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Old January 18th, 2014, 05:13 AM
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Default This years project...715 tow rig

And by this year I mean at least to start it....Pics will follow, I plan to take some today. So I have finally built (most) of a garage since I moved down to CT about 5 years ago and I will have room to get some real work done on my 715 project. I have 2 trucks with not a whole lot of military left to them. One has a SBC mated to the t98 the other drivetrain starts at the T-case. All the 24V including the wiring is gone. Both have "hard tops" I don't know if they are any kind of correct.

Now on to the plans and I am hoping you guys will chime in with the advice and knowledge that I have seen for years on this site....I want to keep the sheet metal as original as possible.

Drivetrain loose plans at this point are: Engine,P-pump 6bt; Trans, manual, something bulletproof with overdrive if I find a cummins truck with an NV tranny, I might run that, other possibilites are the Spicer 3053a (or b if I could find it) or something in the Eaton/Fuller family....I am looking into using leaf sprung Ford superduty axles with 4.10 gears and 38" tires it should keep the RPM's down for highway travel. I have a 24' gooseneck trailer that goes about 14,000# with 2 lil' jeeps on it and that is what I need to tow.

The super duty rear seems to clear the 715 springs at the rear calipers, and I can tell the spring perch center to center width is within an inch (haven't been able to get a good measure on the 715 yet, Ford is 37.5" if I am remembering correctly....

Mikel and Defbob, I will be asking to stop by and checkout some of your stuff if that is not a problem? I know the engine is tight and I want to get it right the first time.... I want to mock up or fabricate everything and then completely disassemble everything, blast or otherwise clean, patch, and epoxy, POR, or whatever I can do to ensure that it never rusts like everything else on the roads these days....All new wiring, brake and fuel lines, etc.....

Basically I want it to end up as a brand new old truck. Then I won't have to pay rediculous taxes to the town as well. And it will be one of the coolest trucks around (as long as I don't move any closer to any of you guys)!

When I get the pictures up, I will go into more detail and of course, updates as they happen it wont be super fast, I am still sourcing parts and trying to get power to the garage, but hopefully it will start coming together soon!

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Old January 18th, 2014, 07:20 AM
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That sounds like a cool project Ray, post up pics when you get started
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Old January 18th, 2014, 11:01 AM
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Old January 18th, 2014, 02:14 PM
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Thanks Guys!....This is the first truck I bought. Typical rust for around here unfortunately. FD cut a few extra holes in the bed.





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Old January 18th, 2014, 02:18 PM
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Second truck....350SBC adapted to T98, aluminum radiator, 38" XML's I think? A little more solid.......



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Old January 18th, 2014, 02:23 PM
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And here are two of the Jeeps I'd like to tow and the trailer and the Ford I am planning on replacing.....

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Old January 18th, 2014, 02:31 PM
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Some 15" Stockton wheels with the telltale 6 on huge bolt pattern.....

And the previous engine candidate was a 5oocid caddy next to a spare military motor for my M38 with a T98 and Divorced 205 behind them....


That's it for tonight....off to dinner with some friends....
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Yellow is definitely the better of the two
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Nice to see a project like this in my area. Since your so close I'd be happy to purchase stock drivetrain parts you don't need anymore. I'm acquiring a stockpile to keep my stock truck going. This will be an interesting project to watch.
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I love that M38 cool project can't wait to see what you do.
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