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btammo
03-11-2009, 09:26 AM
Curious is any of you have any experience with these. I am looking at a used truck, but it has an auto trans and I do not know anything about them. Thanks

razor1
03-11-2009, 09:37 AM
I think most gov. trucks (buses & dumps) are auto trans. so they must be built pretty well. Any local county maintenance dept. could probably let you know about reliability.

btammo
03-11-2009, 11:55 AM
I check with some guys i know working for DPW, they all are standard with splitters. I tried that :)

tnmtn
03-11-2009, 12:14 PM
if you could clarify which size topkick youo are asking about would be helpful. it will also depend on what engine is pushing it. such as a gas engine and automatic in a mountain area might not be a good combo even though the transmission is a good one.
good luck,

Gravel Rat
03-11-2009, 02:30 PM
It doesn't matter what brand of automatic transmission it is they cost money when they break. If its a 3-5 ton truck it would have a Allison transmission I would be checking when the last service was done to it. How many miles are on it.

If you are going to have a automatic 5 ton truck is if its on air brakes because if its on juice brakes and your depending on a driveshaft emergency brake to hold the truck forget it. The big automatics don't have a park only neutral so there is nothing to stop it from rolling away with the engine shut off except for the emergency brake. You tow a trailer and your parked on a slight hill with a loaded trailer you will have a runaway.

btammo
03-12-2009, 10:20 AM
Its a non cdl, 18000# gasser....mountains yeah, but not the adirondacks. Truck has under 40K was used in NYC sanitation dept for recycleables.

J&R Landscaping
03-12-2009, 11:11 AM
So its a 4500 or 5500 series truck. It might have the AT545 4 speed trans in it depending on year. If its newer, it might have the Allison 2000 series in it (I think..)

Gravel Rat
03-13-2009, 04:45 AM
The big block 496 Chevy isn't all that bad probably a little hungry for fuel but otherwise a decent engine. Not sure what transmission they would have used I'am not a chevy freak :laugh:

02DURAMAX
03-13-2009, 05:12 AM
Its a non cdl, 18000# gasser....mountains yeah, but not the adirondacks. Truck has under 40K was used in NYC sanitation dept for recycleables.

What year?

GravelyNut
03-13-2009, 08:54 AM
The big block 496 Chevy isn't all that bad probably a little hungry for fuel but otherwise a decent engine. Not sure what transmission they would have used I'am not a chevy freak :laugh:
If the 496 then it should have an Ali.

btammo
03-14-2009, 09:24 AM
year is 1993

Gravel Rat
03-14-2009, 09:40 PM
It is a old truck so its not a 4500-5500 series is has to be a 6500 series low pro. If the truck has a gas engine it could be a 366 or it maybe a 427 if your lucky a 454.

The transmission maybe a Allison its a old version.