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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4, Ford 390/T18/NP205

Postby Von » Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:10 pm

Yay. Axles popped out, empty housings and a pile of old bearings on the desk.

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I hadn't posted a pic of the exhaust yet, snapped a pic while I was under there.

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I took the rear carrier to the machine shop. Gotta take 1/8 inch off the ring gear mating surface to allow for the different offset.
In the meantime I'm making setup bearings for the pinions out of the old bearings.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4, Ford 390/T18/NP205

Postby Von » Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:42 pm

*sigh*
... ffs ...

I should have just got the install kits. But noooo.... I had to try to save a couple of bucks buying the parts separatly and reusing some parts...

Pinion thrust washers. Got none. Can't find the old ones. Wut up with that? So wasted a few days waiting for new ones from Quad King or whatever they're called. And those are wrong. ID too small and won't fit past the first shoulder on the pinions.
Just ordered more from Denny's Driveshafts, plus a rear baffle and some more preload shims that I thought I ordered before but didn't.
So this vacation is almost over and the truck isn't done.

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About a year and a half ago my wife went to work out there where I work as a receiver for the Stores contractor, working 7a to 4p. Haaates it out there. It took her about a week to notice that all the old timers like me.. 15+ years (33 for me) are all miserable bastages with terrible attitudes. I could have gone into the causes, economics of it... Tone deaf management obsessed with meetings and micromanaging.. All the businesses that used to compete for local labor being offshored so stagnant wages for the last 15 years... But I just laughed and said Meh, ya get used to it, tell em to FO. They love that.

About 2 months in she figured out HER managers are pretty worthless. About 3 weeks ago her new site manager (27, first management position) decided a whiny fella needed a raise. He thought the only way to do that was to give Whiny my wife's position and put her in Whiny's job working 6a to 6p. And no pay cut for her (why she didn't walk). Plus Whiny got a few dollars more than she's making, and he really sucks at that job.
The schedule is similar to mine so we'd have more days off together but she's a creature of habit. You do NOT jack with her routine. And the kid jacked it ALL up.
The other night they had a night shift counter attendant quit and they're shorthanded big time. 3 people to cover the counter 24/7 and do the receiving and unloading trucks. They get 6 to 12 deliveries a day, big deliveries.
So lots of overtime and some nights work in her future while they take their time hiring and training. More laundry and house cleaning for me... not complaining about that, definitely not out load where she could hear me...
She has other offers but not at her pay level. I told her to take whatever she wants, we'll work out the budget. Sell the BMW if we need to. .... NO! She'll keep looking and tough it out.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4, Ford 390/T18/NP205

Postby Von » Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:27 pm

Finally got a chance to work on the truck some more.
Went in for overtime and they said they didn't need me, so I split.

I was messing with pinion depth on the rear axle. Had a pipe wrench on the yoke with a 1/4 inch wall 2" square tubing cheater bar on the pipe wrench. Cheater bar was between the leaf spring and frame.
Tightening up da but and the socket slipped... Then the pipe wrench came down and popped me in the head. Like my fat head doesn't have enough scars on it...
For a minute there I thought I might have been better off staying at work... But then the bleeding stopped. Last time I cut my forehead it also busted an apparently important blood vessel, it wouldn't stop bleeding and I had to go to the ER for stitches.
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Bit of a headache starting... I'll grab a band-aid and some ibuprofen and try to finish the rear axle before my chiropractor appointment.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4, Ford 390/T18/NP205

Postby Von » Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:46 am

I didn't get much farther after that. One of the bolt holes for the carrier bearing caps stripped out.
*sigh*
Shopping for helicoil kits...
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4, Ford 390/T18/NP205

Postby DSUZU » Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:02 pm

Man, it hurts to even LOOK at that boo-boo. Kind of reminds me of a picture I posted a couple of years ago. Dennis
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4, Ford 390/T18/NP205

Postby Von » Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:18 pm

DSUZU wrote:Man, it hurts to even LOOK at that boo-boo. Kind of reminds me of a picture I posted a couple of years ago. Dennis


Yeah, I seem to remember you getting a boo boo. This isn't too bad, healing up nicely. Itchy scab phase now. Kind of uncomfortable wearing my bump cap at work.

Helicoiled that one bolt hole, chased threadds on the others and called it good. Axle shafts back in. The pinion seal I ordered was wrong, right one will be in tomorrow.
... weirdass axles. I ordered the seals at work and didn't have the old seal part number handy. All the bearings are the same as 1993ish Dodge W350/Cummins axles. But other bits are hit and miss. The Dana 70 on the rear takes some parts from the 70, some 70HD, some 70U.

So waiting on the seal to put the yoke on and left the cover off till it's done. Just in case.

On vacation after Wednesday, maybe I'll get er finished up.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4, Ford 390/T18/NP205

Postby Von » Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:13 am

DSUZU wrote:Man, it hurts to even LOOK at that boo-boo. Kind of reminds me of a picture I posted a couple of years ago. Dennis

I also remember making fun of you for setting traps for yourself.. Karma remembered me making fun of you too.

After I got the rear axle done and all buttoned up, filled with oil... THEN I remembered it still had the setup inner pinion bearing race and setup outer pinion bearing in it. Had to take it all apart, replace those with the new parts and put it back together again.
As I was popping the brand new pinion seal out, I had hammered a screwdriver into it and was prying on it and thought to myself... I'm right in the line of fire when that thing busts loose.. Then it let go and I caught a pinion seal line drive right in the forehead. PING! That one didn't didn't bleed very much.

Finished the front axle yesterday. Took it for a test drive... Wow. What a difference. It's still not a highway runner but will easily keep up with everyone else up to 60.
And the speedometer is accurate now! Checked it with a GPS speedo on my phone, it's right on the money. I thought the old Ford I got the transmission from had 4.10 gears in it so wasn't expecting it to be accurate, I was checking to see how far off it was now. 4.56 with 36 inch tires = 4.10?

I drove it 5 miles or so. Got it up on the highway. All paranoid about noises, waiting for the rear end to grenade... No grenading. The engine and transmission noise is down with the taller gears, can hear the tires howling now. Still a lot of noises I need to isolate... I know the transmission has some rotten bearings in it.

Still need to test the front axle. Rockin Randal and his wife live out at the lake now. Maybe I'll run out there and we can play chase on the trails, he's got a Razor.

$600 and 2 head wounds later... Yeah, still worth it.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4, Ford 390/T18/NP205

Postby Von » Fri Oct 25, 2019 11:19 am

I've driven it a few more times, running errands. Drove it to work. Still worth it. Almost civilized.

On to electrical until I rebuild the T18.. It keeps eating ignition relays. I ran out of spare relays from the 15 junk shelves so I bypassed the relay and ran a hot to the HEI straight off the acc fuse block. Guess I'll spring for a not cheap relay.
Still have a pretty good drain on the primary battery I can't figure out and I need to go through the wiring on the instrument cluster lights. Volt meter is the only one lit up.

The oldest boy has been working as a guide/skinner at a high fence ranch in Jack County. He's wading through a lot of briars and mesquite and shredding his jeans and legs. He wanted to get a pair of fire hose pants from Duluth Trading for a 4 day hunt coming up. No time to wait on shipping so he talked his mom into driving him to the Duluth store in Denton. I was off so we all went and took the Mighty Wife's BMW.
Rained cats and dogs. That car continues to impress me. The Maxima we traded for the 328 hydroplaned like a mofo, even with brand new all season rain tires on it. It was awful. In the Bimmer visibility is the limiting factor, not traction. I felt so confident I was using the cruise control in heavy rain at 75mph.

well crap, new plant manager just walked by...
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4, Ford 390/T18/NP205

Postby itsmehb » Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:01 am

Hey Von, haven't seen much action here. But did see one for sale on Dallas CL. Just put in Kaiser in the search. I'll try to post a link. Might add also, I'm retired for more years (23) than I like to remember, but start most days with a cup of coffee and a visit to the planet and usually the local CL. First one I can ever remember seeing for sale. Ever.

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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4, Ford 390/T18/NP205

Postby Von » Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:17 pm

itsmehb wrote:Hey Von, haven't seen much action here. But did see one for sale on Dallas CL. Just put in Kaiser in the search. I'll try to post a link. Might add also, I'm retired for more years (23) than I like to remember, but start most days with a cup of coffee and a visit to the planet and usually the local CL. First one I can ever remember seeing for sale. Ever.

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So when are you going to go pick it up? One of those will definitely help you pass the time.. like, ALL of your time.

That's not a bad deal. Not great... but not bad.

... I don't remember if a 4.2 will bolt up to the original T98.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4, Ford 390/T18/NP205

Postby Von » Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:01 pm

WHOOO HOOO!!!

The boys are moving out!!! Today!!!

If you've followed the thread then you know... It's a miracle!!

They are now 21 and 23. Since we moved in at this house in October 2015 we've had 1 month of just the two of us. The rest of the time it's been one or the other or both of them screwing up what they had going and having to move back in.
Both of them and one of their idiot friends who screwed up his good thing are all moving in together.
We told them to MAKE IT WORK, this flop house is closed.

I'm gonna go buy a Lotto ticket.
My luck it'll be a winner and the Lotto offices will be shut down... Just have to keep going to my essential job and stare at the ticket for another month.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4, Ford 390/T18/NP205

Postby 93trooperpooper » Wed Apr 01, 2020 2:10 pm

Von wrote:WHOOO HOOO!!!

The boys are moving out!!! Today!!!

If you've followed the thread then you know... It's a miracle!!

They are now 21 and 23. Since we moved in at this house in October 2015 we've had 1 month of just the two of us. The rest of the time it's been one or the other or both of them screwing up what they had going and having to move back in.
Both of them and one of their idiot friends who screwed up his good thing are all moving in together.
We told them to MAKE IT WORK, this flop house is closed.

I'm gonna go buy a Lotto ticket.
My luck it'll be a winner and the Lotto offices will be shut down... Just have to keep going to my essential job and stare at the ticket for another month.

*due to the pandemic, the lottery is closed, to keep people from going out-DAMMIT-*

my oldest just turned 18, but with what is going on, I don't know if he could move out- this virus has everybody really spooked.
so, you might even gain some parking room ? nice. now, the only person to blame for a messy shop, or broken tools, will be yourself....you know the missus won't, can't and never gets blamed for that....

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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4, Ford 390/T18/NP205

Postby Von » Sat Apr 17, 2021 12:37 pm

Wow, a year and 2 weeks since my last update and this thread is still on the first page. Politics ruins everything... the poli board I usually follow is cycling a page an hour.

Welp. Oldest boy is back for a bit. Apparently.. during "these difficult times".. the probation officers were getting lazy and taking a little break from their duties. They were letting people get away with pretty much anything and not busting them.. minor arrests, tickets, failed pee tests, working outside of the county.. But now there's a new probation officer in town and she don't play. The jails are about to fill up.
So he vacated his apartment and moved everything to our house. He's expecting a knock on the door any minute and he didn't want us to have to move everything.

The younger one is working so much overtime in the oil field that he doesn't have time to get into trouble. That's a good thing.

I bought an NOS parking brake lever for the Green Turd, maybe I'll get to put that on in a couple of weeks and not have to use one of my 2lb hammers for a brake.

On New Years Eve my wife went to the ER for chest pain. It was a collapsed lung. Seems the airway to the top lobe was blocked by a very large tumor. Non small cell lung cancer in the top lobe and working it's way to the middle lobe. And 5 lymph node stations were also malignant.
The last few months have been pretty hectic and nerve wracking, but she's been handling it much better than I would have expected.
My FB friends on here already knew that but I wanted give an update.. goodish news.

She's completed chemotherapy and radiation treatments. 70 -80% reduction in tumor size. She started immunotherapy treatments this week. Imfinzi by IV, every two weeks for a year. She was expecting to be dead by now... so goodish news.
We've both become pretty disillusioned with the entire medical industry. I already was, she's catching up.. but still listening to them.

When treatments started, the radiation oncologist said No prob, I'll zap that crap right out. Chemo oncologist was more measured but equally sure of complete success. And their enthusiasm might have been justified, don't know.
But one thing they both stressed was not missing ANY treatments. She missed a radiation treatment to go for a second opinion at UT Southwestern and that doctor was upset she'd missed a treatment.
Even though they add missed treatments to the end of the regimen, any breaks in treatment are a chance for the cancer cells to grow back.. and they grow very aggressively when they're attacked. Even though total treatments are same, it's a loss when you give it a chance to recoup during treatment.
And during our mini ice age in February they shut down for a week... so every single patient they had missed a whole week of treatment.. BUT lets talk about what a success 70 -80% reduction is..

Anyway... She's been reading up on Imfinzi for answers the doc won't give her.. side effects and average life expectancy. She's reading it usually adds 5 years.

I've been reading up on fenbendazole. Haven't been able to talk her into trying it yet. It's a dewormer, FDA approved safe for humans. It stops cancer cells from processing glucose. Cancer cells feed on glucose. It starves cancer out. All cancers. But it's off patent and really cheap. no profit.

So, that's the update.

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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4, Ford 390/T18/NP205

Postby hessmess » Sat Apr 17, 2021 5:24 pm

Wow! Hoping for the very best for your wife. Been through breast cancer with both my spouses. Lost the first one 24 years ago this coming Monday. She fought hard for 7 years.
Lost my second wife 4 years ago, but she actually beat cancer and but couldn’t beat a heart attack years later.
The best thing she can do is do as the Dr’s want and maintain a positive attitude! Hope she beats it!
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4, Ford 390/T18/NP205

Postby N law » Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:36 pm

That’s a tough little go at it. I’m really sorry to hear about your wife’s fight. I’ll be pulling for her.

I feel like 2021 has been worse so far than anything 2020 threw at us. January started with my Covid experience (which was really mild compared to most), followed by my wife getting hit by a truck in a crosswalk. That broke her arm. We took a long weekend to get away once her arm was healed. On the way back in to town, I found out my friend of 29 years was in a terrible car wreck and died a few days later. The day he died, we found out we were expecting a third. She felt off two fridays ago and went in. I’d never heard of a blighted ovum, but that’s what we got. Basically no fetus, but her body thinks it’s pregnant and has all of the supporting tissues. She had to take the medicine women take when they have a miscarriage. We just got all of the medical records from the broken arm in January, so now we have to fight lawyers on the pedestrian strike.

I’m really hoping this year turns around for all of us. I hope it all shakes out alright with your wife and the oldest.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4, Ford 390/T18/NP205

Postby itsmehb » Sun Apr 18, 2021 8:29 am

Von, wow, just caught up with your posts. You guys really need a break. Hoping along with you both that you'll have a positive outcome. I went through a similar experience with first wife. Only it was ALS, which is unforgiving. She was a fighter and lasted almost 5years. The last three on a ventilator, feeding tube, the whole works. Growing old also sucks, Like in the John Denver song, some days are diamonds, some days are stones. Anyway, here's wishing you guys some days that are diamonds.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4, Ford 390/T18/NP205

Postby 93trooperpooper » Sun Apr 18, 2021 9:52 am

man, thats tough to hear. hope all is going well, as good as it can.
my wife and i were both diagnosed with ms , myself over 20 years ago, the wife about 15 years ago....the '' specialists'' wanted me on a drug regime and told me i would be in a wheelchair within a year if i didnt follow thru...
i took my chances, and hey, i am still walking on my own, doing my own stunts and what not....
my wife has the pain side of ms, they put her on all sorts of drugs...stuff that turned her into a zombie, there are a good 3 or 4 years that she doesnt remember much...
my wife started to look into ''the devils lettuce'' and it has the same results that the prescription drugs offered, but without the nasty side effects.... so the wife quit her prescibed drugs cold turkey and went with mary jane...
all i can say, is that i got my wife back. she went from being a couch zombie hooked on prescription narcotics back to a mother/ house wife/ daughter....
there are different strains, its not just all the same type of ''pot'' , each one has different attributes to it....
some of the strains are shown to kill cancer cells....

in canada , its legal, there are pot stores everywhere, you can order it online and have it delivered to your house...
my wife even bakes it down, makes her own capsules with a little machine, then she has it to go, just swallow a pill or two
sometimes it gets smoked as well, all depends on her mood, and the pain spikes she goes thru.
she doesnt get all goofy like they show what happens, she doesnt get the '' munchies''. she has actually lost weight.

its too bad its been given such a bad rap. pot is more beneficial than people think it is....its the stigma around it that NEEDS to be changed...

and hey, drug companies and doctors would loose out, if people grew their own ''medicine'' at home.

i wish you and your wife well .
will drive these until they quit and move onto something else.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4, Ford 390/T18/NP205

Postby DSUZU » Sun Apr 18, 2021 11:13 am

You're in my thoughts and prayers Von. We've all been through our share of hardships. When we look around, sometimes we realize it isn't as bad as it could be. Hang in there, enjoy EVERY day you have as much as you can. Dennis
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4, Ford 390/T18/NP205

Postby Von » Sun Apr 18, 2021 5:20 pm

Thanks.. everybody.

N law wrote:I feel like 2021 has been worse so far than anything 2020 threw at us..

THAT is no lie. I really miss 2020.
I predicted in October or November that 2021 would make 2020 look like a walk in the park. I just had politics in mind and didn't know how right I'd be.
And it's not just us and our little pity party, seems to be a common thread.

The Mighty Wife goes back to work in the morning and she's pretty nervous about it. Her breathing is still pretty crappy, uses a nebulizer in the mornings. But he boss put her in a different job, not as stressfull.
She hasn't set her alarm clock all year, literally, so she's worried about adjusting back to real life.
And she's worried about that 40% cut in our income. "Luckily" I've been getting slammed with overtime. Usually 12-24 hours a week.
I had just refinanced the house to drop 2% off the interest rate. That lowered the payment 200 bucks and I paid my Dodge off last week, so we've got breathing room. I told her to stay home a while longer if she wants or needs to, I'll be getting overtime whether I want it or not. But she's ready, emotionally anyway. It'll do her some good to not sit at home alone all day reading cancer statistics or watching Springer and Wilco.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4, Ford 390/T18/NP205

Postby Von » Sun May 02, 2021 3:54 pm

The poli boards are always slow on sundays.. so another update!

I got that new parking brake lever put in.. maybe a pic or two later.

The spring for the button on the new one is WAY stronger. But in the position it's in, in relation to the driver (me), makes it a real pain to release the brake. Getting old and feeble sucks.

I checked the old one out and even though the spring is weaker it's still doing it's job. The bolt that the little hook/pawl pivots on was a hair too small. that made for enough slack that the hook/pawl wasn't catching.
That brake hasn't worked right the whole time I've had the truck. I just thought it was the spring...

The shoulder on a 3/8 bolt was the perfect fit.. maybe a little too snug. I cut a bolt down and drilled a hole in it for a keeper pin.

I haven't put the floor back together yet. It was cobbled together in a hurry and was more sheetmetal screws than sheetmetal. I'll make a new cover for that hole.. maybe do some trimming first.. don't know yet.

Also might pop the old lever back in with the new pivot pin in it and see how it works.
Also might look into changing brake lever location... hmm...

I've been driving the thing quite a bit lately, just hauling tree limbs and dead shrubs to the land fill.
Still tickled with the 390 and the 4:10 gears.

I do need to adjust the brakes again. Somebody 3 cars ahead of me stopped and I didn't get the memo till the guy in front of me slammed on his brakes.
I stood on mine and yanked the lever. when I was on the hydraulics the back end crabbed to the left.
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