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1985 Grumman-Olsen Kurbmaster (Chevrolet P30)
1985 Grumman-Olsen Kurbmaster (Chevrolet P30) - Overview (This post was last modified: 09-24-2014, 07:02 PM by cudak888.)
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Color : White
Engine : 350 LT-9 w/Rochester Quadrajet
Transmission : Three-speed THM; not sure which
1985 Grumman-Olsen Kurbmaster (Chevrolet P30)
Funny how even a Chebbie with a smogger up LT-9 can get under your skin - this is one of those.

It spent its formative years as a Lance cracker truck - note the wider swing-open rear doors; unique to Lance's orders of Grumman Kurbmasters and later Route Stars - and the next 20 years as the mobile repair shop for my father's business, replacing a much older P30 (which is worth its own page, having been painted up with a scheme resembling Federal Express trucks).

Unfortunately, everything comes to an end sooner or later. The mobile repair business is no longer, and the truck was sold on Craigslist.

Enter those oddball mixed feelings when you find you're really attached to this slab of aluminum and steel - even though you never were around it that much as a kid.

And yet, it ranks as one of the most enjoyable vehicles I've ever driven. It's not like the later Ford-based Kurbmasters that have tall, misplaced corporate steering wheels shoved halfway up your chest; this thing has a low, large diameter steering wheel that gives you the feeling of driving a really nimble bus (with the steering gear up front, rather than in back).

I honestly wonder what makes it so easy to drive, as I detest the feeling of our shortie Dodge Ram Van, which is neither as wide nor as long. Go figure.

An impractical part of me wishes that I could have wasted the next year restoring it back into a Lance truck. Not going to happen, and I can't repair the damage on the rear (MIG, I can do. TIG, nope). What would I do with a 208,000 mile Chevy bread truck anyway?

I'll see ya round, friend...someday. Maybe.

-Kurt
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Data Added : 01-09-2014 - 09:16 AM
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Color : White
Engine : 350 LT-9 w/Rochester Quadrajet
Transmission : Three-speed THM; not sure which


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I know the feeling...I worked as a auto parts delivery guy for a while "still mite go back" I drove a cabover Izuzu HD Box truck..had the biggest box of any Izuzu i ever seen...I still got a pic of it.....Big as our fullsized pete's with air ride and air breaks...It was almost comical how big the box was compared too the little truck..She was special build for the company when it first started...It was the fastest truck in the fleet..I could pass any truck up a hill fully loaded...i pushed it for a box truck up too 95 mph...thing amazed me for the size and load it was allways halling...I would hall alot of motors and parts for John Deer and such..that little truck could turn into the tightest places...Advantage of a cab over engine design..It road nicer than any of the air rides we had...After the company went under...they sold off the truck..It was a good ole truck..and if i go back with this new company runing it now..I will miss it alot!!

having your fathers bis attached too it makes it even tuffer...Funny how we can put so much into metal and work things we use so much.
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hyena429;161246 Wrote:I know the feeling...I worked as a auto parts delivery guy for a while "still mite go back" I drove a cabover Izuzu HD Box truck..had the biggest box of any Izuzu i ever seen...I still got a pic of it.....Big as our fullsized pete's with air ride and air breaks...It was almost comical how big the box was compared too the little truck..She was special build for the company when it first started...It was the fastest truck in the fleet..I could pass any truck up a hill fully loaded...i pushed it for a box truck up too 95 mph...thing amazed me for the size and load it was allways halling...I would hall alot of motors and parts for John Deer and such..that little truck could turn into the tightest places...Advantage of a cab over engine design..It road nicer than any of the air rides we had...After the company went under...they sold off the truck..It was a good ole truck..and if i go back with this new company runing it now..I will miss it alot!!

having your fathers bis attached too it makes it even tuffer...Funny how we can put so much into metal and work things we use so much.
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