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post #1 of 138 (permalink) Old 02-06-2013, 04:13 AM Thread Starter
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1979 KW W900A

Brought home a new truck this past week. Its a 79 W900 that had a 8V92 detroit, RTO12513, 4.11 SQHP's, and 10 aluminum wheels, I will be setting my 3406B out of my GMC into this truck as the next few months progress.

How I found it sitting.




The engine.


The radiator and bare heads.


Buckets of fasteners as well as new pistons and liners.




On the way home.


Home and given a bath by mother nature.

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79 KW W900A 3406B, Garrett GT55 turbo, RTO12513,
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gotta love the old iron, congrats. that a good lookin rig.
what hp is the B?
that combo will rule the roost.
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Great find Cody, looks great. What are the plans? Pulling only or put her to work? Do you plan on leaving it pretty much stock or are you planning a stretch and a bigger sleeper? Whatever you decide I know it will look great, thanks for sharing and keep us posted via pic's.
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Right now I am focused on getting it mobile under it's own power, but the more I thi k about it a may tear into the B model and try and freshen it up a little, it has quite a bit of blowby.

The truck will stay as close to the way it looks now as possible, it's most likely going to be a puller, but you never know. I'm going to leave it the factory length, I'm a big fan of this layout of the short wheelbase and factory 36" bunk.

The engine is a 400hp 7FB, if all goes well and I get it back together, I wouldn't mind putting it on a dyno to see how much power it doesn't make. LoL

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congrats!

Lookin' good, Cody. You have to be a visionary to look at that pile of iron stacked on the trailer an see the motor I know you'll turn it into. Always a pleasure to observe an antique being rescued - a noble pursuit, I think. I'll be following this one with keen interest. Photos always welcome.

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I won't be fixing the detroit, I have had experience with one other 8v92 and for it being rated at 475hp the thing was a gutless pig when loaded, although it was fun empty. The one on that trailer may have block issues, when it was tore down a detroit shop had the li e bore cut, and when they set and torqued the mains the crank would not turn, so that's where that stopped.

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Got the other truck ready to pull the engine out.


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79 KW W900A 3406B, Garrett GT55 turbo, RTO12513,
4.11 SQHP rockwells

79 KW K100C 400BC1, Holset HT4B hybrid, custom
injectors, RTO12513, 4.33 eaton DS380s

00 Freightliner Classic XL C15
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Nice addition to your stable.. I was reminiscing on that pile of Detroit on the trailer. In my younger days, some of the 2 truck trucking companys I worked for had shallow pockets & they would bring a pile like that home & some takeout pistons & liners & if I was lucky, a new set of rods & mains & my job was to make a silk purse out of a sows ear! Glad I don't have to do that anymore. Good luck with your W900.To bad my old F800 doesn't look like that.---Bob
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The previous owner let a decent but of money go to waste, the rods, piston, and liners were all new parts. There were 8 new injectors as well.

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79 KW K100C 400BC1, Holset HT4B hybrid, custom
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Nice addition to your stable.. I was reminiscing on that pile of Detroit on the trailer. In my younger days, some of the 2 truck trucking companys I worked for had shallow pockets & they would bring a pile like that home & some takeout pistons & liners & if I was lucky, a new set of rods & mains & my job was to make a silk purse out of a sows ear! Glad I don't have to do that anymore. Good luck with your W900.To bad my old F800 doesn't look like that.---Bob
What transpired on your fuel problem?
Sorry to interrupt the thread Cody. I'd eventually like to have one of those myself for a spare "juiced up" 1693TA I have sitting around here.
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