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Re: [oletrucks] Creating a tandem

To: oletrucks@autox.team.net
Subject: Re: [oletrucks] Creating a tandem
From: CLLLSLS@aol.com
Date: Sat, 27 May 2000 20:10:55 EDT

Where are you at? If you're around Oregon there's a salvage yard just down 
the road from my house full of old BIG truck stuff. He's got dozens of 
complete tandem setups. These are prolly for 60-80,000 GVW trucks, but even 
if they were to big for you to use, you could still see how they work, get 
ideas, contemplate whether it's feasible. 

Constructive criticism: The main reason for desiring to build something like 
this would have to be uniqueness? Right? Wreckers aren't tandem axle. The 
heaviest single vehicle you could ever haul could never exceed 10,000 pounds. 
Your rig couldn't possibly weigh more than 10,000 pounds. Add your rig and 
what it could haul together and you get 20,000 GVW. I don't think I've ever 
seen a 20,000 GVW tandem rear axle truck. There's no need for the second axle.

If you really wanted to build this, I would consider making the second axle a 
"dummy axle" and not a driving one. Just find a rear with the same bolt 
pattern and same hubs (preferably the same exact rear end) and remove the 
pinion. Install a plug or cover plate where the pinion was and you're done. 
Just reread your message and you would be using the same exact rear end if 
you went with the '52's.

I think your biggest problem in building something like this would be your 
brakes. You would have to transplant some sort of later model disc brake 
truck front end to give you the necessary stopping power to safely haul a 
heavy load.

Dustin/ Aurora, OR
50 & 53 GMC 1/2 tons
48 GMC 3/4 ton

Hello to all on this list,
This is my first posting (I just found this last night)

Now on to my question/story. I have a 53 GMC 3/4 Ton "Bubba" as he is 
lovingly called, with a homemade flatbed that I have been driving for 12 
years and recently aquired a bucket of rust 52 Chevy 3600 and was 
contemplating converting my 53 over to a tandem car hauler using the rear 
axel from the 52. Has any one ever undertaken such a task or know of someone 
who has, or even seen any thing like what I'm talking about?

Any input will be appreciated.


Guy Whelan
oletrucks is devoted to Chevy and GM trucks built between 1941 and 1959

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