Here we go again...more iron. Only this time, I swapped one for one, lol. Sold the 1973 CO4070A cabover to a happy customer in Buffalo, NY on 9-28-13 which drove her home to become his new pulling tractor transporter.
The following day, I purchased a 1978 W900A with a 24' industrial rollback/flatbed body. It needs what it needs...but I attacked it like a lion on a wounded zebra and managed to whip it into useable shape in between my 60 hrs./5 days employment ball-and-chain, for a maiden voyage a month later on 10-20-13.
It has a 3406 PCTA that runs beautifully. 12513 speed, Rockwell 4:33's. KW spring suspension.
Interior is actually very nice, nothing beat or worn very badly at all. New drivers seat, floor mat is excellent too. Dash just needs touching up and it's all there. But there was PLENTY to address on the outside:
First, I replaced a rotted piece of exhaust elbow right after the turbo. Next, I replaced a right-front drive wheel seal that had been spewing 90W oil for who knows how long. Well, long enough that when I drained the front diff. to change the oil and add Lucas, it only had a gallon left in it and it holds 5... (that was close.)
Went on to replace some hydraulic lines for the winch, tinkered with some lights, and had to quickly strap an air tank back up that was hanging in mid air by the lines.
Next project getting done this week is exhaust manifold gaskets and new stainless steel stud kit. That will complete the exhaust and make smoke go up
now, instead of sideways in every direction.
I'm finding this truck to be handier than a shirt pocket as someone else stated. Moving 3 trucks with it today on it's first official mission, and bringing a 20 ft. storage box home at the end.
Near future plans for improvements include a new front gullwing bumper, dual exhaust, and all new lighting in the rear...doors need to be touched up due to removing lettering that didn't cooperate very nicely. Stainless bowtie visor eventually, all the front grill chrome will be replaced too. Should definitely be a head-turner after it's done, to those that enjoy the old A models like I do.
"Wait till you see THIS one, honey...!"