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Greetings, old friends! Possible project.

Fri Dec 04, 2020 12:41 am

Howdy strangers!
I've been preoccupied with politics for a while and didn't want to sully the zoo with that stuff.

My buddy, Rockin Randall, bought a house on Lake Arrowhead and is on the volunteer fire department there. They're putting one of their brush trucks out to pasture and I'm sniffing around to see how big a donation I need to make to get that little sweetie put in my name.
Yes, it's a "converted" M715!

It's been converted to 12v, so the wiring will be butchered.
Randall said he thinks it has a 350 in it. Probably has a Novak adapter plate and the rest of the drivetrain is stock.

It's been through a lot of fires, which also means wiring problems.

He said all of the guys in the department hate driving it.. "it's a handful".

Negotiations haven't really started yet. Let's see what happens.

I showed the pic to the Mighty Wife. She just shook her head and said "Oh my God..."
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Re: Greetings, old friends! Possible project.

Fri Dec 04, 2020 9:09 am

nice old iron! :D seeing stuff like that ALWAYS peaks my interest.....ANYONE can go buy a new vehicle , along with everbody else, and own the same ''cookie cutter'' type and style....but it takes talent and blood and sweat and tears but in the end its different, and its yours, not the banks, and 99.9% sure your neighbor doesnt have the same color, make& model.... :lol:

Re: Greetings, old friends! Possible project.

Fri Dec 04, 2020 10:38 am

93trooperpooper wrote:nice old iron! :D seeing stuff like that ALWAYS peaks my interest.....ANYONE can go buy a new vehicle , along with everbody else, and own the same ''cookie cutter'' type and style....but it takes talent and blood and sweat and tears but in the end its different, and its yours, not the banks, and 99.9% sure your neighbor doesnt have the same color, make& model.... :lol:


Nice to see some action up there, Von. Man, Trooperpooper nailed it for me. I once when I had my 03 vet remarked, I'd rather be driving my Isuzu, to which my son-in-law said, man your crazy. But that's me. I could own something newer,but I can be assured I'll never run into another 89RS Isuzu unless I happen down to the Woodlands where Arch's black one now resides. You would be the only guy in Texas with 2 of them. Good luck.

Re: Greetings, old friends! Possible project.

Sun Dec 06, 2020 7:58 am

Good to see you back Von. Yeah, "all the guys hate driving it". When I was at St Pete, we had 4 M-35s (Deuce and a half 6x6) that we bought from the military for $1.00 each. They were for "high water use". They had no power steering, and often, the tires were a little low, making them difficult to steer. No A/C either. Our Fire Department was so impressed that they went and got one. They had theirs painted white, put a couple of thousand dollars in special tires on it, blew a wad of money on lighting, and installed a skid mounted pump apparatus in the bed. Then they were bringing it in the shop left and right for each and every little complaint because they expected it to perform like a brand new half million dollar fire truck. They all whined because it had no air or power steering. They finally surplused it, removed the skid pump, and sent it off to the auction, where they probably lost their shirt on all the had put into it. Someone got a great deal. Hope you get this one. How about an update on your other one? Dennis

Re: Greetings, old friends! Possible project.

Tue Dec 08, 2020 2:46 pm

Dennis somebody got a great deal on that one.
I figure after Christmas I'll hit Randall up for a phone number and start negotiations.
I'm guessing that one is too butchered up to restore. I'll probably leave the drivetrain as is, rewire, winch, maybe a heavy flatbed and big fat tires. Set it up as a rescue rig.
There's a few people in the local offroad and recovery group I'd give keys to. People only get stuck when I'm going to bed or at work..

Randall said they hated trying to drive it at a steady pace off-road, they keep throwing the guys standing on the platform off. And the splines on the steering shaft is wore out like mine was. No power steering and the spline slips. I just tacked mine with the welder... It still slipped sometimes with power steering.

Not much going on with the Green Turd. I have a list of things I'd like to do, but it's been running great and I've been sidetracked.

I'd still like to go through the T18 and rebuild it. Still sounds like it has rocks in it at high speed. But with the 4.56 gears it's not as urgent.

The parking brake lever needs work. It won't stay engaged, I think the spring inside is wore out or rusted up. I don't see a way to remedy that without butchering it. Probably try to find an NOS unit and replace it.

The rear main seal on the 390 seeps... I screwed something up when I built it. But it's just gonna have to leak. I'm not pulling the engine apart for a seep. It's just enough to make a stain on the floor.

Break is over. Back to Twitter.. I got feathers to ruffle!
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