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jsd245 last won the day on January 5

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  1. Yep dually. I took a careful measurement today, 7’4” would overhang on each side’s outside tire a couple inches, so might be ok. Thanks for everyone’s help.
  2. Thanks for the input. Now the guy is telling me its only 7'4" wide. Now I'm wondering if that's too small. 🤣
  3. Thanks Wally. So I guess 8’ is about right. Seems to look right on yours.
  4. I'm looking at a used flatbed for my GA. I think it will be faster and cheaper that trying to fabricate one. It has I think the right look. But its 8 feet wide. On my truck that looks like it will stock about 6 inches past the tire. That seems too big to me. If anyone is inclined, that has a big truck with a flatbed, could you take pictures of your truck head on and from the rear and tell Me how wide your flatbed is?
  5. You don't think that is an intentional bend do you? On that last picture you show it looks like a sharper change to the angle. Almost like it was made that way? On the first picture and on my truck it looks much more like a gradual bend was put in it from sitting on the bump stops. I guess they are there for a reason, but man, that's a lot of spring to bend.
  6. $430 each. They had a cheaper option that were not custom for Two and change but they wouldn't look right.
  7. Yeah you said that already. These are the same diameter as the original 8.25x20s . That's what came on this truck. I looked at the specs for 8.25 x 20 vs 9r22.5s . Both say 38.3" on diameter. I measure a few of my old tires - they ranged about 37.5 to 38.25". I guess the differences are wear and I didn't check pressure in any of them, I assume some were under inflated. I finally got all 6 on . I am really pleased. I don't really notice any difference in turning force, ride does seem a bit better on my short jaunts - But with no bed on the back the suspension doesn't give at all. So it's tough to tell. Spacing is perfect, and I think the look is right. I was also able to find some decent traction tires.
  8. I thought the bigger truck guys might find this interesting- look at the attached picture. This truck had a dump body in it. I finally got the old dump hoist frame off that i will replace because I a putting a flatbed dump on it. Apparently this thing was routinely loaded so heavy that the bump stops it the rear end and slightly bent the bottom web of the frame. Both sides are identical like this. The spring stack on this are so stiff in the back I'm pretty surprised they could flex that much. I inspected the whole frame pretty carefully. No cracks or bends anywhere else, unless there is something under the cab which is doubtful. So apparently no harm done and I'll bend them back, but I guess this truck was worked hard in its life.
  9. So for those interested- I weighed the old mounted tire and rim vs the new one. New 9r22.5 weighs 168 pounds. Old one weighs 138 pounds. So about 30 pounds more unsprung mass per wheel. So I guess technically Mileage might suffer and it might be a bit harder on the brakes . But probably not enough for me to notice.
  10. So I got the water pump replaced, replaced the failed open thermostat, and replaced the stuck cab heater valve. From what I could see the water passages in this truck look nice and clean. The end of the water distribution tube that I could see didn't have a speck of rust on it. It was I think silver- though I guess it could be brass- the light wasn't good. I'm guessing the antifreeze was maintained pretty well in this truck over the past 70 years. Before and after pics added. I got this truck just in December. Was a truck for a cranberry farm. Spent its whole life hauling sand for the cranberry bogs in Massachusetts. I quite enjoy the hint for parts for this. It's quite a challenge sometimes. My next challenge is modifying the pictured valve to use as vacuum motor for the two speed rear end. The one there works but the spring is so rusted I think it may not have enough oomf to always push it back into low. x
  11. I just had wheels now make wheels for my1.5 ton truck to convert from 8.25x20 to 9r22.5. They did a good job. I know they are buying rim shells and welding in centers, and machining them to specification, so I don't know if this is "true custom" as you indicated. But they were the only ones I found that could do this. Give them a shot. https://www.wheelsnowinc.com/
  12. Pressure bleeder is the only way to go in my opinion. On my truck the MC cap thread is 1/2 npt so it was easy to make an adapter because motive did not have one.
  13. So I”m thinking water pump. The original has quite a bit of play. I’ve had one for a couple months but have been focused on the brakes. I’d post a picture- but everyone knows what a water pump looks like.
  14. Will do, I should have the rest by next week sometime.
  15. So the new rim measures 1 1/2 inches from the straightedge across the face to the rim bead. The originals measure 1 5/8. So very close. I think it's decieiving when you look at them- because of the way the rim is built vs the original. The original rim has that bent over flange that is essentially rivited to the rim shell, so the rim look very flat on its face, whereas the new rim is curved in and welded into the rim shell.
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