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1959 Kenworth CC 925 restoration/upgrade blog

Posted By kblackav8or Monday, December 06, 2010 5:20 PM
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 Posted Monday, December 06, 2010 5:20 PM
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December 6th - Monday - Gave it a good rinse and knocked off all the sand/dust/road crud from sitting in Pendleton and the trip home.  Started removing carpeting from the cab.  Nasty jute backed carpet - note to others, don't use jute backed carpet, use something meant to go in cars or designed to tolerate a little moisture.  Jute disintegrates and traps the moisture and generally makes a big mess.  The old National Cushion air seat came out next.  2 man job I did myself like most things.  I don't have any sons around or anyone nearby who is into this sort of thing..at least not that I have discovered so far.  I have a newer National that will suit it for the time being.  It works and is intact at any rate.  Got it into the garage.  First attempt came up a bit short.  Brought it back out a few hours later and my wife had moved some things previously I had moved out of the way.  Needless to say - Kenworth 1 - daughters Schwinn - 0  She actually laughed and thought it was funny.  She never rides it ever and mostly it clutters up the garage. Well it did anyway.   The big tube bumper adds about 6" of length beyond a normal channel bumper that I can hardly spare so aside from me not caring for it all that much, I have another reason for it to go.  I go back to work in about 6 days or so, so the projects this week will be small and won't impact it's drive-ability.  I also washed the A model sleeper I bought in SW Washington on the trip to recover the 59.  It is a crawl through with T handle doors, 36".  I may or may not use it.  Depends on if I decide to go with a correct for 59' sleeper or make this one work.  Turns out the guy I bought this from has a correct for it sleeper.  Would be just a shell but has the right doors and shape.  Tuesday I may go license it and get that over with. 
Jury is still out on if and when I might put in the Big Cam I that I acquired last week.  It is an NTC 400.  Should run but will need a few things checked out and a starter before I try anything. 
Still deciding also on a twin countershaft  5 speed main transmission.  Probably a good thing I hesitated since I wouldn't have had room for it anyway on the trip home with the sleeper in there.  Also have a power steering box and steering column that I need to figure out.  I have to acquire a steering shaft and u-joints to mate them up.  Not sure what I need and where to get it just yet. 
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A model Sleeper

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Tank that matches the one on my truck I got by a stroke of luck - cheap too

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kblackav8or
 Posted Tuesday, December 07, 2010 8:22 PM
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Today I yanked out all but a few fragments of the nasty old carpet in there.  Found a business card from an ATHS show from several years ago and a sign for the truck at a show.  Did some shopping for seats.  If I nave to drill new holes in the floor for them, I would prefer to do it once rather then 2x with the patched up National seat I have to put in.  Tomorrow I plan to look at possibly installing that recently acquired tank on.  Need to remove the aftermarket 50 gallon tank from under the passenger door and move the saddles back on the frame - I think the holes are already there.  Hang and plumb the new tank.  Need to investigate if it has a fitting where I need it or if I will need to get some hose or something.  Might get round to taking those hideous turn signals off the fenders and prepare to install the ones I have on order on the mirrors.  The Mirror setup isn't quite right either - One of the braces precludes opening the vent windows.  I think a longer brace that goes to a corner of the mirror assembly will work and get it out of the way. 
Need:  door handles assemblies - thinking they are common to some car of the era, maybe 40's GM?
Door key lock for one side.  Missing.  Just as soon replace them both so they are keyed the same. 
Might look for another gauge panel piece.  If this one is steel which I haven't checked, I can creatively weld it up.  Wish I had and knew how to TIG.  Would like to get rid of all the extra holes in the dash before painting the interior. 
Did these truck have interior sun shades?  Mine are MIA.
Need to replace one horn bell.  Mashed/cracked busted.  Torn on leaving horns on the side of the cab or moving them up top with larger ones.
Got an air leak in an air brake component.  Can't remember what it is called but is located on the frame between the 2 rear axles. 
More tomorrow if I accomplish anything.



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 Posted Wednesday, December 08, 2010 7:05 PM
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December 8th.  Went through the pain and suffering of getting it licensed.  Washington is really working on me just throwing in the towel on this state.  Their rules on Antique trucks are sort of archaic and the process and taxes to do it are painful.  I almost had to get it weighed.  Instead I went home, came back waiting in line again and showed them the bill of Materials chassis weight.  That worked - about $600 later the tax is paid and the truck has antique plates on the way. 

I got to work on that tank I picked up.  It doesn't have any end fittings and both bottom fittings were steel and had been ground down flush - how to get them out?  I ended up welding a cheap bolt to each one and backed them out with little drama after that.  Tonight I bought fittings and a new valve to plumb it.  I pulled out the 50 gallon tank from under the door (Canadian made aftermarket tank) and am getting ready to move the saddles back on the frame.  If I accomplish that and finish some of the clean up work I started before I leave for work I will be pretty happy with my progress. 



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 Posted Thursday, December 09, 2010 1:08 PM
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Your plates cost more then mine, mine were around $480 i think after all the B.S. in august 09.  The paper says the truck is 18,500 or something,when it was weighed last in the 80's with a big cattle rack on the back. knew that wasn't right, how it was at the time with a flatbed but i wasn't goin within 50 miles of a scale how it was then, just to get a current weight. I had to register it as a working truck to get a current registration before i could get the old vehicle plates. sure you had to do the same?

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 Posted Thursday, December 09, 2010 2:45 PM
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Sorta wish I had an old truck camper to bolt on it for a while to get RV plates and be done with the nonsense. 

Today my new turn signals came.  Threw away the carpet and stared at the tank and saddles.  Also talked to a local guy in my Chapter who has been following along and thinks he may have some parts for me.  Certainly had some tech for me on what and where to get some things. 



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 Posted Thursday, December 09, 2010 4:24 PM
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alteast you dont have to renew these plates. its nice that way, not nice when you buy them.

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 Posted Friday, December 10, 2010 7:17 PM
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Friday December 10 2010
Today I finished installing my $40 tank.  It matched up OK with the other tank installed on my truck.  To be honest both ought to be mounted on the same kind of saddle and at some point will get re-done to match up just right.  I am not entirely happy with out it turned out but I think it is passable for now.  It is on there good but the height is a tad off from one side to the other.  I think once there is a sleeper on there it won't really be noticeable.  I also vacuumed out a ton of sand, dirt and crud now that the carpet is out.  I also scrubbed the rubber floor mats.  That will be the floor for the time being until I get the metal repainted and some rewiring and dash work done.  Not sure what I will install.  I like the idea of wood but probably would be better off with some sort of rubber mat with some lizard skin sprayed underneath and some insulation.  I only want to hear the good noises not a lot of tire howl and other extraneous road noise.  I also need to work to seal up the cab more.  The whole exposed dash system on these old trucks is not a finer design feature even for the late 1940's and this is a 59.  Scott W's engine turned aluminum cover panel he had on his 62' is a pretty nice looking idea.  With some lizard skin or other sound deadoner on the reverse side it probably helped with the drafts and noise as well.  Darn good thing the heater works pretty good or I would have froze on the way back from Pendleton with all the cold air coming out through and under the dash.

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 Posted Saturday, December 11, 2010 1:35 PM
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Today is my last day at home so I took care of honey-do's first and have limited my truck playtime.  I did re-bolt the spare seat I had in and installed the new turn signals on the mirrors.  Fender ones will wait until I get home and can find my fiberglass resin and stuff to fill the holes.  Took it for a spin along with my digital camera on my panavise mount to the back windshield.  Have some video uploading of how much of an amateur I still am at shifting 2 sticks.  At any rate if my Youtubes ever upload I will link them here.











Sunday, December 12, 2010 5:56 AM by kblackav8or
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Well here it is February.  I am home and I am sick.  Not homesick.  Had this nasty cold for 4 days now.  Not been up for doing hardly anything and it is making my grumpy.  I did remove the turn signals from the fenders.  Also noticed that you can see light through the fiberglass on my fenders where the paint is thin.  Next the tube bumper is coming off.  Got my radar on for a channel type aluminum bumper similar to what it would have had originally.  Just straight aluminum that I can polish up and with a couple light holes for some Per-Lux's or other suitable light.  Been examining the brake and axle issues.  Might be less trouble to transplant the disk brakes to the axle I have.  Installed axle is a FF-900 (need to verify from the tag to be sure) and my spare with the brakes is a FF-941.  Other option is from the king pins out replacing the ball joints at the same time.  Need an axle guru to chime in to see which might be the better path.  Finding more and more nit-picky items to fix.  Removing the turn signals definitely helps the appearance.  I don't know if I need or want anything on the fenders.  I think I may do dual stacks, dual air cleaners.  I have my old 13" donaldsons left over.  They need to be blasted and painted or re-chromed.  Chrome would look pretty snazzy on an old truck like that.  Also need to decide if I want to move the horns to the roof top and switch to the bus lights I have.  I need to take a closer look at the hood and see what it's origin is.  Also need to figure out if I need to start looking for a wide hood specific grill crown.  As simple as the truck is, it does lend the overall project to be less challenging then a full restore on my 81' might have been.  Then my 81' was mostly fine as it was. 


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Sure looks better without the fender mounted turn signals. 

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Bumper is next to come off.  Need a nice period looking aluminum channel with some light holes that maybe I can give a nice polish.  Not some bulldozer blade looking thing either. 




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