Crawler Hauler Build Thread!

Discussion in 'Freightliner Forum' started by rustyshakelford, Apr 16, 2021.

  1. rustyshakelford

    rustyshakelford Bobtail Member

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    Had a squealing from the engine. When replacing the belts I checked all the pulleys. Found a little run out on the alternator. Pulled it and had it rebuilt. AC compressor is being rebuilt as well. Hopefully I’ll have some ice cold AC before to long!

    Brett
     
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  3. Itsbrokeagain

    Itsbrokeagain Light Load Member

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    Looks like an awesome truck you're bringing back to life.

    How come you changed out the entire headlight/bucket assembly? Was it trashed that bad? I see those things on clapped out trucks around here and they look tacky as heck. I figured with all the LED advancements in tech in 2021 you could've swapped the headlight itself and kept the retaining fixture. Sorry if it offends your sense of taste if that was the look you are going for! We run a lot of these Freightliners in our company but they are the newer ones with emissions built into them...always in the shop lol
     
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  4. rustyshakelford

    rustyshakelford Bobtail Member

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    the factory light assembly was broken and literally screwed together. Wanted a new assembly that was a little more modern and better light output.

    Had a mobile mechanic check it out today due to a persistent CEL and he said I need my ecm rebuild due to the internal battery failing from sitting so long. Hopefully that cures everything for the $700 they want to do it!

    Brett
     
  5. Itsbrokeagain

    Itsbrokeagain Light Load Member

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    That's awesome to see it's not a major repair. Hope it's all ship shape soon!
     
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  6. rustyshakelford

    rustyshakelford Bobtail Member

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    I’m optimistic. Not real happy with the mobile mechanic experience as he only plugged into the computer to tell me the exm voltage was low. I knew he had a 1.5 hr minimum, just figured incorrectly that he would actually do that much work as there was plenty to be done vs scanning and leaving me with a large bill. I did pick his brain about brake chambers and stuff but maybe 15-20 mins there.

    I just picked up a set of used super singles and nice steers. Hopefully they will last us a year or two and I’ll swap them out. Pulling the ecm off in the am for a rebuild. It’s been raining constantly and don’t want it sitting in the way in the shop so it outside on the apron

    brett
     
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  7. Itsbrokeagain

    Itsbrokeagain Light Load Member

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    Charged for 1.5 hours and did 20 seconds of work? I would've dragged his butt out and asked him every question under the moon to get your money's worth. Like 45min-1 hour diagnosing and working I can understand, but plugging it in and then see ya later...no way.
     
  8. rustyshakelford

    rustyshakelford Bobtail Member

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    I’d say he was out of his ride about 15-20 mins. I’m sure you know how long it takes to plug into the diagnostic port and scan the codes. I originally wanted him to test drive it and check fuel pressure, neither were done as he said the ECM would fix everything but he’d be more than happy to come back out...I’m sure he would.

    added some used super singles and steer tires. Was told steers were 70-80% and it was a down pour when I picked them up so didn’t pay as much attention as I should’ve. They are prolly 10k from the wear indicators. My lack of attention to detail has cost be a considerable amount of money so far.

    Got the new super singles and steers on last night. Need to pull and clean/paint the hub to get it looking fresh. Milwaukee 1/2” impact put in the work to remove the lugs. Best case probably been 8-10 years since removed.

    We’re getting there. ECM is pulled and getting rebuilt. Asked them to bump the power up to 370-400ish. Full transmission and rear end service up next. This thing has gotten expensive

    brett
     

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  9. Itsbrokeagain

    Itsbrokeagain Light Load Member

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    That sucks you got ripped off on the tires. 10k is practically the end of their lifespan.
     
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  10. rustyshakelford

    rustyshakelford Bobtail Member

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    Yessir but I’ll 100% accept responsibility because I should’ve caught it. Hopefully I can get 10k out of them and then I’ll start replacing them all. The costs have skyrocketed on this project vs anticipated. The ECM was an unexpected expense along with everything else we are putting into this to get it as reliable as possible for the trip.

    we will definitely be getting roadside assistance thought!

    brett
     
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  11. rustyshakelford

    rustyshakelford Bobtail Member

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    Been banging out the flatbed. This was one day of work. Hopefully can wrap it up this week. Had the frame blasted and primed.

    Excited about the gooseneck trough and having a useful area to load things. Making an access panel to get to the batteries too.

    brett
     

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