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Old June 21st, 2019, 07:16 AM
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Thanks Jeremy!

I should note that my shop is only 20' x 24' and it's packed full of shelves that store all of my gold mining equipment and everything else one needs to be a relatively self-sufficient human being in the 21st Century. If I had put the truck on the concrete in the shop (for rolling the engine hoist), it would not have fit all the way into the shop and then I would need to leave the shop door open all night for weeks and critters would get inside (including the vandalizing neighborhood kids). Besides, then it would also be difficult to load equipment into my other pickups for other tasks I might need to do.

I am stuck working on the M715 on the gravel floor under the carport; an imperfect situation to be sure. Note to self: Use 3/4" plywood, not OSB. OSB becomes soft when doused with coolant when the old engine is lifted out.

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Old June 21st, 2019, 09:52 AM
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Hey man... sometimes you just got to make s&#% work!
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Old June 21st, 2019, 09:37 PM
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Installed and torqued down both manifolds today. Cleaned up, painted and greased clutch linkage. Flushed and installed Radiator. Oil pressure send unit installed, new fuel line and filter installed, fuel pump installed. Starting to rebuild "Carter" carburetor (It's a real Carter so I will keep it instead of buying a new Carter-type knock off).



I am waiting for a new water pump double pulley because the one I have wobbles. I don't want my new engine to look {{{wobbly}}}.

I should have this rig driving on the road by next week if all goes smoothly.

I bought canvas covers from NewLife Canvas, which will arrive in July. I bought Air Force Veteran stickers for the windows, and a small Air Force flag to fly in front for cruising during "Hot August Nights" this year.

I am not an Air Force Vet, but the truck is!
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Old June 25th, 2019, 08:27 AM
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Default almost done with Engine Install...

I might be able to get the engine running today. There are just a few details left...attach fuel line, attach exhaust, find #1 TDC compression stroke and make sure the distributer is pointing toward #1 cylinder, attach a couple of hoses, fab a support bracket for the fuel line and...that ought to do the trick.!




(Please don't laugh at my rice-burner plug wires. It was the only set in-stock that had elbows on both ends. The black wires were over $60, so...no freakin' way! Red and yellow are Marine Corps colors so I wasn't too terribly offended by them).

Start me up!!

Then I need to take a break for a few weeks for surgery. No big deal, but soon it's time for rest.

I received the truck on February 20th, 2019. It's June 25th, 2019 today, so the preceding pages have documented my truck rebuilding progress for about 4 months.

There's still lots of work to do on this truck. I hope to have it in good working order by August 1 for Reno's "Hot August Nights" (HAN) event. If anyone here is in Reno for HAN and sees my truck, please come and say hello!
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Default Engine starts and Runs...but...

The engine started and runs...YAY!

But... right away there is a problem...the engine is *clattering* and we're trying to figure out what's making the noise. Then I see a big puddle of oil that has dripped from the bell housing, and my friend sees that the oil pressure is at 100 psi. The oil must be blowing past the rear main seal. The pressure is really high and the oil has to go somewhere, right? It seems as though there is a blocked oil passage somewhere. The clattering might be from the lifters, but I dunno...

Not good.

We checked under the filler cap and oil is getting to the valves and to the head.

So, we shut it down right away and we all felt so bummed. I will call the manufacturer in the morning to see if there's anything I can do, but if not, I will need to send it back and get another engine core. Total Bummer. **sigh**

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Bummer. Any way to check the passages?
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