Tonight working on the old girl I decided I'd do a bit of an MTF post on the Little Mule and why she's special to me.
As many may or may not know old blue was 16th Christmas gift from grandpa turcheck
A 91 f150 XLT Lariat 4X4 302 5 speed short bed. Second from the top of the line in 91. And a great teenagers truck. Which this vid is only year and half old now but this truck does take me back few years in life and feel abit younger
Only Pic i have of the arrival from Florida Jan 1st of 08. Rebuilt motor with less than 100,000 on the rebuild
It wasn't long me and grandpa had her in the shop doing some major surgery on the drivers side frame rail. The truck ran a boat marina down in Florida all by herself. Fifth wheel hitch in a half ton rusty frame rail from in and out the salt water. Was actually half rotted threw on the drives side. We cut a rail from another truck and scabbed her back together
She was my one and only truck till 2013. During the frame job the frame was painted a new clutch and throw out bear installed among a few other small things
Only ran her one winter in Pa 08-09 season. By mid 09 I picked a 91 bronco same year by chance to pull some weight. And keep my be loved truck out of salt. Both being the same year but are the most polar opposite things you'll ever drive. Old blue being a 302 and 5 speed standard. And the Mighty Bronco with the 351W and the E4D auto trans.
As many say once i had them both running and driveing well it was the start of an era With 2 legends.
The pair ran and worked together as the highway trucks till july of 2013. When the bronco was retired from her road dutys when her cancer went from serious to terminal and gave old blue a cool set of rims. But notice i never did get rid of the bronco. Maybe another thread one day
Me and The Little Mule always had a goal. Run as many miles as we can. With a rig with 500,000 miles on it. Things happen stuff wears out.
Theres a long list of stuff I've done to her over the years, clutches, universal joints, steering column( yes you can wear that out), water pumps, steering pump ect.
Now fast forward to 2014 and are goal was hit 507,000 miles that year. I was on track to hit it till one day I came home from work pulled in the end of the drive. Let her sit an idle as I walk to the mail box and hear on big metal on metal clang. My heart sunk as I turned to go what did you roll away and hit now little mule? Parking brake never worked well different story.
Anyhow this was the sound. I had just drove 20 miles round trip home from work and the snap ring failed as it was idleing in the drive go figure
Old girl always was good to me and never let me down when I needed her the most. I remember nobody was home that day so a rescue party would have been a few hours. She held together and threw the fan threw the rad and only busted on core. I picked the fan up and quickly drove her to her parking spot.
Ordered the water pump and rad nothing out of the norm for me and Big White was handleing things then
When I put the water pump on I must have broke the seal to the timeing cover and well she looked like old faithful when I started it. I was late fall and I drove her 2 miles to the gas station to fill her up and let her sit for winter. Took 2 gallon of antifreeze to go 2 miles.
I have done the timeing chain cover gasket in the past maybe 2 years ago. But that leads me to what I was up to today. Finally fixing it and with starting this thread in hopes to keep updateing it
Anyhow a few pics of tear down complete
As you can see im fairly deep. Everything seems alright. I notice the bearings in the smog pump are getting noisey. Add that to the list lol
Just a few parts there. And I have everything cleaned up and ready to reassemble for tomorrow if I feel like working in the heat. Will be nice to have a brick nose back on the road again
Sorry for the long post and I hope to keep Old Blue going as my buddy's from high school called her the high mileage legend loud and proud
Never did mess with the exhaust grandpa bought her that way
6? gravely's I think and counting
current tractors and rigs
1944 WWII L
48 L grw's
2 49 L's ,1 Wisconsin powered L
52 US navy L, 2 53 Ls
2 56 LI, 57 LI, 58 LI, 59 L & LS, 62 LI, 2 63 L8's & 2 LI's, 64 L8 & L, 65 LI, 66 L8, 66 C10, 2 67 C10As, 68 430, 69 C8, 70 C & CI & 2 C8's, 70com8, 71 430 nb, 432 & 450, 70, 73, 74 & 76 408, 74 812 75 CI & 524, 77 526 & 817, 78 818T& 5200, 82, 83 8163-B, 88 16G
74 cub 129& case 220
48 Willy's CJ 2A
1991 ford F150 and Bronco
2007 F250 Big White
2010 Sc2450 yanmar