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Old 05-04-2016, 10:23 AM   #1621
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Actually, there is a lot of space left under the hood. But it's all in front of the engine. Good thing, cause I still have a lot of stuff to cram in there. And I am still considering adding another crossmember to replace the original engine mount that was chopped out long ago. That and possibly a removable splash pan.

And the dog-bone idea has been tossed about. These 4-bangers have a legendary reputation for rattling side to side, especially on startup and shutdown. I saw one on which the builder had installed a pair of very stiff shock absorber/struts, one on each side of the motor to try and counter the movement.

They don't call the 4BT "the paint shaker" for nuthin'.

Will be getting on the steering situation today. Having to meld/weld some of my antique parts onto the '03 Isuzu NPR stuff and want to get it right.

I just hate it when the steering comes apart while going down the road.
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Old 05-04-2016, 04:50 PM   #1622
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Back again --- Here's a couple of pix to give you some idea of what the steering slow down has been about. I have been working on mating some 70+ year old Chevy steering components to the '03 Isuzu NPR power steering system. No doubt and everyday problem you have all had to deal with, right?


Here is the massive Isuzu power steering drag link. For some reason the ball joint on the end that connects to the track-rod arm at the wheel was different than on the Chevy part (?). Apparently some things have changed a bit over the last 7 decades so I was left no choice but to do a little more cobbling together of the old & new.


Here are "before & after" shots of the old ball joints I cut off the original Chevy drag link. The lower one has a shaft diameter of 5/8". The upper, threaded version is what will go onto the Isuzu drag link. It's diameter was welded up, then turned and threaded to 3/4" to beef it up a bit. My machine shop buddies are now fabbing a female threaded section that will get welded onto the end of the Isuzu drag link to accept this part and give me about 1/2" of adjustment either way. That should help get my steering properly aligned and once in place it will be secured with a big jam nut.

Piece-O-Cake...right?

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Old 05-04-2016, 06:42 PM   #1623
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You are definitely braver than me on manufacturing critical components! Keep it up, I may just have to take a weekend and come see it in person!!
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Old 05-04-2016, 07:28 PM   #1624
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Old 05-06-2016, 11:47 AM   #1625
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Looks like I will be (once again) waiting on steering parts this weekend, so I am finishing up the design for my freshwater system and a few other "minor" items. Just ordered three, 12 gallon Valterra ABS tanks from a local RV dealer and will be laying out the steel supports that will go in the interior and get welded to the passenger side wheel well.

Got lucky yesterday and found what appears to be the correct length serpentine belt on the first try. Given the addition of an A/C compressor and very different routing, the folks at Cummins (understandably) didn't have a clue. Measured it off using a cloth tailors tape which indicated about 69-1/2". I guessed at 68" using 1-1/2" as an allowance for the tensioner and low and behold it seems to actually fit with what feels like the right tension. But I really won't know until I crank it up and see if it squeals like a pig or not.

Maybe more pix over the weekend...maybe not. Meanwhile...

Happy Mother's Day!

(a great follow up to all the Cinco de Mayo parties & hangovers here)
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Old 05-07-2016, 10:57 AM   #1626
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Here's one for you Tango .

https://fredericksburg.craigslist.or...571943229.html
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Old 05-07-2016, 11:15 AM   #1627
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Old 05-07-2016, 11:43 AM   #1628
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Nice sized vintage rig but a tad over priced to my thinking. Without a running engine you really have no idea what the rest of the running gear is up to. That said...the fifties era skoolies have a straight ladder frame that will accept just about any engine with ease (unlike my narrow nosed '46). Drop a Cummins 6BT in there and it could tow a house while running coast-to-coast around the clock with the right gearing.

Good potential there at maybe $3000.00
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Old 05-10-2016, 10:57 PM   #1629
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Hooo-Doggie! --- My three, 12 gallon Valterra water tanks came in and I picked them up today. At least now I can start welding up the frame and support system for them. Have not had the chance to get any work done at all for the last week or so and it has been making me crazy! With any luck, I may also have the final steering parts before the week is out which will allow me to finalize the dash & firewall design as well as hook up the last of the steering components. There might even be a few, fresh pix coming soon. Besides...I need the exercise after doing nothing for this long.

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