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I use an jobsmart abrasive blaster found at tractor supply. It shoots the Behr paint really well.
Simp, Are you kidding about using an abrasive blaster to spray Behr paint? I plan to paint my 934 with Behr. I was planning on renting a good airless sprayer to do it. Did you thin the paint at all?
By the way, your truck is awesome!
 

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For $24, I'm tempted to buy one to try it. You do anything special to spray paint with it?
Nope. Usually its just one pass to cover any color. On the 915
For $24, I'm tempted to buy one to try it. You do anything special to spray paint with it?
Nope. Just fill and spray. A good water seperator on the tank is neeed as it will have the compressor running hard
 

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Added an electric winch below the big 45k winch for paying out cable off the big winch by using it with a snatch block and winching light trucks onto trailers. It is a cheap 13k. It did lift the 870 neck on its own. It took it being double lined and it still didnt like it. So i guess it could be used in an emergency for that. Gotta figure out a place to mount the solenoid box. I did use a tectran power pole socket to the winch so I can power it thru that connector. I have the same socket on the 5th wheel wrecker unit. Basically its just a single pole slave plug.

Relocated the air lines and pogo stick to the passengers side. Added street elbows to the auxiliary hookup connections. With them facing to the rear the trailer would be really close to them.

Gotta rebuild the speed valve on the big 45k unit as it has a leak. I did swap the oil tank on the current winch for that of a 916A3 i had laying around since it was less rusty.
 

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Installed a muncie PTO air shift unit. Also a buzzer for when the PTO is activated.

Had to make the tandem 53 series cross pump into a single pump unit. This was simple and took about 20mins. The pump still has two pressure lines to the winch. Winch works really slow on standard and runs at normal speed on high.

Rearranged the shifter to sit more forward rather than beside the seat. This was simply done by flipping the floor plate around and then flipping the shifter around.

Installed some Truk stuff lights on the rear of the cab. They are strobes and work lights together. Can work on 12 or 24 volt.

Removed the muffler pipe since it was rattling inside. They are pretty restrictive mufflers. Installed a 5in straight pipe instead. Its up high enough that it is not any louder in the cab than stock.

Also replaced a rear outer axle seal on the rear.
 

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Pump had a #25 button in it. Was able to get 29/30lbs of boost at 975 max EGT on hills at 84,800lbs.

Replaced the button with a #10, installed a new 5/8" fuel suction line, replaced the water seperator/filter as well Cummins/fleetguard # 3329289. Truck was seeing 34/35lb of boost with an empty trailer and under 1100 on EGT

Installed a 6 switch pre wired light box for some accessories i have as well. It was an FXC unit i found on amazon.

Made a sight seeing tour of the NE. Used the Rear winch and it works well loading a F5060 paystar missing 2 tires. Didnt really miss a beat. Electric winch spooled the cable out excellent.

 

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Wes, after putting a lot of miles on it, how do you like the stock transmission vs. the 16 speed CAT transmission? Are you planning to leave the existing transmission in the truck?
 

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Wes, after putting a lot of miles on it, how do you like the stock transmission vs. the 16 speed CAT transmission? Are you planning to leave the existing transmission in the truck?
If and when the Allison goes out I've got everything to swap a CAT in. The CAT is 95% efficient on power so not nearly the power loss as the allison has. I prefer the cat at times for pulling hills. I prefer the Allison at times, especially during stop and go driving, or running around empty.
 

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Good idea. You sure like your tanks (air, fuel, whatever). Someday you may have to add a propane tank to inject for that little extra boost up the hills... :)
 
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