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F350 + GMC Brigader + Icy hills = A LITTLE FUN!

My old man picked up this old GMC plow truck this summer. But was unable to pick up the plow as it was at a different location. Well finally about a month ago they finally brought the plow down so we could pick it up. Went and tried to hook it up and nothing. Hydraulic ram for the front plow was shot and would only pick up the blade 1-2". Well we had a new ram made. And finaly got it back yesterday.

And this is were the fun began. Friday after Christmas it got up to 42 degrees here in WI. And as the next day rolled around and temps droped back to a normal 24 degrees all that melted snow froze up once again. Couldn't have picked a worse day to go hook up to the plow and bring it home.

Got over to the shop were it was sitting at the bottom of a couple rolling hills. Driveway covered in 0.5-2" of ice in some spots. Old man decided that he could make it back up with the gmc so down we went. Once down there we realized that it wasn't going to be that easy. Plow was frozen to the ground and the gmc wouldn't break it free. Ran home in my truck grabbed a couple chains. Got back hooked up to the plow and with a couple tugs. Broke it loose and dragged it to were we could hook it up to the truck. And after a 50lb bag of calcium cloried for traction and a half an hour. We finaly got the plow attached and in the air.

New ram works great but now we have a hydraulic leak some were. Like traction on ice wasn't worse enough! With the plow on the front the gmc was going no where. Chained the gmc behind me and we gave here hell. And only made it half way up the first hill. So luckily I just picked up 600lbs of sand bags a few day's earlier to split between my old mans truck and mine. Well we used over 500lbs of it to sand the entire drivway. Almost 150 yards total.

Gave it another try with my truck screaming for mercy we made it up the first hill. And half way up the second about 20 yards from the road. Before I spun through the sand to a halt. Backed part way down the hill. Gave it another try and stopped in about the same spot. We backed further down almost to the top of the first hill. Gave her billy gain and draged the old man up on to the road!

And my old man said my little powerstroke wouldn't be able to drag him up those hills. Well we showed him! Had more fun yesterday with the old man than I think we've had in years!

Wish I had my camera with me. But here's one of the gmc this summer.

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What is under the hood?
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3208 cat I believe.

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Alors pourquoi pas arrache le 3208 vieux moteur dehors et installé 6V-92 Détroit dans là?

{ Then why not rip the 3208 motor out and install the 6V-92 Detorit in there ? }

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Not much plans for it. Were going to rip the belly blade off next summer and rebuild the trans. Syncro's are just about gone. Motor is a gutless wonder but she only has 40K or so miles on her and runs like a top. Dad bought it mainly to haul our car wash pit sand to the land fill. And do some small haul jobs for people in the area.
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My old man picked up this old GMC plow truck this summer. But was unable to pick up the plow as it was at a different location. Well finally about a month ago they finally brought the plow down so we could pick it up. Went and tried to hook it up and nothing. Hydraulic ram for the front plow was shot and would only pick up the blade 1-2". Well we had a new ram made. And finaly got it back yesterday.

And this is were the fun began. Friday after Christmas it got up to 42 degrees here in WI. And as the next day rolled around and temps droped back to a normal 24 degrees all that melted snow froze up once again. Couldn't have picked a worse day to go hook up to the plow and bring it home.

Got over to the shop were it was sitting at the bottom of a couple rolling hills. Driveway covered in 0.5-2" of ice in some spots. Old man decided that he could make it back up with the gmc so down we went. Once down there we realized that it wasn't going to be that easy. Plow was frozen to the ground and the gmc wouldn't break it free. Ran home in my truck grabbed a couple chains. Got back hooked up to the plow and with a couple tugs. Broke it loose and dragged it to were we could hook it up to the truck. And after a 50lb bag of calcium cloried for traction and a half an hour. We finaly got the plow attached and in the air.

New ram works great but now we have a hydraulic leak some were. Like traction on ice wasn't worse enough! With the plow on the front the gmc was going no where. Chained the gmc behind me and we gave here hell. And only made it half way up the first hill. So luckily I just picked up 600lbs of sand bags a few day's earlier to split between my old mans truck and mine. Well we used over 500lbs of it to sand the entire drivway. Almost 150 yards total.

Gave it another try with my truck screaming for mercy we made it up the first hill. And half way up the second about 20 yards from the road. Before I spun through the sand to a halt. Backed part way down the hill. Gave it another try and stopped in about the same spot. We backed further down almost to the top of the first hill. Gave her billy gain and draged the old man up on to the road!

And my old man said my little powerstroke wouldn't be able to drag him up those hills. Well we showed him! Had more fun yesterday with the old man than I think we've had in years!

Wish I had my camera with me. But here's one of the gmc this summer.

Really there's no issue with "power". This is a traction issue. I have pulled an 18 wheeler delivery truck stuck on my jobsite out with an F-150 4x4 with a 190HP 302. I also pulled out a Kenworth stuck in a farmfield with one of my Powerstroke 4x4s.

All ordinary 4x2 dumptrucks suck on ice. They're heavy, the tire sidewalls are stiff and their suspensions are too stiff to allow any "give" on slippery surfaces.

There's nothing like 4 wheel drive on slippery surfaces.
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