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The new project!

Discussion in 'Trucks' started by monster truck, Jul 15, 2012.

  1. monster truck

    monster truck Senior Member

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    For the last couple years I have been keeping an eye out for an old cabover to fix up. Although there are plenty sitting in my grandparent's yard, I have been looking for my own to drag home and add to the collection. I have seen quite a few over the last couple years but nothing that seemed quite right, cracked frames, dented up cabs, stripped and gutted trucks or rediculous prices seemes to be the name of the game. But a couple weeks ago I was doing some internet browsing and happened upon a '76 Pete that seemed to be in pretty decent shape, a few emails and phone calls later and I was out in the middle of the socal desert digging through the cobwebs and scraping off the dust to check the old truck out.

    I was pleasently suprised with what I found, the stock wheelbase aluminium frame was free of cracks and didnt have a hole in it that wasnt from the factory. The cab was straight, dent free and the paint was even in great condition. The interior was in unbelievable shape for it's age and should clean up nicely. We finally found enough old batteries and jumper cables to get the old cummins to turn over and once it did, it fired right up and ran smooth. After a quick trip down the road to test it out and being happy with how it went, I decided to make an offer. It took a little bit of haggling back and forth but an aggrement was finally made that we were both happy with.

    The plans are to fix a few little issues it has, throw some new rubber on it, give it a good polish job and then put it to work! It has a few things that need to be fixed before it can be put on the road but the biggest problem I found was that it is too plain and boring looking, it needs some sort of color on it. I opened up the paint program on my computer (I'm not fancy enough for photoshop) and got to work, I tried quite a few designs and colors before I came up with the one in the bottom picture but I think it's the best mix of simple, classic and easy to do, now I just have to do it for real!

    If everything goes to plan, it should be on the road earning it's keep by the first of August. It is going to be my daily working truck and after good bit of buffing and polish, I may even have to take it to a truck show or two!
     

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  2. tireman

    tireman Senior Member

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    Nice find!! That's a very straight looking old 362. Very nice.What are the particulars on the drive train, just out of curiosity?
     
  3. monster truck

    monster truck Senior Member

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    It's actually a 352, it has a small cam 350 cummins in it with a 13spd trans and 3.90 ratio 38,000 pound rear ends. It has 800,000 miles on it with 50,000 on an inframe
     
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    tireman Senior Member

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    Well, I was wrong again. Go figure. Either way, it's a good looking ride, and I hope it more than earns it's keep for ya. Can't beat a 13 speed in my book. Maybe I'm just partial because that's what my gramps taught me on.
     
  5. Legdoc

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    What a find! I bet that ol Pete has no DPF or other EPA crap to choke it! Good luck. I love the old cabbies. They were popular back when I grew up in the 70's.
    legdoc
     
  6. JOHNBOY07

    JOHNBOY07 New Member

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    Hi I'm new to this site and therefore am not allowed to start a new thread yet. I read somewhere to join an existing thread to ask my question.
    Does anyone know how to tighten the track (rubber) on a SK 027 Kobelco Small track-hoe / excavator? It came off while I was driving up a hill. I was able to get it back on but I cant seem to tighten the track.
     
  7. d9gdon

    d9gdon Senior Member

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    johnboy,

    There should be a grease zerk to pump up the track tension. It may be under a cover but it will be on the track frame somewhere.
     
  8. Delgato91

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    Very nice looking truck Monster Truck. Good luck with her.
     
  9. Dualie

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    If you go browse on largecarmag.com theres retro section and a thread in there with a brochure of all the classic Pete paint schemes for the era.
     
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  11. EarthwurmJurm

    EarthwurmJurm Active Member

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    nice looking unit. imo the white drab looks good and you should leave it as is!! :) just my 2c