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I'll run it as is. Got everything I need to prove the purchase. Wife is declining because she's worried about me getting stuck in California or us never being able to pick up the axles that we pay for. All I got is that I hope they list some more after a while. Fuck.
 

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Bought a DD Sunday and found DMV closed when I went Monday.
Swapped tags, insured it, carry registration from previous vehicle, and I'm ready to argue a Leo stop.
Now if you don't have any tag/registration it'll be a magnet and a more difficult argument
 

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Ok, ill say it first.

U bought a 6.0l ford... how far do u really think u r gonna get? :flipoff2:
lol. I know. Preparing myself for constant repairs. Didn't want a clusterfuck of a V8 at all, but inline sixes were outside of our price range. The PO put a ton of work into it. Currently needs injector #3 due to a intermittently sticking spool valve. Still pulls plenty hard in 6th gear. Good enough for now.
 

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Better get a ELM327 and the Torque App if you are going to own a Ford/IH diesel.
And watch that #3 and make sure it doesn't turn into a damaged cylinder.
 

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Better get a ELM327 and the Torque App if you are going to own a Ford/IH diesel.
And watch that #3 and make sure it doesn't turn into a damaged cylinder.
Lost out on axles again, so I have more time to fix up the truck. Got all the lights working yesterday. Debating what to do on injectors. I need to poke around the engine bay a bit on a day without wind.

Kinda putting off the bus some more. Another strong blizzard today and we're off to OKC on Saturday. I have a drop of 14 gauge to finish off the back of the floor with and another sheet is ready to pull out of the tray. Just waiting on this high wind and precip to go away. Every time I think about slapping together some temporary shelter for the bus, the weather clears up. Might have to buck up and get it done. Got a truck to haul the lumber with now.
 

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Back home - to more missing mail. A package for the F350 is at the local P.O. Another from Summit for the bus at the mailing address P.O. Here's hoping we can grab those tomorrow. Full state stay-at-home order in effect at 8am tomorrow. Partial Summit order at the doorstep tonight and I realized I ordered the wrong size fitting. I'll add the correct size to the next Summit order I have going for truck stuff, as long as couriers are still in operation amidst the virus debacle.

Also, I suppose I'm not too crazy to be building an 8x8 MCI if 8x8 Prevosts roam the lands of Canada, though ours would actually have four drive axles. I've been spotting 8x8 cranes and concrete pumps more frequently, lately. Just need this virus to go away, get the truck registered, and more axles to show up.
 

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God help you if you ever need to do engine work on one of those. In frames bring the suck and you have to cut the frames to get the motor out.
 

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The tour video has been popping up on my YT feed for some months. Watching it right now. Still walking around the exterior. I do not envy the maintenance they have to do on it, but crazy cool otherwise. All the more reason I need to make ours a true 8x8.
 

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Expense. Find me another with TAK-4's for that price and it'll happen. 8x8 starting bids have been around $30k for the last year that I've been looking.

Edit: I should fill in some of what we had going on a few weeks ago.
We were looking for trucks. Mostly on auctions. Bid on an Isuzu NPR flatbed in Jefferson City, MO. (which I'm very familiar with) and our $3200 max got outbid by $200. Looked at an '82 F700 with the 370 - major blah. Pirate member sent me a local Gov Planet auction - https://www.govplanet.com/for-sale/Emergency-Vehicles-1995-Teledyne-Continental-A/S32P-23-8x8-Fire-Truck-Colorado/3257885?h=5000,m|Teledyne+Continental,sm|1,mf|1&rr=1&hitprm=&pnLink=yes

We were all set to buy the firetruck. Even had my route picked out. Found out that the Timoney suspension on it uses an early AxleTech planetary hub that was highly prone to cracking, hence the 30mph speed limit sticker on the dash. We skipped bidding on an AxleTech 4500 in California to wait out on the firetruck. Ditched the firetruck due to the hub issue and lack of support. Two more AxleTech 4500's were up for auction and we couldn't bid because of everything going on with the virus and the fact that we couldn't register the F350 we just bought. Moments after I got insurance on the F350, I got a call from PurpleWave saying that the winner bidder of the Isuzu was not paying and that we could have it for $3200 - right after we paid $5k for the Ford. All good. We got a four door with good power and a stout rear.

That's only about half of it, but covers it well. I'm dead set on putting independent suspension drive axles on. Definitely if we could find a complete, running vehicle that isn't on the other side of the country and within out budget. So far, the axle units themselves are by far the cheaper option and driveshaft sections sell for dirt cheap.
 

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Nice build !
That’s a lot of work
 

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For driving the front axle , have you considered hydraulic?

With a pump running off the front of the T case and a hydro motor on the pinion?
That would eliminate the driveshaft and eliminate the tire scrub since the hydro would not be a direct drive.

I assume hydro motors large enough are available somewhere ?

Or maybe a generator on the t case and electric motor on the front axle pinion ?
 

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For driving the front axle , have you considered hydraulic?

With a pump running off the front of the T case and a hydro motor on the pinion?
That would eliminate the driveshaft and eliminate the tire scrub since the hydro would not be a direct drive.

I assume hydro motors large enough are available somewhere ?

Or maybe a generator on the t case and electric motor on the front axle pinion ?
Hydro steer/drive axles are commercially available. Just stupid $$$
 

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For driving the front axle , have you considered hydraulic?

With a pump running off the front of the T case and a hydro motor on the pinion?
That would eliminate the driveshaft and eliminate the tire scrub since the hydro would not be a direct drive.

I assume hydro motors large enough are available somewhere ?

Or maybe a generator on the t case and electric motor on the front axle pinion ?
Hydro steer/drive axles are commercially available. Just stupid $$$
 

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For driving the front axle , have you considered hydraulic?

With a pump running off the front of the T case and a hydro motor on the pinion?
That would eliminate the driveshaft and eliminate the tire scrub since the hydro would not be a direct drive.

I assume hydro motors large enough are available somewhere ?

Or maybe a generator on the t case and electric motor on the front axle pinion ?
Hey, you're on to what I was thinking about around a year or so ago. Hydro might not hold up to highway speeds that well. I'm still considering electric drive because that would be light and full of torque and capable of the highest RPM I'll need. Been considering a Detroit genset generator that bolts up the the engine and provides plenty of kilowatts to drive all motors that drive the axle pinions. Still really expensive, though. TM4 has motors that match what I need.

T-cases and drive shafts are alright. Cheap, but really heavy and need fairly constant maintenance. None of the axle or t-case ratios are working out for highway speed without stacking overdrive ratio t-cases which adds up to a couple thousand pounds.
 

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Not sure how the transfer case works in these

But it’s a pusher with an automatic trans
 

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Hey, you're on to what I was thinking about around a year or so ago. Hydro might not hold up to highway speeds that well. I'm still considering electric drive because that would be light and full of torque and capable of the highest RPM I'll need. Been considering a Detroit genset generator that bolts up the the engine and provides plenty of kilowatts to drive all motors that drive the axle pinions. Still really expensive, though. TM4 has motors that match what I need.

T-cases and drive shafts are alright. Cheap, but really heavy and need fairly constant maintenance. None of the axle or t-case ratios are working out for highway speed without stacking overdrive ratio t-cases which adds up to a couple thousand pounds.
What if you drove a pump off of the output of the rear tcase, then used a motor on a front tcase (to allow disconnecting the motor when not needed)?
You could fix any front to rear ratio issues with the pump vs motor displacement ratio.

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