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Author Topic: My first HD  (Read 17979 times)

RPF207

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My first HD
« on: April 10, 2015, 01:47:25 PM »
Well... Looks like the time has come. I've always wanted a good heavy duty truck that I could use for anything and was tired a regular pick up not being beefy enough for good abuse. One thing I should note is that I am a huge fan of not only GM products but also the whole GMT400 lineup. So ended up finding this website and the more I searched within the more I became a fan of this truck, especially with all of the possibilities of custom setups. So for the past few months I've searched and searched searched and narrowed it down to an HD I found a little while back. A 1999 135.5" 6.5 5speed. 39,000 original garage kept miles, this truck served the past 15 years as a Montana forestry truck. No rust, short wheel base like I want so the I can install a 9ft dump and still have a decent turning radius for plowing. I'll have to add the Dana 70f at some point when I get one but for now I just wanted a really good truck to start with. And yes I know, the 6.5 is a dog and so on but at least the truck has the two diesel tanks already for when I do a swap and the 5 spd.... Bc I would much rather replace a clutch myself than PAY someone to rebuild an auto for a few thousand. No thanks. So basically this is my awaited intro, and my new truck......Here it is...
« Last Edit: April 10, 2015, 07:09:26 PM by RPF207 »
1999 chevy HD 4x4 135.5" 6.5 nv4500 bw4470 Dana 70 HP 10 lug front

Due to recent budget cuts the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off

ED-NY

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Re: My first HD
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2015, 03:42:17 PM »
Welcome...outstanding looking truck...looks real clean!  Getting me motivated to finish my 135.5 project. :)

RPF207

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Re: My first HD
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2015, 06:46:14 PM »
Thank you! Working on shipping it from Montana to Maine, where I live. When I start doing some upfitting I'll be sure to post!
1999 chevy HD 4x4 135.5" 6.5 nv4500 bw4470 Dana 70 HP 10 lug front

Due to recent budget cuts the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off

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Re: My first HD
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2015, 09:45:11 PM »
Nice lookin find, glad u found a good one. Like the interior color too, don't see that color much around my parts mostly grey or blue.
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RPF207

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Re: My first HD
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2015, 11:42:58 AM »
So looks like I'll be going on a 2770 mile road trip. Seems like Columbia Falls Montana is a place not often travels by car shippers. So I'm flying from Maine to Montana and driving My HD back! Kinda nervous. It's a very well maintained, low mileage 6.5 5 speed but I'm still a little nervous about it making the journey. But like my fiancé said "if it breaks down, oh well. We have AAA, plus we live to see another day". Haha. Anyways, we are going to hit all the attractions on the way back.... National parks, Mt Rushmore, drive through The Badlands, etc.. I told her the adventure is her Bday present. Shipping was gunna run me $1500-$2000+ and this new plan should run me about $1000. Not bad. Any suggestions from anyone about the truck and any preparations would be great. I've already bought a PMD relocation kit to install when I get there! Thanks for any input!
1999 chevy HD 4x4 135.5" 6.5 nv4500 bw4470 Dana 70 HP 10 lug front

Due to recent budget cuts the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off

Raymo

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Re: My first HD
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2015, 12:04:55 PM »
I'd say check all fluids and enjoy the ride!
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someotherguy

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Re: My first HD
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2015, 12:59:16 PM »
You may seriously want to check AAA's coverage!  They may deny once the provider shows up and sees it's a 15K GVWR truck.  If they send anything less than a similarly-spec'd truck it will not safely (or legally) do the job.

A '99 though with 39K miles, you probably don't have anything to worry about, pending a good looking over to be sure it doesn't have any ailments from sitting up too long.  Algae in the diesel tank, dry rotted tires, serpentine belt, stuff like that.

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RPF207

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Re: My first HD
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2015, 09:25:53 AM »
Hey guys, just giving an update on my HD. Flew out to Montana on Saturday and began my 3000 mile journey home to Maine. I was was nervous about the truck making it all that way but it performed flawlessly even at 70 mph for hours on end with the 6.5 at 2750 rpms. Got 15 mpg out of it and never once had to down shift on long hills. Went through glacier national park, Crazy Horse Memorial, Black Hills, Mt Rushmore, The Bad Lands, and a whole lot of farm land. Even picked up a Dana 70f with transfer case, driveshafts, springs, and steering parts on my way back. Awesome trip! Can't wait to start my conversion to 4wd!
1999 chevy HD 4x4 135.5" 6.5 nv4500 bw4470 Dana 70 HP 10 lug front

Due to recent budget cuts the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off

ED-NY

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Re: My first HD
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2015, 09:36:04 PM »
Thanks for the update...glad it went well for you!

Ed

RPF207

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Re: My first HD
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2015, 09:02:22 PM »
Figured I'd post a pic of my HD being worked. Bunch of fresh cut maple on the back. Not sure how much it weighed but the overloads were still plenty arched.
« Last Edit: May 21, 2015, 09:09:49 PM by RPF207 »
1999 chevy HD 4x4 135.5" 6.5 nv4500 bw4470 Dana 70 HP 10 lug front

Due to recent budget cuts the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off

someotherguy

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Re: My first HD
« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2015, 12:00:27 AM »
Nice putting it straight to work!  Looks like you could use a headache rack!

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RPF207

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Re: My first HD
« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2015, 06:50:11 PM »
Yup, definitely could use a headache rack. Building one soon. Changed the wobbling harmonic balancer out today for a nice and tight brand new one. Went very smooth.
1999 chevy HD 4x4 135.5" 6.5 nv4500 bw4470 Dana 70 HP 10 lug front

Due to recent budget cuts the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off

RPF207

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Re: My first HD
« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2015, 09:24:20 PM »
And some more of the truck at work. Just FYI I'm a lineman, but I like doing any other work I can. Tree work is easy. Here's 1 1/2 cord of fresh red oak. The load weighs as much as 8250lbs.
1999 chevy HD 4x4 135.5" 6.5 nv4500 bw4470 Dana 70 HP 10 lug front

Due to recent budget cuts the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off

Raymo

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Re: My first HD
« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2015, 08:39:56 AM »
Nice, can't wait until you start the conversion!
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RPF207

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Re: My first HD
« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2015, 10:40:03 AM »
Yeah! I just order a 4x4 cast iron rear tail housing for the nv4500, next is a new main shaft. I also need to order some new perches, spring plates, u bolts, steering arm, for the dana 70 and a few other steering parts. Then I need to modify my cross member, bring my front half of the rear driveshaft to a machine shop to be shortened so I can maintain my original setup instead of the one piece. Once I get all that put together I'd like put 14" rotors on the front with some dual piston calipers. LOTS OF WORK.
1999 chevy HD 4x4 135.5" 6.5 nv4500 bw4470 Dana 70 HP 10 lug front

Due to recent budget cuts the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off

 


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