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    Reno Area...Nevada
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    Family, destination four-wheeling and dual-sport motorcycling, photography, videography, fly-fishing, anthropology, automotive mechanics and welding/metallurgy.

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  1. Moses Ludel

    Rare Aussie1966 Willys 4x4 Pickup

    Sounds challenging, Ian...I guessed from the photos that this was a one-off installation but thought the OEM approach for the one- and two-piece windshields might cast some light. So, the glass needs custom sizing, fortunately this is flat glass, something "modern" vehicles don't have. I noticed the center rib. Is that a piece you constructed? Will you cover this with a chrome trim piece? The video would be very helpful to others! Moses
  2. Moses Ludel

    Rare Aussie1966 Willys 4x4 Pickup

    Ian...See if this helps, the factory workshop manual approach for the Willys-style Jeep pickups. Attached is a PDF with your information, see T-12 and T-13. T-12 is the two-piece windshield glass installation, a two-person job for sure. Moses P.S.: I recopied the document to make the 3rd page more clear. It's T-13 section but may have some useful tips. You'll likely benefit most from the T-12 (two-piece windshield) section. Jeep-Willys Pickup 2-Piece Windshield Glass Installation.pdf
  3. The 270 inline six was a great engine, obviously the 302 has notoriety. My late friend Jack Clifford had many drag racing experiences around the 270/302. All of the GMC sixes were better than the pre-'54 Chevrolet Stovebolts. GMC offered a full-pressure lube system with insert bearings instead of poured rods (shimmed) and dip-and-splash rod lube. Anyway, I'm obviously a 228-248-270-302 fan, their only weakness as such was the four-main bearing crankshaft. Later (1963-up) 230-250-292 seven-main bearing engines are arguably tougher. One solution: Don't spin the hell out of a 4-main bearing engine! Finding an SM420 without wear might be a challenge, the last use of this transmission was 1967, phased out by the stout SM465. (The early SM420 boasts a 7.05:1 compound low gear, a major advantage, the SM465 is stronger by design.) E-brake on the transmission (medium duty truck) would imply hard work. It's not that difficult or costly to freshen up an SM420 with at least a bearing and small parts kit plus brass synchro rings...If you find an SM420 with E-brake and good gears, a light rebuild would be advisable.
  4. Finding your way with the rolling stock, Speed! Glad you made Thanksgiving dinner on the bike...safely.
  5. Trust you made it safely to your sister's and back. Did you take the Harley? Considerable chill factor these days! Trust you had a pleasant Thanksgiving dinner...Fully understand why you sublet the clutch replacement if it's a hardship due to extreme weather or a shop/tools challenge. Smart move if you like the mechanic and his work.
  6. All sounds good! They must have used the Clark without a Brownie as well, since as you share, it's all the overdrive the truck can handle...The SM420 is stout if your axle gearing is low enough to apply reasonable torque loads to the transmission. SM420s were abundant over the years, used from postwar through the mid-'sixties, should be plenty of them available near Elko. I'm guessing the Clark has a higher torque rating, though they didn't advertise transmissions that way when your Jimmy was built. Clark transmissions usually appear in working trucks like dumps and mixers, true medium duty workhorses.
  7. Speed...The vintage 12V radios always needed an "OZ4" tube. Why? Who knows...In the 'sixties heyday of the 'Tri-Five' Chevy, we checked tubes at the drug store and local Western Auto where they sold radio tubes... The Clark 5-speed brings back memories. I shepherded a flock of vintage light and medium duty trucks in the late 'sixties/'early 'seventies that included an I-H dump truck with the Clark 5-speed transmission and RD406 (massive inline six) gas engine. Sure you want to give the Clark up for an SM420 four-speed? Tired of double-clutching? Moses
  8. Trust your heater is working, Speed! 12-volt heater motor conversion? 12-volts to the OEM 6-volt system? LED lights are low amp draw and very visible...Safe trip, use the gears for compression braking! Moses
  9. Closer to a reliable runner, Speed...Just in time for this cold dip, we're at 20-degrees F this morning at Fernley. How are your late fall temps at Elko? Glad you're wrapping up these vehicle repairs...Gonna be a winter! Moses
  10. Your fleet is operational, Speed! Yea...One GMC truck done, just the Explorer clutch hydraulics to go...Fast diagnostics and a ready fix on the '90 Jimmy! Moses
  11. Moses Ludel

    4.2L Re-build 77 CJ-7 Project

    You're wise to respect force limits, Stuart. Interference always has a cause. It's possible to split a damper hub at its keyway from too much force. Also, it is always wise to isolate the applied force to the damper as you did with the long bolt...I prefer using Grade 5 or 8 rod stock and Grade 5 or 8 nuts and washers to pull the damper onto the hub. The threaded rod stock, threaded into the crankshaft snout first, will not rotate and apply twisting force to the snout threads. The washer and nut pull the damper onto the crankshaft snout. Load is on the rod stock threads. Footnote: Never pound a damper onto the crankshaft snout. The main bear inserts have a set with side thrusts to control crankshaft end float. Avoid pounding or forcing against this internal bearing surface. Moses
  12. Speed, I would use a Ranger pickup as the model to compare. This includes wiring harnesses and coding. A vehicle at the local recycling yard might be a helpful prototype for comparison. I'd be concerned about any electronic interface issues or feedback sensors that might cause dash light false engine or transmission codes. I'd print out copies of the wiring diagrams for each vehicle and lay them side-by-side. See where the differences and similarities exist. The mechanical concerns like shift controls should be visible in a Ranger example or donor vehicle. Anyone have comments to add? Hands on experience with the Ranger and Explorer would help. Moses
  13. You do know how to find them, Speed! This should be a solid truck, basic to work on considering the modern trucks...I'd try the fuel filter first and foremost. This is the most common "suddenly stopped running" fix for EFI systems. TBI is reliable and basic. We can delve deeper if the filter does not do it. Codes are always helpful, even on earlier OBD systems. Moses
  14. Moses Ludel

    4.2L Re-build 77 CJ-7 Project

    Nice work, Stuart, appreciating the cooler weather here, too. The electric bill with my Haier portable air conditioner running in my shop leaped up $75 per month during our similarly hot summer. Worth it, at least I was able to continue using the shop. Glad you're getting relief and able to pursue the 4.2L engine build. See my comments below:
  15. Here's what I've heard...