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  1. Jeff Lakaszcyck

    1944 Federal 606 C2 Wrecker

    I don't know what caused that crack, it does not appear to be in a high stress area. It is getting welded up. The actuating arms are also getting welded up and re-surfaced. Almost every spring in the clutches were broken, but I was able to find a spring vendor who was able to provide a very...
  2. Jeff Lakaszcyck

    1944 Federal 606 C2 Wrecker

    With a little bit of effort I was able to get the Fleetstar running. The RD450 seems to run pretty good although the rear main seal leaks like a sieve. But with the truck running I was able to start evaluating what worked and what didn't on the Gar Wood crane. The boom up and down seemed to work...
  3. Jeff Lakaszcyck

    MY 1952 M211 GARWOOD CRANE TRUCK

    Great videos Kyle ! That is a great truck. Boy, that crane is excruciatingly slow. It's hard to tell how the PTO is set up on your M211, does it come off the transmission or transfer case ? Since you have the KW M1A1 book you probably know that originally the PTO came off the transfer case, the...
  4. Jeff Lakaszcyck

    Steel Soldiers MV of the YEAR 2020 - VOTE HERE

    Congratulations to Junkyard Wars Crusher for MVOTY ! You've done a beautiful job with your truck and are well deserving of the win. As for me, it was an honor just to be in the running. Thanks very much to those who voted for the red Federal.
  5. Jeff Lakaszcyck

    1944 Federal 606 C2 Wrecker

    Howard, it's actually the same model number that Gar Wood used on the WLF and KW M1A1 wreckers, all are model US6. The main difference is the curved boom used on the early C2's. The crane towers are the same size. Hope to see you at Harrisonburg. I plan to be at Macungie too. Mr. Ahab, the...
  6. Jeff Lakaszcyck

    1944 Federal 606 C2 Wrecker

    Big news, we located the "Holy Grail", an original Gar Wood US6 C2 wrecker boom ! Best part is it was only 5 hours away in Bainbridge, Georgia. It will need a lot of work but is mostly unmolested with only the main PTO sprocket being relocated from its original location. So hopefully the Federal...
  7. Jeff Lakaszcyck

    Steel Soldiers MV of the YEAR 2020 - VOTE HERE

    It's an honor just to be in consideration for MV of the Year. Every vehicle in this competition is worthy of the prize. Not much has happened on the old Federal since April, although I have located a serviceable exhaust manifold to replace the existing one with multiple cracks. Then we will be...
  8. Jeff Lakaszcyck

    1968 Mack M123A1C 10 ton Tank Transporter

    Karl, you are right that it had a sander on it. I was told the sander was only on it for a season or two and it was only used to sand one road up on a mountain. In any event there is no rust on the frame and only a few small spots on the cab. Parts trucks are always good to have but transporting...
  9. Jeff Lakaszcyck

    What have you done to your 10 ton this week?

    Seeing this thread for the first time. Love the 10 tons ! Mine has it's own thread which has just been updated. Here's a "before and "during" photo. We didn't get to the "after" yet.
  10. Jeff Lakaszcyck

    1968 Mack M123A1C 10 ton Tank Transporter

    Here is a photo of the pulley block we need installed in it's correct location.
  11. Jeff Lakaszcyck

    1968 Mack M123A1C 10 ton Tank Transporter

    Finally at the beginning of October the planets aligned and I was able to travel and get back to work on the Mack. A new set of four Group 31 batteries awakened the old girl from her long slumber and she came out into daylight again. She looked like the Beverly Hillbillies truck with all the...
  12. Jeff Lakaszcyck

    1968 Mack M123A1C 10 ton Tank Transporter

    Wow, when you haven't made a post since last February you find your thread buried on page 10 ! As I have mentioned I live in Florida and the truck is in Connecticut, so work stopped when the Covid put a big kabosh on my travel plans. A few things did happen in the mean time. Before it was closed...
  13. Jeff Lakaszcyck

    M125 Cargo Truck Cummins V8 300 Powered

    That's great David, you truly have a one of a kind ! Are they sending you copies of the photos ?
  14. Jeff Lakaszcyck

    my totsie -- WC 64 KD

    I find most of my bearings on ebay for a reasonable price. https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=timken+23100&_sacat=0
  15. Jeff Lakaszcyck

    M125 Cargo Truck Cummins V8 300 Powered

    David, I've been wondering when you were going to start a thread on your M125. That is great truck. Are you saying you think Mack installed the V8-300 in '58 ? Or was it converted later ? I hope to get back to work on the M123A1C this fall.
  16. Jeff Lakaszcyck

    Steel Soldiers MV of the month 2020 - May VOTE HERE

    Congratulations Chris, it just goes to show that perseverance pays off !
  17. Jeff Lakaszcyck

    Is this military? Interesting brush guard

    Is it a tandem or single rear axle ? How about some more photos.
  18. Jeff Lakaszcyck

    Steel Soldiers MV of the month 2020 - April VOTE HERE

    Thanks papabear ! Thanks Tracer. The Federals have Hercules HXD six cylinder gas engines in them, The are 855 ci with twin ignition (two spark plugs per cylinder), have 200 hp and develop 640 ft lbs of torque at 900 rpm. Redline is 1800. While the red one runs good the orange one had two...
  19. Jeff Lakaszcyck

    1944 Federal 606 C2 Wrecker

    Thanks to everyone here and elsewhere on this site the 1943 Federal 606 is the April MV of the Month. Thanks very much, I appreciate all the votes.
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