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* Old Girl Getting new life.

January 15 2012 at 12:10 AM
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My girl is sick! She started pukeing up white smoke at an idle while at temperature. That is not good. I have old 871 tti detroits in her gut. Last October the transmission went on the port side. Allison gears are not being made anymore. I fixed her with a 25 year old gear. Re sealed and pressure plates of course. The day we test drove her she was acting up. The results are in. 6 cylinders with broken rings. ( for those who know) there is no cross hatching anywhere in this motor. 3 cylinders with heavy scratching, one cylinder looks like it was sand blasted. O yea one cylinder is soaked in oil. Apparently that is what happens when the head cracks. What is truly amazing is that I ran it home. It still runs. Wow! What else can I ask of her anyway 1978 4500 hours never been majored. That is 34 years old !

We live in a disposable world. I can buy Cummins new factory remans with a transmission for the quote of the rebuild. Of course the Cummins is not installed. Well it looks like I am going to have a busy winter and spring. Repower time.!!1 I am going to put a new heart and soul into the old girl. I will keep posting the progress. My best goal is to be in for the 4th of July. Ok guys start taking bets and put 100 on me. Wait a minute I need that 100. Donation will be gladly taken. Ha!

I will try to post the progress and all the pain and tears. Major surgery comming up.
Last spring I took off the old windsheild on the bridge and put up Costa glass. check it out.

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Got to go fishing this summer What a Blast!! 65lb long fin tuna.

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