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Post in 'The Gear' started by bigbarf48, Jan 23, 2013.
liftgate must be soo nice!
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Heres a few pics of the bronco doing a little work
The hauling configuration of the truck lets you get nice and cozy with that wood
Here it is ready to be split, and then all stacked up!
Salt has had its way with the 3/4 ton burb and it is being put out to pasture. New pony is a 8.1L 2500HD. Still plan on letting the trailers carry the weight unless it is an impromptu roadside scrounge.
+1. Mine drives a Volvo, and is afraid of the law mower.
But your Mower has teeth....
You just like that big pig 8.1L dontcha? Last of the real heavy-duty gas engines. Enjoy it.
The 6.0 in the burb gets 11-12...so now I get 10-11 have a lot more torque and the Allison instead of the 4L80...seemed like a no brainer to me And, with the 13 or 14K I saved over the same truck with a DMAX, I can buy a lot of gasoline before the diesel/gas debate even starts.
For some reason I thought the 'burb was a big block as well.
It's too bad that 8.1L never really gained a lot of support from the aftermarket (thanks to the diesel wars....) because they are certainly capable of some serious power. I know of one in a 'burb that's supercharged. :
What... this little thing?
(disclaimer: not me... just a similar idiot on a similar Deere mower)
2000 GMC Sierra 4.8L V-8, 152k miles. It's in great shape for the year/mileage and shines up nice when you wash and wax 'er. My trailer is 5x10 with a 3500# axle. If I fully load the truck bed and trailer with split wood I can haul about a full cord.
The little 4.8l is no slouch. I've seen them make "impossible" horsepower numbers!
That looks like a 2003-2005? The Duramax should only be about a 5K hit, I never seen them with a 13-14K premium when I was looking. I paid 20K for my 2004.5 2500HD Crew Cab with 70K on it. If you only paid 7K paid for the new truck I'm impressed. You'll enjoy the truck, the Silverado's are hard to beat. imo
10-11 not towing I can't imagine what it will get with a full load hooked up. Not trying to start a debate on the diesel/gas thing though, we all know it's not much of a debate.
My V10 F250 gets 10-11 mpg empty around town and 15 on the highway. Towing my 6500 lb boat it gets about 10-11 mpg.
That 8.1L will not change it's attitude much for towing. The difference in fuel mileage actually gets a lot closer when loaded. And it lays down more HP than a stock LB6 Dmax.
I see what you're doing, you're trying to turn this into a debate! I'm not sure what an LB6 is, do you mean LB7?( LB7, LLY, LBZ, LMM and LML.)
I'm sure you know it's torque that matters most when it comes to pulling.(getting a load moving and up hills without falling on it's face) Diesels do this at a lower RPM that's why people love them. Regardless the 8.1's are worthy workhorses and will pull any amount of wood that most the trailers I see here can handle. If we were talking about hauling 14K 5th wheels I'd say a diesel is the only way to go but we're not.
My love for big gassers comes from experience. Had an '01 3500 14 ft rackbody dump with the 8.1 in it. Truck was amazing with bothe the weight it would carry, tow, and the fuel consumed doing it. . Break in fuel economy was terrifying!
I'd still take a dmax (of any generation) over the big gasser but that's just because of the cool whistling sound it makes with the pedal on the floor.
I think that whistle might be the Allison as my truck does the same thing...sounds a lot different than the 6.0/4L80. I'm through a couple tankfulls now and getting 13 mpg, 10-11 towing. First load of wood in/behind it it tonight and needless to say it is quite capable.
Rdust, 20k is a pretty sweet deal from what I found shopping for a few weeks. Mine is a loaded extended cab with 53K. Couldn't touch that in a diesel for anywhere near $20K
1941 Dodge, good for the short hauls and the hoist is nice for dumping.
Where do you live, that an original 1941 Dodge ain't completely rusted out?
I am up in Saskatchewan Canada. I don't know the entire history of the truck but a large part of it's life was for hauling grain so it wasn't exposed to much for bad roads. And it was parked inside since around 1983 and just pulled out last year.
Nice to see some old iron still at work.
Cool thread, just stumbled upon it for the first time. My hauler is a 2000 Chevy Silverado LT Z-71. I am the original owner, she currently has 237,000 miles and still running strong!
She hauls more than wood too...
Taking a load of mason sand:
20, 6' arborvitae:
Made some cosmetic changes about a month ago. Removed the molding and all badges/emblems. Swapped the chrome mirrors for black....few other little things. Looks good for 14 years old and almost a quarter million miles! And as you can see, she gets worked!