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Old 10-29-2019, 11:18 AM   #1
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Questions about vintage Chevy Trucks

Hello,

I am just retired and would like to travel around and visit relative. My family is on both coasts and as far south as Houston in Texas.

I could do like many others and buy a giant RV but that's just not me.

My wish is to buy a Chevy truck, 60's or 70's, get it road worthy and pull a canned ham trailer from the same era as the truck.

When I was younger I had a three on the tree straight six and that truck ran forever, could pull like a champ and didn't get horrible gas mileage.

My question is, with a freshly rebuilt straight 6 and good transmission, would it be ok for cross country travel pulling a small trailer. The trailer I have an eye on is a "Canned Ham" type, very small.
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Old 10-31-2019, 09:02 PM   #2
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Re: Questions about vintage Chevy Trucks

You can hunt for a 292 inch six, but they seem to be rarer than hen's teeth.

Honestly, once on the highway, a SBC will likely get the same mileage as a big inline six. If you gear it for towing and add an overdrive, it could do even better. In a 4,400 lb. Impala SS I can get 27 MPG on the highway using the LT1 and overdrive 4L60E on 3.08 gears. I'm sure it would pull a larger trailer with the proper hitch and spring package, and a lighter half-ton pickup could do almost as well, with the penalty of punching a bigger hole in the wind with the truck. A smaller displacement SBC and 5-speed OD manual trans (like a T-56) could net plenty of torque and good fuel mileage in a 4,100 C-10.

The point is to not dismiss a V-8 if you are thinking fuel economy.
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Re: Questions about vintage Chevy Trucks

I will preface this by saying I don't know what kind of MPG we got since I was only 9 at the time, but my dad hada 64 C10 with a SBC in it and we drove it from Las Vegas to southwestern PA with a Ford Bronco II in tow.

I think you'd be much further ahead going V8. You'll get more power, similar fuel mileage and better availability of parts, as well as many other benefits.
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