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Old 08-01-2017, 05:05 PM   #1
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The Six Hunnet Dalla Crawla Hala!

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In a world full of large problems, my little problem is how to get my K10 crawler to other states without getting pulled over, recover it from the trail head in case of damage, and one that will be able to tow my travel trailer etc. One of my squares Goldy a K20 was moving towards pulling my K10 on a car trailer but then what about lodging and do I really have enough tow capacity with a heavy trailer, truck, and all my gear etc.

The gears started spinning in my head when one guy in my 4x4 club pulled up to a run in Utah with his Ford Superduty 550 flatbed, jeep on the back and travel trailer in tow. I had pretty much ruled it out because I wasn't going to be able to afford a rig like that, but then another friend from my 4x4 club got an old Ford 550 flatbed for a good price. After that I was steady browsing craigslist for something that would fit the bill and as usual I have no budget for my current builds let alone add another.

One truck I was seriously considering was a 71 C50 tilt flatbed, had a 350 / Sm465. After thinking about for a while I decided that driving a dump truck with no a/c, would be cool and all but not something I would want on a 10 hour drive. The tires would be expensive, and the wife would not want it on the side of the house.

Still browsing, up poped a 2005 Silverado 3500, 6.0L / 4L80E, 13' flat bed 250k miles for $1500. The listing said:
Pro's - Engine rebuilt 2 years ago, Runs
Con's - Transmission overheats, seat torn

I can live with those con's but not the price. The pictures were horrible in the listing, and the truck was ugly, so I kept an eye on it and hoped for the best. Price dropped to $1200 and I finally sent and e-mail and asked if they would consider $600 bucks. Nothing for a few days and finally a reply "Still want the truck? Someone stole the hood and grill, I will take $600". I replied Sold! The next day I got all the paperwork to the DMV and all good, a movement permit and I was off to pick up the truck. It made the trip across tow, ran rough and made noise but that a/c blew cold..... More in the videos!



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Old 08-02-2017, 08:20 AM   #2
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Re: The Six Hunnet Dalla Crawla Hala!

Nice rig! I always enjoy your projects. You stole it at $600!!!
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Old 08-02-2017, 11:55 AM   #3
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Nice rig! I always enjoy your projects. You stole it at $600!!!
Thanks, I appreciate you following along. I think it was a good deal, the only one I could afford really. Hopefully just a few minor things, much elbow grease and she will be good as new...
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Old 08-02-2017, 01:01 PM   #4
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Re: The Six Hunnet Dalla Crawla Hala!

I will be following along with this one. It should make a really cool hauler.
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Old 08-03-2017, 09:13 PM   #5
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I will be following along with this one. It should make a really cool hauler.
Thanks! I think it will fit the bill, well after some elbow grease!

Last night I got out and cleaned up the interior, I could probably spend another 3 days cleaning but it's better.











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Old 08-04-2017, 08:05 AM   #6
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Looking good! Not to create more work for you, but I bet if you laid that carpet out on your driveway and power washed it, it will turn out looking like new.
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Looking good! Not to create more work for you, but I bet if you laid that carpet out on your driveway and power washed it, it will turn out looking like new.
Thanks and I think you are right! I will have the seats out for a while and that might be a good/easier way. Last night I got out and started working on pulling the flex plate. I ended up having to remove the y-pipe, so I figured I might as well address the broken manifold bolts. Hopefully the bolts are enjoying the WD I gently sprayed on them and will be in a good mood when I go to remove them!
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Old 08-10-2017, 11:48 AM   #8
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I have been making progress, although slow progress. Replaced the busted up flex plate and extracted two broken off exhaust manifold bolts.

Flex plate was pretty straight forward, however I pretty much figured out the reason the flex plate cracked was the missing alignment dowel on the driver side and the trans mount missing a bolt and loose.

The whole center was busted out, I can't believe it drove across town lol








I ended up using the weld method on the one that was broken off flush, it actually worked.


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Old 08-11-2017, 04:36 PM   #9
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Back Together and running smooth!

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Old 08-14-2017, 05:22 AM   #10
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The engine had a whine, so I pulled off the belt and isolated it to the power steering pump. Sucked the nasty fluid out and refilled it with a few ounces of Lucas power steering stop leak / lube and fresh power steering fluid. It pretty much took all of the noise away. Dropped the trans pan and the fluid was busted! Not a crazy amount of material in the pan.



Popped in a new filter and some fresh synthetic, hopefully she will hold up for a few if I take it easy. Lastly I changed the oil, figured out that the block is an 07 and required the 22mm filter not the 13/16th.


I couldn't take it anymore and had to address the back window, which required cutting off the rack thing behind the bed.





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Looking good!

I think you increased the value just by removing the wooden rear window. I'm sure that turned some Craigslist buyers away.
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Looking good!

I think you increased the value just by removing the wooden rear window. I'm sure that turned some Craigslist buyers away.
That was the definition of ghetto fab! lol
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