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Old 06-03-2018, 10:03 PM   #1
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building a 49 Chevy 3800 for towing/hauling

I recently inherited this old farm truck. It's a 49 3800 single wheel that used to have a stake bed on it. Since it's already a 1-ton I'm looking to convert it into a hauler that I can haul parts/cars with. The heaviest I'm looking to tow would be my C10 (4000lbs without trailer). I know this truck has probably moved that much weight before, but i'm looking to do it safer and at higher speeds. The speed limits on Texas interstates are 75+mph and I'll get run over going 40-55mph. I've got a pretty good idea of what I want to do for engine, transmission and rear axle. I'm stuck on the front axle and front brakes.

I hate front drums. I know they can stop well, but they require constant adjustment to stop straight. I also know that there aren't really any good ways to convert my front axle (3600 and 3800) to disc. One way is to convert to a 3100 front axle but then I'm using Camaro discs and calipers for towing. That doesn't seem right. Are there any more heavy duty options available? I have a jeep ZJ front dummy axle that I could weld leaf perches onto, but the brakes are no bigger than Camaro brakes.

What other considerations should I be taking? I'm open to ideas. Right now I'm in the early planning stages.
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Old 06-03-2018, 10:27 PM   #2
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Re: building a 49 Chevy 3800 for towing/hauling

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FARM TRUCK----1949 Chevrolet 3800 stakebed--inherited farm truck
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Old 06-04-2018, 12:09 AM   #3
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Re: building a 49 Chevy 3800 for towing/hauling

What I would do is install a '73-'87 C20 or C30 front suspension which already has disc brakes and will be 8 lug. If you must stay with a straight axle and leafs, some of the late '80-'s early '90's C4500's had straight axles. Those trucks have the 19.5" wheels.
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Old 06-04-2018, 11:43 AM   #4
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Re: building a 49 Chevy 3800 for towing/hauling

one down side to using later model truck axles or front suspension is the width...it just doesn't fit well with the narrow 1/2 3/4 &1 ton AD trucks.......if you went with a 4000 or 6000 series truck front clip,they have wider , longer and taller front sheetmetal...
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Old 06-04-2018, 01:05 PM   #5
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Re: building a 49 Chevy 3800 for towing/hauling

Long read, but looks to be pretty valuable info...

https://www.stovebolt.com/ubbthreads...25027&page=all
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