wyodog Posted January 8, 2018 Share Posted January 8, 2018 Hello! I haven't posted anything in a very long time. A few reasons for that but the short story is I have been struggling with my truck in a few ways, and she is not getting driven. As you know, when things sit, they start to deteriorate, and my truck is no exception. One of the biggest reasons I have not been driving my truck is the steering. I have problems with the poppets, and I am either way to stupid to figure out to adjust them correctly, or there is more going on with my steering box then I know. In short, I can't turn left, unless Popeye is driving. She fights me the entire turn and more often than not on tight turns off the road I go. The box on this truck is an older Sheppard box which I can't find any parts for anymore. Even after working with the nice people at Sheppard left me with few options. For me to even go down the road of rebuilding this box, means pulling the engine. The truck has the original END673. If I am going to go through the hassle of doing all of this, My thought would be to get a school bus with a DT466 and an Alison and just do a full swap along with re-doing the steering to something more modern and serviceable. When I restored the truck originally the steering box we knew had some issues. We pulled the worm gear out and have to sleeve it, and re-do the top seals. I remember before we tore the truck down, the steering while super leaky, had no issues steering. But pulling that worm gear/top section. It just never was right after that (doesn't leak anymore though...). A lot of money, and effort into something cause I can figure out poppets right... Now I know a full swap isn't required, but hard to want to put that END673 back in her. Even if I could pick up a 237 maxidyne with a turbo, would be a good move. But this all leads me to the truck has sat for the last two years, and in the last 4, I have maybe put 15 miles on her. I am at the crossroads of either needing to get her running to where she is truly roadworthy, or I need to find her a new home... I got her fired this weekend, battery charged, and running so I could pull her into the new shelter. Built a 30x30 shelter to where I have at least gotten her out of the sun, hail, etc. At least when pulling her into the new parking spot, it was a right-hand turn... :-) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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