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    How MUCH will your Truck Hold...

    When it's on the frame there is no where to go. 4300 pounds of hard lead. A lot the pieces are stamped 4% Antimony
    Scrap yard find.
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    I don't think 4300 would get my truck on the bumpstops, but if not, it'd be close. And hard on the back tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by downzero View Post
    I don't think 4300 would get my truck on the bumpstops, but if not, it'd be close. And hard on the back tires.
    And the front ones Off the ground.

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    The big issues will be the brakes, That much extra weight will take a lot of "stopping". Loaded right it will distribute evenly between front and back, Like a 5 wheel type hitch. But the over weight is still there working on the brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammerlane View Post
    When it's on the frame there is no where to go. 4300 pounds of hard lead. A lot the pieces are stamped 4% Antimony
    Scrap yard find.
    Congrats on your score!! Feeling kinda envious about now. What did u have to pay per pound?
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    .75 per pound. Never leave home without enough CASH to pay for what you may find. If I ever get pulled by the PO PO I have plenty of Pics. Don't want to have to explain carrying that much Cash.
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    That's cool.

    A big consideration for trucks is the load rating on the tires.

    My F250 calls for 'E' rated tires that are 10 ply, and can carry up to 3,000-something pounds each at 70psi.
    My old 1/2 ton truck---- ahh,, not so much. They were more nearly rated like car tires for loads & such.

    I've also seen an axle break and walk out of the rear end on a overloaded 1/2 ton.
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    I would run out to my uncles farm and grab this, don't think it would be a problem.

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    I've had 2600 plus pounds in my F-250. Buckets of wheelweights. It rode good and handled it just fine. I'm pretty sure that the hitch weight of my gooseneck with the tractor loaded is more than that.

    Thats a nice score!

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    I drove a company owned S-10, about 2000 vintage. As I recall, it was rated for a payload of 900 lbs. That's 11 80 lb. bags of redi-mix., and that would make it squat.
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    1995 chevy 2500. I still have it and only 56,000 miles on it. 3,500 lbs. I loaded 1 1/2 yards of sand into the bed. I weighed the truck on the way out and I was at max gross weight and it was distributed correctly.
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    4300 pounds would be just enough to make my one ton dually ride like a passenger car. Probably wouldn't be enough to make it squat.

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    4,400 is exactly what my slide in camper weighs and my Dodge dually handles that fine. Stops just fine also, brakes are huge on that truck. You would want to make sure the load is centered ahead of the axle and moving all that lead forward, ouch! But for that price I would be working on it all day!!!!!

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    I would make 2-3 trips with my 4cyl Colorado

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    I did 1500 lbs in my old Ford Ranger 1/2 ton. Still had some suspension travel left. But I drove slower and left LOTS of room for braking.

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    pretty impressive weights. My truck is essentially a rolling leather office. Most of my weight cap is already taken up in creature comforts. But, that's why I got a heavy trailer for that kind of stuff.

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    Somewhere around here I have 1990 dump receipt for 3,400 pounds I had in my standard transmission 86 Ford Ranger sporting four foot high sideboards and air shocks. It was loaded with 150ft of wet n nasty pine-bark from my driveway (whoever thought pine bark was good for driveways is one of life's true mysteries).

    Funny thing I had a hell of a time backing up with that load. It would move forward easily but in reverse it felt like something was binding up, almost like driving 4X4 on dry pavement. Fortunately it was only 3-4 miles to the old New Berlin Road landfill. Now the trip would be 42 miles over Interstate and US Highway roads. No way I'd even think about it now.
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    I owned a building supply company for a decade and a half, the stories of customers and their loads to leave the yard are very impressive. Give them a shovel and tell them $x a truck load and sit back and watch them fill a 1/2 ton with sand.We would usually go out and tell them to look under the truck, if you got an argument, well, go on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pereira View Post
    And the front ones Off the ground.

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    Doubt that. You'd be surprised how strong the overloads are on a 1 ton truck. On paper it can carry 2700 pounds but let's just say I've abused the privilege. I think it had nearly 9000 pounds on the rear axle alone.

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    The most I have loaded in my 1 ton dodge dually is about 3500 lbs. The only difference I could tell was it improved the ride a bit.

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