Waynos work truck.

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Post by wayno » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:10 pm

It works fine, it's kinda weird but something behind the dash clicks before the dash lights come on, sometimes it tales a while.
They are not as bright as when I had them wired for 12 volts, but I can see everything just fine, and they dim to basically off by turning the knob.
I did notice bleeding to other areas, if I drive a lot at night I might try to do something about it but I really don't drive at night much anymore.
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Post by wayno » Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:49 pm

I now know what this truck weighs, it is 3940lbs put away wet, that is around 500lbs more than it weighed before the chassis change, but it has a dump bed now and instead of using wood for the flatbed I used steel, don't know which weighs more on that front, it's likely a wash, but the hydraulic assembly and associated steel beams are likely where most the extra weight came from.
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Post by DRIVEN » Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:21 pm

Fatty! My old pickup was 2800#.
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Post by wayno » Sun Mar 25, 2018 2:13 pm

I have had a vibration lately when I start out that goes away when I get going, it only happened when I just let out the clutch, but another vibration started while at higher rpms, so today I lifted the bed and front of the truck and inspected the driveline, the front U-joint of the rear drive line just over the carrier cross member was bad and the carrier rubber piece was really bad.
I tried to remove a good rubber piece from another drive line I have and I could not get it to budge, so I did the rubber hose/zip tie fix on that, I also had another rear drive line piece that was good so I installed that on the front piece of drive line I repaired with the hose/zip tie fix.
I took it a couple blocks and all was good, we shall see if it holds up at freeway speeds without vibration, I suspect the starting out vibration was the center of the drive line moving around in the rubber piece enclosure, the freeway vibration was likely the bad U-joint.
I need a tool to remove them rubber pieces from the drive lines, I tried knocking it off with a chisel and hammer but it didn't move, I didn't want to ruin it trying to get it off so I didn't really hit it that hard.
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Post by wayno » Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:38 pm

I had a squeak after the fix that went away for the most part, I suspect it is the other u-joint, when I greased it only 2 of the joints had grease coming out of them, I expect I will have to do that u-joint within the year, but I already changed the u-joint in the drive line I removed, so I will just change it out when I notice that one getting loose, too bad that front connection is under the cab, that makes it a pain to change it out unless I remove the whole 2 poece drive line which is also a pain.
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Post by DRIVEN » Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:40 am

2 piece drivelines can be troublesome, for sure. Ever had it balanced? New joints, carrier, and balancing might make it feel like a whole different truck.
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Post by wayno » Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:48 am

That drive line can only go in 4 different ways, if vibration bothers me I can try a different position,
I suppose I should have marked the other original drive line before I took it apart so I could put it back the same way, but that one can only go in 4 different ways of which one of them ways was balanced before I put in the new ball joint.
Right now I do not recall having a vibration, I had a squeak starting out under load, it went away when I got moving after around 25mph, fact is it squeaked and then one time it made a much louder squeal for a second like when the lower counter shaft bearing lets loose in the transmission, it has not squeaked much since, I do not believe it was the transmission squeaking because the squeaking happened the first time I got up to speed after fixing the drive line, all I know for sure is that it doesn't have that clunking or clang it had before when the u-joint was bad.
When I pulled all my drive lines out of the shed I pulled the original modified drive line from the 521 also, it looked really close, since the rear part has a slip joint I may look at that one again if I have any more issues.
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Post by wayno » Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:07 pm

Well the engine/transmission started making this knocking sound when I shifted gears, and it would seem to be out of balance, if I pushed in the clutch and let it out it would sometimes get back in balance, so this made me think it was the flywheel coming loose.
Well it turned out to be the transmission being loose, this has happened several times to me over the years, and it has had different symptoms every time, this time every bolt was loose except for the lower starter bolt, the top starter bolt was not in it's hole but it fell on the ground when I removed the starter, so it was between the block and starter, every other bolt was loose.
I don't understand why this happens to me all the time, but I suspect it is happening because of how I use the truck, it is a work truck, but it is doing big truck duties and it is not a big truck, most would think I put the truck thru hell every day, it does get a work out with all that weight and the heavy trailer I pull behind it, but I have been doing it for years and I do not see any reason to stop now, fact is it stops better now than it ever has in all the time I have owned it.
I am happy I got under it though, the clutch pushrod was too tight, I removed it and made it shorter, that could not have been good having pressure on the throw out bearing all the time, but it is loose now.
I sure am happy it was not a loose flywheel, that would have been a job to tighten them up.
I really like this starter I have, it is rather large, but it turns the engine over faster than any other starter I have had in this truck, and it works every time, I believe it is a starter out of the 86 720 with a Z24, it is the best starter I have ever had in any truck with an L block.
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Post by DRIVEN » Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:37 pm

Seems like an odd thing to keep happening. Loctite?
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Post by Laecaon » Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:14 pm

I had 2 of my transmission to engine bolts fall out once. The two left were tight... I would just loctite and be done.

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Post by wayno » Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:15 pm

Except for the top starter bolt that was missing between the block and the starter none of the bolts holding the transmission on were looser than a couple turns, but it sure made a lot of noise by the time I got home today, it actually made a noise a couple times a few days ago getting on the freeway while shifting but it went away after noting it in my mind, but today was different, things felt out of balance, and it got worse fast!
I tighten these bolts down with air tools, they are tight, but the top 2 transmission bolts are too close to the firewall so I have to tighten them down with a wrench, I actually don't have the two 12mm bolts on the bottom holding the plate to the transmission case, but I do not feel this could cause the other 4 bolts and the two starter bolts to get loose(only 1 starter bolt was loose/missing), I feel if that lower starter bolt had come loose also I would have had issues before today, weird thing is that lower starter bolt stripped out in the transmission case, so I drilled it all the way thru the case and I put a much longer bolt all the way thru and I put a big nut on the case side, this was the only one that stayed tight.
I fixed it/tightened the bolts today and will check them every once in a while, it lasted 8 months this time, so just before work picks up in March 2019 I will check them, that will be 7 months, I might check them before if I think about it.
Today I tightened them with air tools again, but followed them with my ratchet wrench, they are tight.
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