Old school star

Discussion in 'Western Star Forum' started by starmac, Apr 13, 2019.

  1. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

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    Are there any old star fans here.

    I traded for an old star with the intent to build a log truck out of it.
    It is an 81 year model daycab, but I can not even tell you what model number it is.
    I have driven several later model big cab stars, and while they are nice enough trucks, they just never impressed me, the build quality on this old rig (first one I ever gave a second look at) is highly impressive.
    It is 38 years old and the doors open and shut as good as any car or pickup I have ever sit in, I could not belive it.
    The double frame is clean, straight and NO rust between the frames, the cab itself is super straight, with zero rust and not even any dings at all that I have found.
    Specs are big cam 1 400, 15 over and SS rears, not sure what ratio yet, but 529's were the most common around here for that era and up till mid 80's or early 90's. it originally had a set of boxes, but will stick with the 15, for now anyway.
    It is on hendrickson beams, which sucks, but not bad for a log truck.
    Fuel tanks are under cab with plenty of clearance, air tanks are mounted high all great for a log truck.
    The hood is great, with no cracks.
    The diamond pleat upholstery including headliner is in mint condition.
    wheel base is app 256, but has been moved up 22 inches to mount a box on and the frame is still all there, so I will probably stretch it back to original.
    It does have power steering, it had factory air, but most components gone and I will not mess with it.
    It has been parked for a number of years, but runs good.

    Those are the good points All in all it is a nice base for a mild working restoration and I like old trucks better for my use in the woods.
    from reading through this forum it seems like at least some parts will not be available, unlike my old A models, so it may be at least a little problemetic finding parts needed.

    Now that is the good points, here is the bad.
    For some reason the dash has been dismantled to a huge extent, and lots of parts are missing, I will try and find a parts truck to remedy this. I
    Does anyone know what years the dash was the same as an 81??
    The grill itself is missing, I can fabricate something if I have to, but hopefully will find one on a parts truck.
    Anybody know off the top of their head what model number an 81 western day cab would be?
    anybody know what years parts truck I should be looking for, I know the cab height was raised sometime prior to this, not sure if the dash itself changed, and it is the main thing I need.
    This will be somewhat of a long term project, but a col old school working truck once I get her back together. Any info on this thing will be much appreciated.
     
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  2. OldeSkool

    OldeSkool Medium Load Member

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    Can't help you much on an old Western Star, but I love old trucks too and wish you the best of luck with it!!
     
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    swaan Road Train Member

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    Here is a 84 ^^^^^^^. Maybe yours is similar.
     
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  5. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

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    Looks similar, I am wondering what all years are the same, especially the dash. I may have a line on an 85, maybe possibly, hopefully. Lots of later model stars around, but I don't see many of these old steel cab rigs.
     
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  6. Rideandrepair

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    The steel cabs were made through 1996. Same cab used for many years on WS and autocars. Steel Cab steel doors. I know of a 94 sleeper model for sale. 425 Cat 15 spd. Currently working, supposedly rebuilt motor, It’s rough, but clean frame Mississippi Truck Aprox. $13000 gets it.
     
  7. Rideandrepair

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    1990 front spring hanger set up was changed. Older models were heavy, newer design(1990-1996) is similar to Freightliner.1992 through 1996 had sloped hood. Radiator was about 4” shorter, other than that, mostly unchanged till 1997, Total redesign.1997 still had the option of ordering old style heritage sleeper with new “ pregnant” Cab. Essentially instead of the new integral cab / sleeper you got a daycab with the old sleeper. 1997 only. 1998 a design change to shock absorbers location on integrated bunk, 1998 changed again to the final location.Up until 1997 not much else changed on these Trucks.
     
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    87A3CE02-C210-4A91-8D3A-CFB5F2F425D2.jpeg 007BB5C5-A7E1-4317-BFB6-F1A25E2BF7B1.jpeg I’m nastolgic about these Trucks. This one being a mechanical especially
     
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    Here’s my old Starcar, first Truck Bought June 96.From what I was told the steel Cabs were made in Kentucky, for WS and Autocar. Same Cab unchanged since 1950s or 60s
     

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  10. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

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    I know there was at least one change. Sometime in the late 70's or maybe real early 80's they raised them a little so you have more headroom.
     
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