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  1. Seems like everything kinda blew up at the same time. I believe I coulda made it work but the Jeep body owner decided to keep it,another one surfaced but that guy wants more for it than for a NEW Jeep,finances changed,the VIN bailywick seems to get more complicated every time I talk to the "experts" at DMV ,etc. I decided instead to throw most of my effort and meager finances into just making the Yota run right,go down the road at a reasonable speed and stop well. Then I'll figure out the cheapest/easiest way to keep it dry inside in the rainy season. (Probably still go with a flatbed with fold up sides though,) Speed
  2. Hi all; Taking a long hard look at my '81 Toyota 4X4 truck,it finally became obvious to me how much RUST is present. This truck was rolled at 128,000 miles,but everything still worked,at least marginally. The floor on the left side was virtually gone when I got the truck,but I patched it with a piece of old road sign. I know the bed is rusted out a little in the floor,but worse is that it's rusted out probably 1/3 of the perimeter of the floor/bed sides and ends. I figured I'd probably end up building a flat bed for it anyway,so I didn't worry. What I'm now facing is the fact that the ROOF is rusted out;it leaks on the gearshift,on the edge of the passenger seat,on the CB mike,and right behind the mirror. The one small crack in the windshield has spidered pretty dramatically. Since all the leaks are above the windshield, what would be the possibility of just cutting the roof at the bottom of the windshield posts and just below the rear window (the rear window opening is pretty warped too,the rear slider is not fitting well.) I have a friend who can weld everything as needed,and I figured once that was done I'd have a new windshield installed;I don't especially care how pretty or ugly it looks since it's just a work truck.ugly's actually more in the truck's character. I also need to replace the left door since the rollover kinda "folded" the door,top to bottom, in line with the rear edge of the wind wing. The main reason I'm considering the roof job is because I was given a cab that was hit pretty hard on the right side,but the left door's good,the roof and glass/door openings measure out as intact. If I do a cab swap I'll have to buy one,and there'll be the issue of a different VIN to reckon with. Comments or suggestions? Speed
  3. Hi Moses; I think I have this filter thing figured out. All I need is a used Weber air filter base and lid,and I can make a canister from sheet metal,high enough to accommodate a pipe the right size for a flex hose to fit over it and be clamped on,probably 4 inch or so,probably squeezed down to an oval shape to make for more hood clearance. Connect the flex hose to the air filter housing and it's done. BTW-the engine's sounding and running worse,so I'd better start gathering parts to do the rebuild. I had my spare room rented for a short time by a young couple,but the Husband repeatedly violated the "NO problem drinkers" part of the agreement,and the Wife threw him out without any word from me. A few days later her friends in her Church invited her to live with them for free,so she left too. (I can't blame her-I would have gone for a free room too.) I was looking forward to using the rental money to get the Yota and the GMC done,but now that'll have to wait for a while. Anyway,as soon as the room is occupied again I'll start buying the parts. I'm going to do the brakes first,then get the carb and related parts,then the clutch,then order the ring-n-bearing kit, then get the head done (Milled if needed,valves done,new parts as needed),and finally do the rebuild. Once it's done,it shouldn't take much more than a weekend to swap the engines. I know the trick for installing and tightening the bell housing bolts now. If anyone out there has an exhaust header for a 22R they don't need,I can work up a few bucks to buy it. (I can't BELIEVE how the price has gone up for a new one!) With these things taken care of (and possibly replacing the shocks,which all look like the ones the truck was born with),the truck will be roadworthy to travel in. Speed
  4. Lot of cool set ups there. All I really need is the initial elbow from the top of the Weber carb;I can work out the rest of it. Speed
  5. I guess if it'd help,I could build an intake hose from the inlet of the air box to the top of the windshield on the right side,but it'd sure be UUUUUUGLY. (LMAO,realizing that as banged up as this truck is,how could an air intake hose possibly make it look WORSE?) Rather not do this though,it'd be wasted effort. I'd want to relocate all my breathers for the diffs,TX and T/C before messing with crossings,besides,I need to do brakes and all seals on the diffs or they'd fill with water and sink like the Titanic . This carb is missing a couple of pieces of linkage,so I might just order a "kit" (if I can remember where I FOUND a "complete conversion kit"),with the correct carb,adapter,set of main jets and I can get a pressure regulator like I used on the GMC (set at 3-1/2 #) for around $15.00. I'm sure Weber Tech can tell me what main jets work between 4000 feet (Reno) and 6000 (surrounding areas near Elko). Elko is at 5100 feet,the top of our flag pole is at a Mile high,and Lamoille Summit is 6000 feet. If I go to my likely extreme,Spruce Mtn. is at 10,262 wretched feet. I know that because I read it on the Geological Survey marker about 100 feet from,and 20 feet below the site I maintained the Generators in,and that I walked off that hill many times,for various reasons. (Snow cat won't start,truck won't start,helicopter crashed,snow cat broke,Repair helicopter crashed,truck broke,etc.) Can't say I miss that. Speed
  6. Yeah,I see what you mean. I was considering something more like an air box from something like a Dodge Diesel (because I have one) connected to the carb with a flex tube (If I can find a good fitting connector for the carb). I'm not too worried about flooding the engine,I got my indoctrination on the down side of those while my friend and I were fording the south fork of the Humboldt about a week before Christmas one year in his Jeep. We'd made the crossing a half dozen times before with no problems,but this time was different. A property owner somewhere out there decided to "remodel" the crossing,leaving the water depth about 3 feet deeper than before. The J-10 sank to where the river water reached the bottom of the dash,but with the thrashing to get out it was up to the windshield before we carried his guns to shore and started walking back to town. The next morning we went back to retrieve the Jeep. It ended up taking 3 other 4X4's and about 300 feet of chain. I steered the Jeep which was towed by a 3/4 ton Suburban. The Jeep was frozen solid and just skidded the tires for about 500 feet until the wheels started turning. VERY slow trip to town. To revisit a prior post,I discovered a Weber carb I was given a couple of years ago,so I might go with that. Dutch tells me they work well on the 22R and provide very good mileage. Of course the same concerns apply. Speed
  7. The engine I'll be working on has about a month of driving on it since I installed a new double row timing set with the heavy duty sliders and tensioner.It ran great when I was done but leaked oil from the timing cover-I had one bolt hole just below the head gasket surface that was so buggered up I couldn't make it tighten,but needed the transportation so I just kept a gallon of oil in the back and would top it off whenever I needed to drive it. My plan is to replace the cover with a new one (the buggered up bolt hole was finally drilled,the timing cover was drilled,the block was half-ass threaded and a larger bolt was used.-not proud of my work but hey-it was below Zero out there...) Anyway,I got the timing figured out and got that to run right,but the compression was low,due to 300K + on it without a rebuild. It ran good oil pressure so it won't need the crank machined-I believe the engine had one piston replaced and the cylinder sleeved at around 100K or so. I don't intend to get too extensive on this engine,just a basic ring-n-bearing,and have the head freshened up,and of course a new clutch.. I MIGHT invest in a new carb, (probably a Mikuni) but that depends on how deep into the wallet the rest of the work takes me. (BTW-Not too impressed with the little rectangle Mikuni air filter-do they offer a bigger one,something that uses a fairly common filter? Or,if there's some sort of adapter maybe I can engineer a remote filter. Speed
  8. " Better than the flu, right? " Amen to that! Typically,I'll get mostly over this but the cough will keep beating on me for a couple of weeks. This auger truck has the 270 inliner in it,missing some small parts,but like I said,I think I can come up with enough to make it a runner. A minor concern is that if I DO make a deal for it,I have no place to park it. Well-that may not be entirely true if I make the deal quickly enough. My friend Ben,who has let me store my vehicles on his land,has mentioned building a fair sized chain link fence around his acreage,and I bet an auger truck would work well for him if I fix the hydraulics and find a smaller bit for it someplace. (Maybe if I check where the current owner bought the truck they still have the accessories for it.) Speed
  9. I'll check into that-I don't know if I have the books for it,but I may be able to find out if there's a different carrier listed for electric and vacuum or if they both show the same part number. BTW-I talked to the guy with the auger truck,and he says he'd rather sell (or trade) the whole truck than just the parts,so now we just need to reach an agreement on price or what he's currently looking for. As I understand it,this truck was in use until it blew a hydraulic line,after which they "retired" it and bought a newer one,so there's a possibility I could get it to run well enough to drive it home. More news-I got the speedometer cable adapter I believe will give me a speedometer on the '54 again. I've been sick for the last 9 days,but as soon as I'm up to it I'll go out and see if the adapter fits. (It has a Ford part number and was listed for Ford trucks from the 60's-70's.) Speed
  10. I will be starting a rebuild for my 1981 Toyota 22R engine. Is there anything particularly "peculiar" in rebuilding a 22R? Tentatively I plan to get the valves done, and while the engine is apart I'll work on cover plates for all the exhaust components that I won't be reinstalling, hone the cylinders and install new rings and bearings. I also need a new timing cover and have one bolt hole to repair in the block. I plan to do some work on my alternator bracket too, as the one I used to install the 10si alternator was a hurry-up arrangement and is pretty flimsy. If the money's available,I'll order a 105 amp alternator for the truck too. (You might have noticed I'm sold on these. LOL) When I'm ready to install the engine, I'll be installing a ceramic puck clutch. Speed
  11. As I understand it,a spring makes it default to Low range if vacuum fails,but the vacuum holds it into High,unless the vacuum in the tank is depleted by a leak or a LOOOOONNNNG up hill grade,where it either downshifts or creates a neutral/grenade situation. Maybe removing the spring and making a "ball and spring" detent for each end of the lever would hold it into which ever speed one chooses,and a solenoid would only have to be momentary to push the lever from one gear to the other. I'd REALLY prefer some form of electric shift,they're much easier to use while shifting the transmission. I know where there's an electric Eaton 1350 in Carlin;I've been working on a deal with the owner for the whole truck,a '57 GMC 350 with a post hole auger and the engine froze up,but maybe he'd consider trading the punkin for my vac. shift one,since it's unlikely he'll ever put it on the rod again anyway. (I'll need the speedometer too,so the speedometer can correct from low to high and back.) Speed
  12. Thanks Moses; I've made a shortcut to that link,but I still don't know any numbers or specific ID on the engine yet. I'm trying to get Pat to tell me where the engine is so I can go do some detective work. Pat says it was in a forklift that was in a fire on the docks in San Francisco,but the engine wasn't touched. I noticed on the Perkins website the power and torque are referenced in a different terminology than we use,so I'll have to find a "conversion chart" to see what I'm dealing with. On this Eaton 1350 2 speed axle,is there any reason I can't work up an electric shift for it instead of the vacuum set up? I'd considered a solenoid,but it wouldn't stay shifted without overheating,so I guess I have to figure out a way to adapt the electric shift to a vacuum axle. Speed
  13. Hi Moses; " Stunt drivers spin a car around by using the parking brake " I used to do that too,it works on pavement too,but you have to be careful what car you do it with;for some reason some cars don't enjoy it much,VW's are a good example-don't ask how I know this.... Yeah,I know the purpose of it,but even knowing it doesn't work on this truck there's no issue with running without it. There's not even a kit for it or a replacement for it through aftermarket-maybe I could use one of the universal fit adjustable proportioning valves. I can get one like I put on the '54 for about $35.00.
  14. If the Perkins six makes enough torque and power I'm looking at it for the '54. If not,maybe it'd be workable in Max. I'm trying to find more info on this particular engine,i.e. engine model number,ID number,etc. so I can look up some spec's on it. The guy who knows the guy who has the engine is a little hard to reach lately. The '54 runs again and is ready to roll,so as soon as I can arrange a ride I'll go get it. If the yota had the bumper/grille guard/push bar I want on it ,I could just put the tow bar on it,drive IT out there and tow it home behind the '54.
  15. Hi Moses; Hey,on a 22R,what's the deal on milling the head? I think this engine might have a head gasket leak from #2 to #3 cylinders. It isn't transferring any fluids,doesn't show signs of leakage outside,but 2 and 3 seem to falter until about 2000 rpm,where it smooths out,but still lacks enough power to pull 5th gear with any degree of authority. STILL gets GREAT mileage though. Well,gotta sleep a little. Speed