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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Sat Jun 25, 2016 4:54 pm

Got the parts to replace the pinion bearings last week but been busy with house stuff. Put in a 40' french drain between the house and the shop Thursday and Friday. 18" deep and 18' wide. Wasn't too bad except for all the roots from the pecan tree that used to be there.
... sore, sore, sore today. Glad i had to work this weekend... rest up.

Monday I'm either building a homemade swamp cooler for the shop or starting the patio cover... both of those need to get done before pinion bearings.

The brakes on the truck... work! Locked em up in traffic, big old tires doing their Hound Dog Howl. It crabbed sideways a little. Might revisit shoe adjustment on the rear after replacing the pinion bearings.

That tuck is pretty dang handy if you need to haul around a ton of this or a ton and a half of that... Got a ton of big gravel before I started Thursday. Truck squatted about 3 inches. Rode MUCH better... Had to go back for another 1/2 ton of the big stuff. Then got two scoops of pea gravel to go on top, that was 2600 lbs.

I usually don't pay any attention to the fuel consumption... people ask me what MPG I get.. I dunno. Don't wanna know. If I'm headed outside the city limits I make sure I've got at least a half a tank. It's not quite that bad... I also have a trust issue with the gas gauge.
But I stopped to put gas in it on the way home with the half ton load, then went back for the pea gravel... probably twelve miles after putting gas in and used 1/4 tank.
She can handle a load but it makes her thirsty...
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Sun Sep 25, 2016 9:16 pm

Whenever we are in the back yard, sitting in the swing, relaxing, having a smoke... minding our own business... The squirrels think it's HILARIOUS to throw half eaten pecans at us. AT us. Not like we happen to sit under where they are eating pecans and dropping them on us. They move to wherever we go and throw them at us.
And if I'm in the shop they will throw pecans on the roof of the shop. And they don't mind being yelled at at all.
Could have been worse... the thug squirrels at the old house would tease my dog by throwing stuff and chattering at him. When he got tired of chasing them and laid down they would get in the tree he was under and poop on him.

Finally had enough. I'm an easy going, live and let live kinda guy... until I'm not.
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Gamo Silent Stalker .22 pellet gun. It works. It's more accurate than I am. The squirrels tread lightly now... the ones that are left.

While cleaning the shop I keep tripping over winch parts. Thought I better go ahead and mount it on the truck so I won't trip over it anymore.

I stripped the lifting shackles, triangle braces and bumper off. I had been thinking of bolting the new stuff to the stock frame horns and leaving the frame unmolested... in case I or whoever gets it after I croak wants to restore it later on. Then remembered I have no moneys for a restore... and screw the next guy... So I just started cutting and welding.

As usual... made some plans, got fed up with making plans, discarded all plans and just started doing.

Cut some 7" channel to fit between the rails. had to keep it tucked in close enough so that the truck would still fit in the shop.
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The leftover channel is a few inches shorter than the truck is wide.

A while back I found these really cool brackets on the scrap pile at work. Didn't know what I'd do with them but I'd NEED them some day. They were perfect.
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See the line drawn in Sharpee on the one in the back? Yeah, buddy!
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Sun Sep 25, 2016 9:35 pm

The frame rails have a piece of pipe welded into them that the front lifting shackles are mounted on. Like so...
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I had to cut the outside ends of the pipe off, then tacked the fancy brackets to the outsides of the frame rails. Then a test fit, leftover channel sitting on the brackets.
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I forgot to get a pic of the brackets on there... you'll see what I mean later. Perfect fit. I love perfect scrap.

I DID remember to cut a slot for the cable and fairlead before I welded the bumper on. Proud of meeself for that. So, Brackets and bumper welded up, fairlead mounted.
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I had some nice L shaped steel, that I think are actually supposed to be mounted under the bed somewhere... and used them for reinforcements for the bumper.
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Go ahead... zoom in. Check out the perfect scrap brackets. I love that...

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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Sun Sep 25, 2016 9:48 pm

THEN.. I took the lifting shackle brackets that I pulled off the front hubs when I installed those locking hubs, and bolted those onto the bumper in front of the braces. And then A little paint along the way...
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That left a lot of empty space between the bumper and the truck.. I reused the stock triangle braces. Not really all that sturdy, but they look nice. Good place to set a beer.
I cut the mounting tabs off that went to the frame. They are now welded to the frame and bolted to the bumper.

Cleaned it up and sprayed some more paint. ... I hope that paint fades quick.

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As I finished spraying I remembered I want to put a receiver tube on there too... later I guess.



Next week I'll wire up the winch.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby N law » Mon Sep 26, 2016 10:13 am

I dig the bumper. Simple, effective, and affordable! Nice!

Are the bolt on shackle mounts going to be strong enough to yank or double the cable back to when using a snatch block?


By the way, what's the feet per second of the 22 pellet gun? I was wanting a 22 pellet gun but can't seem to find a reasonably priced, high speed 22.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Mon Sep 26, 2016 11:08 am

N law wrote:I dig the bumper. Simple, effective, and affordable! Nice!

Are the bolt on shackle mounts going to be strong enough to yank or double the cable back to when using a snatch block?


By the way, what's the feet per second of the 22 pellet gun? I was wanting a 22 pellet gun but can't seem to find a reasonably priced, high speed 22.


I don't know how those mounts would hold up to heavy jerks. Going to try to avoid doing that. they were used for lifting the truck so I think they should hold up to heavy pulls.

The box for the gun said 970 something or other... or maybe 920 something. But I don't remember what grain pellet that was with. I did a buttload of googlin and narrowed it down to the Stalker or the Gamo Whisper Fusion Pro. That was based on price and reviews of performance. I looked at a lot of reviews of a lot of different brands, In .22 I narrowed it down to those.
The Fusion Pro had a little more FPS and a better scope. But the Stalker has some awesome iron sights. The funky stock is cool but the thumbhole isn't very comfy. Might check into doing dome whittling on it...
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby DSUZU » Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:33 pm

Squirrels taste like chicken :D. (really, they do). Dennis
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Mon Sep 26, 2016 5:22 pm

DSUZU wrote:Squirrels taste like chicken :D. (really, they do). Dennis


LOL! I've never been much for hunting as a sport. Nothing against it really, just figured if I did then I'd be obligated to eat what I killed... and I'm too lazy for all the skinnin and such.... and the grocery store is just right down the road..

So when I bought the pellet gun I had plans to go ahead and clean the squirrels and cook them. Squirrel pot pie! Squirrel stew! Squirrel Kabobs, wrapped in bacon and peppers and cream cheeses..

Alas... the Mighty Wife said Hell to the no! *sigh* so I just keep a supply of squirrel body bags handy (walmart bags) and toss them in the dumpster.

... I told her she'd be changing her tune after the Collapse...
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby N law » Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:44 am

I'll have to read up further on the air guns. Thanks for the info- I'll build off of your recommendations. I had one salesmen say that the .177 BB sized pellets can be more lethal because they can get some good speed behind them and the larger 22 pellets can't go as fast. I know the F=MA equation from high school physics class, so it shouldn't really make that big of a difference. I'm just wanting a 22 air rifle.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby bradzuzu » Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:29 am

I was always more impressed with the .177 bb's or pellets , I use to have several pump up ones , a benjerman was one of the best if not the best for power and accuracy ... I have something similar to Von's now and it's co2 , not bad , I think it's .177 as well ... I always judged air gun power by crow killing ability , the benjerman was the only one that stopped them dead in there tracks next to an actual 22... And FYI the short 22 rounds fit into my little chipmunk 22 and are about as loud as a pellet gun ...

Bumper and winch setup look good , kind of a kneecap smacker ...
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby N law » Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:33 am

bradzuzu wrote: And FYI the short 22 rounds fit into my little chipmunk 22 and are about as loud as a pellet gun ...


are those the subsonic shorts? I think they advertise them as "no gunpowder" 22s at one store here. I picked up a chipmunk last fall for my son, but it's a 17HMR. Still haven't shot it yet because he is only 13 months old... :D I was wanting the air rifle because you there is an air rifle season and thought it might be fun to try sometime.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:24 pm

bradzuzu wrote:Bumper and winch setup look good , kind of a kneecap smacker ...


Yeah.. it's gonna be a menace in parking lots. The bumper looks wider than the truck in the pics, it's actually about 4 inches narrower than the front fender flares. But still a few inches wider than the stock bumper. I may cut the ends down later... if it starts chewing on MY knees.

I did a lot of reading at this site for air rifles: http://www.airriflehunter.com/

He talks some about FPS vs hitting power. Sold me on the .22. He was reviewing one gun that the FPS was so high that if you used a light pellet to get that high FPS, it actually threw the accuracy way off. And the pellet went hypersonic and it sounded like a .22 rimfire. I don't need that in town.

I think .177 would have worked for me, as far as squirrels go, but I may need more punch later. Overkill is okay. I'm guessing (a LOT) that I'm at around 700-800 FPS with the 14.3 grain lead hollow points. maybe with a 9.* grain penetrator it'll get closer to 1000 FPS and rip the guts out of a medium sized dog... if I had to.. coyote or feral dog... after the Collapse. And a solid hit to an eye socket or temple couple take down a Zombie without too much noise attracting more of them. (gunfire and screams are Zombie magnets ya know)(that's assuming the Zombie isn't too fresh and the skull has started to rot and get a little mushy)

What really sold me on the Stalker was the consistent reviews on the iron sights. Pellet guns are hard on scopes and eventually they fail... and a replacement may not be handy. The sights on the Stalker are super nice, and were dead on right out of the box.

And being a break barrel, the power is consistent and I don't have to keep CO2 around. I will get a couple of seal kits for the IGT, or whatever it's called. Gas cylinder instead of an actual spring.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby N law » Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:47 pm

Alright, I'm looking into the stalker now... my wife thanks you
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Tue Sep 27, 2016 4:24 pm

N law wrote:Alright, I'm looking into the stalker now... my wife thanks you


Oh, so it'll be all MY fault...

That pic I posted of it... My wife was at work when it came in and I sent her that pic. She was like.. Oh, cool.. all the guys at work love that, what kind is it? (I knew it was a trap, but... there's no getting out except going through...) I text her Gamo Silent Stalker .22 caliber.. she text back a few minutes later You paid 300 for that?? No. BS..

230 on eBay. FREE SHIPPING!!

The RWS sounded like the shiznit, but for that kinda money it needs to aim itself, clean the kill and cook it for you...
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Postby bradzuzu » Thu Sep 29, 2016 10:20 pm

N law wrote:
bradzuzu wrote: And FYI the short 22 rounds fit into my little chipmunk 22 and are about as loud as a pellet gun ...


are those the subsonic shorts? I think they advertise them as "no gunpowder" 22s at one store here. I picked up a chipmunk last fall for my son, but it's a 17HMR. Still haven't shot it yet because he is only 13 months old... :D I was wanting the air rifle because you there is an air rifle season and thought it might be fun to try sometime.


Can never be to prepared !! I don't think I had the subsonic , just some really short rounds for something , plenty of knock down power for bigger critter sized game but quiet as a church mouse :)

I let the boys shoot the co2 pellet gun and showed them how easily it went through a heavy plastic container , my 7 year old needs more safety training before I turn him loose ...
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Postby bradzuzu » Thu Sep 29, 2016 10:28 pm

I myself prefer pump up air rifles , years ago I had a pistol pump and man was it nice , haven't seen them in years , no idea what became of mine either ... I like having a persistent rate of fire , for the city (which I to live in the suborbs too) I can't get to carried away , I mean hell im pushing it with my fire pit :)
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Postby Von » Sat Oct 01, 2016 9:55 am

Thursday and friday I got the winch wired up. The relay box itself was a loss so I mounted the relays next to the Relay Farm and mounted the control pendant plug between the drivers side headlight and turn signal.
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A few months ago I found a stinger chain at a pawn shop for 12 bucks. !! Super heavy duty. The guy said nobody wanted it because it was so short. I took the factory hook off the cable and used it.

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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby bradzuzu » Sun Oct 02, 2016 11:29 pm

Oh the spaghetti lol

I sure have grown to appreciate my old winch , thing gets it done !!
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Postby Von » Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:03 pm

bradzuzu wrote:Oh the spaghetti lol


Every time I see the Relay Farm I want to take it apart and clean it up. Maybe a mounting plate, neatly arranged relays with metal strips between the lugs instead of the 000 cables.
But I'm skeered. The dang thing works. If I take it apart I might not get it back together right...

I was goofing off at the Zone the other day and read a sticky about building an on board welder. Searched around and found Jeephammer's article on that. The Relay Farm is his design. ....
*Sigh*. I tabled that for later. If I get bored and run across a suitable alternator for cheap I might do it.
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Postby bradzuzu » Sun Oct 23, 2016 7:03 pm

A portable welder means you'd be working out in the wild when you should be playing though ... pro's and con's ...

Isn't there a cool little unit that clips onto the battery and gives you the ability to arc weld fairly well ?

I'll go search real quick

http://readywelder.com/

Interesting !!
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:04 am

bradzuzu wrote:A portable welder means you'd be working out in the wild when you should be playing though ... pro's and con's ...

Isn't there a cool little unit that clips onto the battery and gives you the ability to arc weld fairly well ?

I'll go search real quick

http://readywelder.com/

Interesting !!


Yeah... the ability to weld in the field is more of being prepared thing than an I wanna do that thing. .... Says the guy that got totally stuck the one time I played in the mud this year.
I haven't priced the readywelders but I hear they're expensive. If I can do it on the cheap I might.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Thu Nov 17, 2016 6:59 pm

Haven't done much with the truck lately, except drive it. STILL need to get on that intake manifold gasket... and noticed a new rattle. Exhaust or my cobbled together transfer case linkages are falling apart.

Been pretty lazy really.

A friend of mine is in need of a budget (LOW budget) short block for his 94 Chevy pickup. I broke down the 350 that I saved from the 93 Z71 to check it out. Kicking myself for not doing a compression check before I pulled it. Was planning on just rebuilding for myself, not selling it as is. When he asked about it I told him it had been neglected pretty badly. Run hot a few times. But no smoke, knocks or engine related rattles. MASSIVE vacuum leaks... the boy and his Dad had worked on the TBI too much. I wouldn't trust any part of the top end at all. He said his WAS running great, needs a bottom end.

No sign of burning oil, coolant or water on the spark plugs. The electrodes looked kinda melty though.
Head gaskets looked okay, no slushy oil. There was some crusty burnt oil at the top of the lifter valley where it ran hot a few times. The 3 quarts of oil I drained out of it looked well used... nothing scary in the oil pan. I didn't go any deeper than that. He's still shopping for a new mechanic and saving money. When he gets closer I'll pull some bearing caps and plastigauge it.

While I was taking stuff apart... Broke down the 351W and the 390 FE.

I believe the 351W was all original.... and a TON of miles on it. Wore. Out. Journals are all groovy man.... An adult had it though. They pulled the engine when it was starting to knock... didn't wait for it to throw stuff.

Despite having sat outside long enough for a nylon tarp to disintegrate.... I think the 390 will be an easy overhaul. Need to mic the journals, but it appears I can go back standard on the rods and mains. Had some piston slap going on and some bent pushrods. needs .10 over on the cylinders....
Someone had been in it before. The cam had some non OEM paint markings on the end. Just said "390".. but Ford didn't do that.
It's a 2 bolt motor mount block, which puts it between 1961 and 1964. 352 casting... which doesn't mean anything except that it's not an FT or Cobra Jet. The carb has a D7 tag, which is 1977 in Ford Speak. Going to get a dial caliper tomorrow and see what the bore is. It has the C7AE-B rods... very common... and went into production in 1967.
I was reading up on the bent pushrods. It seems that'll happen if you put the bolts in the rocker arm shafts in the wrong spot. 4 bolts, 1 longer than the other 3, and the long one goes in either the 2nd hole on one side and 3rd hole on the other... don't remember which side is which. OR if it sits a good while and the rocker arms get gummed up on the shafts.

I'm on the lookout for a C6 trans with the FE bolt pattern. I love the old FE's... kinda stoked about putting one in my truck. I'll stick with a 2 barrel carb, some shorty headers and an HEI distributor. fab an alternator mount to keep the GM 12s alternator I'm running now. And rebuild/lengthen/shorten the original jack shaft that went between the stock T98 trans and the transfer case... because the C6 is shorter than the 700R4 I'm running now. AND go ahead and toss the NP200 and put the NP205 in while I'm at it... That's the ticket!

All I gotta do is get the Fairlane on the road first...
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1965 Ford Fairlane 500 Sports Coupe 289 & 4 speed (some assembly required)
1968 Kaiser M715, Chevy 350/700r4, stock NP200 and 5.87 gears... prepping for Ford 390/T-18/divorced NP205 transplant.. .just because.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby bradzuzu » Fri Nov 18, 2016 3:10 am

You sound like a ford man at heart , I was going to raz you about the chev (which I'm a Chevy guy lol) , I've built a few 390's for here big mothers !!
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:06 pm

bradzuzu wrote:You sound like a ford man at heart


Yeah, I guess I am. I respect the hell out of the Chevy small block. Parts are pretty universal, easy to work on, reliable work horse. Same for the BB Chevy, only MORE. With one of those you know what you have. GM didn't make a bunch of big changes like Ford did... mid year changes every couple of years. It's nuts. Oh hey, lets go internal balance for a couple of years then go external... Ooh, lets change the deck height and intake manifold... let's move the dipstick to the other side for a few years..

The Ford V8's are quirky.. they're all good engines (except for the 351M.. turd) they have their own strengths and weaknesses.. personality. 289, 351C, 390FE and the 460 are my faves. .. NOT a fan of the aluminum timing cover/water pump design on their small blocks. Poor design, failure waiting to happen. OOH, let's just have an 1/8" of crappy cast aluminum keeping the water pump from filling the crank case with antifreeze! Only thing that could make it more stupider is running an exhaust crossover through there too.
One of the other members at the Zone is putting a Ford 460 with an HEI ignition in his M715. 460 and HEI... best of both worlds.

Engines aside... I like all the old cars and trucks, but Fords the best. Up until the late 70's anyway.


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1965 Ford Fairlane 500 Sports Coupe 289 & 4 speed (some assembly required)
1968 Kaiser M715, Chevy 350/700r4, stock NP200 and 5.87 gears... prepping for Ford 390/T-18/divorced NP205 transplant.. .just because.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby bradzuzu » Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:14 pm

Almost struck a nerve making that statement haha !! I think one of the reasons I've preferred chevys is building and parts expense , to get a 302 to put out like a 350 the cost is quite a bit more ... My biggest bitch I think is and always will be the design of the engine and the space allotted for working on it. Front wheel drive cars can suck for that very much !!
I agree that the hei is one of the most tried and true setups , the newer design with the coil placed away from the cap has been nothing but a corroding pos !! Our 94 burb and my bosses old 90 blazer always needed a new cap like once a year , I guess the burbs been longer but the older cap must have been sealed better... my brother has an old ford with a 390 , he put all the high output ignition junk on it (Mallory I think) he's had a few failed parts but strangely enough his gas mileage went up ...
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