Friday nite, and just leaving the office for home.
I think I finally have most of the big pieces for the reassembly of my B-67 frame and axles.
I did go with the ACE Superide air suspension crossmember. Thought about what Tom Gannaway told me
about making my own, but I couldn't get comfortable with pulling a loaded trailer. And he agreed that his design would need some reworking for pulling a trailer.
The springs are being re-arched and getting new center bolts and U-bolts. and a couple of new leafs in one stack.
And, with any luck, I will get my brake shoes back tomorrow with the third set of new linings. Hopefully with no
cracks this time.
The front axle got sandblasted and epoxy primed this week. The brake cans on the front axle appear to be solid and in good working order. So I think I will just replace the diaphragms and the springs, and paint them up well for protection.
Got tires and wheels ordered this week, too.
Going with new Goodyear G-244's on the drive axle. 12.00 x 22.5 tubeless radials. It's the tallest 22.5 tire I could find that would fit the wheels. Will need to go with 4" spacers I think, if the wheel studs are long enough. Steers are also a Goodyear tire.
Doing the math, at a 43.5" tire height, with my original 4.28 gear ratio and the overgear, the truck should be good for about 75 mph in high gear at 2100 headed downhill. Plenty for a comfortable 65 to 70 mph highway cruise speed at about 1850 or 1900 rpm. With the duplex nine speed, rather one of the triplexes, the truck will probably be suitable only for very light loads.
And, I guess at 45 years old, that's okay.