Another Muskeg

J5 Bombardier

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Picked up this Muskeg (MT73) , with a 318 dodge on Monday. Ex Hydro unit, brought it home in 2 trailers , tracks and roll bar on one and the rest on the second. Going to give it a once over front to back, and see if there are any surprises, first thing to go was the cable rack, the bolt pointing down is @#$%$# hard on the head ! Pics to follow.:hammer:
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J5 Bombardier

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Well this muskeg project , reminds me of my 1959 J5 Quick Restoration thread . Things seem to snowball, once you get started, so it looks like it will be a strip to the hull and go over everything. Good news on the 318 dodge , it came to life, but will need a fuel pump and carb rebuild, looks like it has about 400 hrs since a rebuild. Gotta love Hydro keeping a log book of repairs.
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From what the Bombardier museum said ,this muskeg was made in 1973 with a block heater and a winch for accessories. It is pto driven , the way it was installed would make me think an outside vender did it other than the factory. But a lot can happen in 44 years.
Anybody ever price the Harris silent bloc bushings on the bogey tandems, 8 required ? part # 114 0327 or pn#114 1477 00 .
Easier to remove these beams than the old style , but my bushings are done.
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Looks like it's been gently treated in it's life. Nice straight tub with no major dings front. It's going to be a beautiful thing when restored!
 

J5 Bombardier

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Thought I wood check the 318 over while I wait for milder weather before going back at the hull . Going to reweld the cracked manifolds, may have to square them on the mill after, they are pretty dainty, factory bombardier or somebody's handiwork, I don't know. Looks like a clutch , ring gear , starter pinion drive and reshim the PTO on the trans , will have to be put on the to do list.
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Looks like the start to a great adventure! Were you able to track down those bushings?
 

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I would start over and make my own headers. The flange is too thin especially if you have to mill it flat. Use 3/8 plate there. Those mitered 90's are flow killers. Get mandrel bent 180's and cut what curve you need from them. I would match the header plate and pipes to the exhaust ports. Maybe a bit of work but leaking exhaust is expensive too. Death is natures way of saying slow down. There is an asbestos substitute wrap which will keep the heat away from the engine and quite the noise that I would wrap the finished headers whether you roll your own or use what is there.
 

J5 Bombardier

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Still more tear down, managed to tear down the 3 bolt prestolite starter drive on the 318 , needs a pinion gear and a set of brushes. I'm still toying with buying a 2 bolt gear reduction starter to try as I believe these mopars all used the same starter, this 3 hole cast bellhousing being the exception. Turned the flywheel and stripped the remaining tires off the beams, looks like 8 solids are good, maybe stretch it to 10 and the remaining I'll convert to air.
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Spring is here, started back on the muskeg, hope to have it mobile for this coming winter. Cleaned the hull tub, welded a cracked transmission mount , then some paint and put the 318 back into place. Next up will be plating the holes in the hull and front bumper . Wood splitting season has arrived, so the progress could be slow.
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Still poking away at the muskeg, hull patches are 75% done , motor wiring fairly complete, winch and drive are done. New worm gear seals were installed in the Braden, and 1 u joint changed in the driveshaft. The large brass gear showed a lot of wear, with over 100 feet of cable on the drum the Hydro crew must have climbed many mountains, and dragged through many swamps . Put the feelers out for a small mast off a skidder , if one shows up it will save me building one. Next up, repair the rails and strip and reseal the planetaries , so I can put the diff cover on. :hammer: J5 Bombardier
 

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Cleaned up the final drives today and made the 6 gaskets. No surprises , all the ball bearings were good, removed all the old fill/drain plugs, already have the seals . So should be another piece of the puzzle to go back on .
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A little more progress on the Muskeg , installed the final drives, cleaned the Differential housing, repaired and installed the diff cover. Put the fuel tank in and mounted the cab .
I had no luck matching a splined hub (18 splines x 2" ) to repair my collection of broken muskeg axles, so going to work out some machine shop prices . That should delay my retirement !
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Been putting off repairing the side rails, left the worst one for the last, lots of patches , but finished it yesterday. Had some help near the end , yes you can teach an old dog new tricks !
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Rails went back on today , they have been been off for a year, nice to see parts going on . Painted the hull top and bottom, going to work up top for now and leave the suspension later.
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Will be able to repair the cracked /worn splines in our muskeg axles now . The hubs arrived today, it will be nice to have some spares ready , just in case.
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