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Mike Stearns

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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. 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

  3. 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

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  4. 8 hours ago, TractormanMike.mb said:

    That thought crossed my mind but then I start thinking. I could maybe make a nice trailer out of the frame and axles, you know because I really need another project to work on. Also there is nothing better than a half ass trailer that really doesn't work well for anything when a decent trailer can be bought for probably less than what I would have into repurposing that junk.

    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. 

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  5. 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

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  6. 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. 

  7. 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. 


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  8. 2 hours ago, supermechanic said:

    Perhaps a local library may have a copy of 1962 Motor's Truck Repair Manual.

     I had a copy at one time, it was lent out to someone  and never came back.

    I hate it when someone borrows a tool and doesn’t return it. 

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 6 hours ago, J-Mech said:

    To prevent ignorant operators from damaging it.  Really.  That is why.  It was easy to overspeed a truck engine with a 5.XX:1 rear end ratio. 

    Based off of??? That it's the part you haven't taken apart? Or did you run tests?  

    Dale has the info above.

    Good luck fixing it.  It's no fun and if it is as wore as some I've seen, it won't be cheap to get all the parts made.  They don't build parts for those anymore.

    There was a place in Alabama that specialized in Holley vacuum governed carbs.  Search around.  Might still be in business. 

    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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