E761L Progress... 1st Project

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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Scranton 761 » Fri May 01, 2015 8:28 pm

5 hours to fix the sins of the past...
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Finally have plumb and square brackets to attach the bumper without damage.
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Scranton 761 » Wed May 20, 2015 9:31 am

Long day yesterday, but the front half is in color.
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Inside of frame done.
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Scranton 761 » Mon Jun 01, 2015 4:49 pm

Steering box back where it belongs.
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby DzlNut775 » Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:25 am

Looks great!! wish I had some more time to come get my hands in more often..... :|
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Scranton 761 » Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:31 pm

Front springs blasted, painted, and installed with spacers cut from overloads. Spring rate reduced for ride improvement.
One step at a time.
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Huskiedrive2 » Thu Jul 23, 2015 4:10 pm

Very nice Paul ! Any work being done on the cab at this time?
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Scranton 761 » Fri Jul 24, 2015 8:14 am

Thanks Stan! Nothing on the cab yet.... figuring next year.

If you're bored now I can transport it to the Finger Lakes Region :lol:

The joy of slagblasting the front axle begins today..................... :roll:

I'm still on the search for a complete 6-71 Jake (w/ bridges, tall cover, and buffer switch) if anyone knows where one is hiding.
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby stubnosebrock » Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:22 pm

That tall valve cover is a bear to find. Jakes arent getting any easier to find either. It just so happens that I have the whole deal. If my 361 sells i would consider selling the setup.
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby quadbox » Sat Jul 25, 2015 3:27 pm

Paul nice work. I thought you were putting a 3406 Cat in the 761. Detroit sounds better. Joe D.
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Scranton 761 » Mon Jul 27, 2015 8:17 am

stubnosebrock wrote: If my 361 sells i would consider selling the setup.

Let me know Stubby.... definitely interested. I'd really like to get this on before it's in the chassis. That time is sneaking up on me quickly.
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Not me on the CAT Joe, I can't afford those parts! LOL
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby quadbox » Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:28 pm

That is good to hear Paul. Joe D.
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Scranton 761 » Tue Aug 18, 2015 1:24 pm

For those few I actually had a chance to have a conversation with at The Show, I kept my word. Did it Saturday.
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Pushed every limit.... The lesson here is, be careful when you're buying your paint products. Think ahead to what the weather may be when using them.
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I'll drop the chassis on it as soon as the caster wedges get here. Went with a pretty large increase over OE for handling due to the radial tire upgrade.
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That's all for now.
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Scranton 761 » Fri Aug 21, 2015 2:25 pm

I started on the steering parts yesterday. I know I posted this before, but before disassembly I marked the center of the backside of the old tie rod end and noted the measurement to the edge of the sleeve.
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I got lucky for a change. The rear radius (torque) rods from the old rear suspension were recently replaced with new sleeves (still have the shipping labels on them) and tie rods instead of the one piece non-adjustable rods. A special thank you to the installer who used a shovel full of Never-Seize on them, they came out completely by hand. Tie rod ends were a perfect match (1 1/4" dia. threads on the 16K axle). The one for the steering arm will have to shortened with the band saw.
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I marked the replacement tie rod center for installation. That's about as close as you can get in regards to the previous toe setting.
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Scranton 761 » Sat Aug 22, 2015 12:59 pm

And done....
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby STRETCH » Sat Aug 22, 2015 7:49 pm

That a boy Paul!!!! Keep after it, won't be long and the doors will be closed because it's too cold.

Looking good.


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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Huskiedrive2 » Sat Aug 22, 2015 8:15 pm

Keep up the good work Paul. Things are looking nice and clean. I always lived by the rule of doing something, anything, no matter how little, every day of the project, even if it was to only wire brush bolts, or paint a small bracket. Something every day even if not needed right now. Pretty soon you are assembling and all these small parts are done, ready and waiting. Hang in there. It all comes together and you have fun with a beautiful truck!
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Scranton 761 » Sun Aug 23, 2015 9:22 pm

Thanks guys... I do try to get something done every day.
And yes... The cold is already sneaking in on us. :(
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Scranton 761 » Wed Aug 26, 2015 4:40 pm

Another small project out of the way today. Crossover tube / spring hanger brace was very weak. Before cutting the old tube off I tack welded the plates to an old sign post because this dimension is critical (Thanks Stan). I realized that when I removed it and the spring hangers spread 1/2". I also upgraded to 3/16" wall tube over the stock 1/8".
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And done. Hopefully paint tomorrow.
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Scranton 761 » Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:17 pm

Well I'm long overdue for an update. Things have been happening but the shop has been really busy also. The caster shims finally arrived, they're installed and it's back on all fours.
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It's no secret that I was able to pick up another tight 6-71 with a Jake and a tall aluminum cover already installed.
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What I didn't realize until I got this home… It had a SAE Type 1 bell housing. Good news… It fit the 10 speed I acquired for it. Bad news… Apparently Brockway only used SAE Type 2 bell housings which is about 3" narrower than the SAE Type 1.
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Re: E761L Progress... 1st Project

Postby Scranton 761 » Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:37 pm

Hard to tell by the tape measure, but you can see the difference in clearance between the flywheel and the bell housing.
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After some very careful measurements and coaching from Stan, it seemed that building new mounts.... 1 1/2" less in depth was the way to go.
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While I was calculating and had all the measurements I figured it wouldn't hurt to give Dane a call. It sounded like he had at least one of what I needed. He was nice enough to send me a box with five frame brackets… Close but no cigar. Those mounts did help me find another problem … More on that later.

Now that we had the measurements we started cutting 1/2" plate.
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And tacked them up (a little too much) for a test fit.
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After that it was test fit #1 (there's a pattern here).
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I couldn't get a picture here but with the rear bolts in, the front mount missed by a full hole... 1/2"
So the SAE Type 1 is not only wider, but it moves the motor mount bracket mounting bolts forward. Ugh.
No profanity... Just get it out and break out the .045" cutting wheels.
After marking them, we added 1/16" bead of weld to the backside of the horizontal part of the mount (due to the angle of the frame rails), besides moving it forward the 1/2" we needed.
After mounting them to the frame, we still needed about another 1/8" to make the 28" ctr. to ctr. we needed. So I had to make two 14 ga. shims for behind the brackets.
After getting these bolted in place, I noticed the weird angle the right mount horizontal portion was running at. After about an hour of staring and comparing all the mounts I had at my disposal, I decided to let it ride and do another test fit (#2)... Even though it was the only one like that.
Left... Perfect!
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Right... Nope... Tasting disgust now.
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Keeping in mind the right mount was a cast piece and assumed original... Something wasn't right. Either it was for a different configuration, or it was thrown in the drilling jig incorrectly.
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