Go Back   Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest > 4x4 Talk > Rig Builds and Pics
GL4x4 Live! GL4x4 Casino

Rig Builds and Pics Introduce your rig or post a buildup here.







Search
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old July 3rd, 2010, 10:47 AM   #1
spgirard30
Member
 
spgirard30's Avatar
 
Join Date: 07-01-10
Location: Saginaw MI
Posts: 41
iTrader: (0)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default 67 M715 buildup

as requested I am going to post a build thread for my 715. I purchased a few years ago while I was working in Afghanistan and only have a few weeks a year to tinker with it in between visiting family and friends. I think with the time I have had to work on it I have accomplished a lot.

This is how I got the truck.





bone stock truck with only a little surface rust. This was used as a fire truck somewhere in the midwest and stored inside. The bed has some holes cut in the floor where that ran pipe through for the water tank but that will get patched at some point. I think it has around 27,000 miles on it.
spgirard30 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 3rd, 2010, 10:52 AM   #2
spgirard30
Member
 
spgirard30's Avatar
 
Join Date: 07-01-10
Location: Saginaw MI
Posts: 41
iTrader: (0)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

Once I got home and played with it, it was smoking pretty bad and just didnt seem to run very strong. I drove it maybe 20 miles and then the balancer broke. someone replaced the key on the crank and it had enough play on it to eventually break lose.

I intended on keeping the truck stock but looking into trying to just rebuild the head on the 230 changed my mind. parts were next to impossible to find and if you found usable parts they were a small fortune.

so I parted out the entire drivetrain and decided to go big.

spgirard30 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 3rd, 2010, 10:57 AM   #3
spgirard30
Member
 
spgirard30's Avatar
 
Join Date: 07-01-10
Location: Saginaw MI
Posts: 41
iTrader: (0)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

I stripped it down to the frame to remove all the old fuel and brake lines. It also made it a lot easer to get the rockwell axles under the frame. While I was at it I tore apart the rear leaf packs and stripped, painted, and coated with slip plate.









spgirard30 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 3rd, 2010, 11:03 AM   #4
spgirard30
Member
 
spgirard30's Avatar
 
Join Date: 07-01-10
Location: Saginaw MI
Posts: 41
iTrader: (0)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

I had some 1.5 inch body mounts made at a machine shop out of urethane to put the body back on, that seemed to work okay. I replaced every single bolt with new grade 8 bolts and some grade 9 in the suspension and steering arms.





spgirard30 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 3rd, 2010, 11:11 AM   #5
spgirard30
Member
 
spgirard30's Avatar
 
Join Date: 07-01-10
Location: Saginaw MI
Posts: 41
iTrader: (0)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

I am using all cobalt autometer gauges. I have some lowback suspension seats and a flaming river tilt column.





Wheels and tires are both military take offs. I intially went with the 48 inch XL's but they just were to big and I didnt want to have to lift the truck anymore so I went down to the 46 XML's. The rims are some recentered military 2 piece wheels that look great on the truck.





spgirard30 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 3rd, 2010, 11:11 AM   #6
88WRANGLERYJ
jeeper
 
88WRANGLERYJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: 08-25-07
Location: Oxford MI
Posts: 551
iTrader: (4)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

nice rig
88WRANGLERYJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 3rd, 2010, 11:23 AM   #7
spgirard30
Member
 
spgirard30's Avatar
 
Join Date: 07-01-10
Location: Saginaw MI
Posts: 41
iTrader: (0)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

now my drivetrain is a 454 with a 400/205 combo. I have a 505 being built that I am copying out of chevy high performance mag that got 580hp/600ftlb at the crank. But for now I just have a takeout motor in there.







spgirard30 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 3rd, 2010, 11:25 AM   #8
spgirard30
Member
 
spgirard30's Avatar
 
Join Date: 07-01-10
Location: Saginaw MI
Posts: 41
iTrader: (0)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

the very last thing I did on my last vacation was get the motor running.

" target="_blank">
spgirard30 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 3rd, 2010, 11:32 AM   #9
spgirard30
Member
 
spgirard30's Avatar
 
Join Date: 07-01-10
Location: Saginaw MI
Posts: 41
iTrader: (0)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

I still need to complete the wiring for all the lights and stuff, run fuel and brake lines. I need brakes also, I found a company that makes wheel brakes for the rockwells. I need steering also but havent decided on full hydro or just assist. leaning towards full hydro since this wont be on the road hardly at all.

I am sure I missed a lot of info so if you have any questions just ask. I did everything here myself except weld the motor mounts to the frame.

here is the link to all the pictures I have up to its current state.

http://s853.photobucket.com/albums/a...ungirard/M715/
spgirard30 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 3rd, 2010, 11:41 AM   #10
95geo
newbie
 
95geo's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-05-05
Location: dryden
Posts: 5,774
iTrader: (6)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

This thing is cool!
95geo is online now   Reply With Quote
Old July 3rd, 2010, 11:43 AM   #11
capone
Senior Member
 
capone's Avatar
 
Join Date: 01-16-06
Location: Clinton Township
Posts: 3,259
iTrader: (50)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

Thank you for serving.

Very Cool. Did you buy that from Dennis?
__________________
When I grow up I want to be an internet comedian.
capone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 3rd, 2010, 11:45 AM   #12
spgirard30
Member
 
spgirard30's Avatar
 
Join Date: 07-01-10
Location: Saginaw MI
Posts: 41
iTrader: (0)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by capone View Post
Thank you for serving.

Very Cool. Did you buy that from Dennis?
Yes I believe the PO was named Dennis, it has been a few years though.
spgirard30 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 3rd, 2010, 11:47 AM   #13
capone
Senior Member
 
capone's Avatar
 
Join Date: 01-16-06
Location: Clinton Township
Posts: 3,259
iTrader: (50)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by spgirard30 View Post
Yes I believe the PO was named Dennis, it has been a few years though.
I'm pretty sure I remember this one at his house. I'm sure he will chime in.
__________________
When I grow up I want to be an internet comedian.
capone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 3rd, 2010, 12:01 PM   #14
fabricator
throttle jockey
 
fabricator's Avatar
 
Join Date: 08-15-06
Location: twin lake
Posts: 1,230
iTrader: (33)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

looks great. i just recently purchased a 68 m715 with dana 60 and 14 bolt combo with 350, sm465. mines going to be a winter project. i think i'm going with 40inch mtrs and throw in a nv4500 trans.
fabricator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 3rd, 2010, 12:08 PM   #15
spgirard30
Member
 
spgirard30's Avatar
 
Join Date: 07-01-10
Location: Saginaw MI
Posts: 41
iTrader: (0)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by fabricator View Post
looks great. i just recently purchased a 68 m715 with dana 60 and 14 bolt combo with 350, sm465. mines going to be a winter project. i think i'm going with 40inch mtrs and throw in a nv4500 trans.
I wish I would have went with the 60/14b combo instead. Are you a member of www.m715zone.com thats a great site for any tech info or parts needed.
spgirard30 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 5th, 2010, 12:38 AM   #16
spgirard30
Member
 
spgirard30's Avatar
 
Join Date: 07-01-10
Location: Saginaw MI
Posts: 41
iTrader: (0)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

here is a pic of me with the truck, I am 6'1'' There is no motor in the truck but the springs are so stiff they only settled about half an inch once the motor was in.

spgirard30 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 5th, 2010, 10:41 AM   #17
fabricator
throttle jockey
 
fabricator's Avatar
 
Join Date: 08-15-06
Location: twin lake
Posts: 1,230
iTrader: (33)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by spgirard30 View Post
I wish I would have went with the 60/14b combo instead. Are you a member of www.m715zone.com thats a great site for any tech info or parts needed.
yes, i just registered on m715zone. i hope to drive it around a lot in the summer. hopefully with the 60-14 axle combo and a nv4500 swap it will be a little more road friendly.
fabricator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 5th, 2010, 12:58 PM   #18
spgirard30
Member
 
spgirard30's Avatar
 
Join Date: 07-01-10
Location: Saginaw MI
Posts: 41
iTrader: (0)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by fabricator View Post
yes, i just registered on m715zone. i hope to drive it around a lot in the summer. hopefully with the 60-14 axle combo and a nv4500 swap it will be a little more road friendly.
there is a member there named ryanroo who built a really nice truck with the 60/14 combo and an NV4500 behind a big block, he was a fabricator at avalanche engineering when he built the truck. I think the title of his build thread is found one, its worth the time to go through all his posts.
spgirard30 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 5th, 2010, 07:36 PM   #19
ovrlnd
HURL SCOUTS
 
ovrlnd's Avatar
 
Join Date: 03-23-07
Location: Westland, Michigan
Posts: 10,003
iTrader: (14)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Send a message via AIM to ovrlnd
Default

what a beast! looks awesome.
ovrlnd is online now   Reply With Quote
Old September 26th, 2010, 04:43 AM   #20
spgirard30
Member
 
spgirard30's Avatar
 
Join Date: 07-01-10
Location: Saginaw MI
Posts: 41
iTrader: (0)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

No progress on the truck besides ordering parts. I have 3 weeks in February home so I will get it driving then. I decided to go the route of full hydro steering. I have a PSC rockwell kit waiting for me in the shop. I also have been talking to red barn customs to put me together brake kits, driveshafts and all the flanges I need. Those will be on order soon. All that will be left is plumbing the fuel lines, brake lines, and button up some wiring for all the lights and guages.
spgirard30 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest > 4x4 Talk > Rig Builds and Pics
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:27 PM.


Powered by: vBulletin, Copyright 2000 - 2012, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Copyright 2005 - 2012 Cracker Enterprises - Powered by Linux
vB Ad Management by =RedTyger=
Page generated in 0.21550 seconds with 51 queries