View Full Version : My new used truck.

01-13-2007, 12:26 AM
I bought a 95 GMC 3500 DRW 5.7L 2WD. Picked it up for 2K. It was a sweeper truck for cleaning parking lots.


Then I started stripping the truck down and selling all the sweeping components off of it. I wound up getting $1625 for the pony motor, sweeping head and broom, blower housing, etc. plus an additional $163 in scrap metal from it also.


So I basically paid $212 for the truck. It's already got the hydraulic cylinders to lift the 9' x 8' flatbed which will be here Monday. I need to clean it up, do a little undercoating, relocate the cylinders, make hinges, and build some modest looking stake sides and I should have a good "dump" truck for cheap money.

Whatcha guys think?

01-13-2007, 12:35 AM
Fab work yourself too......I'd say you're doing just fine. Good thinking.

How does it run? Whats the mileage? Overall condition?

01-13-2007, 12:52 AM
Yeah I love doing my own fab work. 136K on the odometer. I have personally driven the truck 100% of the time for the last 4 years, so there aren't no hidden surprises or problems. I bought it off of the company I work for. ( I do sweeping at night on the side for extra $$) Mechanically, it runs like a top, A/C works good also. I have/had to put a new gas tank, brake lines, rear tires etc. But other than that its a good truck.

01-13-2007, 01:09 AM
Can't beat that.

RedMax Man
01-13-2007, 01:39 PM
Nice, you know how to spend your money wisely. Hope you get a good life out of that truck.

01-16-2007, 12:27 PM
The bed is on the truck. The bed is very nice, built well, and quite large. Now its time to make the hinges and mount the cylinders. :drinkup:


02-06-2007, 04:10 PM
I haven't got the hinges finished and cylinders mounted yet. I built the stake sides and installed chrome wheel simulators. I'm going to paint the stake sides black to match the bed.





02-06-2007, 04:14 PM
Nice, are you going to get some tool boxes on it?

02-06-2007, 04:19 PM
I'm planning on putting one underbody box underneath the driverside of the bed, mounted onto the frame rail. I was looking at some that were around 18"x18"x30". I will most likely mount a box on the tongue of my trailer also.

02-06-2007, 05:38 PM
You weren't concerned that this truck hasn't really been over 40mph? Being that it was a street cleaner? How did you get it for so cheap?

02-06-2007, 07:13 PM
Oh trust me this truck has been over 40 mph many times. Hell, its been over 80 a few times. haha :D I used to drive it daily when it was a sweeper. There are a few accounts I do that require some interstate driving to get to them. The previous owner is my boss. He bought an '01 Duramax sweeper so he wanted rid of this one. $2000 is a deal, but isn't an outrageously unheard of deal, but being that it was a sweeper truck, I made 90% of my money back by selling all the parts off of it.

03-12-2007, 01:58 PM
Here a few pics of the hinges. Sorry for being so long winded but I want to explain it the best I can for people wanting to do the same or similar thing in the future. Where do I start. hmm.

The truck came with the C channel on top of the truck frame. That is great because I didn't have to make one. It is nice because it gives me a flat surface for the whole bed to sit on and helps with tire to bed clearance with it being 2WD. I inserted a 1.5" x 3" x 18" solid steel plate into the inside of the C channel. It will be bolted with grade 8 bolts. Thats for my pivot point. I bored the hole through the 1.5" thick plate 0.005 bigger than the 1 1/8" cold rolled steel rod that will be my pivot. I also drilled and tapped the bored hole for a grease fitting on each side.

On the bed the frame rail is another piece of C channel. I used box tubing 2" x 3" I believe, and I'm mounting that inside those two rails. They will be bolted on to the C channel with two more plates per rail. I'll get to that in a second. The frame of the bed is a little wider than the C channel on the truck and the two pieces of C channel, meaning on the truck and on the bed, are different thicknesses. So if this isn't adding up to you in your head, such as the same overall thickness for the reinforced bed frame rail and the C channel on the truck, don't worry I've done the math. It is right, just very hard to explain with a camera and typing on a computer. Not only that, but I have allowed minimal room for space between the L shaped plates coming down from the bed on the frame on the truck at the pivot point. I don't want them rubbing or rusting together.

The four L shaped plates you see are .5" thick plates. They will sandwich the bed rail with the box tubing and everything bolted together with grade 8 3/8" bolts. So on the frame of the bed looking from outside to inside will be a .5" plate, C channel, box tubing, then another .5" plate. Then the "leg" of the plate drops down and will pivot on the 1 1/8" cold rolled rod.

I still have to clean up some of my cuts, drill the rod for cauter/linch pins to hold it in place along with some other stuff. I will be sure to take pics when its finished. Then its onto mounting the cylinders. That will be cake work compared to the hinges. So what do you guys think? Not too bad for a 24 yr old white boy huh? :laugh: Questions, comments, shoot away.

03-12-2007, 02:01 PM
One more.


03-13-2007, 09:00 AM
Man you made out really good. How much did you get that dump for?

03-13-2007, 11:01 AM
I will have a little less than $3000 into the truck when it is finished.

03-13-2007, 01:15 PM
You did an awsome job!! Huge props!

03-14-2007, 12:06 AM
looks nice. make me one.

03-14-2007, 01:32 PM
The hinges are close to being finished. I have a couple small things to do like drill and pin the pivot shaft and paint everything. I have the bed lifted with my engine hoist for the pics. Now its time to mount the cylinders. Here are a few pics.





03-29-2007, 11:45 AM
I finally got the cylinders mounted. It was a lot of trial and error getting them mounting. I still have to weld the mounts up and other small things, but this is how they look after temporarily mounting everything for the mock up. I would like to have a little more lift to increase the angle of the bed, but this was the best I could do with what I had. If I moved the cylinders rearward more for more height, I would have decreased the lift capacity a lot. I'm just glad the darn thing is near completion finally. :drinkup:






03-30-2007, 12:15 AM
nice deal!!!!!!!!!!

04-14-2007, 11:40 PM
It turns out everything works well with the dump bed, now that I'm using it daily. Two days ago I had 7000lbs of mushroom compost in the bed. The cylinders lifted the load, no problem. :weightlifter:

04-15-2007, 10:11 AM
Wow... that is great! $3k in a one ton w/ dump bed. Good job man... talk about a cost efficient truck.

04-15-2007, 10:57 AM
thats a very nice turn around job you did there it looks great and for the price cant beat that

04-15-2007, 01:16 PM
My next project is a 1990 Chevy 3500 4x4 SRW 454 auto. Its got 135K on it, a Hiniker 8' or 8.5' plow, and all power options. It could use some new paint and a tune up with new fluids etc. But for $2200 I'm not complaining. I think eventually I'm going to put a hoist kit under the bed along with some reinforcing of the bed to eliminate bed twisting under hevier loads.

04-15-2007, 08:32 PM
all im thinking is that its worth alot of money now, you just buy and sell those conversions.

04-17-2007, 07:27 PM
Did you buy your bed from kutz bed company? How much was the bed??

04-17-2007, 08:44 PM
I don't know what brand the bed is to be honest. I ordered it in from a local heavy equipment dealer. The bed was $1200 out the door with all the wiring and lights.

04-17-2007, 10:15 PM
Nice job man, looks great!