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  1. silverstate55

    M931a2 cooling issue

    I second what the good CSM just posted...flush it with Cascade dishwasher detergent thoroughly to clean out as much crud as you can....followed with a good flush with distilled water to clear out the detergent, then drain once clear and refill with the green low-silicate coolant.
  2. silverstate55

    Coolant component builds

    Pinterest has all kinds of pics of homemade tools to make your own crimped/rolled ends on coolant pipes & other projects.
  3. silverstate55

    Artisan's M916

    For my trailers I like the all-metal stubbies, but YMMV. If you’re using the cheaper Chinese tires that only last 4-5 years, then I’d go with the cheapest valve stems available as the tires won’t outlast them.
  4. silverstate55

    M923A2 Radiator Scale

    As I understood it, on older diesels (939-series & older), it is best to use Low-Silicate formulated coolant, typically green, and add the NAPA filter with SCAs in it once the system is flushed. @Elijah95 showed that you might want to change your coolant filter shortly after a flush! Newer...
  5. silverstate55

    All 5-tons: Heavy Duty Torque Rod Ends

    I would highly recommend checking Harbor Freight for a 20% off coupon and get a 20-ton press from them; it’s not that much $$$ really for the use you’ll get out of it....works great for pressing out wheel studs as well!
  6. silverstate55

    Artisan's M916

    If I hadn’t known you were a plumber, I’d say that you were a plumber.... LOL! My favorite is when I am trying to break Budd thimbles loose, and break off the square portion on the end of the thimble...re-install outer Budd nut & break out the welder (weld nut to thimble), and off it comes once...
  7. silverstate55

    6CTA Thermostat housing coolant leak

    Since most of these trucks run 10w oil in the power steering system, are you sure it’s engine oil and not power steering oil? I had an issue with my PS pump leaking in the same spot; I replaced every hose & replaced the pump reservoir O-rings, but it still leaked from the bottom of the...
  8. silverstate55

    6CTA Thermostat housing coolant leak

    Cascade dishwasher detergent (for use in dishwashers, other soaps will suds up too much) and distilled water. Heat it up good by driving her around and let it sit for a day, then flush with fresh water/distilled water. If that doesn‘t get all the rust out, then do a flush with 50/50 mix of...
  9. silverstate55

    Artisan's M916

    Outstanding work Brad!! She looks great! (y)
  10. silverstate55

    Shooting with Rapco- Tips?

    Enamels, whether oil-based or alkyds, typically take up to 3 weeks to fully cure or harden (“gas out”). Whenever I shoot an enamel, I try to let it harden for a month before I do any work with it (whether color-sanding or just assembling), whenever possible.
  11. silverstate55

    Artisan's M916

    That’s one of many things on my To-Do list for my 920. Great job Brad, looking better than new so far!
  12. silverstate55

    Oregon members?

    Tap on member’s username in left column; a pop up box should appear, click on “Start Conversation.” Just like you’re sitting in bed with your PJs on, holding a cup of decaf. (Let’s see who gets the reference rofl)
  13. silverstate55

    M923A2 Fuel Issue

    When have the fuel filters (primary/secondary) been changed? How old are the fuel hoses? I had this problem with mine; air was getting into the fuel lines due to age & dry-rotting/cracking, enough fuel was struggling up to the IP to make it seems like it should start, but the engine was still...
  14. silverstate55

    I think the Air Force wins the biggest truck award...

    It would look awesome towing an M870 lowboy :unsure:
  15. silverstate55

    Those Military Guys H4 Headlights

    As Jake said, I got mine off eBay around 2015-ish for my Deuce and 5-ton, as well as the ceramic connectors to handle the higher heat....I installed the Packard connectors to the ceramic connectors and they work GREAT. Around 5 years of steady use out of them and haven’t had any problems since...
  16. silverstate55

    Artisan's M916

    That’s why I usually keep a bin full of old hoses; they make great protective wraps for cables, wires, and other hoses. Clean them as best as I can and save them for future re-use. Looking good Brad, keep up the great work!
  17. silverstate55

    BIG CAM 1 OUT, BIG CAM 3 GOING IN

    Brad I’ve been following your posts when I can; good on you for taking this on, and I appreciate you sharing your progress with us. I’m with you in spirit since I can’t be there physically, keep up the good work and be safe my friend.
  18. silverstate55

    BIG CAM 1 OUT, BIG CAM 3 GOING IN

    Paging @WillWagner
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