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What have you done on your (Big Bolt) today
#1429259 Fri Nov 05 2021 02:09 AM
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Starting to get a bed on the COE. Got some 2” sugar maple that is very green so probably let it dry over the winter and then add some rack sides. Slowly getting there…

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Re: What have you done on your (Big Bolt) today
NH46COE #1429261 Fri Nov 05 2021 02:19 AM
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As I was headed to work this morning, I did look to make sure it was still there. smile

John


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Re: What have you done on your (Big Bolt) today
NH46COE #1429264 Fri Nov 05 2021 03:38 AM
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Originally Posted by NH46COE
Starting to get a bed on the COE. Got some 2” sugar maple that is very green so probably let it dry over the winter and then add some rack sides. Slowly getting there…

Looking good! Are you planning to put the dual rear wheels back on it?


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Re: What have you done on your (Big Bolt) today
Rich'sToys #1429349 Sat Nov 06 2021 12:41 AM
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Yes Rich, I am. I actually have a post on the swap forum looking for a pair of them. The ones I have are too far gone to use.

Re: What have you done on your (Big Bolt) today
NH46COE #1429373 Sat Nov 06 2021 03:10 PM
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pulling the heads off my 58 viking again today (got some with stuck valves, at least I hope that is all it is, and nothing bent!) Hopefully, can get it back together tomorrow or Monday and then get back home from Montana before the passes get too much snow! (We are pulling our 35' Vintage trailer)!


Mike

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Re: What have you done on your (Big Bolt) today
NH46COE #1429374 Sat Nov 06 2021 03:11 PM
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Originally Posted by NH46COE
Starting to get a bed on the COE. Got some 2” sugar maple that is very green so probably let it dry over the winter and then add some rack sides. Slowly getting there…
Really sweet looking truck!!


Mike

1955 Chevy 6400 ex-flatbed (no bed now!)
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Re: What have you done on your (Big Bolt) today
NH46COE #1429663 Tue Nov 09 2021 07:51 PM
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check your private messages

Re: What have you done on your (Big Bolt) today
NH46COE #1429705 Wed Nov 10 2021 02:31 AM
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Made me grease my 2 u-joints,and took my fuel gauge sender out to look inside the tank,was pretty cleanin there. This51 6400 pickup burns only propane, so I haul lawnmower gas in the cab tank and siphon it out when we mow. 98 inch wheelbase with 8.25 rubber on original 3 piece wheels is the best pick-up Iv'e had. built My own heavy duty 4-link using 7/8 heim joints,run it most days .

Re: What have you done on your (Big Bolt) today
NH46COE #1429851 Thu Nov 11 2021 08:06 PM
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Not entirely today, but lately...
I recently posted about putting new shock absorbers on my rig.
Also, have a pretty reliable source of fuel as well that I posted.
What I haven't talked about though is over the course of keeping the truck in good tune, I hooked it up to a vacuum gauge and had a terribly bouncing needle indicating a valve train problem. I did a compression check and found a dead cylinder (#5) so I assumed valves too tight. Not having a baseline to compare to its hard to tell how good or bad the truck is running. If it sounds good, starts well and runs smooth is about all I can go on. Adjusted the valves and got compression back on #5. Generally better except for a miss at idle. A little more tune of the idle mixture and timing led to a broken idle mixture screw when loosening the vacuum line right next to it.
I found then that after extended driving it wouldn't idle well at all. Hard to correct that though with no mixture screw; I did find moisture in the brake booster line at the air cleaner lid maybe brake fluid was getting sucked through the system and pulled into the carburetor (surely that won't help an idle).
I also have a leaking wheel cylinder in the rear; pulled the drum and it was bad. Real bad. Brake fluid and dust mud everywhere. Ignored that for too long. Lots of pressure washing and cleaner. Disassemble, clean and reassembled the wheel cylinders, bleed brakes. Firm pedal never came back...
Dipping brake fluid at the master cylinder, mess with the boot at the peal shaft and lots of fluid in there. Rebuild the master cylinder.
Rummaging around under the truck the bed bolts are loose. Three sticks of 5/8" all-thread and now thats tight. Much quieter too without that thing bouncing around back there.
Lastly, scored a factory brake booster to rebuild and replace the one under the truck, that doesn't look factory.
Meanwhile the truck is running pretty good-set a new top speed in it of 60 mph.

Re: What have you done on your (Big Bolt) today
NH46COE #1429870 Fri Nov 12 2021 01:02 AM
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I’d say you had a pretty good day !

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