Mike "Hubbie" Stearns

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  1. Well after much discussion on repowering, I purchased an international RD450. The engine was located in Colorado. Well the wife and I took a road trip that started Saturday. We even got a bonus as the Cubs were playing in Denver at Coors Field. We are big Cubs fans. Bummer they lost on Monday, but was a good game. Then it was off to pick it up on Tuesday. Once we got it loaded it was time to head home. We had never driven out west and enjoyed the trip. Did get into some rain on Tuesday night and Wednesday. Other than stopping every couple of hours to stretch and use the restroom, all in all not a bad trip. Got home Wednesday about 8 pm. We made good time. We spent some time doing some time cleaning up the garage then time to unload. It's going to take some time to get it cleaned and mounted in its new home
  2. There's a hill climb in Indiana every year. It's in Newport. I went last year and have a buddy that is taking a Kaiser this year. It's in October and is run by the lions club.
  3. I'm planning on that chistech. I'm getting the engine and transmission.
  4. Just a couple more pictures of wood frame sitting on my bench. How I hate straight blade screws.
  5. I finally got almost all the paint stripped. After doing that, I decided to remake most of the sheet metal. There are a lot of holes that were filled with putty that you couldn't see. I spent most of the day working on getting the wood structure built up and ready for the metal parts. Cross bracing to keep square and straight.
  6. I finally got a chance to go to the lumber yard to pick up some white oak. I always buy hardwoods rough sawn so a cam mill it good and flat. It makes projects go a lot smother. I've been making the firewall and the the frame opposite the firewall. Both of them had rot and lots of holes drilled in them from all the previous owners that made them weak. With them done, I started removing the paint off of the covering metal. Most of the truck has 4-6 coats of paint on it. I've tried several different paint removers. I've found that a good stiff and sharp putty knife works the best. It for the most part, it just chips off. I'm planning on fixing the unneeded holes and expoxy primering both sides. The first picture is what it looks like to start. 2nd is just a couple of minutes worth of work. 3rd is what it looks like after paint removed. 4th is a close up of work in progress. You can seethe layers of paint and primer
  7. Looks great! Definitely had a large shoe horn
  8. I'm using white oak which is rot resistant. The firewall is exposed wood and will need to be painted. There is also a strip of wood between the front fenders and the frame that you can see when finished. Thompsons is a good idea for any wood that will be covered by sheet metal, but you can't paint over it. The paint will dry, but won't adhere to it
  9. I'm in the process of replacing the wood frame on the cowl section of my fire truck. Once I get the frame done, what should I treat it with ? I'm planning on spraying the sheet metal with expoxy primer before I reassemble.
  10. I finally got a chance to go pick up some lumber for the cowl. Most of the wood is dry rotted or rotten from water. When I got home from work today, I started taking it apart. Defentaly a pain to take out all the nails. The only question I have at this point is what to put on the wood to seal it? It looks like some of the pieces were primed with a gray primer and others a just bare wood. I'm planning to prime all the metal with expoxy primer, both sides, just don't know what would be best on the wood.
  11. Not mine. https://tippecanoe.craigslist.org/pts/d/westpoint-28-chevy-headlight-buckets/6878062064.html
  12. Terry, I agree. These old vehicles are ment to be driven and enjoyed. I was to work outside yesterday, but Mother Nature had other plans. Cold and rain means I got to stay inside and work on my truck. Its amazing how how satisfing it to do something small and feel great. I've been wanting to get the front hubs and tires back on so it can be movable. That way I can clean up before I pick up the newer engine. With the tires back on, I got the steering gear box almost ready to put back in. It won't be in long as it has to come out to install the engine.
  13. I have the Boyer book that has a list of all the trucks that were delivered to customers. It appears to be in the 10-15 that were the gramm special chassis. Unfortunately, it doesn't give the engine manufacturer. Mike
  14. came across this and I can't figure it out
  15. Well, after lots of web searching and reading forums here and others, I have found the answer. Repower ping with a international rd450. I have a guy that has 1 and he is going to get it running before and removed from the semi that it is in before I go pick it up. It looks like may or June before I can take that road trip with the wife. I can't wait till then. Thanks Mike
  16. When I was drag racing, instead of painting the inside, I polished it up and removed any excess casting at holes. It works the same as painting without the fear of plugging up the filter, pickup or plugging oil lines. It just takes time and a lot of work. My engine was polished to 120 grit. It was a sbc from a 70 Impala . Mike
  17. Mike, as far as sanding, the proper way is to go from 80 to 120,180,220, and so on. As far as when to stop, I usually stop about 400 and even 600 when needed. As you get finer, all you are doing is removing the previous scratched left behind. The dinner you get, stain doesn't soak in as well, but clear coat does. Hope this helps. Mike
  18. I had the day off yesterday. I was going to spend the day working on my honey do list, but 40s with a strong north wind, I stayed inside and done some more research on the repower idea. I have found a source for a gas continental r6602 engine. I've been also looking for a picture of the phisical dimensions of ther6602, but no luck yet. The only issue a can see using the 602 is the starter is on the left side and may interfere with the steering box. I did talk to a company the can rebuild the clutch I have for about 2K. Ouch. They believe they have the nessary parts is stock and will take about a month turnaround. I've been also looking for a adaptor plate and found a local company that I didn't know about that is interested in making a custom plate. I don't know time frame on that yet. So the 602, clutch rebuild and adaptor plate looks to be about 4-5K which is about half that of fixing my old engine.
  19. Mike, I think your doing great work on the restoration. I think I would temporarily clamp the bow and stretch an old sheet across them and see how it looks. Then you could adjust as needed to get the right look. Once it looks correct, then mark then and fasten. Just an idea. Mike
  20. Thanks to you all for the info. I didn't think this type of clutch was that common back then but does make sense since engines of the time were inline. Generally inlines are good torque makers. Mike
  21. Im in the process of figuring out my options to do a repower for my fire truck. I decided to separate the engine and transmission to ger bellhousing measurements. This is the clutch I found. I haven't seen a clutch with 8 separate disks before, have you? The clutch is a fuller RU16 which is the same model as the transmission. It's size 9 according to the build sheets I have on the truck
  22. I've had the same thoughts and so far no luck. As you can see in the picture, my engine is a multi piece engine. What I'm calling the block is the cylinders. The area where the crank and cam is is called the rotating assembly. Also the rotating assembly is cast aluminum as well as the oil pan. The head is cast iron. Mike
  23. I've spent quite a lot of time on the phone talking to a machine shop that specializes in old engines. At some point the water pump had been removed and reinstalled with silicone. It also has newer type grease zirks. We think the water pump went out and it overheated which caused the cracks. As far as finding an other block, I've also spent lots of time on the phone and Internet with no help. Everyone has said good luck. The only other option is to have a new one cast, but it would cost more than fixing what I already have. Im probably going to repower with somethings newer. Just don't know what that will be yet. Mike