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  1. fasttruck

    Winch problem on a fire dept M54A2 5ton

    Further reference to post 55: If the truck is not fully loaded, you have a "slop load" which, even with baffles, will surge front to back if the vehicle starts or stops rapidly, and this effect will make it even more unstable than it otherwise would be. Check with anybody who has ever hauled...
  2. fasttruck

    Winch problem on a fire dept M54A2 5ton

    Reference is made to post 55: 1500 gallons of water weights 12,450 pounds. As I assume you are desiring to run the truck on unimproved roads, is it overloaded ? Pump, hose, tools plus weight of water ? Most tanks, if they are baffled at all, are only front to back not side to side. NFPA reports...
  3. fasttruck

    Winch problem on a fire dept M54A2 5ton

    Reference is made to post 1 and 34: The described publications are available in paper or in the publications section on this site. Do your experts know how to adjust the brakes on a M54 ? Where the 45 or so grease points are on it ? Neglect these at your peril. How to check to see if there is...
  4. fasttruck

    Winch problem on a fire dept M54A2 5ton

    Doghead is right: don't make a move without the pubs: operators' manual, organizational maintenance manual, parts book, and lubrication order for whatever you are working on.
  5. fasttruck

    Winch problem on a fire dept M54A2 5ton

    Winch covers were locally fabricated items. I was told their use was discouraged in later years as they retained moisture which accelerated corrosion of the cable. Pipe wrench worked for me to gently rock the imput shaft to see if mechanism was free and I got the and the end of the drive...
  6. fasttruck

    Winch problem on a fire dept M54A2 5ton

    Yo9u say your M54A2 has been converted into a tanker ? How much water do you carry ?
  7. fasttruck

    Winch problem on a fire dept M54A2 5ton

    As described elsewhere, if you can get the slip joint on the PTO drive shaft to close up (this will be difficult to do if it is full of dried up grease) this will expose the center part of the broken shear pin which will require a hammer and punch to knock out. This is why a machinists' hammer...
  8. fasttruck

    Winch problem on a fire dept M54A2 5ton

    Additional pics of exposed drum clutches. These are not friction clutches: it is in or out. To engage the dogs it may be necessary to move the drum by hand to align the opposing dogs. When disengaging there must be no torque on the rig or the clutch dogs will be difficult to separate. When the...
  9. fasttruck

    Winch problem on a fire dept M54A2 5ton

    The winch PTO has 4 positions Neutral lines up with the latch plate (if that is still there), back is power out, forward is lo range power in, all the way to the front is power on high range. The picture in post 17 shows the drum clutch is "in" or engaged. This is a dog clutch and when engaging...
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