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Technical Old Pickup Truck Curb Weights

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Flat Six Fix, Mar 28, 2021.

  1. Flat Six Fix
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
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    Hey HH, any of you weight your pickup trucks to see just how heavy they are?
    Mine, a 1955 C series Dodge/Fargo is 3100 to 3200 lbs, that's the 108 WB, Flathead 6 andb3 spd trans. The 40s Dodge pickups are even lighter.
    I'm guessing a 1955 F100 or Chevy/GMC weighs similar to mine.
    Let's hear about it.
     
  2. Bob Lowry
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    For my 1954 Chevy 1/2 ton, 3100 model, stock 6 cyl, and granny low 4 speed, specs shows 3,150 lbs.
     
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  3. Flat Six Fix
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    Yes they aren't real heavy 4 sure. Mine I've heard was near same. My current drive train is at least 100 pounds lighter than stock. Chrysler flathead 6s weigh as much as old hemis..lol
     
  4. Truckedup
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    50 Chevy 1/2 ton, more or less stock, 3350 pounds on scrap yard scale. 37 Chevy 1/2 ton mild hot rod with stock type suspension and sheet metal with GMC 302, 3075 pounds on same scale. Stock 51 Willys 4x4 pick up, 3150 pounds...
     
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  5. Flat Six Fix
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    Short boxes?
     
  6. Truckedup
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    6 foot beds....About half tank of gas and spare tire....
     
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  7. squirrel
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    59 chevy half ton long bed fleetside...swapped in a big block, TH400, and Dana 60 years ago...it's just over 4000 lbs. But it's kind of fast, for an old truck, ran 14.05 last time I had it to the track a bit over a year ago.
     
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  8. MO54Frank
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    This maybe a rural legend... but I read somewhere a long time ago that the Chevy model numbers for the Advance-Design pickups equals the approx empty/curb weight.
    3100 = 3100#
    3600 = 3600#
    Etc.
    Of course weights for the old Chevy trucks are available online... and don’t exactly line up with the legend — but not too far off.
    http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/chevyresto/4859.htm
     
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  9. Petejoe
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    Anyone weigh an earlier 32-34 pickup?
     
  10. finn
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    A search came up with 2560 for my 36 pickup, but that same internet site calls out exactly the same weight for my 36 five window coupe. The 350/350/8” is probably a few pounds lighter than the original flathead and closed driveshaft.

    My 59/60 F100 short bed comes in at 3050 from a search. The 302/C4 is probably similar to the original 223/3 speed.

    That’s a 490 lb increase over 33 years.
     
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  11. Joe H
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    My '37 weighs 3200 with driver and fuel. 250 inline six, T350 automatic, A/C, short bed with oak wood.
     
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  12. Flat Six Fix
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    Must be a snappy little machine. I figure my 55 Fargo near same, LA 318 998 trans and 3.23 gears and she is snappy off the line.
     
  13. Chicster
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    Weighed my 30 A at the grain elevator scales and it was 2300.
     
  14. 1941 Chevy with a topped of 15 gallon gas tank, big block Chevy with a 6-71 supercharger, th400 and a 9 inch rear end.

    20190402_210245.jpg
     
  15. drtrcrV-8
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    In 1972 my '46 Studebaker M-5 w/ no spare or bumpers, & less than 5 gal. of gas, no tools, w/ Y-block & 3spd w/9" rear weighed 2205# on certified scales( in those days in CA all commercial vehicles had to be weighed for license fees)
     
  16. My 32 with an iron head 302, tremec 3550, steel 9", ac and stereo weighed 3350 with around 10 gallons of fuel.
     
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  17. That's incredibly light are you sure it wasn't 3205 lbs ???
     
  18. My 52 GMC with 350 SBC/700R4, Jaguar IFS and IRS was 3200 lbs.

    Sent from my SM-A102U using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
  19. getow
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    well it looks like your all abunch of light weights, literally...ha. My 63 GMC 1ton chassis under a 66 c20 cab and clip with a 9 ft 55-59 stepside. 2wd dually, 305e motor sm420 trans, eaton ho72 rear diff comes in at just abot 5k or so. Atleast thats what the scrap yards scale indicates. Might need togo on a diet...lol

    But it did carry 3k without a hiccup. Or somwhat equivalent to alot of weight posted on here. Hmmm
     
  20. anthony myrick
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    Mine gets weighed across the scales.
    61 C40
    6500 pounds
    Was just under 13k gross a few weeks ago.
     
  21. drtrcrV-8
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    swade41 : At the time I also thought so, & I asked the weighmaster about it : he had me go back over the scales, motioned me to come inside & see for myself. Besides, he had to certify the weight for the DMV, & it needed to be accurate or it could have been his license. There was not a lot of metal in those trucks. Actually I forgot : I hadn't changed the rear axle from the original Studebaker axle when I had it weighed, & it was a lot smaller & lighter than the Ford 9".
     
  22. borderboy1971
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    Since you didn't specify stock equipped, I'll throw mine in here. Mine weighs in at about 2050 lbs. I'm not real sure the scale was completely accurate but pretty close on everything else I've ever weighed on it. (Neighbors farm scale). 20201021_142946.jpg
     
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  23. 36DodgeRam
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    My '36 Dodge pickup, with 331 hemi, weighs 3111 lbs. on Ride techs scale.. With me in it. 20200422_101239.jpeg

    Sent from my SM-T500 using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
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  24. gene-koning
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    My old 50 Dodge 4x4 was right at 4850bls. That was an 80 4x4 chassis with a 360, 727, 4x4 transfer case, a 9 1/4 rear axle, a D44 front axle, a big trailer hitch, snow plow brackets, and me sitting in the seat. Ran it across the scales at the junk yard a lot of times hauling in scrap.
    I wish I would have scaled my 39 Dodge, I suspect it was on the lighter side.
    I suspect my current 49 Dodge pickup is going to be a heavy pig as well.
    I've always wanted to run my stuff across a scale, but I don't ever seem to have the time when I think about it.
     

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