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#31 JDBrian OFFLINE  

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Posted June 04, 2012 - 06:12 PM

This continues to be a very interesting build. Good catch on the corrosion. I'm surprised the Cummings is so much heavier than the V8. There are some great problem solving skills on display here Ray!
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Posted June 04, 2012 - 08:21 PM

One thing that is heavier is the Cummins has a Forged Steel crank and probably cylinder liners. The 6.2 didn't have either one.
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Posted June 06, 2012 - 07:06 PM

Finished mounting the new electric wipers today.
I had electric wipers on it before but it was a wiper motor off a 76 Chevy that I had adapted to the truck.
I made up this aluminum block that fit where the old vacuum wiper motor bolted on.
The arm on the backside was attached to the wiper motor and the blade arms mounted on the two pins on the front.
The wiper motor was mounted under the dash, just above the gas peddle.

It worked OK but it was a little noisy and only had one speed.

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Two years ago I had bought a new electric wiper motor kit that was designed for the 55 - 59 Chevy trucks but hadn't gotten around to mounting it yet.

The original wiper control switch was mounted on the left side of the dash along side the speedometer.
The new wiper switch is about 2 inch square and it just will not fit where the old switch was.

The center of the dash has three control knobs on it.
The center knob is for the cigaret lighter and the two outside knobs control the side vents on each kick panel under the dash.

I took the left vent control out and mounted the new wiper switch in it's place.
This will actually make the wiper switch easier to reach than where it was mounted before.

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The left vent control is now mounted where the old wiper switch was.
Here it is with the vent open.

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This is the new wiper motor mounted up under the dash.
You can also see the back of the new wiper switch.
The wipers are still only single speed but they are much quieter and they have and adjustable intermittent cycle for when it isn't raining hard enough to have them on full.
They also have a cycle that will sweep the blades a few time automatically when the washer button is pushed.

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Edited by jdcrawler, June 06, 2012 - 07:07 PM.

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Posted June 06, 2012 - 07:57 PM

Looks great Ray, keep working at it.
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Posted June 06, 2012 - 10:13 PM

For an old guy your awful good with that camera. Enjoy your photos :thumbs:
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Posted June 07, 2012 - 03:57 AM

That will be a much used improvement. I can't stand non intermittent wipers, anymore! But, we got by without them for years!
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Posted June 07, 2012 - 05:45 AM

Looks like a vast improvement in functionality Ray! I have to ask what the triangle shaped hole in the center of the dash is for though?
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Posted June 07, 2012 - 06:29 AM

I have to ask what the triangle shaped hole in the center of the dash is for though?

That is for the clock.
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Posted June 07, 2012 - 08:34 AM

That will be a much used improvement. I can't stand non intermittent wipers, anymore! But, we got by without them for years!


ANYTHING is better than vacuum operated wipers! Yes, even I had a vehicle with vacuum wipers. A 50's Willie's Jeep, and a 61 International Scout. Hit the gas & wiper action STOPS!
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Posted June 07, 2012 - 10:31 AM

Wow! This reminds me of the Wilson boys that own a local bus company, you guys mau have seen some of their buses on tours, anyway, they put 353 Detroits in a Chevy pickup and a Dodge weapons carrier (powerwagon pickup) with outrageous success! Back them they were sooo cool! Anf man could that Chevy plow snow!
Keep it up Ray , its awsome!
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Posted June 07, 2012 - 11:48 AM

Someone had buggered up the radio hole in the dash so I had cut an oval out and put in a mesh screen and mounted speakers behind it.
Then I used a radio housing from a 57 Desoto and mounted the radio under the dash.
Now the truck is going to have an air conditioner mounted under the dash so I need to move the radio back up into the dash.
This is the last modification to make before I can set the engine back in and start making motor mounts.
The holes are drilled for the controls and the center is trimmed out for the dial.

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The clock needs to be re-installed before the radio goes in.
I had used a clock from a 60 Chevy Impala and it had stopped working.
I took it apart and got it working again but it didn't keep the correct time now so I have had it connected to a battery for the last week while I adjust it so it keeps time correctly.

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The gauges in the 60 Chevy were in a set of two on each side of the speedometer.

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They are clamped into the housing and then the housing is mounted on the dash with a single bolt at the top and two screws at the bottom.

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I used half of a housing and trimmed it out to fit on the truck dash.

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This removed the part of the housing that held the gauge in place so I had to make special brackets that fasten up inside the housing and are then screwed to the back of the gauge.
Then I made a "U" bracket with arms that push up to the inside of the dash on each side of the gauge.
This bolts to the back of the gauge and pulls the whole unit tight to the dash.

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The clock and the radio are mounted in place.
There is a piece of polished stainless behind the holes in the radio faceplate but it's hard to really see that.
I might have to paint that stainless plate a contrasting color so it doesn't look like it's just the base of the radio showing thru.

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Edited by jdcrawler, June 07, 2012 - 11:50 AM.

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Posted June 07, 2012 - 04:57 PM

I used to have a motor from a 57 DeSoto, a 341 FireFlite, but I couldn't find parts fit it.
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Posted June 07, 2012 - 05:23 PM

Nice work on all these electrical improvements. That clock looks great in there.
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Posted June 07, 2012 - 05:47 PM

Everything looks fantastic! If you want to accent the stainless, you could get some low output LED's and have them shine back there with the dash lights.
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Posted June 07, 2012 - 09:20 PM

Seeing as how the other accents on the dash are satin black it think I would do the same thing with the radio . I agree with you about the polished stainless looking out of place.
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