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Vladislav last won the day on August 24 2020

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  1. Try checking out this guy: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mack-B-model-dump-truck-peterbilt-international-Kenworth-Studebaker-antique/264005462119 He's in your neck of the woods and seems parting out a Cruise.
  2. If the tyres were never exposed to the sun and don't have cracks which could conduct water and sand to the cord I see no worry driving them. Just might worth to refresh steers for cheer up and comfort.
  3. Here are some pics of 17QJ480 as promised. Just needed time to upload them from phone to mail box and than download to 'puter, resize and put on here. Measuring the shoe trace it seemed to me as 120mm of the flat spot but the trace itself was nearly 100mm (4") indeed. I just didn't focuse on the actual trace expecting anything installed on the truck during long service in Russia. No matter, in fact it seemed like 5" wide shoes could work with those drums or 20mm (3/4") cut could be done over the edge.
  4. Forgot to mention I measured the width of the track the shoes traced on the inside and it was nearly 120 mm.
  5. Got lucky today getting to the drums. Also could scratch away some rust with a wire brush and find Mack part#. It's 17QJ480. Also there was a script of something like 27V 176 but difficult to judge for sure and MAX DIA 15120. I will upload a few photos I made a bit later.
  6. Hmm... I will try to check it out tomorrow. The issue is the drums were rusty I suppose they're original to 1988 truck and the hubs were not separated.
  7. There are actually 3 relays. One below the dash. One somewhere under the hood or a cab depending the truck is conventional or cabover and the last (and the largest) is the starter solenoid which carries a double function being both a solenoid to put the gear into the flywheel and a relay to connect starter's power contacts. What I would do is jumpering each one of them. The 2nd one is what to start from since usually it's accessable (mounted on the firewall on R's and CH's) and operates reasonable currents so jumperng it with a screwdriver wouldn't make much fireworks. If the crank starts
  8. Usually power steering equipped vehicles have larger caster angle since it's easier to "fight" the tendency to go straight and manual steering rigs have just light caster. On the other hand it could be the way FA-512 were bored with a light lean but had no caster wedges and once FA-53X were used with them the reason to add the angle to the bores disappeared.
  9. Sounds interesting. Originally I met an issue with my original truck's beam having one king pine boring wore out. Looked for a fix, figured that Stemco tube could be used and even found a machine shop with a mill large enough to work the axle out. But having an extra axle but of heavier rating I resolved using it if it's suitable. That way I played a couple of hours with both of them putting both horizontly and on a side and checking by laser level. Also checked the angles the king pin holes bored to the side (or better to say off the side) and found both beams were similar. Also I remember I
  10. As said above. And from the pics it looks like quite a solid truck.
  11. Rob, I have removed FAW537 axle from my R-model and also had FAW538 off another R-model as a spare. I had to use that spare one for the truck so investigated both of them relating king pin hole angle, straightness and even the weight. And now I can state both of those were almost similar and absolutely symmetric face to back. King pin holes were bored straight from the top of the beam having zero angle to the drive direction. Castor angle establishes by the springs hanged to the chassis rails at a certain angle and also by wedged pads put between the axle beam and springs. So I bet no dif
  12. Easily. My R-model axle beam had its stamping at the front. I type "had" because I removed it from the truck at a certain time. I investigated it through very well before sandblasting and paint and found no reason I couldn't put it backwards installing back on the truck. So you know where to look at. My understanding you will find the stamping or a ground off spot where it was.
  13. Are you sure they're a correct fit? The table tells they're 16.5" ID with 6.25 shoe width. Look like a rear drums to me. Hope I'm wrong.
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