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Old 12-02-2014, 11:19 PM   #821
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Re: '46 Chevy Shorty

I had one of those on my 86 F250.
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Old 12-03-2014, 09:24 AM   #822
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Thanks guys --- there was nothing like what you describe when I got the axle but it could easily have gone awol at the wrecking yard. I guess I could check another '98 C3500 or try and find a parts manual to see if that year & model had such a gizmo.
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Old 12-17-2014, 10:04 AM   #823
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Minor Milestone --- Well, at least the rear end is back on the ground. This sucker has been balanced on top of jackstands and house jacks on stacks of lumber with all her wheels off for the past couple of months and making me really nervous. The new Dana80HD axle and springs are now hung and have the new 19.5 rims and tires mounted. Nice to be back on solid ground again. At least in the rear. The front is prepped and waiting for a disk brake conversion that has been in the works for about three years. Hopefully, it will be completed and ready to mount this millennium.

A few other projects are moving along...albeit slowly.


New axle, springs, rims, tires.


White looking painted areas are the exterior body panels treated in the HyTech ceramic bead coating. The inner panels will get it too.


My new 250 amp alternater and the new A/C compressor have arrived. Sorting out the mounting of everything so it will all (hopefully) fit under that pointy nosed hood.


And, just in case you know of anyone looking for original factory issue 1942 to early 1947 20" x 5" Chevy truck rims...I have a bunch. The three new looking tires in the front are taking their place so the originals have to go...cheap.

ONWARD!
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Old 12-17-2014, 11:00 AM   #824
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You're my hero....albeit a slow moving hero. ;)
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Old 12-17-2014, 11:03 AM   #825
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Congrats on the rear axle install. It looks like it belonged there originally. The pulley on that high output alt would be happy as the drive for one of those huge blowers used on the dragsters . Stay warm and keep wrench'n! Jack
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Old 12-18-2014, 12:35 AM   #826
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Thanks guys, I'll take all the encouragement I can get --- And Jack...I would have thought that 8 row belt drive would look familiar. Doesn't your Isuzu have pretty much the same engine as the 4BT Cummins?
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Old 12-18-2014, 11:11 AM   #827
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Thanks Dan --- I really do want to do all I can to keep this old girl on the road and functional for as long as possible. Meanwhile...I got nothing but a really cold shoulder from the people over at the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America. Seems they are only friendly to restoration purists. Any Chevy that's not precisely the way it came off the assembly line, they consider a sacrilegious abomination.
I'm sure when you mentioned a mopar powertrain it was t minus 5 seconds to *click* Now if you told them you were putting a lsx motor in it they might have had a different tune.

Been catching up on your thread (as I'm sure my comment to your very old post indicated) and its quite enjoyable. Thanks for documenting the process so well, I feel like I'm reading a good book. Please don't spoil the ending.
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Old 12-18-2014, 11:50 AM   #828
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Hey Tango, I know you've posted info on your 4BT somewhere --but I can't find it now. My Chevy/Isuzu 5.2l , produces 205 hp @ 2400 rpm and 415 lb/ft @ 1850 rpm. The alternator is a wimpy little 6 groove 105 amp affair that I imagine puts out just about enough power to run the headlamps and charge the two, 750 cca start batteries . As best I can gather, the 5.2 weighs something like 900 - 950 pounds which seems awfully heavy to me. Jack
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Old 12-18-2014, 02:56 PM   #829
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Hey Jack --- I'm guessing that your 5.2 is second cousin to the 6 cylinder Cummins 5.9 Either way, I'm betting there are quite a few alternater options available. Several are high output replacements for the dual alternater systems found in a lot of emergency equipment. 200 - 275 amps in a single, small package. The bigger output units typically require an external rectifier (mine did) but are still far less complex than running two separate units. And there are lots of pulley options as well.

Found mine through these guys (It is actually for a Ford diesel)...http://www.nationsstarteralternator.com/default.asp

BTW...My little four-banger is 130 hp @ 2300 and about 330 lbs of torque @1700. It weighs in close to 750 lbs.
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Hey H.I.T.T. --- just saw your post. Glad you are enjoying the read. Of course, I'm not really all that into converting a "skoolie". Truth be known, my real mission here is to set a Guinness record for the longest continuous thread ever to run on the internet. And so far, it's lookin' pretty good bud!
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