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  1. On 1/30/2019 at 7:03 PM, alex g said:

    Good video to see the old truck at work. I see there planting alotta houses in the field across from you.

    Its changed a lot since you were here last Alex. I don't go to town anymore .......The town has come to me .  


    21 hours ago, Brocky said:

    No wing in the driveway???

    Our driveway is gravel and it doesn't seem to matter how careful I am, if I wing it back there is usually gravel on the lawn that's hard to clean up in the spring.


  2. Really nice find.

    Engines can be fixed. Exterior can be cleaned, polished or painted. But new Interior pieces would be impossible to buy. 

    Have fun with it. 

    Hope you keep us updated on your progress. 

  3. Thanks everyone for the comments.  

    The truck is pretty clean .  I had to remove some animals and there houses . I still have more to do but work has me very busy right now. 

    I'm not sure of mileage .  The speedo is in miles per hour , so that makes me think it is original . If it was replaced at some point it would be in Kilometres per hour.  It reads 125k  . So maybe ? 1 million 125 k  .   

    It had one of the biggest nest behind the dash I have ever seen. And a dead animal … not sure what it was . Maybe a snow weasel .



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  4. 19 hours ago, Rob said:

    Good on ya Keith. Old fashioned lead weight static balance, (hard to dynamic those old nylon tires...... Thanks for rounding up the photos. I don't have anything on 22.5" rubber with Dayton hubs. I do have an R model w/24.5" rubber and the gap is the same vs. the 22" rubber they replaced.

    I didn't have to go to far to round up pics Rob. I just had to walk out back . lol 

    Normally I would take tube tires off and replace with tubeless. But the old international gets about 2 mile /gal . And our gas is about $ 5.25 gal  now. So the ol binder won't be going far . So I left the 10.00 - 20s on . To bad someone wouldn't build an electric truck :whistling:. lol

    I didn't get a chance to thank keith s for sharing his build .  

    Thanks so much Keith , Its very interesting thread. 

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  5. 1 hour ago, BOB DINGSDALE said:

    that's a pretty looking truck.is it on air or hydraulic.

    I kinda wish it was air brakes. I find them so much easier to work on. 

    The truck has not been on the road since 1989. So most of the hydraulic brake components were rusted or leaking . So pretty well everything had to be rebuilt or replaced. 

  6. On 3 October, 2017 at 5:37 PM, mikeand217 said:

    I was searching loadstar information and just happened across the post. There was a youtube video that I think is the same truck. Anyways just thought I would share a couple pictures of my 1976 IH 1700 Loadstar Sundance. it has 309XX miles and from what i can tell was sold new to a farmer around Terre Haute, IN. It has the MV 404 two barrel Holley and an Eaton 5 +2.. I bought it four years ago from a  from a contractor who used it for a while. I have converted the 9.00-20 tires to 10 R 22.5 to get away from the split rims and have just be trying to clean it up here and there. The only major additions other than the tires are a shurlok tarp. I will get some pictures of the interior tomorrow,but it is basically identical with the brown minus a tach. For some reason mine is missing the chrome bumber. A Friend has a 1975 Sundance as well and it has the chrome bumper.





    Thanks so much for sharing this. 

    I'm so sorry that it took more than 7 months to see this.

    Its a good looking truck that is very similar to mine. Even the low miles.  

  7. 1 hour ago, Rob said:

    Thanks for taking the time to make and upload the video. They do operate quickly and my luck would have something destroyed on short order. Pretty simple design staying with a single cantilever style. I'd have to restrict the free flow air but my level of comfort isn't there as yours would be having experience.

    I was out to the shop starting to measure mine up and make a material list today. Got the ramps and back five feet of the trailer figured out and rough designed. Going to have a 40' flat and 5' beaver tail plus the ramps. My main beams are looking to be weakening and many of the xmembers are rotting under the boards down the center of the trailer. Looks like I'd be  better just building a new one and scrapping this frame as I'll reuse the axles and springs. I have all new hangers and hardware for the suspension.

    I liked that blue R model in the background. Looks like you folks have a pretty good interest in old Mack Trucks too.

    I'm glad I could give you something to think about Rob.

    Usually I'm the one looking for help with something. Its not very often I can contribute back.

    I'm thankful for this site and the good folks that stop by here. :thumb:

  8. Here is a short video Rob.

    I think you are 100 % right about the grease zerks.  I always thought they should be there . I have seen them on newer trailers. But like you said , they are usually broke or not used .  

    I also think the teflon would be good for the slide.  

    If everything was lubricated ,or able to slide easy , and  a pressure regulator put in,. I'm sure it would be easy to find the sweet spot for the amount of air to make it work smoother. (I have a new pressure regulator for this on my bench. Been there for 2 years) 

    lol, my problem is I have too many projects , and too little time .


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  9. Its no problem getting some video for you Rob.  I will get it for you later today. 

    You mentioned the small gap between the hinge pins and the rotating sleeves. When I got the trailer the ramps didn't work very well.

    The hinge pins were sloppy and things would just bind up .  I find the less play there is , the more energy goes to raising the ramps . 

    I've never had any trouble since i tightened things up. 

    To your point of greasing the slide. I actually don't grease it . You will notice no deck boards above it. That way I can wash it regularly. The grease just attracts a lot of dust and crap.  

    For the video I put a bit of lubricant on it. So you can see how easily it can move. With no lubricant you need to give it a little help. (equivalent to lifting 20 or 30 pounds). The reason I like to" help"it ,  you will see that when the ramps go up . They go fast. If someone was close to them, they could easily get hurt . It actually works really good because the ramps come off the ground. I clean all the dirt off the ramps , then give them a bit of help , then they stand up nicely. 

    My R688st has a 350 4V with an 8LL trans and 4:42 rears . I'm the second owner. Its the original paint on it. 


  10. Here some pics for you Rob.

    It's just a rectangle made from square tubing , sitting in a channel. Has 2 push rods (I will call them ) connected to the bottom of the ramps. 

    I have the air spring # in the shop if you like . Its just a firestone air bag.  And if you would like some measurements, I can get them for you. 

    I can't seem to download a video directly. If your really interested I can download something to youtube for you to see. 







    And I have to include a pic of my truck …………………Just because I like it so much.


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