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1980 Peterbilt 359 International Transport

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Not much for updates I've been busy rebuilding the transmission in my bulldozer and reinstalling it. It's starting to get cold here so i dumped the water out of the truck and got some coolant in it and ran it to temperature to circulate. Sure starts and runs excellent!!!! I got the new radio, cb and speakers in the mail last week, only had time to throw the speakers in quick. Hope to tackle the radio and cb soon.

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So the following day after I put coolant in the truck and ran it to temp I went outside to show my buddy the truck who hasn't seen it yet and opened the hood and checked the coolant. Radiator empty..... uh oh. Pulled dipstick.... way over full. You know where this is going.... pulled drain plug got 5 gallons of coolant before i got any oil out. LOL Pulled the pan off today.

8v92 Coolant in pan video

No traces in airbox or under valve covers. I believe I'm a victim of an old style water pump with no weephole.

Water pump on order.

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Uggghhhhh......  That sucks.

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Glad you don't have to pull liners!

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Me too!!! Really got lucky here!

 

Finished up the stereo,cb, and speaker install on sunday. I can't wait to get this thing on the road.

Some fresh speakers behind the factory covers in the cab and in the sleeper
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Sounds awesome and looks good in there.
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Wayne, it is looking very good. That interior cleans up real well.

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Yeah I agree on the interior. Was going to ask what you used to clean it?

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I just used some armor-all leather wipes and some leather cleaner??? 

 

Did the water pump job Friday and got all the fluids back in on Saturday and got her running again. Easy job woulda been ALOT nicer inside in a heater bay instead of outside in 15degree weather. UGH I hate winter. Even still I had the pump off in under 40 minutes.

 

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Confirmation:

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Turns out the old pump does have a weep hole but it was very small and plugged. Also totally invisible to check in this application.

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Had a bunch of minor leaks when finished which were all hose clamps not tight enough. Think I've got em all squared away and I moved the truck to it's winter location. I'll check again tonight.

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Hope you warmed your hands before trying to get the old girl going!

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Been awhile... though I had a buyer for this but as is typical money never appeared. Was only selling it so I wouldn't have to see it sit any more so I decided since I didn't need to sell it we'd make a better choice. 

First lets get the old girl pulled out of the weeds.

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Next lets get it turned around and in a spot we can work on it a little easier.

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Lets get to work shall we:

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As you can see the back half of the truck needs.... everything. lol 
 
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We also had a bunch of work to do up front. The radiator has always had a leak at the seam right above the lower outlet. Out she comes.
 
 
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On top of that the single rounds and rock shields looked like complete shit and had to go!
 
 
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This poor radiator was in ROUGH shape.
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Here you can see where the leak was. The corrosion in this area was so bad it actually snapped all the bolts above that outlet.
 
 
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Core is filthy but appeared in good shape otherwise.
 
 
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First trip to the store. Ugh. The bleeding begins.
 
 
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Decided to pull a front wheel and have a look. Not too shabby.
 
 
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Cleaned up nice!
 
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Dang!  You have been busy! Looks good!

Were you able to get gasket material for the tank to core from the radiator shop or what did you use?

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Yea that was the one thing they actually gave me worth a damn was genuine gaskets for the tanks.... So the gaskets cost me $400. LOL

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Great progress.    

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You have been very busy! I am impressed with the quality of the rebuild and it's how I did my superliner. If you were to sell it once you get done working on it what do you think you'd want for it?

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11 hours ago, r686st said:

You have been very busy! I am impressed with the quality of the rebuild and it's how I did my superliner. If you were to sell it once you get done working on it what do you think you'd want for it?

I dunno man... wouldn't be cheap though. Reality is when I'm done you'd be able to put it to work.

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Really cool truck. :thumb:

Thanks for sharing your detroit knowledge at the beginning of thread. Its very helpful for a detroit greenhorn like me. 

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I can see about 1800.00 worth of s/b & paint there if it had been done by a comm. shop  and a ton of labor for all the rest. looking good

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