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Old 03-01-2014, 10:45 AM   #631
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Old 03-01-2014, 03:35 PM   #632
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What a Sweetheart Opus! --- And in much better shape than mine was. Still have the issue of gearing for anything more than 45 mph, but it sure looks to me like a great starter platform.

Please...somebody buy this! If I weren't so far into mine, Id be all over that dumplin'.
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Old 03-18-2014, 10:37 AM   #633
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It has a brand new mechanical lift pump. I had a local outfit (Diesel Specialists) go through the whole motor to bring it up to specs. Wound up replacing the exhaust header, turbo & lift pump and put in all new injectors. Once this thing is installed, I don't want to be putzing with it for as long as possible. Compression was still dead on factory numbers. It had a Cummins ReCon tag that was less than 2 years old but the actual mileage was unknown. It is a 130 horse version out of a P-30 box van and came with an Allison 543 which I replaced with a 4th gen, double OD Allison 6 speed. Great thing about the newest trannies is that they are "smart" but do not require all the exotic electronics the previous series did. Needs nothing but a TPS (throttle position sensor) to talk to the motor.

I find it a bit ironic that you can buy "new improved" all electronic Cummins engines all day long for about half what the old school, two-wire motors sell for these days. Is there a message there?

What is your engine set up like?
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Old 03-18-2014, 12:58 PM   #634
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The newest Allison's have an internal controller that "learns" from the TPS and driving patterns, so technically, there will be that one computer thingie on board (shudder).

And you are on target buying up every Cummins you can get your hands on. Beats playing the stock market for sure. A guy here in Houston did the same back in the '90's and ended up with a gigantic warehouse stacked full to the rafters with 4's and 6's that he got for a nickel on the dollar. Made a fortune just cleaning them up and selling them "as is" (he did confirm which were "runners"). Sold several boatloads to overseas buyers and retired at about 33 last I heard.

And I don't know what kind of gearing you are looking for on the tranny, but there are tons of old MT543's lying around to be had really cheap these days and they are still pretty darned hard to break. Course a ten-speed manual would give you more options.

And I like the rat rod idea. No doubt you've seen what some of the guys on "4BT Swaps" have done. The HP freaks are getting over 800 out of the fours and it seems I read recently about a six that was pulling something like 1200 running four turbos. NUTS...but very cool. And I can't even imagine what the torque must be like.
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Old 04-01-2014, 02:14 PM   #635
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Wonderful job thus far Tango, I will say you have more determination and patience than I do. I bought a 75 scout II on craigslist when I was in Iraq. I came home on leave toyed with it a little sat in it with the kids and then went back to work for a few months. when I got home I realized in IH motor was locked up so I took the whole thing to the scrap yard.....wich turned out a blessing because it broke in half coming off the trailer I hadn't even noticed the "repaired" section on the frame. and If I had my shop finished and my K&T 3 mill I would machine those rims for you wouldn't take any time at all....dont let them gouge you at the machine shop I would imagine you should be looking at like 420 bucks for the set. that's roughly 70 an hour with an hour for each rim (it wont take that)
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Old 04-01-2014, 10:34 PM   #636
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Thanks Tex --- I am waaaay behind on this old girl and really need to readjust my whole life so I can get back to her. Have a couple of buddies from The ArtCar Museum here in Houston lined up to help with installing the engine and tranny. They have built some genuinely amazing, weird and wonderful stuff and possess skills I only dream about, so I'm hoping to have it all in before Summer is over. Still have lots of body work to do, but "Hobby Welding" I can handle. Still on the hunt for that 10 lug Dana 80 duallie rear end with the right gearing but haven't given up yet. Gotta find it before the wheel deal is needed but really appreciate the heads up on the machine work. Thanks.

Sounds like you parted with the Scout at just the right time bud! Better then than over the road after putting a ton of money in it.

Funny how some things work out. BTW...what part of Texas are you in?
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" buddies from The ArtCar Museum here in Houston"? What happened to the Swedish Bikini Team? I was just starting to pack up to come over and------help you---and now this?
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Thanks Tex --- BTW...what part of Texas are you in?
I live in Gatesville wich is right by waco (45 min).


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Sounds like you parted with the Scout at just the right time bud! Better then than over the road after putting a ton of money in it.
And that is exactly what I told my daughter when we saw it happen because she was pretty bummed we weren't going to get to paint it purple like she wanted lol. She was 5 at the time and I really was going to paint it purple for her.
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Jack --- The Swedish Bikini Team will be here to cheer on the ArtCar guys and hand out cold beer, so come on down.

Tex --- Sounds like you not only saved several lives...but quite a few rattle cans of purple paint as well!
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Tango,

I'm in Katy. I'll bring our conversation over here and continue. My '88 Ford is near Brookshire in storage. If you're interested I'm sure we can do some horse trading on hours and such. I'd LOVE to help with the install. Was an ASE certified Master diesel mechanic back in the late '90s. Looking to get it back over the summer for Katy ISD down the road. It would be a good learning experience for M1009, my son. Just getting over being sick the past two days....

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