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Old 05-11-2010, 07:35 AM   #41
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Re: 1951 IHC Aggie Tailgater

no problems. still goign to have to build some brackets for the shocks to mount to. i ended up using the springs from the bus, ubolts from the dually, the springs lined up perfectly on what were the overload pads on the axle, so all i ended up having to do was measure and drill out 2 holes for the bolt that runs thru the springs. frontend is going to be a bit more work. i managed to get the front clip removed from the bus last night. still have a fair bit more work to do on both the bus frame and the dually front clip before they'll mate up, most likely going to save that for the weekend, unless my wife decides we're having our baby before that
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Old 05-12-2010, 12:52 PM   #42
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Re: 1951 IHC Aggie Tailgater

i could see that. and i'm still going to reuse them. no more than this bus will be doing, i'm less than worried about it.
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Old 05-12-2010, 01:48 PM   #43
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Re: 1951 IHC Aggie Tailgater

It's your bus to do with as you please, but if you're going to be driving it at all, new U- bolts aren't that expensive, and used ones are highly prone to breakage after loosening and then re- torquing. Just my $.02...
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Old 05-12-2010, 03:57 PM   #44
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Re: 1951 IHC Aggie Tailgater

goal at current is to get it back together in order to beable to move it. if a ubolt pops moving it from one bay of the shop to the other, or outside, so be it. bus isn't going anywhere more than 100 yard until september so in the now the used ones won't be an issue.
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Old 05-19-2010, 03:31 PM   #45
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Just about have the front clip put in. still need to make a few more braces/gussets. have boxed the frames together. still need to built the brackets for the orginal bumper for the front of the dually frame and do a few other odds and ends. overall it went together fairly easily. will try to take some pics this weekend and post them.
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:45 AM   #46
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had a good weekend on the bus, did a bit more suring up on the frontend. put the front bumper back on, started working on putting the tilt steering column in, and the double master cylinder, was rather suppried, all the rear brake lines just bolted right up. from the bus to the dually axle. oh just for smithy, and bust-ed, went ahead and replace the ubolts, also installed a set of air bags on the back hopefully that will make for a better ride. didn't manage to take any pics. will try and get a few snapped this week to post.
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Old 05-24-2010, 09:26 PM   #47
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some pics.




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Old 05-24-2010, 09:33 PM   #48
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I have a stupid question, it appears to me teh steering column seems a little far for the driver to reach. Is it the picture, or just my bifocals playing trick on me again?
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Old 05-24-2010, 09:45 PM   #49
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i have freakishly long arms.. no actually the seat is slid all the way back right now.it is an air ride seat out of a peterbuilt, sits a lil tall but when i sit down in it, its an entire foot lower. plus slide it foward a notch or 2. i'm 6'3 so i do have kinda long arms
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Old 05-24-2010, 10:18 PM   #50
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That IHC is a REALLY cool design. I really appreicate it went into some good hands with the resources to do the job right! I'd love to do something like that, but I lack the resources. I'm trying to keep my project under $4K total, 1/2 being changing the hog head to a better ratio.... I can't wait to see it completed. I'm sure it will be AWESOME!!!!
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Old 05-24-2010, 10:32 PM   #51
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Thanks, i've had alot of fun working on it. well i guess i'd call it fun. can barely lift my right arm after torqing all of the ubolts yesterday. but i'll call it fun none the less as for as having the resources, i've got very little in this phase of the bus. the dualy that was the donor for most of the parts i'm using paid for itself when i sold the cab of of it.

my wife and i are expecting our first baby any day now, so my time to work on the bus is going to steeply decline shortly. luckly i've gotten enough done in the last month or so that it shouldn't be too hard to finish the rest of it up before september when Aggie football fires back up! reguardless paint is going to have to wait at least until next year. the old IHC is going to require a good bit of body work, she has alot of cancer. looking foward to seeing what you do with big mac too.
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Old 05-24-2010, 10:39 PM   #52
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I have until 7JUN to get anything done. My wife's ride needs to come first. She has a white M1009 I'm in the middle of cancer-proofing. It was a Nevada Forestry truck we got for $450. It runs & drives, but needs LOTS of interior work. She told me I had to get her truck finished BEFORE working on Big Mac. My classes finish on 20AUG. I'll be deep into the books and clinicals. After that I'm looking forward to getting a job! 18 months is a loooooong time to be unemployed.

Question, why was the dually a donor truck? Accident? Rollover? Just curious.....
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Old 05-24-2010, 10:51 PM   #53
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i wanted to go for a higher gear ratio on the rear end, and independant front suspention. before the bus would run 70, but would be turning better than 4grand. prior to modification the bus weighed within a few 100 lbs of exactly what the dually weighed so i figured it would work good. i found it on craigslist around montgomery, just happened to be priced right. had been sitting out with no hood on it for about 7 years, so engine was full of water (had a 454 in it). somewhere before me the bus had a 455 big block olds put in it with a turbo 400 tranny. all the mains were leaking on the 455 and a rebuild kit was so i that i decided to put a 6.2 diesel in it and stumbled across a '93 6.5 w/ a turbo (last year before they went computerized)

so i guess the short of it is becuase i can't do anything they easy way and i wanted to see if i could do it. plus i'd seen some pictures of simular year model buses that had something simular done to them.

good luck on the M1009, and on the clinicals!
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Old 06-07-2010, 02:18 PM   #54
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The newest addition to the tailgating crew! my daughter Darby 6/1/2010.
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Old 06-07-2010, 02:25 PM   #55
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that will get you a ticket these days. she can go to college anywhere she wants, and her mom and I will even pay for it if it is A&M.
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Old 06-07-2010, 04:45 PM   #56
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Congratulations, and Welcome new Skoolie-ette! Hope Momma and Baby are doing well!
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Old 06-07-2010, 07:40 PM   #57
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She's sooo cute!!! That ring makes her look like she's got brass knuckles ready to keep you in line Dad...
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:17 PM   #58
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You might want to start looking for a bigger bus right now, so you can squeeze little bits of time in here an there for decking it out, because your free time just shrunk to almost nil!
Good job on bringing in a healthy addition... Cheers!
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Old 06-09-2010, 08:40 AM   #59
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Thanks everybody. She's been a really good baby thus far. planning on working on the bus this weekend, we'll see how that works out
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Old 07-26-2010, 08:08 AM   #60
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It is alive!! got the old bus started yesterday. updates, new fancy alum radiator, lokar floor shifter (to be installed this week) new rubber(slightly used, also to be installed this week), other items on the way. dual electric fans for the radiator, new thremostat, throttle linkage, under dash ac kit, condensor/dryer/etc. still need to build a mount for the transmission cooler. then rebuild the firewall/floorboard. 40 days till the first football game. pleanty of time!

here is a video of the bus running http://www.j2networks.com/bus/busvideo.3gp
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