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Mike Stearns

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About Mike Stearns

  • Birthday 12/11/1964

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    Clarks Hill, IN
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    Fire trucks,classic cars,woodworking

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  1. You will need to know the serial number of the block when you order gaskets from Olson’s. You may also need a picture of the block with the head. I got a kit mid spring and cost about $600. It was very well labeled and great quality. Mike
  2. It’s a inline 6 truck engine
  3. Does anyone know if there’s a kit for the rd450? I would like to go to a spin on instead of the cartridge type. Thanks Mike
  4. That’s ugly. Wish I could help. Good luck
  5. I would like to know where I can find the model number on a truck trans. It’s a 5 speed. Thanks mike
  6. Thanks guys. That’s what I will need once the gaskets get here. Much appreciated. Mike
  7. I hate it when someone borrows a tool and doesn’t return it.
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    I’m looking for a manual for my rd450. I’m replacing the head gasket and need to know torque sequence and settings. It’s a 1950s engine. I’ve been searching online with no luck so far. Please let me know if you know of a source. Thanks mike
  9. I’m in the process of replacing the head gasket in a rd450. When I pulled the rockers and push rods, one of the intake push rods has some unusual wear and will need to be replaced. Does anyone know of a source to get one? Thanks mike
  10. The rear end ratio is 6.90 I did find the info late last night that I was looking for. It explains how the system is supposed to work. Since I have already rebuilt the carb and it runs a lot better. If I disconnected the lines, I can get 3000 rpms or more. I took the rotor back out and disassembled it again. I found what is called the governor valve assembly frozen in the idle position. I used some pb blaster and let it sit for awhile. After a little pressure it freed up and was able to take it apart. I little more cleaning, it moved freely. I have reassembled it, but it will be some time before I can verify that it fixed. I need to finish regaskering the engine, painted and reinstalled in the frame. Time will tell. Mike
  11. Dale, I’m going to disagree with you. There are reasons why the governor is on this engine. I may not like it, but I will get it fixed and working properly. I’m not going to disconnect it. All I’m after is information on how this is supposed to work so I can fix it properly. There’s something wrong with the system and I think it is in the part that’s under the distributor. Mike
  12. My dad was a master mechanic. He knew how to read plugs and make adjustments if needed. As hardtail said, manufacturers use certain brands plugs. Dad and now me will put oem plugs in. We had to replace bad plugs before. Dad always said that the engineers knew more about it than he did when it comes to designing. He just knew how to fix them
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