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  1. Life has been busy, but I bought another flatbed so I can free this one up for some repairs. I removed the cab tilt cylinder and put a come along in its place. I pulled the floor down, and started massaging that buckled back wall and floor. Got the vertical steel flattened out pretty good. After grinding out quite a bit of bondo the root of the problem revealed itself. The floor seams had rotted out, and four patch panels were slapped down in an attempt to get the truck back on the road. There’s no structure on the drivers side at all, so I’m going to start cutting the floor out to repair this mess. I’m no body man but I suppose a floor is as good a place to learn as any.
  2. I've mounted a Stellar knuckleboom crane to my Cargostar that I purchased used from truck being parted out. It has a hydraulic air compressor mounted to it, which is not covered in the factory literature. The hydraulic pump has been rebranded "Force America" so I'm not able to research the spec sheet on this pump. It's a double gear pump (I believe is the correct term), so one output goes to the crane hydraulic manifold, and the other output goes to the hydraulic motor on the compressor. The problem, which is which? To me it would seem the output on the end of the pump is probably low pressure suited for the compressor. In the picture you can see the suction port on the top, then a pressure port directly opposing it on the bottom, and the second pressure port on the end. Seeking advice from those more knowledgeable in this matter. I did seek out information from Force America but have not heard back.
  3. Oh wow, mine is in bad shape then. Yes that helps tremendously thank you!
  4. Yea, there isn't anything but sheet metal protecting my knees in a front end collision. Got damn good air brakes though! Always gotta be strapped to the seat or you risk getting ejected through the windshield. Great visibility and manuverabilit in these trucks so it's suited perfectly for the occasional machinery hauling I do in Seattle. But a bear to drive due to no power steering and the 392 gas motor. But I love this truck. Just needs to be protected from a slow rusty death, much like all International trucks. I've been picking away at the rust and body filler packed in the seams this week, and it looks like the floor should in fact have a bit of slope from the center. Just not as much as it does now. I'm going to remove the lift cylinder and put a hydraulic puller in there. Might try a come-along first, but probably going to need the hydraulics. The shifter gasket is 1/2" below the floor, so I'll pull until that gap gets eliminated or reduced. Beyond that, as long as the broken seams line up decently at the back of the footwell I'll call it good and start welding in new steel.
  5. Hey guys, Can anybody post a pic or tell me if the shape of my floor is normal or not? There's a large hump in the middle and a strange wrinkle on the vertical sheet going up to the seat pan. The seams have all separated and need to be welded back up. When tilting the cab, the lift cylinder makes the floor flex, pop and bend. I think this stress point has bent the floor, but I've never sat in another Cargostar before so no way to know. I'd like to address the repairs this summer while the weather is good here in Washington.
  6. I've got a 1974 Cargostar 1810B with the SV392 engine and air brakes. Manual steering, and man what a bear to drive in the city. I've got to navigate tight parking lots, bay doors and yards every time I use this truck, and it's damn hard work. I've got respece for the men that drove these in the 70's. Anybody know where I can find a power steering gear and pump setup for this truck? I found a used box which is a Sheppard 292. But not sure which pump and bracket I'll need to mount on a 392 with air brakes. I suppose I could just make my own, but who knows if I'll need a different steering shaft, coupler, etc. Here's a shot of my manual steering gear, which mounts inside the frame with the steering linkage on the outside.
  7. If you're intending to haul a travel trailer long distances I personally would repower the truck. I've got a Cargostar with the 392 and Fuller 5 speed, with a 10,000 lb compressor system on the back. It barely has enough power to get out of it's own way, and seriously gets about 2-3 mpg. I took the load off and empty I'm getting around 4mpg. It's fine for short trips around town, which is all I use it for and why I've left it alone. But for highway duty like you're planning on doing I would swap in a modern engine for better driveability and economy.
  8. I've got a '74 Cargostar with air brakes and a Fuller manual transmission. It has a clutch master cylinder that mounts in the same spot as your brake master, and looks the same. I bought a new unit from Rock Auto for $112.61. It doesn't show a part for a '74, but the part for a 1980 looked the same and had the same bore size so I took a chance and bought it. Centric part number 136.83003 and has an 1-1/8" bore. Fit perfect and works great. I looked up your truck and it says to use Centric 136.83002, but the picture doesn't look right. If you can confirm it has an 1-1/8" bore you could order the same one I got. Only difference I can see from your pic is that the filler is on the opposite side.
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