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Old April 26th, 2012, 02:58 PM   #141
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Can of undercoat said you could paint over it in an hour. I waited two and it has all these little pin holes I assume are escaping gasses from the drying process

Well, at least it isn't permanent. I'll just coat it a couple more times and it should look O.K.
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Old April 26th, 2012, 03:04 PM   #142
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Decided to work on dually fender lights and license plate lights. Neither was working. After some head scratching and poking around I finally figured out that the factory junction point in the harness, where NINE! ground wires converge was corroded. Sockets were rotted out for plate lights, so they are coming in tomorrow.

Fender lights now all work!
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Old April 26th, 2012, 03:44 PM   #143
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Maybe 100 foot :)

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Old May 8th, 2012, 09:38 PM   #144
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She made it to San Diego. However I've been having uphill overheating issues. I replaced thermostat in South Carolina, which helped, but todays climb through the Rockys into California with 90 plus heat was too much. After several pull over and cool down sessions, I unbolted the hood for extra airflow, and was able to continue the climb, although she still got warm, no boil over.



The head gasket has had a super small leak since I got truck, so I'll be tearing into motor when I get home.
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Old May 9th, 2012, 04:50 AM   #145
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You were worried about a couple little rust spots on your commercial vehicle and now you're running with no hood?

I guess it shows that you'll do anything to get the load delivered....resourceful.
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Great info, love it, nice work too!
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Old May 9th, 2012, 07:43 AM   #147
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Plugged radiator?
Garbage between the radiator and the condenser?
Just a couple idea's.
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Old May 9th, 2012, 10:24 AM   #148
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Plugged radiator?
Garbage between the radiator and the condenser?
Just a couple idea's.
Not sure on the plugged radiator, I definately will be flushing it. Everything else is clear and clean.
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Old May 9th, 2012, 10:37 AM   #149
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I really wanted to run my new 19.5s on this upcoming trip, which are wrapped with 8R19.5 rubber.

When I get back, they are all getting dismounted to be blasted and powdercoated. But I figured I'd run them as is for this trip, because their 34 inch height should keep me from having to use overdrive. Well, I started to air them up and several have rim leaks, so that plan is shot for now. I guess it will be one more run on the 31's using overdrive. At least the tranny is still under warranty
why so opposed to using overdrive? is it weak link or something else?

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Maybe 100 foot :)

Not bad from this distance


I have to throw a little jab about the over heating cummins..I thought these motors were teh bestest and nothing ever went rwong?
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As for OD, it is definately a weak link in the 4500 and 5600 trans due to the secondary nature of the design. Poor cooling and small parts with poor support. As for the G56 I have now, the design appears much better. I'm simply cautious. I have been running loaded the last 5,000 miles in OD, no issues so far, and very pleased with it.
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As for the Cummins, I beat this thing pretty hard - and its all the crap dodge bolts to it that seems to go bad :D
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I just read this thread through from the beginning. Good work! Great to see someone else still running a 12V!

A few things I'll note. The 4500 and 5600 shifters also have that nut under the cap, just sometimes they unthread when you spin the whole knob. When you spin them back on, the nut usually doesnt start, and just pushes against the plastic cap. If it isn't there, it's been removed by someone.

Check with Zemco's 4x4 in Clare for your wiring tidbits, sometimes they will clip the harnesses. They may also have the 2wd swaybar you need.

Once you are happy with the leaf set-up in the rear, you should replace the u-bolts. They do stretch and are supposed to be one use wonders.

Great info with the Dakota Digital, good option for the 12V guys looking to swap from a 241 to a 271 T-case.

How is your insurance set up? When I was hotshotting a few years back, they wouldn't insure us with a truck over five years old, IIRC. Maybe it was just super expensive.
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Thanks for the positive support and info!

As for the insurance, only one company regularly insures hot shot drivers, Progressive. However Progressive Direct is stupid expensive. After much, much, much reasearch and calling I found an agency that specializes in Hot Shot drivers. They still write through Progressive, but get special pricing due to their relationship.

I have a perfect driving record. Insurance alone on the Truck/trailer is about $2,800 a year. With my load coverages and other liability insurances and such my total business insurance is a bit under $5,000 a year. Add in the other $2,000 or so for multiple permits, fees, and other owner/operator government costs, my total yearly nut for paperwork alone is about $7,000. If I moved to a big rig that would near double.
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As for OD, it is definately a weak link in the 4500 and 5600 trans due to the secondary nature of the design. Poor cooling and small parts with poor support. As for the G56 I have now, the design appears much better. I'm simply cautious. I have been running loaded the last 5,000 miles in OD, no issues so far, and very pleased with it.
Gotcha, figured it had something to do with a weak link.

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As for the Cummins, I beat this thing pretty hard - and its all the crap dodge bolts to it that seems to go bad :D
Just giving you crap, anything with 500,000 miles is gonna need some love.
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As for OD, it is definately a weak link in the 4500 and 5600 trans due to the secondary nature of the design. Poor cooling and small parts with poor support. As for the G56 I have now, the design appears much better. I'm simply cautious. I have been running loaded the last 5,000 miles in OD, no issues so far, and very pleased with it.
That is the first time I have heard of the OD being a weak link the 5600. The only weakness I have heard of is the input shaft bearing not getting enough oiling so some guys are running an extra quart or two of oil in them. Maybe that is what you where referring to. I always pull in OD with my 5600, but I do not pull as often as you though.
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That is the first time I have heard of the OD being a weak link the 5600. The only weakness I have heard of is the input shaft bearing not getting enough oiling so some guys are running an extra quart or two of oil in them. Maybe that is what you where referring to. I always pull in OD with my 5600, but I do not pull as often as you though.
The OD design is similar to the 4500. I'm not sure if they had as many issues, but I have read they don't like towing. I've also heard about the input issue, as well as 2nd-3rd gears burning up. My trans guy has seen many bearing and OD failures with the 5600. However, in a DD/moderate towing situation I wouldn't be scared of it.
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I'm now in cooler climates so the hood went back on and it is running fine, even uphill. After the head gasket and a good radiator flush I'm sure it will be fine, if not I may install some hood vents and auxillary fans.

North of Reno I lost trailer brakes. My fairly new Maxbrake unit went black. After poking around with no luck I called Jay at Maxbrake. He helped me go through a diagnosis and we determined the brake sensor cable was bad. He helped me get the unit into limp mode, where I could use it manually. Then he overnighted a new cable to Twin Falls, Idaho at my cost, over $70 shipping

It was fairly flat land to Twin Falls, so it wasn't too bad. Got the cable installed this morning and all is good.

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Old May 18th, 2012, 01:03 PM   #158
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I just completed a 9,000 mile torture test of the G56 combo in the truck over 3 weeks. I took off from Michigan with my loaded 42 foot trailer, went down to South Carolina, down to Florida, over to California, up to Montana, and back home. All in all this truck saw lots of miles in the Rocky Mountains and Smoky Mountains, it saw both the Atlantic and Pacific, Both the Canadian and Mexican Borders, and crossed the Mohave Desert and several others. It climbed a private road with a loaded trailer 3 miles up a mountain with a 18 degree grade! It saw 113 degrees in Houston, and lots of traffic, hills, etc. I even hit an overnight severe sand storm north of Reno that covered the truck in a few inches of sand, and it almost tipped the whole thing over!

I am very very pleased with the truck and the combo. The extra gear made all the difference in the world. I can't even see ever towing with a five speed again. Downshifting is so much easier, and the Southbend Clutch is great. I have no complaints whatsoever. I'll continue to keep you all updated through the life of this truck and trans, but so far am a huge fan of the G56.
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Old April 9th, 2013, 09:46 PM   #159
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I'm reviving this thread as you'll see some more progress on this soon.

Last summer I ran this beast on what I didn't know at the time would be her last hurrah and final great voyage for Route 55 Transport. I drove it all the way up to Alaska and back with lots of little adventures. On that trip I blew the head gasket, wore out the tires, and generally beat the living crap out of it.

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At the end of the Alaska trip last summer my wife and I split, and being that I have the kids over half the time I decided to shut down the transport business to focus on family and local ventures.

The truck was parked, and while I worked on arranging my new life and such, it sat behind my shop gaining rust and cobwebs.

I have been in the need for a shop truck again, and have decided to freelance for my Dad's pest control company, so I've decided to revive the old girl. She will be getting some much needed repairs, as well as some modifications, so stay tuned!
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