer cases and axles.
    Maiden trip under its own power came 2 years later only on road piloted by the builder who insisted o shifting every gear up and down.

    The tuck can't be powered to the road without eating parts. It went into hiding when the bilder died, and remained hiding 30 years, 2 miles from where it was built, barely escaping scrappers. Current owned hunted for the legendary Dill Pickle born long before he was for 12 years and finally found it. 3 more years of taking the engine down and putting it back together along with the transmission and the Pickle hit the road again now with a Jake built from parts.
    Current owner understands the Pickle will move out from a dead stop in 6th, and he can drive it.

    I rode in the Pickle in 76, and again in 2018.. I'm sure it's a lot farther up to the seat today than it was in 76.

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    • #17
      Trailer hitch is primarily for pulling the Pickle out because the front is too heavy to go off road.
      Low hole gear will allow the driver to get out of the cab, walk around the truck and climb back in while the truck over 9 feet at idle.
      The Jake is definitely a big help given the minimal braking provided by the factory drums.

      Such contraptions were something to build in the 80s along with multiple car bodies being placed atop K-5 Blazer frames including a Camaro and a VW Bug.

      I don't criticize, my toy is a 52 Dodge M-37 with a 318 under the hood and a few other accessories Uncle Sugar never included.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Franz© View Post
        Trailer hitch is primarily for pulling the Pickle out because the front is too heavy to go off road.
        Low hole gear will allow the driver to get out of the cab, walk around the truck and climb back in while the truck over 9 feet at idle.
        The Jake is definitely a big help given the minimal braking provided by the factory drums.

        Such contraptions were something to build in the 80s along with multiple car bodies being placed atop K-5 Blazer frames including a Camaro and a VW Bug.

        I don't criticize, my toy is a 52 Dodge M-37 with a 318 under the hood and a few other accessories Uncle Sugar never included.
        I have seen this truck on You Tube I believe. Only thing I see wrong is the front axle is too light to carry the weight. Appears to be a Dana 44/ GM 10 bolt which would be standard equipment in a 3/4 ton GM. A King pin 60 would live a lot happier. I bet that thing eats ball joints like candy. Still a nice unique truck.
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        30A spoolgun
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        • #19
          No idea if it's been on Utoob or not. Believe me, BOTH Xs leave a lot to be desired, along with the ability of the T case to handle the power being delivered to it.

          If you had access to the GM Engineering archives there are a few file cabinets of engineering notes and pictures. GM engineers were regular visitors to the build. Lot came with parts order pads so Bill could throw more money at the toy.
          Both Xs are stock GM 3/4 for that year, not sure of manufacture since VietNam was still consuming a large share of 4x4 power trains.
          When the project started I argued for a NAPCO X and T case, but the builder thought stock was sufficient by his calculations.

          I also was very strongly opposed to hanging the rear of the Roadranger from the cab floor. I lost that argument too.

          You look close at the power plant you can find both a generator and 100 amp alternator to supply the Ham equipment scheduled to go in the truck. It had no problem supporting a 500 watt transmitter.

          Current ownership is of the opinion the Pickle is a monument to the man who built it, and it will probably remain unchanged. I donated running boards and pipe to run across the bottom of the frame to support them, mostly for my convenience. I'm OK with the Pickle remaining a rolling monument. It doesn't tour 2000 miles a year, and that's fine too. Not unusual when the Pickle is parked for somebody to walk up and ask if it's the truck Bill built. I figure Bill ain't gone as long as the Pickle survives and men remember his name.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Noel View Post
            I'm going to say, your project is moving right along. I don't mind saying, your doing some nice work. Heck, and it's clean. I like clean. While this level of 4x4 is beyond my depth, I'm in marvel at the drive shafts. Those are beasts.
            The joint sizes are 1610s in the midship, 1480s in the front shaft and 1550 in the rear. The front shaft and rear shaft are 60" long. The transfer case hangs dead nuts center of both differentials.
            Dynasty 400 Wireless
            Coolmate 3.5
            Aerowave loaded with Sequencer and pulse
            ​Watermate 1A
            ​Coolmate 3
            XMT350 CC/CV
            D74DX Feeder double the fun
            Optima Pulse Pendant
            WC24
            30A spoolgun
            Neverlast 100 amp plasma with Hyper Duramax torch
            Avortec 280 mig
            GO CNC Poweredge CC/CV pulse and double pulse
            Harris Old school 2 stage Oxy/Ace
            Victor flow meters
            Flametech Duel flowmeters
            Just a hilljack in the woods with fancy welding equipment
            and a pet Raccoon.

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            • #21
              When I look at all the ways to spend money building a car or truck, I look at those and think money well spent.

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              • #22
                I thought I'd bring you all along on the roof rot repairs on the dodge
                Dynasty 400 Wireless
                Coolmate 3.5
                Aerowave loaded with Sequencer and pulse
                ​Watermate 1A
                ​Coolmate 3
                XMT350 CC/CV
                D74DX Feeder double the fun
                Optima Pulse Pendant
                WC24
                30A spoolgun
                Neverlast 100 amp plasma with Hyper Duramax torch
                Avortec 280 mig
                GO CNC Poweredge CC/CV pulse and double pulse
                Harris Old school 2 stage Oxy/Ace
                Victor flow meters
                Flametech Duel flowmeters
                Just a hilljack in the woods with fancy welding equipment
                and a pet Raccoon.

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                • #23
                  Clean repair man.

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