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DJaye
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Posted - 10/01/2013 :  5:11:06 PM  Show Profile  Send DJaye an AOL message Send DJaye a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Have a few laying around, decided to just build one for something to do.

I sand-blasted the thing down to bare metal. All new berings, seals, brakes, lines, differential.. its going to be 100% ' bolt in ' ready when Im done with it. Was 600$ total in parts/fluids. Its probably going into the Apprentices truck as he has his 99 axle on his still and the drum brakes are hosed.

Why invest into 200$ worth of drum crap and an open differential when for another 400, you have a whole new and better one?

What asshat thought of doing this for a parking brake? Why not put it in the damn caliper and make life so much easier?

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The ONLY issue I have had is the 2 ' thingis ' that the parking brake cable connects to that sepperates the shoes/pads inside the hat. Its a 2piece hinge and they were both siezed. Its a dealership part only in my area..

Blasted and primed it before dragging it from the farm to the city.. welded on the new leaf flanges..



Welded on some brackets for the shocks and hit it with some POR15 I snagged from the farm.. this is how it sits for the night, Ill finish it tomorrow. The differential is all done. I need to pick up the axle bering seals ( I bought the berings, forgot the seals.. DUH! )



I have to do this just to be a dick.. but everyone should own an apprentice..



Look at that shit! He even has a smile on his face!

I want to see how much hes smiling when he tries to get that dried on POR15 off his skin

Just trying to find shit to do till I have to do ' take down ' in the Gravel pit in 2-3weeks ( oct 25th is the last day of operations ).



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Heck, I'm sure he doesn't mind getting a little paint on the fingers as long as he's learning something. There's still a few around like that, but they are getting rarer each generation.

What do you do after you shut the pit down, mostly maintenance? Though with all the work you've put into that outfit there shouldn't be a lot to do.

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Heck, I'm sure he doesn't mind getting a little paint on the fingers as long as he's learning something. There's still a few around like that, but they are getting rarer each generation.


Well.. hes smiling because I told him he had to clean up the tools, dump the old differential/gear oil and he had to paint it. He didnt bitch at all but wasnt too happy.. Then I told him " Paint it like you own it as its going on your truck because I dont care for drum brakes ".

He was happier then a pig in shit! He even cut the folks lawn and did their railings on their porch with that POR15 stuff!

He is quite a curious critter though. He does like to learn about things.

On his 99, since last July ( 2012 ) when he bought it, We've put in a rebuilt Tranny ( M5 ) and Transfercase. Rebuilt the whole front end ( balljoints, torsion bars, shafts, rod ends, waybar stuff ). Pulled the whole wiring out of the engine bay and fixed a few exposed wires.. Put a newer bed on it.. The Rear axle was the last thing that wasnt looked at really well so.. The time/chance was available. Even the Body bushings were done.

For a 19yr old kid, He has a fully rebuilt truck, Its paid off. He should get at LEAST 5 years out of it without any real maintenance issues. He has 3000$ total into it. Hes worked hard out on the Farm with us, hes not some glued to the TV type of kid.

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What do you do after you shut the pit down, mostly maintenance? Though with all the work you've put into that outfit there shouldn't be a lot to do.



The Biggest maintenance factor is the damn crusher. It took me 4 days to get the jaws out last year as the whole top where the engine is has to be moved over 4 inches to get them out. I wont have to do that this year.

Theres 10 Hydraulic driven conveyors that have their seals done. All the cans need to be inspected, belts need to be looked at. All the AC motors need to be cleaned up/cleaned out, all the oil/fluids for them have to be changed..

Then theres the Vehicles. 4 Dump trucks ( 2 are 1975 Paystars 2 are mid 80's ), The Tool Van/Icecream truck, 2 Ghels, 3 Loaders, 2 ATV's and a Golf Cart. It will take 3 weeks with a pressure washer just to get all the mud/rocks and grime off of them! Its the longest part of the whole maintenance cycle.

The Plant Itself.. It will be fine. It ran close to 100,000 tons this past year and the only issue we had wasnt an ' issue ', it was adding that big sand conveyor. That was an unwanted ( but necessary ) week of downtime.

I might be seeing a 3 week vacation for a school/class/instruction at a Caterpillar school. Im hoping it falls through ;)

What does ' factory ' mean?

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Edited by - DJaye on 10/02/2013 03:07:36 AM
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Posted - 11/01/2013 :  9:53:34 PM  Show Profile  Visit bumpncarstereo's Homepage  Send bumpncarstereo an AOL message Send bumpncarstereo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Looks like fun. Does the apprentice need a fiberglass top?

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He might. Ill ask him.

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