|08-22-2002, 07:32 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2001
Member # 8601
Location: ON, Canada
Help me whip my tow rig into shape
Raw material: 1990 Chev Scottsdale 1500 2wd with ~222,000 km. 305, TBI, 700R4. 5 bolt wheels, 10 bolt rear axle (open).
I'm pretty happy with the truck with the towing I have done so far, mostly LJ-80s on a 16' landscaping trailer.
Things I've noticed: temp gauge sits at around 1/3 when not towing and doing highway speeds. When towing it goes up to the 1/2 mark and seems to not want to go higher when towing at highway speeds or through the hills around here.
It is a slow towing machine (305 := duh!) but it gets the job done.
Things I'd like to do with it: get a lttile more height out of it - seems to be pretty low when going through farmers fields and such with the trailer. I've got a set of 31s kicking around doing nothing...
I'd like to get a little more grunt out of the engine without breaking the bank as well. Maybe an exhaust and a RV cam of some flavour would work well?
Whadda you guys think? As much as I'd like a newer 3/4 or 1 ton truck this is what I have and I can only afford/justify spending a couple hundred bucks at a time on the truck.
|08-22-2002, 07:45 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2000
Member # 8
Location: Spring Hill, TN
Blog Entries: 1
Seriously - save your couple hundred for a few months and put that cash with your current truck and TRADE IT IN on a good, older, used 3/4 or 1 ton that is up to the task you are asking it to do.
Really - don;t waste a DIME trying to make your current truck into a towing vehicle - it is WASTED MONEY if you do.
>It only hurts the first time you agree with me...
>"A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men."
|08-22-2002, 09:14 PM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2001
Member # 2769
Location: Farmington NM
Even if you get it souped up ... ya won't be able to stop!