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Done a few more bits and bobs to the ol' truck recently.
Spent a few hours on the wheels trying to remove the rust spots; all but one came up really nice.
Tidied up the interior and made it a little more civilised in there by insulating the roof with some camping mat. Four rolls of it for eight quid. Bit fiddly, but not a bad job at all, proper headlining next...
When bought the bed was covered in a sort of unattractive grey fibreglass finish. I pulled the rotten wood out of the bed, gave all the metalwork a couple of coats of black and a good splosh of greasy goo on the floor. Flipped over the wood and cleaned and sanded it, then once back in I gave it all a coat of Danish oil. Also , got round to making up some new chains for the tailgate to replace the existing dog clips.
And, finally for now, I made a filler cap from a 500 Triumph piston to replace the temp'/economy one that was on it, looked great in my head... Oh well...
Had my first chance to put some proper miles on the truck last night after its recent steering box rebuild and doghouse repairs. We did around ninety miles, cruising mostly at about sixtyish on the dual carriageway. Even overtook someone. Feel so much more confident driving it now that its steering properly.
The doghouse work was well worthwhile as well, even in 29C heat it was comfortable in there and we could still hear when we got to the meet. Still want to tweak things a bit more but was well chuffed, enjoyable drive...
It's a 200c.i. three speed.
Parked up with a stunning Studebaker...
Posted this on the Vintage Vans forum so thought I'd copy it here with a few tweaks...
Woo hooo!!! My truck actually steers! Having never so much as seen one of these before I bought it, let alone having driven one, I had no standard by which to judge the steering on mine other than it was crap. There was serious play at the steering wheel which meant every bump and shimmy required about eight inches of steering, the first four of which did little or nothing and the second four graunched the road wheels about a bit. Manoeuvring at parking speed was a hugely physical struggle that normally left me dripping with sweat and parked at some strange angle compared to everybody else... well... something had to be done.
I bought a used, but useable, box from a guy in Illinois - two days later it was here in England, a week later after clearing customs, it was with me.
It felt okay, but the adjuster was wound in and it looked like a strip and clean wouldn't do any harm.
On stripping it I found one of the nylon bearing cages had broken up, but the worm and roller were in fine condition.
I stripped my existing box and luckily one of the cages was still intact.
I renewed all the balls, found a couple of generic metric seals that I managed to fit and flushed the casing clean.
Putting it all back together is about as simple a rebuild as you can find - there really is bugger all to these things.
I spent an hour or so shimming the end float, no factory tools, so I went with feel - took a while.
Refitted the cross shaft and cover with a home made gasket.
There was some surface wear on the bearing races, but this is a steering box on a truck that it is unlikely to cover many miles - it's not a motor with a shaft spinning at high r.p.m. so I didn't consider it a problem.
I've filled the box with steering fluid, but if it finds its way out I may go to a liquid grease. For now tho', we have no leaks.
Whilst it was all out I flushed out and greased the column bearing which had been a bit rough, rebuilt the indicator (flasher) switch and made a spacer for under the steering wheel.
So what's it drive like? Absolutely transformed it. I no longer brace myself when I see oncoming trucks, or panic when I use the brakes or have to take a hand to change gear. Yes, it still wanders, but that's a characteristic of the beam axle and cart springs, but I can correct it now with a gentle one handed pressure on the wheel.
It's not perfect, but probably as good as you will get. I doubt the wear on the races will affect it, I did try to find complete new bearings but failed dismally as none of the suppliers I contacted could get anywhere near them. Over here or over there. Simple satisfying job, but you will need a pitman arm puller, thankfully a Dart owning friend was good enough to lend me his. Total cost including shipping and customs was about $300 - value wise, probably the best $300 I'll ever spend on it.
The pic's show the bearings and oil seals I bought ($10?), and the condition of the worm and roller in my existing box compared to the replacements. The originals had nearly worn to points in places and had sharp edges, not surprising as the box was full of California sand when I got it...
Spencer and 68RR, yes it does still have the "leanin' tower of power" - Kev Rooney called it that when I bought it, hadn't heard the expression before. It's the little 170c.i./2800c.c. with about a hundred brake, and a three speed column shift. Enough to roll about but certainly not enough for wheels up standing quarters. Love the idea of tuning the six, but at the moment the priority is making it steer - sort that and it will be much quicker all round.
That 225 of yours with all the nice bits sounds like it could be fun. There's an A100 guy in the States with a cool 225 in an old '29 Dodge truck, nice to see something different.
300 HP ... 'tis enough !!
I'm lovin' that little truck, does it still have the "leanin' tower o' power" /6 under the hood,?
I have a 225 + parts waiting to go in something someday, forged rods and pistons, ,Aussie roller rockers, Crower solid cam kit, they are great engines for what they are.
Nice job on the doghouse repair
Brilliant - made me smile, cheers. Subtle hint that I need a bigger motor...
Thought you might like this .
I might re do the " little red " bits .....
Finally got around to tackling the noise and heat issue in the cab... Pulled the doghouse apart and found that most of the bolts were missing, huge gaps between the joins, and the rear panel was pretty shot - way beyond my welding talents. So, to cut a long story short it was repaired with whatever I had handy. Twas then insulated with old camper insulation and covered in aluminium foil tape. Computer server rack cage nuts were just about the right size to fit the floor and the whole lot bolted down nicely after a quick tart up. Thankfully the floor was in fine condition. Cut about an old Triumph air filter as the original was missing and added some chequer plate rubber mat and we can now hold a conversation at normal road speeds! Quieter, better insulated, and better looking (all on the cheap). Well chuffed.
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