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  • welder_one
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    rig truck help

    i am looking at a 1946 gmc coe truck. i would like to modernize it with new model duramax diesel and allison transmission. anybody have any pointers for this?

  • c wagner
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    Originally posted by welder_one View Post
    i have a 99 (i think) 250 trailblazer and a 2008 275 dc trailblazer... they are great machines, dont get me wrong, but the fuel economy of the diesel is FAR better than a gasser... and alot quieter
    The only penalty is the extra weight and the added expense, all depends on what you do. It is kinda interesting that the 302 Trailblazer has more auxiliary AC output while welding than the Pro 300 has. Just a little bit of trivia for you.

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  • welder_one
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    i have a 99 (i think) 250 trailblazer and a 2008 275 dc trailblazer... they are great machines, dont get me wrong, but the fuel economy of the diesel is FAR better than a gasser... and alot quieter

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  • c wagner
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    Originally posted by welder_one View Post
    i love it! it seems to have better arc characteristics than the trailblazers that i have, a whole lot more quiet, and it gets really good fuel economy. what i dont like is that its a little top heavy, and the truck gets a little squirly off-road. if given the chance to trade off all my gas burnin engine drives for low rpm diesel, i would with a quickness tho
    What year Trailblazers do you have? My 2007 seems pretty decent but I don't have much to compare it to... well other than my inverters (Dynasty 200 and XMT 304). I DO know the Pro 300 is WAY quieter and that's never a bad thing.
    I don't do enough portable yet to justify a diesel machine, hopefully someday.

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  • welder_one
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    Originally posted by c wagner View Post
    How do you like the Pro 300?
    i love it! it seems to have better arc characteristics than the trailblazers that i have, a whole lot more quiet, and it gets really good fuel economy. what i dont like is that its a little top heavy, and the truck gets a little squirly off-road. if given the chance to trade off all my gas burnin engine drives for low rpm diesel, i would with a quickness tho

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  • c wagner
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    Originally posted by welder_one View Post
    Well, i found a deal on a third rig, and i couldnt pass it up.... got the truck for 3500 bucks and the machine for 5000.... 94 f250 with the 7.3 and a 5 speed manual and it runs great. the machine is a 2007 pro 300... pics to follow... (havent had time to build a proper bed for it, so i tacked brackets to the bed to hold the machine in place, lead racks, and boxes...... will show progress pics when i have time to shut this truck down...
    How do you like the Pro 300?

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  • Black Wolf
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    Nice find.... I like those 87-92 Body styles.

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  • welder_one
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    Well, i found a deal on a third rig, and i couldnt pass it up.... got the truck for 3500 bucks and the machine for 5000.... 94 f250 with the 7.3 and a 5 speed manual and it runs great. the machine is a 2007 pro 300... pics to follow... (havent had time to build a proper bed for it, so i tacked brackets to the bed to hold the machine in place, lead racks, and boxes...... will show progress pics when i have time to shut this truck down...
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  • 1930case
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    http://www.chuckschevytruckpages.com/

    Beaucoup info on older Chebby/GM trucks of that style.

    I have a couple myself including a wrecker, (gotta tow the Fords home with something reliable) and like 'em a lot.

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  • On fire most of the time
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    No worries. Its something I've had on my mind for a while, to do to my truck...But my list of things is longer than my bank account will cover. So, slow but steady.

    Just make sure you leave some all thread in the seat mounting holes when you do it...or it'll be a royal pain to clean it out of there...Had to do that to a 34 Pontiac business coupe. NOT a fun time.

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  • welder_one
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    I LOVE IT!!!! gonna be my next thing on the to do list for this truck!!! thanks for that

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  • On fire most of the time
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    Now that's something I would be into! I'd much rather drive something old, paid for, and easy to maintain (for work anyway) than something new that I care about scratching all the freaking time.

    Now, idea time...take out the carpet, and have it sprayed with rhino liner on the floor...clean up only takes a rag with some water!

    I'm turning a 1970 Chevy C20 Longbed into a work truck of sorts...mainly a parts hauler, and as a reason to justify spending long nights in the garage turning a wrench.

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  • Black Wolf
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    Originally posted by welder_one View Post
    ... i get smirks and giggles when pulling up on jobsites n all....
    Pffffftttt! Let 'em Smirk and Giggle....

    You made a wise investment quite some time ago and built yourself a simple, reliable, work platform that is PAID FOR and is still in use today....

    I'll wager a bet that you are putting more money in your bank account than the "Boys with all the Flashy New Toys"....

    So....Who's Smirking and Giggling NOW?

    Carry on, Steady as she goes...

    Good to see you back on here.

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  • welder_one
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    BTW, I am still using this truck daily. I found an old AEAD legend 200 le that ive bolted on (old truck deserves an old machine)... i get smirks and giggles when pulling up on jobsites n all, but, i burn the same amount of fuel, just dont have a truck or welding machine note to pay for... I also have my 3/4 ton duramx with TB 302, but i enjoy welding off that old legend better than the newer machines....

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  • welder_one
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    yup, always something new.

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