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Old 06-14-2020, 10:34 AM   #141
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Gary you do the neatest projects! Love the truck and the woodie! I love the power of diesels also and have a couple of 7.3 Ford trucks. The new AACA magazine has a great article on diesel engines. Cummins entered one in the 1931 Indy 500 and finished 13th and did the whole race on one tank of fuel without stopping. They also drove a Cummins powered Auburn from NY to LA with a total cost of fuel $7.63!!!!
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Old 06-14-2020, 02:21 PM   #142
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Cummins also put a Diesel on the pole for the 1952 Indy 500 race. Check out this video and compare the Cummins car to the others. Its a beautiful race car.

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Old 06-14-2020, 03:50 PM   #143
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Zeke, that is a great video! Thank you for posting the link. Amazing that once running, there was nothing electrical going on in the car!!
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Old 06-14-2020, 05:24 PM   #144
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Thanks for posting Zeke. You're right that is a beautiful car and very impressive performance.
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Old 07-28-2020, 11:04 PM   #145
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Hey Zeke, I gotta agree with the other fellas! I just did a search to post onto this thread and hadn't seen these. That car is gorgeous. I recently read a book 'The diesel oddesey of Clessie Cummins' . A great book and lots about the early racing and cross country jaunts in oil fueled flivvers. I came on here to give my latest report. This ol tonner has been my 'go to' rig all summer for any trip into town (24 mile round trip). I have spent the summer chasing down rattles and engine noise with a vengeance. Been lining the floors, hood ,firewall and anything else with dense , heavy stick on sound deadening. With amazing results. Once I got the engine noise under control I started chasing the squeaks and rattles. Yesterday it was bike innertubes on the tailgate chains (huge). Today I went to the lumberyard and hauled home a bunch of 2x stuff and it climbed our toughest hill accelerating in high gear. Like the race car my truck would run without a single electron except the fuel cut off is electric and it needs electrons to stay open. I could install a pull out stop cable instead, but I like the electricity for the lights and heater. This truck has been a really satisfying project and it pretty much does the town run on a gallon of fuel. Fuel gauge system needs some work before I can nail down the numbers, but at 210 cu in (3.4 liters) it does a tremendous amount of work for it's displacement. With seven 3" main bearings and six 2 1/4" rod bearings I probably won't wear it out soon. When I'm not out enjoying my tonner, or out in my boat, or working, or seeing the grandkids, I am slowly amassing the parts I need for trhe 255 cu in 8ba that I am planning to build this winter for the woodie wagon. My std merc crank has be machined to 10/20 and the block pressure tested and hope to drop at machine shop a week from Friday when I take the tonner off island on a 3 day diesel oddesey of my own. Gonna show that old country girl the mainland!
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Old 07-29-2020, 02:17 AM   #146
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Great update, GB.
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Old 07-29-2020, 08:55 AM   #147
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^^ agree, all good news
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Old 08-09-2020, 10:08 PM   #148
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I got home last night about 9:30 in the dark. The interstate portion of the trip was but 26 miles according to google. I unscrewed the speedometer cable because it's so far off with the GM trans etc. I had a great trip, saw some of my old engine/tractor show buddies at the work party we had. Here are some details relating to the first trip to the land of 40 mph plus. According to the treatise I downloaded about the development of the onan L634 aka cummins 6AT, it was designed from the ground up to produce electricity all day long at 3600 rpms. It was tested and rated at being able to overspeed up to 5000 rpms at short intrervals with no damage. I covered the 26 miles of interstate in exactly 27 minutes running between 2700 and 2800 rpms for the most part. I ran at 3100 for a while and there was plenty left over. This evening I looked at the Spicer chart showing rpms at various speeds. The specs I typed into their calculator were the following.... rear axle ratio 4.86, tire diameter 34", speed 60 mph. Typing in other speeds I came up with these numbers. 58 mph= 2860 rpms, 63 mph=3026 rpms, 75 mph=3602rpms. At these higher speeds the truck accelerated well. It was at full boost and responded very well to the throttle. I stopped at 3100 which is about 64-65 because I didn't feel the rest of the vtruck was up to it. I had hoped to install seat belts before the trip but worked late the night before. Anyway, it was a great success and well liked at the work party. On the way home I met up with a guy from craigslist selling an onan 2 cyl miller welder which I unloaded today into my trailer of unknown origin that uses a tonner axle without the third member. 5 on 6 7/8 pattern. It was easy to find where I parked in the ferry line. I don't know how the others find theirs when the come out of the mall. EDIT: 16.85 mpg
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Old 08-09-2020, 11:00 PM   #149
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good story GB, great lookin truck, i am jealous !
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Old 08-09-2020, 11:01 PM   #150
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I love this truck!!!



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