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Revell's 1/24 '77 4x4 GMC Truck

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There's never been any version of that kit, either the pickup or the Blazer/Jimmy, with an automatic. They've always had the column shifted 3 speed with the NP205 t-case.

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I meant for the interior, but looking at the parts, they modeled a clutch pedal...however the shifter looks like the one for the auto trans. Regardless though, I'm going to convert all mine to floor shift. :P

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The shifters are actually the same, the difference is at the control box at the bottom of the column.

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*The more you know*

Didn't know that, but then again I haven't really seen any manual column shift 73-up trucks.

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The shifters are actually the same, the difference is at the control box at the bottom of the column.

The shift levers are the same shape, too? I only know Dodge 3-speed manual column shifters, which are an "H" pattern and have different lever shapes/bends between auto and manual column shifters.

How does the Chevy 3-speed manual column shifter work? Is it all inline? I would think there needs to be some allowance for for and aft movement if it's an "H" shift pattern.

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*The more you know*

Didn't know that, but then again I haven't really seen any manual column shift 73-up trucks.

Had a friend that had a 75 Chebby half ton that was a 250- inline 6 with a three on the tree. I don't think the heavier duty trucks could be had with a 3 speed manny tranny, although if they had the HD 4 speed, it was essentially a 3 speed cuz the first gear was super low and most started in second gear.

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GM trucks also use an H pattern, but that is taken care of at the control box at the bottom of the column. The upper is essentialy the same as the automatic truck. When you lift up on the lever, it shifts the tab on the control rod up to engage the 1rst-Reverse control rod. It's basically the same as when you lift up to go through the quadrant on an automatic.

The 3 speed was standard equipment on 1/2 and 3/4 tons, and could be had on 1 tons as a delete option. There was also a heavy duty 3 speed option.

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that truck's wheels are 8 lug too so 3/4 ton is what revell did the truck as gmc k2500 my uncel's old 74/78 chevy was a auto but no custom wheels

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Wheres the bottom of the cab lol. Somthing tjats bern bothering me is the interior tub is also the floor board n it dont go all the way back to the end of the cab i have mine almost done just waiting for flocking and paint to dry

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Wheres the bottom of the cab lol. Somthing tjats bern bothering me is the interior tub is also the floor board n it dont go all the way back to the end of the cab i have mine almost done just waiting for flocking and paint to dry

Rust belt salt corrosion took the bottom of the cab.. :)

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Hahs im makin mine kinda used but thats overboard hehe

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I was looking at plow makes and colours for mine and noticed that one of the decals in the kit, that goes on the back of the plow, is for XYZ Plows, which actually are a company based in Sweden, who make snow plows and other equipment - XZY Vikplog. I'm wondering whether they based the plow on a Western, but used an agreement with the swedish firm, to use their name (even though they have styled the letters differently)?

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I doubt that they put much effort into the branding of the plow; XYZ was probably just meant to be a jibberish brand, not knowing there was actually a company building plows in Sweden under that name!

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Seems strange that with big companies obsession with copyright, no one thought to put xyz plows in a search engine, just to see!

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Not sure if this was brought up, but the spare mounted on the tailgate of an old plowtruck is pretty accurate for a lot of the trucks here in the rust belt. Or mounting it inside the box somewhere. Another very common location on these trucks back in the day was right on the grill if there was room in front with the plow light brackets.

After a few plowing sessions, you wouldn't want to chip out that much ice, snow, sand from under the truck to get the spare off. Those old trucks rotted fast underneath. Anything built in the 70s and 80s turned into a mess on the undercarriage after just a year. We use lots of salt here. Lots.

Newer trucks aren't much of an issue these days, but on a truck of this age, it's rare to see a spare sitting under the bed still.

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I've been around the UP of Michigan enough to see that none mount them on the tailgate, unless it's an SUV (Bronco, Scout, Blazers, etc.). Most that have them are mounted in the box towards the front. I haven't really seen any mounted on the plow frame, but I have seen ones mounted on non-plow trucks on a special bracket on the front, generally ones that have a camper mounted in the box. I have also seen a few that have no spare at all!

Biggest reason I think that they aren't under the bed is because the lifting/lowering mechanism has rusted out/up. :P

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I love the internets. It even has experts on what other people have seen. :P

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It's funny that no one mentioned that under the hood is two batteries, As far as I rember Gasoline engines only need one.

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Dual batteries were an option regardless of engine for buyers who used lots of high-amp accessories like auxiliary lights, a winch, or a plow. Diesels weren't available in the C/K Series trucks until 1982 or thereabouts. That's not counting the Olds 5.7 diesel, which was introduced as an economy engine for 1978, was only used in half tons, I don't know if those came standard with dual batteries or not.

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The shifters are actually the same, the difference is at the control box at the bottom of the column.

No. The manual column shifter had one bend near the column, for better leverage. while the automatic shifter had two bends in them, and the Column Shift with the tilt wheel (automatic only) had two bends with a more severe angle to them.

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