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Old September 8th, 2020, 11:06 AM
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Hey all. I recently dropped a deposit on a very solid M715 up in KY. I知 going this Sunday to pick it up and bring her to her new home in Tennessee.

Currently I plan on just getting her up and running and redoing the brakes. Once that is finished I will start doing body work while I drive it....and I値l be collecting the parts I plan on upgrading.

I plan on eventually replacing the axles.....(thinking f350 axles)
Putting in a ZF S542 trans
Married Ford NP205
And a 6bt Cummings.

I知 wanting to make a very reliable Overlander/hauler

About me: I知 an army veteran with 2 tours in Iraq. I知 an engineer (I use solidworks for a living) I知 a fabricator and avid hot Rodder. This will be my 1st four wheel drive that I have built. Pictured below are the pics from the sale. I will post more after I get her home.
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Old September 8th, 2020, 11:08 AM
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A few more pictures
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Old September 8th, 2020, 11:11 AM
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1 more picture. This is basically the style I知 going for...if anyone has info on the the truck pictured below please share
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Old September 8th, 2020, 03:20 PM
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Welcome to the Zone brother! Keep those pics coming as you progrsss. Good project truck.
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Old September 8th, 2020, 05:28 PM
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Welcome home and thanks for your service. Look forward to seeing your progress. Looks like you got a good truck to start with.
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Old September 9th, 2020, 09:27 AM
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Nice starting point-- that bed is in really nice shape!
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Old September 20th, 2020, 06:45 PM
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Finally got her home. And have been looking her over real good. So far here is what I have found.

The Good:

The body is super solid. Only rust is in the rockers. And have a small repair on the top of the tub on back corners. Other than that just some dents and such to work out.

Bed is almost perfect.

The Bad:

Missing a few part. Generator, starter, fuel pump, dip stick, radiator, seats, coil.

Exhaust manifold is cracked.

And the Big Bad.....Maybe. The motor is stuck. I got the plugs out late this evening. Sprayed some PB blast in them. I値l pour some ATF in them tomorrow and let them soak for a few days, maybe a week.

Hopefully I can get it unstuck and spinning freely.

I have already found a lot of the missing parts....just waiting to see if I can free the engine up before I get them.
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Old September 20th, 2020, 09:17 PM
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Looks pretty nice, especially the bed and tail gate, for a fire truck. Welcome aboard.
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Old September 23rd, 2020, 04:40 PM
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Well....Bad news is the engine is still stuck.
Good news is I don’t think it’s anything catastrophic.

I drained the oil, dropped the pan, and pulled the valve cover. Every thing looks good and clean...what I can see of the cylinder walls looks good...so I am assuming the top of one of the cylinders has some light rust in it (probably from an open valve). I poured marvel mystery oil in all the cylinders and I’m letting them soak for a few days. Hopefully that will be enough to free her up.

Wish me luck. Lol
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Old September 24th, 2020, 07:25 AM
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Well....Bad news is the engine is still stuck.
Good news is I don稚 think it痴 anything catastrophic.

I drained the oil, dropped the pan, and pulled the valve cover. Every thing looks good and clean...what I can see of the cylinder walls looks good...so I am assuming the top of one of the cylinders has some light rust in it (probably from an open valve). I poured marvel mystery oil in all the cylinders and I知 letting them soak for a few days. Hopefully that will be enough to free her up.

Wish me luck. Lol
I've read accounts of one-lung pump engines recovered from river beds and restored to running, and one takeaway was the amount of time freeing a stuck engine can take. Be prepared to let it soak for weeks, not days. The engine I read about took months to free up.
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