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Mike "Hubbie" Stearns

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About Mike "Hubbie" Stearns

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  • Birthday 12/11/1964

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  • Gender:
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  • Location:
    Clarks Hill, IN
  • Interests:
    Fire trucks, woodworking, classic cars

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  1. I’m just wondering what the true definition of antique is? Everyone that I talk to has a different opinion
  2. Jeff, I’m not familiar with the mg. What should the dash look like? I usually think of burl as an ascent in woodworking and high end cars. Mike
  3. “Letting the smoke out” is a safety device. It lets you know what’s bad.
  4. You did bring up an other question, what is the best or preferred lube to use?
  5. Graham man, the truck is a 1928 Gramm with a Wisconsin rear end. And yes it is quite large
  6. I did some checking and there’s no grease fitting on the housing. There is a felt seal for the hub and a seal inboard. So the bearings do get greased. Thanks for the help
  7. This rear end is a 1.5 or 2 ton size. It looks similar to today’s semi trucks
  8. Has anyone worked on a Wisconsin truck rear end? When I pulled the axles to get to the bearings and brakes, the bearings have what looks like wheel bearing grease in them. Am I right or is it just old solidified rear end grease? I would have thought that it would be like today’s rear ends in that they would be lubed with rear end grease.
  9. I know what you mean about the hoist. For me, it’s like an extra hand. I built my gantry crane with casters so I can move it around the barn as needed.
  10. Yes it is actually. The one in the background is a 97 Simon Duplex ladder truck that I purchased in February. I retired from the local volunteer fire department in January after 30+ years.
  11. I was looking at some pictures and forgot to post this one. It’s at the rear of the frame rails where the tailboard brackets bolt on. They were covered in dirt. This truck is 92 years old and I’m was surprised to see clean metal in the holes. The other surprise is that with a little pb blaster, how many of the bolts and nuts have came apart with just using wrenches. I have had to cut most of the carriage bolts to remove them. I think if they were in good solid wood, I wouldn’t have had to cut them.
  12. To answer some of your questions. No it wasn’t hard to steer at the low speed, just when your stopped. I believe the newer engine is either a 54 or 55. As far as parts, I’ve only had to rebuild the carb and fuel pump and found them on the internet. As of tonight, the only thing left is the front axle and steering box. I have been working on getting a the rear leaf springs off the rearend so I can get them cleaned up and ready to paint. I was able to get the right side nuts off, they are double nutted, and six on the left side before I quit for the night. I’ll finish that tomorrow.
  13. It’s been quite a busy summer so far for me. I’ve not been able to do anything on the truck till last week. It’s been moved to the barn for disassembling. The frame will get blasted and painted. Once that is done, I’m going to get it back to a roller. Then clean up the engine and transmission for paint and reinstalling. I’m hoping to have all that done by Halloween. Here’s to hoping
  14. Ted, we all know what you meant. Me personally, have said for many years, “ I’m harder to please than any customer will be”. We always want it to be done correctly. We don’t do things half ass
  15. I’m not a professional painter, but have been told by several that aluminum should be primed with etching primer if you want the paint to stick
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