I located a water pump rebuild kit! My parts guy in Kansas had one left. Big thanks to Tom Underwood! Parts of the Past Inc. in Lawrence Ks. He has supplied me with most of my parts. He has been a great wealth of knowledge. He also had my head parts and shipped them to me, and a lower gasket set! It's like Christmas in January!
Saturday, January 31, 2015
So I looked and looked for a machine shop to take care of the cam and no luck. I took the engine and cam and bearings to five shops looking for help every shop told me that I need to replace my cam or find a new set of bearings. That is all most impossible!. So after awhile of looking I did what I should have done in the first place. I took it to my friend Dave at Hoods Machine in Bolivar Mo. And what did Dave say. " Sure I can polish it to that size". I jumped for joy! Thanks to Hoods they have saved me twice! So next on my list is to get the engine back and start rebuilding.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
I dropped off my clutch pressure plate, disk, and fly wheel today at a local rebuild shop. The guy working there looked at it and said "whoo! what did that come out of?" So I told him and then he said " I have never seen one of those ever!" That gave me a load of hope! coming from the counter I am guessing mid 50's and I am pretty sure he has worked there for close to 30+ years. But the guy in back said he could hopefully fix it. Crossing my fingers! I also picked up my red engine paint. I primed the small engine tin and other pieces the other day and put a extra coat or two on the block. Before I started painting last week I was finishing up some clean up work with a knotted wire bush on my angle grinder and slipped. Ooops a little less skin on my thumb. So I put on gloves, two min later I catch the glove with the wire wheel grinder jumps out of my hand and on to my arm. I proceed to throw the grinder across the drive away from me then go in side to patch my arm up! I came back finished the bit of cleaning with my bench grinder wire wheel. So now I will have a nice couple scars on my arm to remember to ware my protective gear! At least I had on my safety glasses. I will post the scars later.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
So head time! There is enough carbon on the head to make a large diamond. I brought over the head, generator/distributor, other misc. pieces over for cleaning what a time to work on something till 2 am. but I get a lot more done. I have slowly worked my way down the engine parts and this is one of the last things to do before I put the engine back together. I am going to go ahead and replace all of the valves and springs while I have the head off. "Better in the long run to do it right." I have been told that more times than I can count when I started this truck. I got in contact with a guy today that is going to help me out with some of the engine work. He has several International trucks and is nice enough to help. I used to hear stories of people back in the 60's say that they all new a guy down the street the rebuilt cars or did motor work, now days that is almost a thing of the past. I feel lucky too have met someone like this in this day and time. Most of the kids that learned from the guy down the street took the knowledge and turned it in to a business, and forgot how they learned or got a hand up from the guy down the street. This truck has brought many new people and experiences in my life I cant count them all, and I am forever grateful for every thing. So I hope I can become that guy down the street. The knowledge I have been learning is priceless and so hard to come by. I am trying to write down the information but I know parts will be lost.