Well after having some initial setbacks, we back burnered the build last year. Lots of life changes. Almost all good/great.
But alas, it's time for football again! So a couple of weekends ago, we started it up again. Plus I sold the business where they've been stored so I have to get them out. So back to the build... we started with the mechanical.
- Got the engine and trans set in.
- Welded in the new engine cross member. Raised it 1" from where it sat initially.
- Fabricated a transmission mount that hard mounts to the PTO cover on the SM420 and has bushings at the frame mounts.
- Wire up the ignition, dummy lights (gauges coming in the future), etc.
- The radiator was "too brittle to repair" so I'm working on a replacement for that. Likely a 4 core Jeep radiator.
- All of the driveshafts were removed and taken to the shop for new bearings and ujoints. All FOUR of them.
Pick them up tomorrow.
- We installed the new rotor, cap, and wires. Fired it up today briefly (no water or exhaust).
- Aired up the tires. I think they all hold air. Yeah!
- Ran new fuel line. For temp use. We're planning on using the factory hardlines eventually. Have to clean the tank first.
- Installed Chevy diesel fan (move mad air from what a friend tells me. I had removed the old one because my Cruiser has an electric fan).
Doesn't seem like all that much stuff but we've been working outside in the dirt and having to bring all of our tools with us. The welder was real fickle since I hadn't used it in about 3 years. It's been an uphill battle to say the least, but showing signs of progress. In the next two weeks, we're hoping to get the outside painted. Get the seats removed. Tinting the windows. And hopefully start on the inside. Mostly just new paint and flooring of some kind for now. We'll probably also lower it a little bit by dropping out a few springs (although they're already pretty settled). Air bags in the future.
I'm still in search of (answers on) the aluminum wheels. I know nothing about commercial wheels. The bus currently has 20" wheels on it, but I would like to move to 22" or even 24.5" aluminum wheels. Anyone know any good sources of these wheels used? I'm hoping to do the 24.5" wheels with some low profile tires. That's what we had as part of the initial concept. The bus currently has only 5 lugs, but the wheels have 10 holes, so I assume I can drill out the other five holes and put in more studs for the full 10 lugs.
So that's the latest. Mostly boring stuff as far as pictures would go, so nothing new there. I'll start getting more as we so the more visual items. Thanks for reading.