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Old 03-25-2013, 09:52:37 PM
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Many of the stakkers who read this may see my thanks and a few comments on smokstak here. I have done a little bit of work the past few summers by going and obtaining my Minnesota steam license, along with getting a couple of tractors running for my grandpa. This fall I asked Roger Byrne (fellow stakker) if I could restore the Stewart Truck back in his shed and after some talking and moving things around. I was told I could restore it and he would help me along the way with it. We got it dug out of the shed and pulled it up to the garage. The engine, transmission, hood, and radiator were removed. The truck then got put back into the shed, and will be brought back back out in the spring.

There is some history to this truck also and some pictures....
The truck is a Model 8 one ton and at one time had dual wheels on it.

Pre - 1931 Monroe Bahnoon owned the truck of Inwood, Iowa and was used as a fuel truck. The it was sold to the Joe Clerex family and was owned from 1931 to 1995 in Jasper, Minnesota. Sometime around 1931 a corn sheller was mounted to the frame until 1939. After that it was just used as a truck on the farm.

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Troy,
As you know, I've been following this restoration from the moment you and our friend Roger pulled it out of the shed. I'm really excited to see the finished product, as I've seen many of the "goodie-accesories" that will be bolted on eventually. I believe you plan to make a "C-cab" for it, which will be stunning. Keep up the good work, my friend!
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Looking forward to future updates on it.

Our club used to have a larger Stewart Truck that they were looking for someone to restore 20 some odd years ago. I don't remember anymore now if a club member took on the restoration (and then never finished it) or if it ended up being sold.

I remember it having a heavy cast aluminum firewall, and 'Patented' Wood Inserts in the frame rails..... but beyond that, it's been many many years since I've seen it.
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Here is the Stewart Truck in Rogers driveway after removal of the engine and radiator last fall. The engine is a 4 cylinder red seal Continental engine. We tore the engine down and turned it into a parts pile.

These plates were mounted to the side of the engine

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Per the plate that's a Cont'l "N", which per a 30 McCord gasket catalog was solid head and apparently issued in both 31/2x5 and 33/4x5 sizes...
The place to start for obsolete Cont'l parts (or advice or sympathy, depending on circumstances) is Garrad (Jerry/Gerry) Moon at Monte's Eqpmt in Chicago, obsolete Cont'l parts dealers..
garradmoon@montes@flash.net or montesequipment.com
P A Ross Machinery in Dallas has also been mentioned as helpful with old Cont'ls--parossmachinery.com. Good luck.
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After we got the engine out of truck. We made a parts pile of it and got started. The first thing I started on was the a pair of headlights and side lamps for the truck when it is finished. Roger had the lights and I took them home. I took them apart, sandblasted and repainted them. New leather gaskets needed to be made along with cleaning the years and years of dirty residue off the lenses. I was very careful while handling the lenses not break them. The lights are painted black.

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I started working on the name plates for the Stewart Truck. I got them cleaned as best I could and we scanned them into a computer. Hoping to clean them up a bit and reprint them to make the plates new again.

The three Stewart plates came off of the truck

"Never use cheap oil" plate came off of the engine
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Roger and I removed the pistons from the block. We could turn the crankshaft and play with it, and the pistons would squeeze out of the block. It was a very tight squeeze. I also had to make sure not to push the pistons all the way up to the top, as the rings would catch. We got the oil pan off and the pistons out in good shape. The oil pan was filled with a black paste/tar. Roger believes there was carbon in the oil which led it to break down the oil so poorly. The pistons will need some machining for the over sized rings we will be getting. To finish it off I headed over to Allen Severson's and used his pressure washer to clean the oil pan, block, and the crankcase.
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"The oil pan was filled with a black paste/tar." Just think what it would have been if Cheap oil had been used. I'm sure the engine will benefit from a modern detergent oil after the overhaul.
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I have a Model T and have been told to use non detergent oil if you don't have a filter. Any thoughts? Thanks
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