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Old 03-03-2004, 12:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New tow rig some questions????

Ok I bought a new used truck...lol its a 85 F-350 regular cab, spec are as follows rebuilt 460, C-6 dana 50 front, dana 60 rear 3.54 gears and 33's.
Now the questions
The TTB front end this truck is not a wheeler only reason I wanted 4x4 is small amounts of snow, and hunting, and my muddy ass pastures to the horses. The question is will the front hold up well I dont plan on running tires larger than 35 if I change gears but is it stout enough for trailering?

The 460 runs great but the holley 4180 carb on it has a few problems like a part throttle bog. Would a 4160 750 CFM be a better choice in carbs? Milage which isn't great anyways is very important to me as well as drivability, not so much performance.

The C-6 I am not to familir with them I know it was just rebuilt and has a cooler. I want to install a trans temp gauge what should the tranny temp be at?

Gears should I change out the 3.54s for something lower, what ratio, I drive the truck daily, so gas mileage is important.

And the last of my simple minded questions is the truck came with a high top camper shell, I would like to keep it for storage and a place to sleep, and get a bumper pull trailer but I am having trouble finding one that is wide enough for a fullsize chevy with dana 60 front and 42's, any help on that or should I jsut run a gooesneck.

Thanks for your help in advance Jesse
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Old 03-03-2004, 01:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i would suggest you stay with a tall narrow tire, or the ttb will eat up any of them over a 255 pretty bad. heck if you have to drive it every day and want to keep the towing as good as possible, i would suggest a 235/85/16 load range e.
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Old 03-03-2004, 01:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Why would you wan't bigger tires on a tow rig ? Taller tires = taller gears,less power, less brakes, and less MPG.

The C6 is decent, keep the temp under 240F on the return side.

3.54 gears will be fine with 31" tires.

For a trailer, find one with removable fenders or a deck over the axle design.
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Old 03-04-2004, 07:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Don't lift the tow rig. Go with the 255/85's suggested earlier, and a gooseneck for that full-size GM (that probably weighs 6,000+).

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Old 03-04-2004, 10:42 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I'd also go with the 255/85s. I had a set on my Dodge and was happy with them.

As for the trailer, a bumper pull will work fine as long as it is rated for the weight. I use an 18', 83" wide deck, 10k equiptment hauler, and just drive over the fenders (diamond plate, hd style). Overall width should be similar to yours, 15" wide tire on 15 x 10s w/ beadlocks and 4 1/8" BS. The outer lugs of the tires are about even with the stake pocket rail.

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First problem I see is an 85 f350 dont have ttb front dana 50.
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some 350s from the early 80's did have the ttb. But i think it was only for a couple years.
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Yep F350s lost the solid front till 86, dunno what Ford was thinking
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Old 03-07-2004, 10:01 PM   #10 (permalink)
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your right some 85's didnt come with TTB but mine did and its a original F-350, as far as lift I dont want a lift but I already have the 33's they came with the truck, I will swap to a smaller tire later, theres a body lift on the truck so it might look alittle funny but oh well thanks everyone for the responses. Jesse
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