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Chevy C65

Discussion in 'Trucks' started by Electra_Glide, Jul 29, 2005.

  1. leadarrows

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    Michellin XZA 10R20 tires

    The R means radial or retread?Radial is my guess. R has always stood for radial but I havent worked in a tire store for over twenty years so...My best advise would be to ask at a truck tire supplier. Hey if it says tubes then just be sure there the right tubes for those tires. No reason you can't run them that I'M aware of.
    I can't be sure with out seeing them and I haven't seen tires that say that for a long time.
    I do know that the tire isn't going to know the difference in what rim it's on. This tube issue is all I think you need to be sure about.
     
  2. greg9504

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    OK thanks. I have to take the truck in for the yearly brake inspection, I'll ask at the shop then.
     
  3. leadarrows

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    I thought it would be fun to post that I am still using this truck. What brought it up is my son Googled C65 truck and the first truck that came up was mine from this thread.
     
  4. Willie B

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    I have a 1976. When I bought it ten years ago I was told it was a 454. Later I learned 454 was never one of the choices. The truck engines were either 366, or 427. A 26000 lb truck is adequate with a 427 Tall Block Truck engine. My engine rebuilder described the 366 as having just enough power to drag a sick hoe off a p pot. I discovered I had one. I now have a 427 freshly rebuilt. It is a great truck now. The absolute truth is it gets 4 MPG.

    Check the frame. If you have a double frame it might get rusty.

    Aside from that, I love the truck!

    Willie
     
  5. greg9504

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    11 years later and I still have my truck...

    I did get it sand blasted and I repainted it..

    Had the clutch disk fall apart, almost stranded me, but I managed to make it home stuck in 3rd gear. Finding a parts guy who can look up the parts for a 34 year old truck is getting harder.

    I only put about 500km a year on it, but I like having it.

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  6. Willie B

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    Don't try to buy any specialized parts. GM has abandoned them. Although they share many parts in common with pickups, LMS won't sell a heater switch, a window part, or a headlight bezel if they think it'll be used on a medium duty. Even information is hard to get.

    When I couldn't time mine, one well respected mechanic said I can't time it either. I haven't taken the time to tear it down, but when they won't hold time, it usually means lots of wear. Getting into this engine will be expensive. Look for a bigger engine.

    I bought a 454 from a low mileage 450. When I tried to install, everything was different. Bell housing didn't bolt up. Water pump wouldn't mate to the radiator, Exhaust manifolds wouldn't fit. intake wouldn't fit. I ended up with a fellow who I had known many years best known as a race engine builder. He had a block stored. The heads, crank, cam, and all the other parts from mine fit. It is a wonderful driving truck. Fuel economy is disgraceful.

    Ultimately, putting my distributor in the new engine my friend stood there absent mindedly playing with the distributor, he said "something's missing" Sure enough, a little locating pin was broken off sending timing all wild.
     
  7. Mike Van

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    Still running my 74 C60 first load of logs.jpg 350 2 bbl in this one, geared low, was someones grain truck from Illinois. Found the Hiab in Virginia, Cut 3 ft off the front of the dump body to fit it in.
     
  8. Willie B

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    Mike;

    Sweet truck, looks a lot like my C65 I have a 14' flatbed with wooden sideboards like yours. The manufacturer of the dump hoist escapes me at the moment. It has two telescopic cylinders, no scissor. I can dump a heavy load fully forward. Mine came from Pennsylvania, a one owner landscaper truck. It had 48000 on it when I bought it. It was advertised on EBay as a 454, with no rust, and a recent bed.

    Driving 500 miles each way to buy it I discovered it was not a 454, as this was never a choice, the recent wood bed looked good because it had never carried anything heavier than bark mulch. The original engine was plagued with timing problems nobody was able to fix. On the advice of a big block aficionado I bought a low mileage 454 from a two ton truck. That's when I figured out there was no hope of adapting this to fit the truck. I managed to resell the 454, and found a 427 truck engine. Everything from the 366 fit it, so I had it rebuilt by a well respected race engine builder. On reassembling, we discovered a little bit of plastic broken in the distributor causing all the timing issues in the 366.

    I've had it 10 years now. It's an embarrassing gas hog, but very useful. I put an oak bed on it soon after I bought it with a steel frame. Last winter I replaced it with an all steel one. This evening I finished the second loading dock, one at home, one at the "land" four miles from home. I have a trailer, but prefer to carry the crawler on the truck. It'll handle the steeps better.

    Willie
     
  9. capt_met

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    Still running my '79 C65.
     
  10. Willie B

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    Who's the GMC belong to?

    They have a different number system don't they?

    Do you have the dual exhausts with donuts between manifolds and engine pipe? Mine fail often. I'm looking for a solution.

    Willie
     
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    according to the title it's a Chevy. I think the grill was replaced somewhere along the way. It does have dual exhaust and flowmasters, not a very stealth truck.
     
  12. Mike Van

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    I had the same problem with the '74 C60, on ebay I found the real donuts from GM, made of a powdered metal instead of that soft gasket material that the NAPA ones are. Mines a 350 c.i.
     
  13. Willie B

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    Thanks Mike, I'll look into it.
     
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    Willie, you can also use a short piece of exhaust pipe that matches the inside diameter of the donut to bridge the gap on a pesky leaker. I think the ones I used were about 2.75-3" long. Just slip them inside the donut and install.

    Last week I snapped a pic of this nice '68 still pulling daily duty for a roofer. He also has a '69 that he's working on. Whoops, almost forgot the pic.
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  15. Mike Van

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    Trucks were trucks - Not the plastic covered - computer chipped - metric models of today -
     
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    Mike, that's a big 10-4.

    Across the street from where I took that photo...I was trading one day's machine labor for these two gems.

    1966 Short bed Fleetside- My 14 year old stepson's project and exactly the truck he's been wishing for. All there except the engine and trans.
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    1964 Long bed, 283 3 on the tree - Currently mine, but my 20 year old is attempting to snatch it away.
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  17. Mike Van

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    I can't blame that 20 year old, i'd be trying too -
     
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    Hello. Looking for information about switching an 81 C 60 from drum brakes to Disc. Haven't had much luck looking on the net, so I thought I would see if any of you can help me. I am thinking a newer Rider truck might swap, but I don't know where to start unless it's with a tape messure.
     
  19. Willie B

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    Air or juice brakes? Why would you want to make the switch? Many parts for both are NLA. I don't know what year GM started putting the hydraulic discs on the medium duty trucks, but I know they were available by 1989.