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Aurabbit79er

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Tis the season fix it up.
I just posted a new thread before I saw your post. I have a 79 C–30 truck cab RollAlong. I started work on it back in the beginning of December.
1 month later and after several delays, including the weather, I got it fixed.
The Golden Rabbit Tour Coach is back on the Road.
But it's all good, taking the extra time I found other important problems to solve.
So I welded cast iron(it's like welding glass).
Into a 500º oven, then quickly to the welding bench.
My friend puts the torch to it, heating both ends while I welded and rolled it around.
Filled 2 holes, and 2 full passes all the way around the manifold.
Torching it as the welds cooled and then back into the 500º oven.
We turned down the temp every 30 min. by 100º until we reached room temp.
The center of a 1" long weld showed a hair line crack, so the next day we did the whole process again.
Success, and for good measure 2 coats of Pryo-Putty by aremco,

Pyro-Putty® 2400
Ceramic and Stainless-Filled, One-Part, Water-Based Paste.
For Applications to 3/8” Thick.
Repairs Cast Iron, Steel and Stainless Parts to 2000 °F.

My miracle putty
Plus New belts, air filter, and oil change.

Here are some before and after.















I had to use a product called Bolt grabber to remove for seized bolts. But I broke them loose without breaking the bolts or my ratchet. So It is done. It should last several years, or I may have to Shoot the damn beast.


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Posted: 01/04/13 02:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is awesome. Thanks for the pictures and info.

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It's Finished and it sounds like a normal quite truck, with normal exhaust sounds.
The welding and the Pyro-Putty, and the aluminum flat bar support during heat up and cool down....WORKED!!!!!
I fit perfect.
I used the Indian Rope Trick to get the Tail pipe union in position.


Plus new fan belts and I used double gasket on the Manifold.
That should keep a good seal.

I did it.
The Golden Rabbit Tour Coach is on the road again.
Now back to working on the Coach side.
I'm remodeling the interior piecemeal.
I don't think I could jut gut it like you did Oldtrucker63.
I don't have a yard or building to keep it in.

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I think that repair will hold although I don't think them bolts you used to hold them on will, You will be spending time replacing Manifold Gaskets, It looks like you might get about 500 miles out of them,Gaskets, Good luck


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oldtrucker63 wrote:

I think that repair will hold although I don't think them bolts you used to hold them on will, You will be spending time replacing Manifold Gaskets, It looks like you might get about 500 miles out of them,Gaskets, Good luck


Thanks I'll take all the Good luck I can get(I hate that other kind of luck), and of course I hope you're wrong.I passed the first road test last weekend, 350 miles, 10 of it off road in the desert above Barstow.

After a bumpy drive through a sandy wash and then up a hill I shook her pretty good. The next morning I found Ice cycles and a leak in the bathroom.

I had to fix a loose fresh water fitting on the toilet. An easy fix.
The engine never ran so smooth and My mileage went from 6 to 9 miles a gal. I thought I was using more than I should.
I need to ask, why are the new bolts bad?
And I got the gaskets at O'Reillys for $18. They are bad Too?


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The 2ed photo up from the bottom looks great, I was going by the other bolts The one's that are hext head, Just dont look like this will hold, Them bolts that I guess is on the other side looks great,...Nice looking place and I would have loved to been there for that Breakfest drink, Some of my fresh cooked Moonshine would have fit right in there.

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Aurabbit79er wrote:

Tis the season fix it up.
I just posted a new thread before I saw your post. I have a 79 C–30 truck cab RollAlong. I started work on it back in the beginning of December.
1 month later and after several delays, including the weather, I got it fixed.
The Golden Rabbit Tour Coach is back on the Road.
But it's all good, taking the extra time I found other important problems to solve.
So I welded cast iron(it's like welding glass).
Into a 500º oven, then quickly to the welding bench.
My friend puts the torch to it, heating both ends while I welded and rolled it around.
Filled 2 holes, and 2 full passes all the way around the manifold.
Torching it as the welds cooled and then back into the 500º oven.
We turned down the temp every 30 min. by 100º until we reached room temp.
The center of a 1" long weld showed a hair line crack, so the next day we did the whole process again.
Success, and for good measure 2 coats of Pryo-Putty by aremco,

Pyro-Putty® 2400
Ceramic and Stainless-Filled, One-Part, Water-Based Paste.
For Applications to 3/8” Thick.
Repairs Cast Iron, Steel and Stainless Parts to 2000 °F.

My miracle putty
Plus New belts, air filter, and oil change.

Here are some before and after.















I had to use a product called Bolt grabber to remove for seized bolts. But I broke them loose without breaking the bolts or my ratchet. So It is done. It should last several years, or I may have to Shoot the damn beast.
It's the photo where you show about the tape that held the gasket on,...Them bolts look great.

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Aurabbit79er wrote:

oldtrucker63 wrote:

I think that repair will hold although I don't think them bolts you used to hold them on will, You will be spending time replacing Manifold Gaskets, It looks like you might get about 500 miles out of them,Gaskets, Good luck


Thanks I'll take all the Good luck I can get(I hate that other kind of luck), and of course I hope you're wrong.I passed the first road test last weekend, 350 miles, 10 of it off road in the desert above Barstow.

After a bumpy drive through a sandy wash and then up a hill I shook her pretty good. The next morning I found Ice cycles and a leak in the bathroom.

I had to fix a loose fresh water fitting on the toilet. An easy fix.
The engine never ran so smooth and My mileage went from 6 to 9 miles a gal. I thought I was using more than I should.
I need to ask, why are the new bolts bad?
And I got the gaskets at O'Reillys for $18. They are bad Too?


After Breakfast Shots from our Hosts. There was no driving that day.


Just got back from mining in the desert above RedRock Canyon. Now I have over 700 miles on my repaired Manifold and still purrs. Had an adventure off road with a broken fuel filter, stalled out. I had the spare and changed it out on a dirt road in the rain in just 10 minutes. Always have spares with you of the basics, filters, belts, hoses, fluids.





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WOW!! What a great thread, You are a very ambitious person. Good luck with all the adventures and builds you have. This has been great!

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Aurabbit79er wrote:

Aurabbit79er wrote:

oldtrucker63 wrote:

I think that repair will hold although I don't think them bolts you used to hold them on will, You will be spending time replacing Manifold Gaskets, It looks like you might get about 500 miles out of them,Gaskets, Good luck


Thanks I'll take all the Good luck I can get(I hate that other kind of luck), and of course I hope you're wrong.I passed the first road test last weekend, 350 miles, 10 of it off road in the desert above Barstow.

After a bumpy drive through a sandy wash and then up a hill I shook her pretty good. The next morning I found Ice cycles and a leak in the bathroom.

I had to fix a loose fresh water fitting on the toilet. An easy fix.
The engine never ran so smooth and My mileage went from 6 to 9 miles a gal. I thought I was using more than I should.
I need to ask, why are the new bolts bad?
And I got the gaskets at O'Reillys for $18. They are bad Too?


After Breakfast Shots from our Hosts. There was no driving that day.


Just got back from mining in the desert above RedRock Canyon. Now I have over 700 miles on my repaired Manifold and still purrs. Had an adventure off road with a broken fuel filter, stalled out. I had the spare and changed it out on a dirt road in the rain in just 10 minutes. Always have spares with you of the basics, filters, belts, hoses, fluids.



I was just going by the Hex head bolts with them washers on them,...Maybe it will stay, Hey That's a good looking Sluice Box your using there, Did you build it or but it somewhere,...I would love to be sitting there between them Guitars and the Banjo there,......Looks like a great time, I don't like to Dig all that much but to fill that kind of box I would be one hell of a Dirt digging Hillbilly.

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