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Posted By Freight_train From Bama Wednesday, November 03, 2010 2:41 PM
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Freight_train From Bama
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Thanks Eddy for creating this little corner of the asylum for me.

Guess I will just start out with the basic information on the truck so far and when I get something fixed up post on here and give pictures of the progress.

First off I guess is the basic stuff on how I ended up with the truck.

Fell in love with the music of a 2 stroke and have always enjoyed working on large diesel powered trucks(1 ton and up).Being I have been in MVs for a while I needed something normal and faster to pull my MVs to shows so I decided to search around for a Civy rig.Sadly the first truck I tried to get was a 1970's 4070 Binder cab over with a 250 and 13spd.Sleeper cab tandem.Luckly my $1500 bid just barely lost out with 15 seconds to go.Got back on the horse and did the Ebay and Craigslist thing.Found a few rigs for cheap but found out they were Coal haulers in a previous life.AKA they spend a LOT of time grossing 100,000lb plus so I decided to RUN!Found a few more but were out of my Cheap a@@ price range but just barely.

   Then there it was.......On Craigslist......a decent looking 1980 GMC General day cab with a 6V92 but was in St Louis and I am in Alabama.So.I put out feelers on a couple sites I belonged to and was active to see if anyone could help me out by taking a quick looksy since I didn't know the seller and was extremely paranoid on sending a large sum of money to someone I have no clue who they are and if the truck was real.Luckly I came here and found someone that was close by.Thanks Amscontr.The truck turned out to be real but was still a little worried once I found out the history of how the truck got away from the Wood River Refinary or more importantly who was involved. From the stories I have found a contractor got nailed on some money issues while demoing the refinary and this truck was purchased as surplus property by him and sold off to one of his ex-employees.Luckly it turned out to be a clean truck.Well,Legal Clean anyway.

     After I purchased it($1300 mind ya) I hit my normal shipping guys up but everyone was sidelined with blown up trucks or didn't get back to me.I managed to get a contract on a shipper Via Uship but I think he had just started out and found out the hard way that Hotshotting ain't as easy as it looks.I followed him around via Uship and suddenly I noticed people were giving him neutral feedbacks saying he wrecked his rig.I didn't hear from him for 2 more weeks when he refunded my downpayment and said he crashed his truck in the western midwest but I suspect he found out how expensive it is to haul stuff so cut his loses and tried something different.Oh well.So I put a ad back on there and got a great quote from black Cat Trucking.They had a nice hot shot rig.Dual tandam goose neck and a HD 1 ton dodge with a cummins.

   When they delivered I found out the info I had on the truck was not 100% correct.The seller said there was an air leak and it couldn't get enough pressure to release the brakes so it wouldn't move.Well,it did have an airleak but was the range box on the 9 speed that was leaking...all the hoses were gone.It was stuck in high range.That detroit didn't like trying to take off in 5th gear(actually 6th if you count Lo as a "gear").They had to use a come along to pull the truck up on the trailer.I should have gave them a little extra since they had some problems but I was about fall asleep as I had been awake for 24 hours at the time and it slipped my mind.Got the truck home the remaining 4 blocks and started to really look at it.Fresh inframe on the engine,frame was not rotten as I feared since it is aluminum,body in great shape other than a 6" hole in the floor pan at the front of the drivers seat,interior was stripped out and in a pile in the floor.Only one seat as it was ordered as light as possible being a Tanker Yanker.Tracked down the shifter problem(didn't know what was wrong for a couple days) and replumbed the range slider.Took the truck around the block a few times for a test drive.Ran pretty good but could tell it had a problem.Had a couple injectors stuck but I guess that was par for the course since it hadn't been driven in 14 years(and hadn't had fuel in 14 years added to the already full tank of Red fuel).Managed to get the injectors free by doing an Oklahoma Tune up a couple times.Not recommended especially if you have a 2 stroke in a residential area.....kinda loud!The only other issues I have fixed to date are I removed the rusted out Factory Original 1980 muffler and installed a nice sounding 5" straight pipe stack.

   As it sits now I have all the brake cans and hoses removed from behind the cab to the rear cross member to replace.Only had braking power on the rear rear axle.Middle can nuts were backed off 1/2 inch and slack adjusters were Toast from rust.Soon as I get the brake reassembled I will be back on here with an update and maybe some more videos or photos.


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1980 GMC

General Rolling Violation

1971 M35A2 Martyr Machine

1971 M35A2 Messiah

1957 M52 R6602 gas burner

1991 F350 Crew Cab Dually Diesel Enterprise


1994 F350 Crew Cab Dually Diesel White Lightning

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Freight_train From Bama
 Posted Saturday, December 11, 2010 4:37 PM
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small update to to post something and keep this place breathing.Since I am not going to reuse the valve covers anyway(getting Jakes and thinking of having the tall ones plated....hmmm,Chrome or gold....or chrome with gold letters?) I decided to play a little.Color is off a little.True color is Grabber green Engine enamel.Same color as the Freightshaker short chassis over in the Truckpaper thread with the 903 grenade.



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General Rolling Violation

1971 M35A2 Martyr Machine

1971 M35A2 Messiah

1957 M52 R6602 gas burner

1991 F350 Crew Cab Dually Diesel Enterprise


1994 F350 Crew Cab Dually Diesel White Lightning

Beware of Steelsoldiers.
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Any pictures???
Freight_train From Bama
 Posted Saturday, February 05, 2011 1:41 PM
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yea,I forgot all about posting pictures.Haven't done a lot to it since the weather has been doing goofy things the past month or so.Here are some older shots and some newer shots.The first one the horn was just sat up there to get an idea what it would look like with a 40s/50s style horn setup.Not bad.The 8" stack sucked though.Got a 5" on there now as you can see in my Youtube videos.Also one picture shows the chassis as it was when I got it.ALmost all paint gone.I rattle canned it with chassis paint.Make it look so much better.Right now the entire butt is in the air as I replace brakes and lines.The shoes look almost new on the one I pulled down but the S-Cam is shot since the splines are rusted off.I'll get pictures tomorrow.Another pair of pictures are the front hubs.Man it is nasty in there.Chunkies.When I get the rears reassembled I am going to jack up the front and fully service and install new bearings and races.That junk on my finger felt like sand the particles are so big.Then there is the infamous Been Had picture.Only put that sticker on one door.Gonna modify it for the final version when I get the truck painted. and that door replaced.Also the last 2 are the only view I had of the truck before I bought it.Never looked at it but did have someone from the area look at it I met on here.900 miles away.













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1980 GMC

General Rolling Violation

1971 M35A2 Martyr Machine

1971 M35A2 Messiah

1957 M52 R6602 gas burner

1991 F350 Crew Cab Dually Diesel Enterprise


1994 F350 Crew Cab Dually Diesel White Lightning

Beware of Steelsoldiers.
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Jonathan----The hub grease looks like the original wagon wheel lube that the pioneers used as they traveled across the praries with a little liquid gear lube thrown in . When you get the bearings washed off ,you might be surprised . If they're not blue or scored 'run 'em .
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 Posted Saturday, February 05, 2011 7:34 PM
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Don't you think that the rear wheel bearings are lubed from the oil in the end?

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I'm sure the rears would be but that's a front hub pictured and many give up and use grease on front if they're plagued with leaks .Synthetic grease in non driving hubs seems to be gaining as a fleet choice .
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 Posted Sunday, February 06, 2011 8:22 AM
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The fronts had gear oil.Sorta.It looked like Chocolate milk when I drained it.



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1980 GMC

General Rolling Violation

1971 M35A2 Martyr Machine

1971 M35A2 Messiah

1957 M52 R6602 gas burner

1991 F350 Crew Cab Dually Diesel Enterprise


1994 F350 Crew Cab Dually Diesel White Lightning

Beware of Steelsoldiers.
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 Posted Saturday, March 19, 2011 12:09 PM
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Little bit of update.Pulled the axle shafts and outter bearings on the other 3 rear hubs.A lot of water came out of the drivers side rear rear.Luckly the bearings looked perfect.I think the water got in there after I knocked all the nuts lose a couple months ago.Gave them all a 1/2 turn to just break them loose since I was planning removing them all.Letting the oil drain right now.Will figure out how to remove the hubs without giving myself a hernia in a little bit.I almost didn't have enough room to get the shafts out.Was parked beside my Deuce and I had 1 inch of clearance before I hit the hub of the deuce(Luckly it was lined up so the end could go into the rear rim).

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1980 GMC

General Rolling Violation

1971 M35A2 Martyr Machine

1971 M35A2 Messiah

1957 M52 R6602 gas burner

1991 F350 Crew Cab Dually Diesel Enterprise


1994 F350 Crew Cab Dually Diesel White Lightning

Beware of Steelsoldiers.
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well,on closer inspection looks like all the bearings and races are shot out back.Cleaned them and rotated the rollers.A couple rollers had pits and only once race didn't have some pitting(the others had 1/3" spots where you could feel the hole).Oh well,I was expecting it.Need to drain the pumpkins just before I put the drums back on and see what comes out.I suspect the chunks are prefectly fine.That would be a long way for water to travel and the signs I have now are just minor water intrusion.Just the water sat there for a while.Didn't see any real rust.

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1980 GMC

General Rolling Violation

1971 M35A2 Martyr Machine

1971 M35A2 Messiah

1957 M52 R6602 gas burner

1991 F350 Crew Cab Dually Diesel Enterprise


1994 F350 Crew Cab Dually Diesel White Lightning

Beware of Steelsoldiers.

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