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Old 05-13-2016, 07:15 PM   #1661
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That's looking idea, and stout. Not that I know that much about front end linkage. To me that looks like as good as a guy can hope for. Very strong looking and the welds look great. I was a major components type of guy. I love old trucks, but sometimes neighbor kids shoot them up when you're gone. That kid was in prison long before I knew about the truck being shot up. Later some tweekers apparently cut it up and hauled it off when steel was high. That truck just didn't seem to have any good luck. It was a nice old chrome grill '49 GMC with a flatbed dump. It had a big old straight six and got about 18 mgp. Two speed rear end, but that didn't matter. It just wouldn't go up a steep hill. Pretty sure it wasn't getting fuel while going up hill. That was a problem because I live on a hill. Now there was just one wheel left as a memorial. I'd rather have the chrome grill.
Now I have a '62 MW300 with a flatbed dump. I think the kids still in prison.
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Old 05-13-2016, 07:33 PM   #1662
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AMEN Robin! --- Being able to adapt your rig to your own, personal needs is to me what building a skoolie is all about. You want a "Tiny Home" with a wood burning fireplace and ice machine? Go for it. You want a rolling tin tent with minimal build out? Go for it. Whatever else you do...make it your own.

BTW...here's couple of kwik pix of the draglink. Part Isuzu NPR...part 1946 Chevy 1.5 ton truck/bus.



We opted to over weld the joint and not grind it. It needs strong...not purdy.
The diameter of the original shaft was welded up from 5/8" then turned down and threaded to 3/4" for a little extra beef. I'll add a jam nut once I get it adjusted to where I want it.

Should be a fun weekend.

this is why when i did cars I never chose a car tat would be "spoiled" by customization.. I always built them to be what I wanted.. Resto-Mod is the term that comes to mind...

and I had started to do a little of that with my last bus but never got around to it before it got destroyed..

Kudos to building it however you want!

I used to use a company called alan-grove for accessory brackets... they make brackets for about any engine and accessory... bracketology is another but much more pricey..
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Old 05-13-2016, 09:03 PM   #1663
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They did a masterful job (under your direction). Isn't it cool the way the LF tire tucks into the dog leg in the drag link when turning left? Too much fun! Jack
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Old 05-13-2016, 10:31 PM   #1664
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Thanks guys --- Yeah...really glad to have that piece in hand.

And yes Jack...that kink in the NPR drag link was obviously designed specifically to work with pre-WWII Chevy iron. I can only imagine how much more work it would have been to have to fit that sucker around my tire. It is a perfect fit.
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Old 05-14-2016, 07:51 PM   #1665
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Saturday's Output --- Not all that much really, but one big step. Got the new homemade draglink fitted and adjusted. Went in and out more times than I could keep track of, but at least it is finished and appears to be functional. Then I hooked up the steering wheel to check it's alignment. This just might actually work. Today is the first time in about three years that I have been able to turn the wheels! Yeeee-Haaawww!

It will all have to come back apart once more before the final lockdown, but at least now I can start to work around it all.


Here's how it looks from the front. You can see the big "kink" that Jack was talking about. It is in just the right place to clear the tire when turned full left.


Inside the end are more old parts. A couple of half circle pieces that fit around the ball and a spring...all held in with a screw plug. Pretty clever and simple design for 1946.


And the wheel hooked up. Getting everything on the right splines so it all wound up in the right places took more than a few tries. Now I'll mark it all to make reassembly a little easier. The cardboard thing on the dash is a template for the Allison shifter that is on order. Plain T-handle and cable set up. No electronics except for a back-light behind the indicator.

I like simple.

ONWARD!
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Old 05-14-2016, 09:29 PM   #1666
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wow thats some serious work for that drag link... great work!

are you going to have Power steering in the final build?


I was reading about the allison 6 speeds and saw that a standard shifter works which is R-N-D-3-2-1, how does that work with your 6 speed?

the allison 1000 that im looking at uses the original shift pattern also.. directly replacing my 545 even uses a cable driven TPS that fits exactly into the exact place of the OEM 545 shift cable.. but it also doesnt say anything about how you downshift.. id certainly hope to be able to go down below 3rd gear if needed on a serious downhill run.

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I think these 545s are good training for people. They do seem to freewheel on downhills, but being that careful is what we're supposed to be doing in the first place so we stay out of trouble. As much as we fix these buses up they're never going to drive like cars. Your car wouldn't drive like a car if you put this much crap in it.
I downshift my 545 on hills. It resists against the bus but slowing down 19,000 lbs is just to much weight for the engine and requires a little braking to assist. I'm starting to think that's the little transmission that could.
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Old 05-14-2016, 11:08 PM   #1668
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Woops, looking good Tango. I'm looking forward to seeing how you finish that out. That steering wheel looks comfortable.
Do you know where you're going for your first trip?
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Old 05-15-2016, 07:29 AM   #1669
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I think these 545s are good training for people. They do seem to freewheel on downhills, but being that careful is what we're supposed to be doing in the first place so we stay out of trouble. As much as we fix these buses up they're never going to drive like cars. Your car wouldn't drive like a car if you put this much crap in it.
I downshift my 545 on hills. It resists against the bus but slowing down 19,000 lbs is just to much weight for the engine and requires a little braking to assist. I'm starting to think that's the little transmission that could.
of course part of trucking-101 is using your transmission and engine as brakes as much as possible.. that IS part of safe driving..

I'll know a LOT about my bus once I get it home as my first trip embarks on tuesday and will consist of now 1500 miles instead of 1100.. since my A/C system is ready to be picked up.. so rather than spend $500+ in pallet shipping to my home I decided im just going to take the bus to get it ..

but im just wondering on the shifter pattern as tango is using a 6 speed.. im wondering if his shifter is 6 position or if it has buttons to downshift t othe lowest gears..

if I hate my 545 im simply going to swap it for a 1000 series.. but im pretty sure after 1500 miles on the road I'll know if I hate the 545..

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Hey Tango your project is coming along quite nicely, man you've done a lot of customizing and still have a lot to do.....keep up the great work.
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