Formations had a delivery truck break down a few weeks ago. After a brief look at the truck it was obvious that the engine had failed as a connecting rod had come through the side of the engine block on the International VT365. The 4200 series International was towed to the shop and a new long block was ordered for the unit. After removing the hood and coolers from the truck the engine was pulled out using the cobra 5500 crane on the service truck. Then the accessories, intake and fuel system components where removed and installed onto the new international 365 long block along with the turbo and exhaust manifold. After installing the new engine into the unit, bolting up the Allison transmission and refitting the coolers and hood, the flatbed delivery truck was put back to work, delivering product for all of Formations important customers.
Last week Grizzly Equipment Repair performed an
engine inflame - rebuilding the engine still in the
truck - on a International DT466E. The engine was
torn down with the cylinder head sent out to get
pressure tested and machined. The picture on the
right is of the block after being cleaned. New main
bearings where "rolled" into the block for the
crankshaft. New cylinder liners where installed into the cylinder block and then
new piston crowns where installed onto the connecting rods. The rings where then installed and using a ring compressor the pistons where install into the new liners of the DT466. The picture below shows the block with pistons in and the head gasket in place just waiting for the rebuilt cylinder head to added.
Last week Grizzly Mechanical called when one of their work trucks was acting up. On the way to do a kitchen reno the engine didn't have the horsepower to climb any hills. They managed to get the vehicle back home and we promptly found the problem. The catalytic converters where plugged up not letting the engine exhaust sufficiently. After repairing the problem and giving the engine a quick tune up they where back on the road to go help more of their customers with all their plumbing needs.
Today Alberta Wilbert Sales invited the Grizzly Equipment Repair team to their 2016 pig roast. Aidan and Garth are seen here manning the first ever Grizzly Repair booth at the Wilbert trade show. A huge thanks to Albert Wilbert for the invitation, to Tim from AMS for securing us a booth, and to Sure Print and Copy Avenida for helping us out and making a banner on such short notice.
This was a unique situation where a failed eaton 18 speed transmission was removed in the field from a gravel truck near Millarville. The Cobra 5500 crane on the service truck was used to remove the transmission from the highway truck as seen in the picture. In a shop environment a transmission jack would be used to perform the job, however working on a gravel parking pad the transmission jack would sink into the ground and not function as it should. The crane on the Dodge 5500 service truck was placed in the cab of the international 9200i and after removing the shift tower the winch line of the crane could be attached to the Eaton 18 speed. After removing all necessary components and unbolting the transmission bell housing from the CAT C13 engine the winch line could safely lower the transmission to the ground. The Eaton transmission was removed from under the truck, then the clutch and flywheel where removed. Upon inspection the rear main seal for the crankshaft on the C13 diesel engine showed signs of leaking and was replaced. The flywheel was ground down and reinstalled, along with a new clutch and the new transmission, the crane was used again for the reinstallation process. After reinstalling the transmission on the gravel truck, adjusting the clutch and filling the transmission with oil it was taken for a test drive and then sent back to work. This job was performed in the field by a certified journeyman in a safe and timely manner. Performing this job in the field saved the customer from towing the International into town, and then still having to pay for the repairs.