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Old 07-12-2008, 07:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Picked up a 85 military K30 long post

I will send in for a red star this week so I can post some pics of this thing I drug home today and do a build thread on it. 85 Airforce truck, 1 and 1/4 ton 9400lb gross, 6.2 diesel, T400, Hydroboost brakes . NP208 i think? Unfortunately its not the cast iron 205. Dana 60 frt, 4.56 gears and supposedly these all have a detroit or some kind of posi in the 14 bolt FF rears right?

Bought it for the drivetrain, the problem is their is not a spot of rust on the body, floors perfect, frame perfect. In Texas. A few pretty minor dents. Runs good. Paid 1300. Prob could have gotten it for less, he was asking 1500 for it and was happy when i offered 13. I guess I figure I dont want to piss somebody off by lowballing them and have them tell me to go pee up a rope over a hundred or two when I know that I wanted it and drove an hour over there to look at it.

When i drove it up the ramps it mashed the back of the trailer straight to the dirt which almost picked the ass of my C2500 tow unit off the ground, tried to drive up the trailer and it just pushed the trailer and truck forward about 5 feet. Back wheels just slid, buddy jumped in it and stood on the brake and I got the heavy biotch loaded.

Might be a crime to strip this thing, but I have a 2wd 92 C3500 dually with a trashed 6.5 and good NV4500 and was figuring on doing a low dollar tow rig/ work truck build by combining the good stuff from both trucks.

Keep the 92 cab and NV4500, run the 6.2 with the turbo off the 6.5- no computer on either engine.

Seriously thinking about pulling the 85 body and bed off the 4x4 frame, yank the tT400 out and swap the NV4500 into it. Box the frame from front to back and mount the 92 Cab and front end on it , swap to the dually rear hubs and wheels and build a flat bed and im done Easy right. These diesels only have about 6 wires going to the engines. Im a 41 year old aircraft mechanic, chevys forever and I posess the technology, tooling and millermatic200 to make this happen.

Result will be a 4x4 92 chevy dually, really nice interior, D60 frnt, 14FF rear, 4.56 gears , NV4500 overdrive .73 ratio should make the 456s tolerable. Not gonna be a powerhouse but I think the 6.2 with the turbo on it will do what I need it too. Low dollar is the name of the game on this build as I need to spend real money building a house and shop on 8.5 acres I bought recently.

When I start the build thread should I put in here or in the towrig section or the go screw myself section ?
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Old 07-12-2008, 08:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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When I pull the cab and bed off the military truck I will offer it all for sale cheap in the classifieds, the body is way too nice to crush.
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sounds like a good build, I would put it in the Chevy section. Sounds like it will be a monster, although I have never seen a turbo on a 6.2, so should be interesting, although I am sure it has been done. Keep us informed.
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Old 07-12-2008, 08:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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someone will buy that stuff. heck if i found one of those for 1300 i think id ditch my blazer and just drive that thing. those things get cut up and thrown away so much it seems. does anyone ever just keep and wheel them?
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There are 2 good forums that for the 6.2 and 6.5 diesels- dieselplace and dieseltowingresource . Both have tons of info and helpful people regarding those engines.

It seems like the 6.2 and the 92,93 mechanical injection 6.5 turbos are not near as much trouble as the 94 to 00 computer 6.5s, the guys that have them seem to be gluttons for punishment because as soon as they get them running something else breaks.

The turbo stuff will all bolt right on the 6.2, not looking to hotrod just pep it up a little. Futile to try and make it fast.

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Old 07-12-2008, 08:50 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I used to own one of these trucks and loved it. The things are tough and will last. It's supposed to be a fairly easy bolt up conversion for the most part to add the 6.5 turbo to the old 6.2. Check out steelsoldiers.com for a ton of info on these old trucks. A few people have done the turbo swap with writeups for reference. I'd love to see how it turns out with the newer body on it (I also had a 90 K1500).
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and supposedly these all have a detroit or some kind of posi in the 14 bolt FF rears right?
You were right about the detroits in the rear. All M1008s had them and mine worked great. How many miles were on it?
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Old 07-12-2008, 09:08 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Yep, I know what you mean. I bought a M1008 that was missing parts, pulled the front axle, the rear was already off. But the body is super straight and even has the fold down troop seats in the back and a frame for a vinyl cover over the bed. So I have been storing it because it seems too nice to scrap. Don't know how long that can last though. Its in the background of this pic. Another someday project.
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I think the M1008 CUCV is open diff front and rear. The M1031 (maintenance truck) came with the NP205 you were talking about and the gov locker in the rear. There may be some other variations that came with the Gov locker but I'm pretty sure none came with a Detroit. Now, this doesn't mean private snuffy in the motor pool didn't order the part and install one for his 1st Seargent. There are definitely some out there with detroits in them, I just don't think they came with them.
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Also, Banks has a sidwinder Turbo kit for the 6.2. I have it on my Burban and it makes a big difference.
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OK , New plan is just yank the 6.2 and front 60 to put in my 92 C3500.

Then find a cheap 44 front and one of my spare 350 gas motors and stick back in the old K30 so it will be spared and not parted out.
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Old 07-13-2008, 03:00 PM   #11 (permalink)
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where in TX are ya, i may be interested in buying your k30. I already have a CUCV front 60 and 14 bolt detroit pulled. Also already have a 6.2 pulled out of a CUCV blazer w/around 30,000 on it. Laramie 806-420-9091
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where in TX are ya, i may be interested in buying your k30. I already have a CUCV front 60 and 14 bolt detroit pulled. Also already have a 6.2 pulled out of a CUCV blazer w/around 30,000 on it. Laramie 806-420-9091
Hey you are the guy I was trying to trade for that 93 cummins truck you are selling last week. Im near houston, 650 miles from you.

I didnt have the cash for your dodge so I bought the k30 for 6.2 and D60 for my 92.
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It sounds like it is going to be a good build....when ya gonna start the build thread on this beast?
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put a cummins in it youll be far happier!!!!!!!!!!!!! than the turbo 6.2
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all the m1008's had detroits in the rear the m1009 (Blazers) were open rear
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put a cummins in it youll be far happier!!!!!!!!!!!!! than the turbo 6.2
Right now im on low budget for this, maybe next year it will get an upgrade.
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all the m1008's had detroits in the rear the m1009 (Blazers) were open rear
Some M1009s had Govloks. EDIT: (rear diff)
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all the m1008's had detroits in the rear the m1009 (Blazers) were open rear
All of the M1008's that I know of came with a Detroit locker in the rear 14FF, however I believed that most if not all M1009's had a Gov-lock in the rear 10-bolt???
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some of the blazers had gov loks my buddy has one its open. mine has a detroit. now only if they would have put one in the front...
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I picked up these two M-1008's last fall for 2K.



I wheel a M-1009 but the only thing I used was the body/frame.
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Old 08-05-2008, 10:15 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I picked this one up the other day for the 60 with a front locker and the bed, the bed is all aluminum and the plans were to use it on a chase truck, but now its for sale.

This cab is beat for only having 8900 miles.



I got this one last year for the axles for the willys and the box for the front of my trailer.


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uh, all mill blazers had the govloc rear.
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put a duramax in it youll be far happier!!!!!!!!!!!!! than the turbo 6.2

fixed it for ya. it is, afterall, a chevy



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Since everone else is bragging about their military chev pickups I might as well join in.......................I have bought, parted, sold, crushed 150+ of these trucks.
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Old 08-21-2008, 11:33 AM   #25 (permalink)
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i hear rumors of a crew cab version of these trucks. is this true?
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