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|#846 - Cummins Swap|
|Author: andy1canada (Show all albums)|
Going to give this another try as my first attempt didn't go so well on the 'Diner-conversion' thread (Will update/edit that soon).
Started my Cummins swap by pulling off the bumper; only took better part of an hour. That sucker is HEAVY! Better part of a 100 lbs I bet. Will be looking to knock substantial weight off that baby while still retaining a 5000 lb towing standard.
This will take a while as it will unfold as time and resources permit, so please be patient.
More pics and hopefully some videos (FMC-TV) to follow.
Seriously, who could not re-use a thing-of-beauty such as this 1/2" lock-nut? Can't buy stuff like this any more.
Adhering to my mantra of 'keeping it as stock as possible' throughout this swap, I decided to re-use the OEM rad struts. Here's the parts ready for reassembly.
Here you can see one of the two heavy side mount brackets I decided to use to carry the primary weight of the rad on each side. This one needed to be lowered about 5" or so then welded back on at the same height as the support just beneath it.
This proved a good way to assure the rad was held parallel to the fan without damaging the rad fins.
Plumb and square to the prop with standoff shimmed with 1" styrofoam pads.
Rad jacked into place then rear apron installed to confirm clearance and fit.
On to rad install. Note: here's the two side frames you'll need to source to use this Spectra aluminum rad, should you choose to do so. They are designed specifically for this specific model/size of rad (in both aluminum & plastic tank versions) used on a wide variety of Freightliners and other med/heavy duty OTR trucks. With this frame set up the rad install became much easier. It is designed to allow the aluminum radiator to expand/contract inside the two metal side frames, greatly extending durability and service life (I hope). The Spectra tech (Canada) advised that these frames can be hard-mounted directly to the frame of the vehicle as they provide ample shock and expansion accommodations. However, the frames did require minor modifications to work in this application.
Final weld done and ready for paint. I designed this to bolt directly to the port-side engine mount plate. The 'triangle' formed with the support gusset and the horizontal t-brace to control horizontal movement make it rock solid. Again, 3 - pics previous shows it installed.
Port-side rad support tacked together in place now ready for final weld. 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 1/4" angle iron with a 1" x 1" x 1/8" t-bar cross brace back to chassis frame.
Tip attached with 3 heavy sheet metal screws. Boom-done!
Grabbed 2-universal hangers and modified them to work. This rearmost one is hung from the drivers side rad support I designed. The one ahead of the muffler hangs from the battery tray.
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