Well, I am sending my WM out to get some much needed repairs done that I cannot do here at my house. I would have to do too much to it to where my HOA neighbors would probably get a little upset, plus I just dont have the time to mess with it at the moment. I am having it done by someone who do a great job and I am looking forward to seeing it when he is finished.
Here is a picture of it being loaded up and heading south. Much thanks to Nate for transporting it for me. Never met him in person before. Its always good when you can meet up face to face and talk IH stuff.
I also recieved good news on my wiring harness from Super Scout. They called me to tell me it was complete, so now I am going to have a lot to when I get the truck back. Before I get into the wiring I plan on finishing the welding in the passenger side and then coating the floors with the liner and get up under the dash with it. Hope this summer is a nice one so I can get all of this work done to it.
I have been looking into putting more rubber on this truck by going from my 31″ tires to a 35″ tire, but to do this, I need to fix a few things, so I am starting with putting on the bigger u bolts for the front axle. After talking with Isa, he found everything I need. Thanks Isa….your the man !! These u bolts are awesome !! I installed the drivers side with no problem, but when I moved on to the passengers side, I realized that there was only one u bolt that went around the diff housing and two bolts that went into the top of the diff. When I started to take the two bolts that were mounted into the diff housing, I found that they were pretty loose. One of them was actually stripped and I could almost pull it out by hand. This is where I am at this point. I am thinking of putting in a heli coil, just have to get the right size. Hopefully I will have time to do this on the weekend.
I also purchased a new pressure hose for my steering pump and a new locking gas cap to keep people from siphoning my tank.
One of my local IH friends, Bill, had asked if I would be interested in looking at some scout parts for sale in Annapolis this past weekend. Of coarse I said I would. I love looking at IH parts. Bill came out a winner with this new top. It is in great shape. The guy we talked to also has a pretty nice scout. Hopefully we will have a new person that we can wrench with.
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It was too nice of a day to not go outside and try to get something done on the truck, so I decided I should replace my steering pump. Napa was able to get me a new one in a few hours, gotta love that eh !! The core is just as much as the new one, must be a hard to find item.
Once I took the old pump out, I took a look at the hoses, which they need to be replaced too, found lots of dry rotting going on with them, so I am glad neither one of them sprung a leak on me while I was going down the road. I have the part on order, so I can cross another repair off the list.
I needed to seperate the old pump from the resevoir, I found I needed a 1 inch socket/wrench to get the last bolt out to pull the pump apart from the resevoir, but I didnt have either one, so I had to get the only thing that Napa had, a 1 inch deep impact socket. I figured I will use it later down the road on some other project.
The only thinkg I have left to do is to get the pulley off from the old pump and I will be able to put it back in the truck. I have to ask my neighbor to borrow his puller though, which will be my next tool I purchase.
Havent posted here in a litle while because I havent done anything on the truck lately, I have been too busy with other things I guess. I have managed to work on a few things though. I removed my driveshaft from my transmission to the divorced t-case and put in new u joints, which went pretty easily. Then I also removed the rear drive shaft and got the old u joints out but when I tried to get the new ones in, that was a different story. Of coarse these had to give me a hard time, it wouldnt be right if it was too easy right? The u joint in the rear of the shaft was just way too tight, so I switched it out with another one and it felt fine. Once I put it together I road tested it and it felt pretty good. I will be the first to know when I get it up to road speed. I bought two more u joints to replace the front drive shaft but I noticed a lot of play in the spline on this one, so I would like to replace the whole shaft.
The next thing I am working now are the u bolts on the leaf srpings in the front. I looked at them over last summer and they are hurting, so now is a good time to replace them with a good kit or whatever I find. I did not know that there were only three u bolts in the front for these trucks unlike four in my scout 2. When taking the leaf spring apart I found that the degree shim was in pieces too, so I would like to get a new one of those as well. I am trying to get this truck ready to drive to Nationals in August this year. We will see how this goes, but I still have quite a few things to get done before it goes that far.
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Yesterday, I placed an order from Eastwood for there gas tank sealer and I recieved it the next day. That was fast !! It was a nice day so I decided to take on the tank. As I was reading through some of the other people who have done there tanks they said that it only took them a few hours. The tank that I am doing is the secondary tank in the back of my WM. I am not sure when the last time it was used, but I think it has been awhile. The process wasnt bad, just time consuming. I had to clean the tank out a few extra times because it was so rusty. They tell you to make sure you get all of the rust out. To make a long story short, the stuff worked great. It took the rust out and made the inside look nice and clean. I will be checking it out tomrrow to see the results.
Well, I promised my wife that if I make it to Carlisle with my truck that I will work on the projects I need to finish before winter sets in, so I have been working on the house lately. I am going to try and get everything done soon so I can do a few more things to the truck before it starts getting colder.
My neighbor and I went to a local car show with our trucks, and I took a few pics. Here they are….
I have been so busy trying to get the WM ready for Carlisle that I have not been able to post anything new on here until now, after Carlisle, so to continue on from the last post I have accomplished quite a bit. I had to buy a new Holley 2300 centerhung aftermarket carb for my 345 because the one that was on it was just acting up and not running right and I did not have the time to mess with it. I will have to rebuild this carb and keep it for a spare. The new carb came in two days before Carlisle. I installed it, which did not take very long, and then Bennett came by and helped me tweek it to get it running right. This carb sounds great. My truck purrs like a kitten now. Before I had the carb done I had a new muffler system installed by Meineke. They installed a new dual exhaust with flow master 40 series exhaust from the manifolds down and man does it sound nice. They did a great job. Those were the main jobs I had to do to get the Wm ready for Carlisle, but there were quite a few other little things that I did in the meantime.
Friday morning, first day of Carlisle, I asked my firend Alan St John to follow me up in case we have some problems with the WM, and boy did we have some problems. We broke down about 5 or 6 times ont he way up, but thankfully it was only small things like cleaning out the fuel filter twice because the tank still has dirt in it, then the choke needed to be adjusted once and the fuel bowl needed to be adjusted once as well. Besides those minor breack downs, it ran great. I didnt have it as bad as Ray Cass, his truck threw a rod on the way there. The first night out to dinner with Ray and his wife and child, there was something rubbing underneth, so after dinner Ray took a peek under the truck and saw that my newly insatlled muffler was too close to my back drive shaft which made it rub on the shaft, so I fixed that in the morning. Have to go back to Meineke next week and have it fixed.
I had a great time at the Carlisle show. Met a lot of new IH friends and they are all a bunch of good people. I hope everyone made it home safe and sound. I followed Bennett and Alan home in the afternoon. We just made it home before the big storm hit, which I am glad we did because I am not sure if my wipers work that good.
Thanks to Bennett for all of the times I asked him to help with this truck, and I mean quite a few times, I would not have made it without him.
Thanks to Alan for following me up and back and to having the parts when I need them. Between Bennett and Alan, they have so many parts that they could build a few rat rod projects.
Here are a few shots that I took at Carlisle, enjoy.