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Old 09-12-2013, 03:43 PM   #541
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Hey Jack...ain't it always somethin'? But I'm confident you'll find some electro-hydraulic surplus NASA Saturn 5, self-regulating and auto de-phloogeralizing stainless-steel ball valves with digital real-time readouts to handle the task automatically. Piece-O-cake...right?

And speaking of " Piece-O-cake"...I'm beginning to reconsider that "trolly-top" concept once again.

Onward!
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:22 PM   #542
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Hey Tango, hold that thought. Our buses would look real good that way and if I could have afforded a taller garage I'd have done it for sure. As it is I guess I'll just have to live with my cheeze little tilt up

I took my TOAD to what amounts to the last car show of the season around here and met a guy with a 1941 Dodge 6x6. He put a 4 cyl Cummins in it with a 5 spd shifter and is getting 26-27 MPG @ 70 MPH! He is planning to put an old skool camper on it. The truck was just beautiful. He bought the thing in Penn.and had the work done on it there , then drove it to Ca. He said he had seen a school bus body on the same chassis and wished he had bought it. He is the head mechanic for the local port authority and really knows his shiat. Too much fun.

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Old 09-12-2013, 10:03 PM   #543
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I'm way late to the party but just saw this and thought of you: http://montana.craigslist.org/ctd/4017406915.html
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Old 09-14-2013, 10:58 AM   #544
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Hey Jack...the war era Dodges were great old trucks and I am impressed and encouraged by the news that the 4BT will not only pull that beast but get the targeted mpg. Sounds mighty sweet. Me...I'd build a box camper on back. It would be a shame to lose that uber-cool front end. Talk about a "go-anywhere" rig!

Opus --- Damn! Great looking old Chevy and the "meets the minimum" bid price is still only a hundred bucks? Somebody jump on that darlin'! Quick!
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Old 09-18-2013, 09:41 PM   #545
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Hey Tango, you'd better run to your garage to see if your bus is still there! sOMEONE IS TRYING TO SELL IT ON cRAIGS lIST. (See today's for sale posts) I'm always here looking out for my bus buddy--just saying, Jack
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Old 09-24-2013, 05:14 PM   #546
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Hey Jack --- Dangnabbit! Looks like I missed a lot of spare parts while I was gone.
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:43 PM   #547
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Howdy All --- Not one danged bit of real progress to report but I have lined up/enlisted/bartered for a crew to help get the engine and tranny into the tiny little space I have to work with. Thankfully, they are both experienced builders and one is even a diesel mechanic. There may be hope yet!
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Old 10-08-2013, 12:15 AM   #548
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Way to go my friend. While I have no doubt you could stuff that motor with one arm tied behind your back, it sure helps to have a little help along the way. I can't wait to see/hear what you do--so keep them photos flowing! Jack
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Old 10-11-2013, 12:20 PM   #550
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Making some minor headway --- Picking up a power steering gearbox in about an hour. Saw what was on Ol Trunt's and it looked perfect for what I have to do. My original, manual box is mounted inside the frame and has to go. The Cummins won't fit in between those narrow old frame rails with it sticking out there so I've been looking for just such an alternative as came on his Isuzu chassis. Found a pullout from a little NPR for $200 bucks that should do the trick by mounting outside the frame and further back. Will need to build all the connecting hardware and steering column but hey...that's just part of the game...right? Even Jack had to modify his to fit around all the other custom work he's done. Pix when available.
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