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Today I finished painting the removable steel floor pieces (floor board, thin sheet metal holders for rubber gaskets around shifters, etc, steel box that covers the series parallel switch, and PTO/dump levers). While the floor board is out, we replaced the transmission mounts on both sides. The rubber, bolts, washers, and nuts are all new. The old mounts were absolutely trash.

Tomorrow I hope to back the truck outside, wire brush the rest of the cab floor, paint it, and then change the oil, oil filter, and clean the air filter.

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Busy day today.

1. Removed the plow frame. This B-81 will most likely never plow again now.

2. Removed push plate and support arms.

3. Changed the oil and oil filter.

4. Changed the fuel filter.

5. Started cleaning the air cleaner. Started. The bottom pan was nearly chock full of silt and oily dirt. Last two pics show some of it.

6. Wire brushed the cab floor.

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I'm not sure how efficient the old oil bath air cleaners were for fine particulates and such, but they did collect some crud for sure. The one I bought on here was loaded with crap. The truck is looking good...I sure do wish I had tome and funds for mine...maybe later in the year...I hope. Looking good.

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Looks good. I now see the floor panels.

Have you been hauling any dirt?

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Looks good. I now see the floor panels.

Have you been hauling any dirt?

Oh no. The dump body needs some attention before that happens. Aside from driving it around in the yard a few times, I haven't driven it much.

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oil bath air filters work really good if not better than a paper element only down side is they are messy but the do last for ever

looking good Wobblin

Paul

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Was the lower plow frame on yours welded on? Is that normal? My B42 has obviously plowed at some point. The upper frame is gone, but the lower frame is still on, and it's welded on so thoroughly, that I'm wondering if torching/cutting it off is going to make more of a mess than it's worth.... Especially since I'm not sure I can match whatever color the restorers used on the undercarriage.....

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The frame was bolted on top (to the push plate) and on the bottom. It was also welded to the bumper in many spots. We unbolted it from the plate, cut the welds, and cut the frame at the bottom by the chassis.

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Thanks. So it sounds like having to cut a bunch of welds is not unusual.....

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Radiator shutters, push plate, and push plate supports were all stripped, primed, and painted today.

I also finished servicing the air cleaner and replaced a few bolts on the bumper that were broken or spinning in place.

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Still trying to figure out the hood support arms. I made the small steel connectors for bolting the arms to the hood and firewall, but the arms are apparently too long. Strange, they are identical to the arms on my B61....

Drained the transmission and re-filled with new 80w-90.

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Stripped the paint off the bumper today. Looks like I'll be doing some surgery on it soon. 

Also, the middle floorboard is done and installed, along with the rubber seals around all the levers through the floor.

I also ran an air line to the shutterstat for the radiator shutters.

PS- not liking the new format. Can't upload more than one pic. That blows.

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Today's progress:

 

1. Removed the seats. Cleaned them. Put screen over the air holes to keep rodents out.

2. Cleaned, primed, painted the seat frames.

3. Removed left front wheel. Stripped, cleaned, primed, and painted the wheel (silver) and  spokes (black).

4. Stripped diamond plate upper flat piece of bumper. Straightened out some dents and stuff, too.

 

I'd post pics, but my phone is giving me fits.

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What is left on your punch list?

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9 hours ago, thomastractorsvc said:

What is left on your punch list?

Everything. Heheheh.

 

I'm kind of just going through the truck and addressing things as I see them. For instance, today I noticed the front cab mounts (under the fenders) were loose. Now I'm digging into the truck to remedy them. Also, while I have the front wheel off, I noticed the pin holding the clevis to the slack adjuster was frozen. It took a while (with plenty of lube and heat) to get it free.

 

As far as the stuff I intend to look at and address, my best guess is the following:

 

1. Body work and paint on the exterior.

2. Paint the interior.

3. Paint all the wheels/spokes.

4. Take dump body off, fix issues with it, sandblast it, and paint it.

5. Install maxibrakes on it like I just did with the B61SX.

6. Re-wire lights as needed.

 

While I am doing those things, I am sure to bump into issues that will arise and have to be dealt with.

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Tightened up driver's side front cab mount today, adjusted the front brake on that side, and greased the kingpins while the axle was jacked up and tire off.

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Should have painted the brake drum while it was there

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maybe not a good idea to use never seize on a moving part. It is very abrasive and will work like grinding compound in there. It is intended for parts that are stationary such as threads....

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7 minutes ago, ekennedy21 said:

maybe not a good idea to use never seize on a moving part. It is very abrasive and will work like grinding compound in there. It is intended for parts that are stationary such as threads....

I did not know this very interesting to know 

on any pivots that are likely to seize I always cover in grease that way I figure moisture cant get in thru the grease dunno if it really works that well either but it cant hurt 

 

Paul

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Fluid Film is good for those moving parts. expensive but worth it. we use it on all slack adjuster pins, hinges, etc

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