1978 Chevy 3/4 Ton 4x4 Project Pavement Pounder
Thought I would document this project from start to finish as some of the issues I come up against I'll look to the forum members for help. Also, things learned during this project might helps others into the future...
This projects starts early Sunday morning, August 21st, 2011 with a trip to the gas station. My good friend David is helping me to bring the truck home and will also be helping to do some custom welding to redo some of the previous suspension and steering modifications.
The truck we're driving is called Behemoth, it's a 2004 Custom Kodiak Truck, custom build by David as he's a welder/fabricator. He started with a Kodiak Cab and grafted in the center section of a 1996 Chevy Van between the front and rear of cab portions to create a custom stretched truck cab.
- 6.6 Duramax Diesel Engine.
- Allison 1000 Series Transmission.
- New Process 273 Transfercase.
- 15000 Ramsey Winch - Front.
- 3 Fuel Tanks, Two 60 Gallon Tanks and One 50 Gallon Tank.
- Rear Bed is 2007 Chevrolet Dually Pickup Bed - this is a Dump Bed and a Roll-back Bed.
I met David when I detailed Behemoth and we've been friends ever since.
David has added a full size camper in the last month so when he hauls Monster Trucks to the Triple Canopy Ranch for Mudfest events there's a place to hang out, eat dinner, etc.
We drove from Stuart, Florida to West Palm Beach to meet the owner Tom and after backing the trailer into the driveway, Tom drove my new-to-me Chevy up onto the trailer. I would have done it myself but because I have an artificial leg I cannot drive, or at least I cannot safely
drive a manual transmission. All chained down and ready for the ride home...