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  1. A little C channel would work...i'll try to get a picture of mine later tonight !
  2. I reopened the gearbox cover and found the issue ! I skipped one tooth when I put the column in. For some reason couldn't get it in without taking off gear box from frame to get a better angle. Now its in and pitman arm moves right off when turning sterring ! Cheap fix lol
  3. Got some 15x8 (Epsilon?) Raguna D-Force wheels for the 520 for 500$ CAD (it was a steal compared to the ones on ebay!). Put some 205-50-15's on them. Lost the Portuguese and German inscrpitons «Campeao Do Mundo / Das beste auf der welt» when it got blasted and powder coated but didnt feel to spend hundreds to have them re-anodized and lasered to get the inscriptions back ! Before :
  4. Oups sorry I wasnt clear...yes the steering wheel turns almort 90 degrees but the pitman arm moves 0...gears must be worn out in box...I have 2 extra ones that I will try out and see ! Thanks !!
  5. 0 ! All new ball joints. I opened the cover of steering box and steered while truck was jacked up . There is a loose between the column gear and the pitman arm gear....I'll recheck tonight maybe i'm off one tooth !! If not...i'll swap gearboxes and see if better ! Thanks !
  6. Few more hours on the 520. Getting body panels ready and primed (and maybe painted) before winter hits ! Trying to get her done before june 2021 !!
  7. The 520 gearbox on my 68 is really different than the 521 one I have. The 521one looks more similar to the 620. I put a 620 gearbox + 620 steering column on my 520....I have the same problem ! Will try to adjust the screw going down and see. If not will try my other gearboxes to find the best one before taking the road ! Steering goes 90 degrees before wheel moves...kinda scary lol
  8. Thanks for the offer, bought a 620 one like that and modified my original mount !
  9. Re-assembled the steering column last night....what kind of loose do you guys have in your steering before wheels actually turn ? Ball joints/tie rods all new. Its really a loose in the steering column before the brass/cooper gear (like the picture above) starts moving ....steering must be close to 1/5 of a turn before something happens ! Is it normal ? Seems a lot and might be annoying on the road !
  10. Cool thanks for the info everyone !!
  11. Got two quick little questions : - what is the exact thread for the seatbelt in a 1968 (it would be STD right?) - what kind of oil to you use for your steering column gear box ? Thanks !!!
  12. It's been a little while ! Here's the update : Finally got the cab done and painted. Just dropped it on the frame. Wheels got powdercoated as well. Will work on doors, hood ans fenders to get them painted before winter. Now that the cab is on the frame, I will be able to put back a lot of stuff together !!! Had half a gallon of single stage Sikkens poly-eurethane left from my old boat refurbish. I just love the color !!!
  13. Thanks ! They riveted thin sheet metal over the rusted pans in 1979 (found news paper between the 2 layers). I drilled the rivets and took those as a model. Went to a local shop to have them cut and bent with 14 or 18 Gauge cant remember but its pretty stiff ! I dont have any measures...they just copied the old ones !
  14. wakemaniac

    Body Bushings??

    I searched quite a bit for mine and found that post : Energy suspension 9.4101R universal mounts for the 4 corners of cab (2 boxes of 2 mounts) Energy suspension 9.9531R pads for the front clip (box of 6 (4 required)) Available in black too. Didnt install yet though....
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    1968 520

    Nice 520 ! There is a lot of info here on 520/521. Started from 0 as well 3 years ago ! I am building a 520 and have a 521 for parts. I recommend you wait and find a 520 for parts just so you have more compatible parts like Wayno said ! The frame is almost the same though...just need to move back the 2 front cab mounts about 2in. since the nose is shorter on the 520. Everything else is the same...
  16. Worked on the headlights wells/buckets that were very rough...decided to completely grind them off and retrofit the 521 ones. It works with the 520 fenders...just need a little trim in the lower corner to clear blinker in the 520 fender. 520 head light assembly bolts on the 521 wells. Got a few goodies by the mail :
  17. Well, I guess I found my wheel setup ! 15 x 8 Epsilon Raguna D-Froce JDM wheels. Off an imported Pajero here in Quebec Canada (rare wheels around here). Needs a bit of work...corosion on lips caused by lead and powder coat needed on the faces, but for about 400$ USD could'nt pass... Looking for stencils to reproduce wrinting in them.
  18. Fired up the J13 yesterday too, just to make sure it was still running lol
  19. Little update here ! I'll try to poste more often.... Things are getting closer to drop the cab on the frame. Worked on it a few hours here and there throught the year (not easy to get me time with two young kids lol). Did inner rockers repair (amazing how the outside rocker panel are in good shape considering the rest), 2 front cab mounts and seat reinforcement braquets replaced and front pans redone. Its my first floor job...maybe not perfect but at least I didnt pay someone do have it done ! The floors were redone in 1979 according to the n
  20. Yes I did. They want 500$ to do it...figured i'd get a 3 row aluminum one for cheaper !
  21. Yes true ! Maybe the A12 engine rad would fit. It seems to be the good side for inlet/outlets....but they are 28 mm vs 35 mm on the J13. I guess I could get some reducers to adapt !
  22. Hey guys ! Anyone replaced their radiator for a J13 520 or even J15 ? Looking for a replacement but cant find anything ''exact fit''. What is the best alternative ? A 521 with 1.6 l will fit ?
  23. Jacked the 521 highest I could. Strapped the cab to trusses. Put the frame down and roll it out. Then back up my trailer to cary the cab. P.S. : do not try this at home without a prior engineer calculation of truss capacity. lol.
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