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Old 09-02-2014, 09:01 AM   #731
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Roger the lugnuts & BFH --- Problem is still that the lugs are too long to remove without major axle disassembly. Hoping someone at the local Chevy house can provide some kind of shortcut. Otherwise, it's oxy acetylene & a BFH to try and whack it back where it belongs.

Thanks to all for the tips & support.
There should be a spot they will back out, barely. A dimple on the backing plate somewhere.
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:04 AM   #732
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Hey Somewhere --- at first I thought Chevy had been pretty clever as there are openings in the casting directly behind each lug. Turns out they are not nearly deep enough to get one out or in. Headed to a Chevy shop today looking for some lug bolts and hopefully a simple solution. I will pass on what I find.
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Old 09-02-2014, 10:42 AM   #733
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you really don't need all the lug nuts, for wheels on the bus to go 'round and 'round
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Old 09-02-2014, 01:23 PM   #734
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Kinda looks like the old floor shifters ....... back in the day!!!
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Old 09-02-2014, 03:50 PM   #735
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Here's one Ol'Trunt (and any other Old Timers) will appreciate --- Went to one of the oldest and biggest Chevy dealers in Houston this morning to buy a few lug nuts to protect the bolt while I try to "rearrange" it. Back in the day, counter men in the parts business...well, knew their business. Nowadays it just ain't so. These morons couldn't find lug nuts without a freakin' VIN NUMBER! Really? Not only that, their super computers couldn't even find the right truck! Fer Cripes sake...it is a 1998 Chevy c-3500 HD with a Dana 80 dually rear axle and 19.5 "x 6" wheels. What the hell else do you need? There is even a Wiki page all about them but could the factory "experts" tell me anything, sell me a couple of lug nuts??? Nope...still need a VIN number. So much for all that wonderful data retrieval crap that computers were supposed to make possible and so much for being professionals.

And it is just about as bad at wrecking yards these days. You used to be able get answers to almost any auto part related question...now all you get is a blue-screen, deer-in-headlights, blank stare.
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Just like owning a 2 stroke Detroit. Those folks are having a terrible time. All the fixit guys that knew Detroits are slowly fading away.
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:17 PM   #737
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Hey Tango, that kind of stuff makes me so mad my eyes cross! It is no wonder we as a nation are on a slippery slope decline what with out sourcing and "specialization" to the point of madness and the "no me job" attitude rampant among our citizenry--stop it Jack, get off the soap box. Does anyone even know what that means anymore? GRRRRRR!

No worries, go with the flow. Scope out a Chevy tonner in a parking lot, copy the vin off the public number on the dash and give that to the good old boys at the parts house--easy peazy. Jack

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Old 09-04-2014, 09:24 AM   #738
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Have not tried plugging it into the Chevrolet Super Computer yet, but...the wrecking yard where I got the axle managed to track down what SHOULD be the right VIN on this puppy. Will find out today.

Either way, it doesn't change the fact that GM's (and I guess all other makers these days) information systems suck dog eggs. I did forward a copy of my previous rant to the management of that dealership just to make sure they are aware of this deficit in common sense. Whether they give a damn or not is a whole nuther issue.
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Just wait a minute....you want them to fix the error AND care? Sadly I'm afraid you are living in the past. ;)
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Maybe this will ease the pain.........
http://asheville.craigslist.org/cto/4635276825.html
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