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they were Red !
but pretty sure yours did not have racing stripes, the machine in the photo, probably was the only one or two, ever to have the go slow stripes,
they are cool and look good, I myself would do the stripes, but wide ones, like from a '69 Camero
but you can always call Clyde, he is the man/expert with all the answers...
no expert here, just a minion,
I have a 542 and the box is aluminum. fyi, not all cab forwards had the tool boxes.
it is too bad Clyde does not participate on the forums, he has all the factory records and would be able to answer these questions with some authority, it would be an asset to the collectors of tuckers
I will make the new one from aluminum then. It is obvious to me that this one had the box, there is an opening in front of the plywood bed but behind the cab. And there are old bolt holes in the frame in this area. Thanks again for the help!
Here they are all welded in. Next will be to ream out the bearings back to size. Welding shrunk them, the amount oversized we guessed on was not enough to allow post-weld clearance, plus they are not as round as before. Adjustable reamer is on order, should be here next week. Once the trunion pin fits in the bearings I will drill and tap both bearings for the grease zerks.
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There should be plenty of material on this trunion support and rear frame area now to prevent breakage. Maybe a little excessive, but oh-well. I will just have to make sure the machine is moving prior to steering and it should last, I guess.