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Posted By brad nitzke Monday, January 28, 2013 11:55 AM
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Hey gus. im new here and i tryed looking but could find nothing. i hope to be getting a '48 kenworth that is pretty well all there (needs some body work but i know how to weld so that will be fine, and whoever had it in its life made a bummper-fender-running bords out of 1/8 inch Dimond plate, so it looks big and mean. ) but i will need new rubber around the windshields and can not find anything. i will also need to get a new (or have the old rebuilt) tredal valve, and i plan on putting two spring brake cans on it to. So any tips, ideas would be great. oh and im only 18, so dont be too quick to judge. haha. and im not clueless on all of this stuff. i also have a M35A2 2 1/2 ton military truck, a 5/4 ton M715 and a few other toys. ~thank~

M35A2 1970

M715 1968

W-150 Dodge w/318 1986

1948 Kenworth
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Hi Brad congrats on the KW. Got some pictures? I'm just in the process of putting in new windshields and rubber seals in my 59 KW. The auto glass shop cut the glass and is bringing in the seal rubber (he was out of stock) and will cut to fit and warm it up and tape it to the windshields to get it to shape. So any good auto glass shop should be able to do it. As far as the foot valve goes I would just get a new one. That is one piece of safety you want to make sure is going to work. If you are going to upgrade to spring type brakes put them on both rear axles(if it is a tandem).
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Hey thanks. i didnt get it yet but when i do i,ll got some pics up. what other upgrades should be made to a truck like this? as far as safety, drive ability and such? Where can i find a new foot valve? or are they kinda unaversal? also what would a truck like this be worth? ~thanks~

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1948 Kenworth
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Is the old girl running? You will want to do full check on steering, suspension, brakes etc, like on any other vehicle. Are you familiar with airbrake systems? You should be able to get a new foot valve at any good truck parts supply place, same with the brake pots, relay valves, quick release valves etc. Just take the old foot valve in with you so they can match it up. Being that old it will probly be replaced with an updated one.
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Yeah she runs. starts a little hard but i think some clean fuel, filters and some run time will take care of that. also, i havent got the chance to look to close but what would it have for a tranns? a 3x4? it also has a transfer case on it to run the wench in the back.

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M715 1968

W-150 Dodge w/318 1986

1948 Kenworth
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What engine is in it? Has it been setting a long time? If it has,I'd flush the engine block to make sure it's not plugged up with scale. I had this problem with the gas engine in my Autocar. Good luck and lets see some pictures.

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good luck and enjoy the process. It's excellent to learn how to repair and just get better over the years. Consider practicing sheet metal work on a more common car or pickup to learn, then tackle the more rare projects.

Another hint is repair one or two things at a time, don't tear it all down. Fixing a component at a time lets you see progress and keep your enthusiasm going. You are able to have fun with it as it improves. Tearing it all down means years of slogging through and often people lose interest and the restoration stalls. Tearing it all down is best left to experts with a lot of help and money.

As you get better, you'll get so you can patch sheet metal and need just a skim coat of filler/sandable primer to get a smooth surface. You'll also see the reinforcing possible around door and windshield areas.

The winch drive is a "ower tower" and if there are two transmissions they would be 5 and 3, or 4 and 4, or maybe even a 5x4. Learn from the old timers on the components and how they were used. Great to see your interest!

Bruce


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Most foot valves are rebuilt exchange. Spring brake chambers should be new only and there are a variety of control valves that can be used . Availability could be wherever heavy truck parts are sold..............or a truck dealer. NAPA stores are dealing in heavy truck parts now, but your average NAPA is car parts only because of knowledge.
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I would get a Bendix E6 or equivalent. Replumb as needed on your truck replacing any bad lines as you go. I used plastic line and DOT brass push/fit fittings. Makes it easy though the fittings can be spendy. The foot valve mount and pedal, take them apart and clean/lubricate things so that it all works smoothly to go with your nice new valve.


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Thanks guys. lots of great ideas, (keep em Coming) I know it has a Cummins in it (non- turbo). (:D good cuz im a cummins guy) i was told that its not the one it came with. but thats all i know. yes it has sat for a long time but runs like a sowing machine. haha. i did plan on changing ALL fluids and filters.

M35A2 1970

M715 1968

W-150 Dodge w/318 1986

1948 Kenworth

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