Well, the WagonMaster has made it home from getting doctored up at Scoutco. It spent most of the summer there getting the bed and sills replaced because they were too far gone to try and fix. Scoutco also put in the new windshield I had for it and put a new floor in the passengers side front and back.
I must say that I am very impressed with the work they did. They had the back box LineExed for me as well, which they did a great job doing as well. Thanks a lot Mike and the rest of your team for doing a great job with my truck. Mike even hauled the truck back to me before I was to take it to a meet and greet.
Here are a few pics of it…I will get more later
With my WM getting some rust work done, I have been able to get the list of things done on my house that have been neglected, which we will be trying to sell this fall. This has taken up most of my time because there was quite a it to do. I have made some time to take a look at all of the parts I have that are in need of some cleaning. I bought a bunch of taillight bezels that were on ebay that would fit on my truck. You can never have too many spares laying around right? They were a little rusty in the normal places, so I decided it was time to get them cleaned up. I dipped them in my own special recipe and they came out really good. No rust at all after this. I have a few pictures of before and after.
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I know, I know, I haven’t posted anything in awhile, but my truck has been sick and needed to go to Doctor Mikes for a little therapy, and man it will be in such better shape when it makes it way back here. Doctor Mike is doing a great job so far and I cannot wait to see it when it is finished.
If you would like to see the progress just check out Mikes website, which is under Scoutco on the BinderPlanet website.
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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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