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  • #61
    Am I reading that Dakota speedo shows 415,000 + kilometres on it? About what does the equate to in miles? I'm surprised the wheels went around that many times and still function!
    I doubt you will be able to change the odometer, most governments don't want people messing with odometer readings and I suspect you may end up destroying it trying to change it. Sorry, Gene

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    • #62
      Hey everyone, quick update. Dad stayed out of the shop for a few days so I could get in and work. We will be switching off like this for the next bit.

      Downpipe I ordered came in but it was the wrong size.

      Dad finished the speedometer and it looks mint.

      I got the pedal assembly completed and the transmission hooked up properly(ish)

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      • #63
        Here is an update. COVID has made work crazy since we make medical devices and I have been essentially working 7 days a week since March, hope everyone is staying well.

        I found the stock headlights from my wifes Jeep Wrangler when we upgraded them, I think these have maybe 30,000KM on them and they are the correct size.
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        Found these clearance lights on sale at Princess Auto for $9, Not mounted yet but I think they look good.
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        Dad got more body work done. Cab corners have been cleaned up and painted to look old again.
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        Fenders fixed and hung, checking fitment for radiator and intercooler.
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        Cut the cross member to make room for the radiator and installed a Channel with a 1/4" wall to put structure back in.
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        I bought a new radiator but needed to modify it. I am not sure if there will be enough cooling so I also bought a new water temp gauge which is not pictures or installed.
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        Bought and installed a filter that fits better. The one I had before was rubbing against the alternator.
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        In the next month I should have the radiator finished and plumed and the inter cooler installed.

        Cheers
        Danno


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        • #64
          Kool, thanks for keeping safe!
          and thanks for the progress pics!
          My build thread:
          https://www.killbillet.com/forum/20s...at-is-it/page7

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            Posting from Mobile so Im not sure if this will work.
            rad is done, intercooler is done, fan is done. Driving for the first time in 40 years. Tested the bumper fit

            Thermostat doesnt seem to be working so aligning the fenders, fixing the thermostat and mounting the bumpers will be next.

            oh ya, also made a tool to put a bead on the intercooler pipes. It worked


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            • #66
              Hey Danno! Man that motor and turbo under the hood is way too cool. And the use of the vice grips for the ban is nice. Best of all it's cool to see you and your dad with the big smiles on your face!
              Enjoy these times brother!
              https://www.killbillet.com/forum/30s...the-30-chevyMy 1930 Chevy truck build link:

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              • #67
                Looks like that upper rad line makes a big upward sweep.... if that was like that when you ran it... and you were having overheating issues, I'll bet you had an air lock in it.
                try to keep the rad cap as the highest point, get the upper rad hose lower so can be sure the air is out of it and I'll bet you'll be fine.
                My build thread:
                https://www.killbillet.com/forum/20s...at-is-it/page7

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                • #68
                  Looking closer at your pics.... is the rad lower that the top of the head??
                  that may be an issue... is it possible to raise the rad?
                  I'm really thinking you just have airlock issues...
                  gotta be able to get all the air out, and that looks impossible with a low rad cap. Could possibly pull a plug at the top or the highest point on the thermostat housing and fill/bleed there.... but even if that does work, future cooling system servicing becomes troublesome.
                  My build thread:
                  https://www.killbillet.com/forum/20s...at-is-it/page7

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                  • #69
                    Originally posted by Burnin#2 View Post
                    Looking closer at your pics.... is the rad lower that the top of the head??
                    that may be an issue... is it possible to raise the rad?
                    I'm really thinking you just have airlock issues...
                    gotta be able to get all the air out, and that looks impossible with a low rad cap. Could possibly pull a plug at the top or the highest point on the thermostat housing and fill/bleed there.... but even if that does work, future cooling system servicing becomes troublesome.
                    Good catch. Hard to tell from some of the angles but option of shortening the rad hose could work? Or possibly changing the upper rad neck from upward angle to a 90 degree pointing directly to the passenger side making that almost a flat run?
                    https://www.killbillet.com/forum/30s...the-30-chevyMy 1930 Chevy truck build link:

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                    • #70
                      Thanks guys, it is defiantly an issue and I cannot raise the rad. A couple things Im going to try are.
                      1. Physically lift the rad to fill it and burp it then put it in place.

                      2. add a stem to the rad cap to get just that higher.


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                      • #71
                        Today Dad and I worked old school style on the truck. SMAW and torch cuts.
                        we left the MIG and plasma cutter out of it and had a lot of fun.

                        We started to make some bumper mounts. Still need to add gussets and put them together.


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                        • #72
                          Found a couple pictures of how we found the truck in the bush and thought I would share.

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                          • #73
                            Neat pics of how you found it. Kinda nice slipping back into the older ways sometimes. Been doing a fair amount of gas welding on the '30 and man has it been a while! Hey- you've encouraged me to drag out the cracker box!
                            https://www.killbillet.com/forum/30s...the-30-chevyMy 1930 Chevy truck build link:

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                            • #74
                              For your radiator fill issue, can you install an inline radiator hose filler with a radiator cap? I got one from Jegs, or Summit, you basically cut the radiator hose at the highest point, then add the $20 part with a couple hose clamps, and presto, a radiator filler at the highest point. I've also seen guys use a small coolant reserve tank plumbed off a heater hose that works pretty well. The point is, the fill in the radiator doesn't have to be the only fill point if you create an access point up higher. Gene

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