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Old February 12th, 2017, 05:55 AM
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Hey all!

My name's Joe and I just got a hold of one of my favorite vehicles (probably yours too) a '67 M715 and boy is she a beauty Clark. I picked it up this weekend the the help of some friends. She doesn't run at the moment but everything is there and supposedly it ran when it was parked a couple years a go. The body is super solid as well as the frame. Only surface rust on the frame and one small hole in the back of the cab (not visible unless underneath). Ideally, in my dream world, I'd like to swap in a 5.7 Hemi with a manual transmission and tcase behind it but that's a little ways down the road. First thing's first, getting it running and driving as is so I can play with it this summer!

So here's where she sits: Electrical works enough to crank the starter, gauges light up, blower motor works, clutch works, and not much else haha. I need to figure out how to get the spark plugs out to check for spark and I'm sure that the carb is clogged. I also need to check her compression but my fingers are crossed. Once I coax her to start and run, the next problem is the trans is stuck in 1st. Hopefully it's just a linkage issue. brakes go to the floor (not really surprised), fuel system needs cleaned/replaced, and she definitely needs a canvas top. Anyways, I'll have plenty of questions and hopefully I can turn this old girl into a reliable, short distance daily.

Here she is in all her glory!




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and here's where she'll sit until I can free up some garage space
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Old February 12th, 2017, 09:56 AM
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Welcome to the club. You will find many answers here, quite a group of friendly and non-judgemental guys, unlike other websites that I frequent.

I am in the group of "Stock" trucks. I have removed a few "improvements" to my truck making it close to original. Why? First of all, that is what I like. But if it is stock, all of the Technical Manuals apply and are readily available here.

Please keep us posted.
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Old February 12th, 2017, 10:14 AM
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Hey all!

My name's Joe and I just got a hold of one of my favorite vehicles ...

...I need to figure out how to get the spark plugs out to check for spark and I'm sure that the carb is clogged. I also need to check her compression but my fingers are crossed. Once I coax her to start and run, the next problem is the trans is stuck in 1st. Hopefully it's just a linkage issue. brakes go to the floor (not really surprised), fuel system needs cleaned/replaced, and she definitely needs a canvas top. Anyways, I'll have plenty of questions and hopefully I can turn this old girl into a reliable, short distance daily.
Fuel systems are always a problem. The tank most likely has tons of rust in it which will continue to clog the system. I opted for a new tank made by a member here.

Brakes, again, I went stock, retained the single system but all new steel lines, new master cylinder and new wheel cylinder. Others can show you how to change to a dual master cylinder if you choose that route.

Plugs need a crow's foot to get the wire off. Then, the plugs just come out of the head. Here is what the crow's foot looks like:





The spark plug. Note, there are two different lengths that have come up with our trucks. In my truck now are the ones that are a little too long. They are difficult to get the crow's foot on. I have since gotten the other plug (from NAPA) and will eventually change them. I will get the numbers for you later today or tomorrow:

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Old February 13th, 2017, 05:55 PM
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Thanks for the welcome Don!

We got the plugs out and cleaned up and wouldn't you know it, it started and ran! granted, we had to pour fuel down the carb but she started up super easy! I've never had an old carb engine start with so little drama. Now on to the rest of what needs help. I need to replace everything that is rubber, clean out the fuel tank, replace the rubber fuel filler neck (ripped in half), get the trans out of gear, service the brakes (pedal goes to floor, probably rotted hoses), and maybe, I can take her for a spin! There's probably some other parts that I'm forgetting but who cares! A 50year old engine that hasn't ran in years ran!
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Welcome and enjoy! These trucks are a blast to work on.

Our trucks may have been stationed at the same place at one point... That cab roof looks like it may have been made by the same meathead that made mine.
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Congrats on your purchase! If you are interested in selling some of the troop seat parts: I am interested!
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Congrats on your purchase! If you are interested in selling some of the troop seat parts: I am interested!
Actually, the uprights for the troop seats are in backwards with the boards facing out!
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Those 2 leaves were not in the spring pack clamps so just removing the center bolt gave access. NAPA had new bolts in stock.
I haven't done the rear yet but will probably do that in the near future.

For the crossmember, I'm going to the local scrap yard and see if they'll cut 1 out for me. Then trim it to width.
I know how far forward I can go and put reference marks on the engine to indicate height. What I'm trying to do is raise it about 2".

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Just a couple comments ...

With a heavy engine you do have to worry about the springs. Mine have a couple leafs pulled and mine are deforming.

[IMG]DSC01849 by , on Flickr[/IMG]

The springs were ok for the first year or two but I started to notice them saggin. This is with a 7.3 so its a bit of a heavy pig but not much lighter than the v10. The rest of your drivetrain is going to be heavier than what I'm using so it will be pretty close to what mine is in the end.

I used the stock crossmenber from the donor truck, just welded a couple bits of angle so it can rest on the top of the frame. I have it bolted in from there. Makes taking the engine out and returning it very easy and uncomplicated. The engine was installed and removed many times during the course of my build and this was a really nice feature. I don't have any good pics but you can see a little of it in the pic above.

If you want I can get a couple good pics tonight after work.

Keep up the good work.

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yeah, I had been wondering about the weight. I imagine I'll leave them for now and see how it rides. I think the V10 weights something like 830lbs wet. I know it;s a bear to move around on the engine stand.

Actually, I just did the math. the original drive train weighted ~875lb and the new one is ~1200lbs. the stock springs might be ok with and extra 300lbs on them
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