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Old 01-31-2012, 10:19 AM   #901
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That was my first thought, until I remembered he pulls a toy hauler with it.

It towes them without a trailer.
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:26 PM   #902
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Looks like you have room for a big tool box now.
You going to use a hammer to install that window again?
If I put in a toolbox it will probably go below the floor line.

I'll hammer the window in again if I have to.
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:34 PM   #903
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Hunh,,,i was thinking you could fit a couple bikes in there.
I plan to extend the bed forward at least as much as the body was shortened.

I have a plan to blend the cab into the bed, so the side profile will be totally different.
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Old 02-20-2012, 04:53 PM   #904
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I was going to wait till tomorrow to update as by then I would have some pictures but screw it, I'm too pumped to wait.

I aquired the parts I needed to install the transmission this weekend and just a little while ago I managed to get it in place.

It wasn't without some drama though.
It became obvious that this chassis was never designed for a transmission as large as a 643 Allison, when raising it in place there was some interference with a crossmember.
The margin of error would have been less than an inch but after tilting the transmission I was able to sneak it into the bellhousing and then raise the rear into place.
This almost resulted in the whole thing sliding off the transmission jack and becoming an expensive mess on the floor.
That didn't happen though and it's in.
I hope it works as advertised though,cause I don't wan't to take it out anytime soon.
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:00 PM   #905
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I was going to wait till tomorrow to update as by then I would have some pictures but screw it, I'm too pumped to wait.
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:10 PM   #906
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I already shortened the driveshaft and as of now the only other re engeneering that I can see are,,,,,,,,,,

1 The exaust will need to be re routed so the transmission cooler line will fit.The existing exaust is cobbed anyway so a little more cobbing won't be a big deal.

2 the 643 cooler lines are almost twice the size of the 542 units and the 542 was plumed so only half the fluid went to the cooler.
Some plumbing will be needed.

Oh yeah,,,,,,the place I got the parts from is a junkies paradise,,, and one of the old buses he has is equiped with a 8.3 643 combo that I can test drive if I get the hankerin for some more cubic inches,,,and the price is right.

Stay tuned!
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:29 PM   #907
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rolling again!!!
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:42 PM   #908
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rolling again!!!
Not quite unless you mean some progress as rolling again.

I still have to see if the kickdown cable and the shift cable will adapt.

Among many other things I'm sure.
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:50 PM   #909
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Not quite unless you mean some progress as rolling again.

I still have to see if the kickdown cable and the shift cable will adapt.

Among many other things I'm sure.

yes....that . I was wondering how it was getting along. I don't subscribe much but this one is on my radar. With my large team (circus) it is only a matter of time until I need a big top hauler myself.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:05 AM   #910
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Glad to hear it Nate!
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:47 PM   #911
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yes....that . I was wondering how it was getting along. I don't subscribe much but this one is on my radar. With my large team (circus) it is only a matter of time until I need a big top hauler myself.
I've been making progress on the body as well , most of the welding is done just have to button up the floor and the body panels can start going back on as well.
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:12 PM   #912
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The crank adapter on the left was the fly in the ointment that was holding me back.

It's only application is a 5.9/643 combo which is rare.
I could've purchased one from Cummins,,,,,,,,,,,for $260+ tax.
Fuck that!


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Old 02-21-2012, 05:18 PM   #913
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Not too much extra room here.


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Old 02-21-2012, 05:19 PM   #914
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Something is going to have to give here.

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Old 02-21-2012, 10:57 PM   #915
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That was a pretty good shoe horn you used to get that thing in there

Keep up the good work.
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