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Mike Stearns

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  1. We had a 20’ pontoon. Great fishing boat. The wife started calling it “ The Professional Worm Drowners “. So I painted it on the front gate. When asked, I would just say “ the wife’s idea “. Mike
  2. 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
  3. We had a tile contractor hire us to core holes in floor tile, 24x24, for floor drains and clean outs. We used a big core machine with a 6” bit. Took me all day to do them and only broke 1. Customer was quite pleased.
  4. I’m a plumber by trade and I’ve drilled more holes in tile than I care to. The mini core bit works best with lots of water with a drill speed of 2000 rpms. You can pick up the bits at the big box stores. Mike
  5. It’s a inline 6 truck engine
  6. 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
  7. It almost always rain when we go camping. If it’s in the middle or a drought, it will rain on us.
  8. I’ve read and been told to fill crankcase full of oil. Remove plugs, fill with oil and replace. I like the loosening of the rockers as supermechanic said. I’d even fill the intake and valve covers. Any oil inside will have some moisture in it so you’ll want to get as much as possible out. When your ready, drain everything and start it up. It will definitely be a smoker for awhile. Mike
  9. That’s ugly. Wish I could help. Good luck
  10. Looks great. I would put a couple of supports from the center just below the shaft to the base at an angle. I’ll agree with Mike H about the shaft length. Mike
  11. Get a dumpster and a tractor. Scrap the frame. Don’t repurposed the frame. You’ll be better off in the long run. Rv frames are quite lite.
  12. Started out with a 68 Starcraft pop up. Had it 10+ years. I rebuilt just about everything on it. Sold it and got a Gulf Stream conquest. It’s 29 feet from ball to bumper with a slide. They say it can sleep 9, but only if 7 are kids. The wife calls it a hotel on wheels. We like to go to a campground that has a 400 acre lake. It’s about 40 miles away. I’m ready to go and just get away for the weekend. Mike
  13. Great choice. I did the same thing about 10 years ago to pull my camper.
  14. All I know was they have been hauling in all week from somewhere. I didn’t hear any emergency vehicles. The tow company was a red rotator with 5 axles. Sorry I didn’t the name.
  15. When I was at work today, I saw this on one of my trips to my van at the next construction site. Someone definitely didn’t have a Good Friday. I saw it hooked up to the tow truck and I’d say the frame and bed are twisted quite bad.
  16. I would like to know where I can find the model number on a truck trans. It’s a 5 speed. Thanks mike
  17. Thanks guys. That’s what I will need once the gaskets get here. Much appreciated. Mike
  18. 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
  20. Way back when I was working for a GC, the last piece of drywall got signed by everyone there. Sometimes we would put pop cans on the wall with dates on them. Mike
  21. 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
  22. 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
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