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Personally, one of the appeals of these vehicles is that they have little dependence on an electrical system. I would rather see all those flappers and valves controlled by cables and levers.I think (because i am a geek) that a lot of features for the deuce could be easily made to be cab controls these days with the use of solenoids and relays.
In earlier posts we were talking about runaway motors and choking off the air supply. That's a good one to do.
Or the fording plug could be another one that is always open but with the flip of the switch it would close of a petcock
The leaky manifold heater nozzle, the fuel feed line could run thru a better (secondary) valve that would prevent 100% of the fuel from running to it UNTIL the switch got activated.
Can't forget about making a flame thrower for the exhaust, another great use for installing fear into others.
not to mention my horn button shifter lever, No relays needed but is a killer feature.
So... who wants me to start making these kits? do you think there is a market for it? I can if i felt like it.
Thanks for the write up. The pictures help. I have to do the air compressor hose next. What size hose barb did you use. ..?Ok, here are a few pictures of what I have accomplished so far. I had the snorkel made yesterday. The axle vents, transmission, and t case have been vented to the fire wall (but now I am going to take it to the top of the snorkel). Also I ran the compressor over to the air box. I still have a couple of more afternoons of work pressurizing the system and doing other odds and ends. One question I have is when in deep water do I shut off the power switch in the cab to prevent any electrical issues?
When I drove the Oddball express back to Michigan from Florida I was pulling a Deuce box double axle trailer. Both the trailer and 109 box was full of heavy equipment from the GA Rally and from Chris, which would be a load for any truck.Rear main seal or trans leaking into the bell housing and gathering enough to wet the clutch. Also if a small amount of water does leak into to bell housing by taking out the plug or opening the ball valve and running it for awhile it will dry out what water made it in there and keep down the rust.
Also there might be a issue with the fan blade. Thought the belt was to be slacked if you get it deep enough to cover the whole blade. Yes as said there is a lot to think about and do after you return from deep water but I have a feeling you going to find that out.
Actually, the manuals show to leave the right side panel open and not make a custom hole. I enlarged my air intake hole in the right side panel and ran the hoses through it just because it looks better, but it does make it a PITA if you have to get in there.The Crancase breather as stated earlier is routed beside the intake hose through a seprate hole that must be cut prior. the hose is routed from the bottom of the breather through the hole and through the clamps that attach to the exaust stack into the Mushroom .
If the trucks are made and fully capable of going through deep water, why do so many people discourage it? I blew axle seals just getting them wet. That is why I am plumbing their vents and such up high and adding pressure to the system to prevent problems. Why would people not take them deep?
Remember the CCKW was prior to the REO's and the DUKW was a variant of them and it does have a "prop" shaft right in the center rear.All i want to add is i think its funny they refer to the drive shafts as propeller shafts. Maybe they were designing a boat with wheels to drive to Bikini Bottom too visit spongebob.
This is the term I grew up with and hadn't used the term "drive shaft" until I was much older. It's a propeller shaft in the true definition. A propeller shaft, or Cardan shaft is a mechanical component for transmitting torque and rotation used to connect components to a drive train. It "propel's" you forward... Many car manufacturers still refer to them as such in their tech manuals. Just remember if it says use a "torch" to aid, it's referencing a "flash light" not a "torch" in our American vocab.... Any yes, I do spell tire, tyre..All i want to add is i think its funny they refer to the drive shafts as propeller shafts. Maybe they were designing a boat with wheels to drive to Bikini Bottom too visit spongebob.
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