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  1. Jack-Stand

    What are you working on today??

    Yuck, been there plenty of times before. Glad it's coming back together though! This was what I encountered a few weeks back on my '99 7.3. Had a cylinder drop out on the way to work, and had to drive it home shuddering the whole way. Buzz tested it at our shop at work, all buzzed good. Not...
  2. Jack-Stand

    What are you working on today??

    Working on one of my turbines at work right now. We had a vibration event that led to some blade damage about a week or so ago. It's only a little guy at 15,000 hp, but it's a screamer at 5,100 rpm (for a steam turbine at least). Getting ready to ship the rotor off to have it inspected, and...
  3. Jack-Stand

    '66 Monaco Resto-Mod

    No worries at all, thank you tons for the sentiment. I've had some fantastic Spirit-led people that've been walking through this with me and discipling me through the entire ordeal. That was actually the first realization in this was that I've always believed, and I've been redeemed for many...
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    '66 Monaco Resto-Mod

    I wish I could do more than just thank or like at one time, but I greatly appreciate it. Everything has taken on new meaning. Work is now a ministry platform and I now look at my hobbies as ministry opportunities. It may be a bit of a long shot, but my hope is to carry a handful of new...
  5. Jack-Stand

    '66 Monaco Resto-Mod

    No worries at all sir! The Bible speaks of "peace that is beyond understanding" in Phillipians 4:7, and that's truly where I'm at now. I wouldn't wish this junk on anyone, but at the same time, I'm thankful for the rivival. Many thanks, there won't be another one like it, that's for sure.
  6. Jack-Stand

    '66 Monaco Resto-Mod

    So the fun has only just begun on this project, but there's more to update than just the car project. Part of the reason that I've been so slow on the build is that I'm very sadly and unfortunately in the middle of a divorce right now. The good news is that the revival that God has performed in...
  7. Jack-Stand

    '66 Monaco Resto-Mod

    Nah shouldn't be. There's a lot of stiffening that was done to begin with because I was planning on a 512 stroker at some point. The engine will be significantly heavier, but we're not talking orders of magnitude heavier, just a couple hundred pounds. With how tall the T444E (7.3) is, It'll be...
  8. Jack-Stand

    '66 Monaco Resto-Mod

    Haha touche my friend. How would you feel about an International T444E (technically a T454E now) instead of a Mopar big block? Everyone does justice to the Cummins 6Bt, but no one plays with the international engines.
  9. Jack-Stand

    '66 Monaco Resto-Mod

    I won't spoil the surprise (that'll come later when I actually make some head way), but my build is taking a turn in direction. I think @commando1 or @LocuMob might ostracize me from the forum for modification (they'd call it desecration) of a C-body. Anyone ever seen a vehicle's soul sitting on...
  10. Jack-Stand

    What are you working on today??

    Put the new Sinister Diesel charge pipes on Sarah (new Powerstroke), and started stripping Lucy (totaled Powerstroke) to the bone.
  11. Jack-Stand

    What are you working on today??

    Well kind of a sad story, but right after I replaced the steering box in my stroker, it got wiped out by a 16 year old driver. I was turning right with a trailer on, and she tried to pass me on the right. I haven't heard from their insurance about a total loss, but the appraiser is now calling...
  12. Jack-Stand

    What are you working on today??

    Went after the power steering box in the stroker. After 475,000 miles, the pitman arm was so siezed that I stripped a pitman arm puller of its threads, and ended up having to cut the output shaft. 20 tons of force later in my shop press, and viola. That's after the entire press jumped about 2"...
  13. Jack-Stand

    What are you working on today??

    Eek, I bet that was a fun ride... Good looking fish plates on the repair!
  14. Jack-Stand

    What are you working on today??

    The ramp pegs on my buddy's trailer were completely cracked out, so I repaired those before loading up the other Mopar. I decided to take my mom wheeling, she was smiling so much that her face hurt by the end of the day. Like any big kid, I found a puddle and had to jump in... when I jumped in...
  15. Jack-Stand

    What are you working on today??

    More fun at my house. Over the weekend I dropped the transmission and t-case in my Powerstroke to go after the flex plate. A weak bendix in the starter led to partial engagement of the starter pinion with the flex plate, and it chewed a few of the teeth in half. Talk about a fun job. I will say...
  16. Jack-Stand

    What are you working on today??

    Sounds like I need to come visit! My c's were basically toasted a long time ago when I went up Baby Bear out at flat Nasty. It was bad enough that you can hear my buddy Nick scream at me to stop because he thought I actually broke my passenger side C. Turns out, I just snapped the shaft, and...
  17. Jack-Stand

    What are you working on today??

    Thank you much! I've thought about completely linking it out (3-link up front with a 4-link out back), but since it's an XJ (unibody) the plating required alone wouldn't be worth it. If I ever want to go bigger than where I'm at now, I'll likely just build a tube chassis buggy. I've got dreams...
  18. Jack-Stand

    What are you working on today??

    Finally got the other Mopar back on all 4 tires. C-gussets, a minor truss, reamed the new knuckles to fit my 1-ton OTK steering, boxed the passenger side upper CA mount, boxed the track bar mount, and reinforced it, and a heims on each movable link including the track bar. I will say, one of...
  19. Jack-Stand

    What are you working on today??

    Got the jeep up on stands right now. New leaf spring bushings in the rear, boomerang shackles, rebuildable heims on both the upper and lower CA's, bushing to uniball conversion on the upper CA mount of the axle, and a new front axle housing. On the housing I'm boxing it, doing a minor truss, and...
  20. Jack-Stand

    I wanna air ride my 66 NY

    Thanks @LocuMob! I'm happy to chime in and help wherever I can. If I can help someone learn from the mistakes I made (or things I wish I had done differently), I'm game. The big thing with my build is that it's crazy slow. I'm only putting money into it as I'm able to save up for it, so it'll...
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