E761L Progress... 1st Project

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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Huskiedrive361 » Sat Sep 14, 2013 3:42 pm

Nice job Paul! Thanks for taking the time to post step by step pictures of your tach repair. By sharing information others may attempt a project thought to be above their skills or not feasible. This is what makes our site so great!
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Scranton 761 » Sat Sep 14, 2013 10:22 pm

oldspwr wrote: I type all of my progress posts in a word document before impost anything. Then when I'm done typing, editing, adding pics, etc., I copy the text and paste it on the message board. Then in case something happens with board you didn't lose any of your effort.

I was wondering how you did that...... I'll give it a shot. Then you don't have the 3 pic limit. Thanks for the tip.

oldspwr wrote: I will be dropping this box off next week for you to work on :)

Help!!!........ :o. Looks like they need a Tetanus shot first :lol:

To everyone else, thanks for the comments.
Cab removal should be soon....... Can't wait to get that thing out of the way!
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Scranton 761 » Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:06 pm

Finally, I get to drag out the cab cradle I've been tripping over for a month or so. We've been trying to get this done since Tuesday, but I was just too busy at work during the week. All the planets aligned with enough help, so today is the day!
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Just as a note, before removing the doors, we drilled 2 alignment holes through each door hinge into the door. I don't think they were ever removed, and they were aligned perfectly. (Thanks Tom!)
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As everyone can see, I still haven't figured out how to post text and pics to a word doc, then drag it over to the forum.
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Scranton 761 » Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:20 pm

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Now with this thing is out of the way, I'll actually be able to get something accomplished.
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Scranton 761 » Sun May 04, 2014 8:06 pm

Yea, it's been a little quiet... At least something is getting done. No Facebook, Macks, or abandonment here. Big step for me today, chassis is finally stripped to a bare roller. Final degreasing and sandblasting should begin soon. I got lucky and had extra help from my brother Mike, Jim B., and Kevin G.
They keep telling me it gets fun when the grease and rust is gone, and the painted parts go back on :lol:
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby tomcat361 » Sun May 04, 2014 8:43 pm

Paul !!
Thanks for the update on your project ! Things are moving along !
Keep sending the progress results !
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Scranton 761 » Sat May 10, 2014 8:26 pm

Started welding up holes midweek. 47 so far, at least 70 to go. :roll:
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Stripped the rear axle and suspension Friday afternoon.
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Going to pick up the super clean 3:70 Airliner next week..... My apologies to the purists.
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Scranton 761 » Sat May 10, 2014 8:54 pm

A lot of you guys may know this, but my friend who worked his whole life in structural iron didn't. Before welding, I backed up the holes with a piece of flattened copper water pipe and a C-Clamp. The copper knocks right off the plug when you're done.
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Here's what it looks like inside when finished... Very easy to clean up.
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Huskiedrive361 » Sun May 11, 2014 12:29 am

Very good Paul. Believe me, you won't regret switching to air ride. Keep up the good work.
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Enckway » Sun May 11, 2014 7:13 am

Looking good Paul! Must have quite the pile of pieces :)
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby quadbox » Sun May 11, 2014 10:24 am

Paul moving along. I saw frame outside as we were working in North Scranton last week.How is cab coming along ? Nice tip about the copper. Thanks Joe D.
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Scranton 761 » Sun May 11, 2014 9:07 pm

Thanks Stan!

Yea Brian, big pile of parts everywhere. Now I see why the guys have storage trailers.

Cab is just like you saw it last Joe... I learned long ago, one thing at a time is best. At least it's out of the weather now. Feel free to stop anytime if you're going by.

FYI... I never thought I'd take it this far
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Scranton 761 » Mon Jun 02, 2014 1:18 pm

Well, I got quite a bit accomplished over the last couple of weeks. Cut-off disassembled, new holes laid out using the cut-off frame rails (R on L, L on R). I had to use the forward front spring pin grease fitting as a reference point for drilling the new holes. I found out after about 3 hours with a tape measure, squares, and plumb lines that my front rearward spring hangers are off by 1/4". Not critical because they swing on a shackle, but drove me crazy finding it!! (Thanks for all the guidance Stan!)

I don't know if anyone has had the pleasure of dealing with Huck-Fit fasteners which spent the last 8 years living in aluminum........ I put my ball joint press to good use. Just as I was thinking it was going to explode in my face, it let go with quite a bang!
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All 12 out without any damage.
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I ordered a 5/8" and 3/4" frame reamer from OEM Tools on the advice on Paul Polizzi. Needless to say it was good advice. We marked the frame with a drill through the templates then center punched them. I did 3/16" & 3/8" holes, then started with the reamers.
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Scranton 761 » Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:17 pm

These things cut like a hot knife through butter. Don't let them chatter and keep them cool. Take note of my sophisticated coolant applicator.....
The 5/8' started to chip a little about half way through the job. I was able to dress it up with a chain saw sharpening bit in a Dremel. It cut like new again.
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I test fit the brackets on the frame yesterday with the old fastener stumps. From my measurements, we're within 1/32". We may be even closer when the new bolts are in.
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Huskiedrive361 » Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:03 pm

Excellent Paul! As you can see, the frame reamers are the secret to doing a frame/suspension project. They make every thing so much easier. Nice thing is, as you begin to bolt on the hangers etc. you can run the reamer thru again, both bracket and frame, if a bolt is hanging up while going thru a hole that is off center by a little. Try that with a drill bit !!
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby oldspwr » Tue Jun 03, 2014 6:04 am

Looks great Paul, thanks for the progress pics!!!
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Scranton 761 » Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:46 pm

Over the last couple of months, I got the crossmembers and frame brackets slag blasted. Finished welding up unneeded mounting holes. This weekend was spent slag blasting the rails, acid etching, and sealing it up with epoxy primer. I got from the rear cab mount to the tail. I could have sent it out, but I didn't want to get it back and be dealing with flash rust before I got it in primer. Too bad I don't have "Genie" from the Superliner print... I could be done :lol:
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Scranton 761 » Thu Aug 28, 2014 2:20 pm

Almost finished with epoxy. Steering box is on the way out now to clean the rust from between the frame and mounting bracket.
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Huskiedrive361 » Thu Aug 28, 2014 2:58 pm

Looking good Paul!. Make sure to reseal the steering box while you have it out. It's a real bitch to get it out and in later with the engine in the frame.
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby STRETCH » Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:47 pm

Amen to that Stan!
Getting seal kits seems to be a bit of a challenge.

Oh yeah..have your back brace on...that steerbox weighs at least 5 pounds. :?

Looks good Paul!

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