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2021 Arizona International Harvester Rendezvous

stroker3

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Simply putting some thoughts together. Kids are getting older and I'm thinking about getting started on the scout at some point in the next year or so. Also thinking about keeping it as original as possible. I swapped out the 304 that was in it for a 345 I had on hand due to a knock in the 304. Still have the 304 coverd up in the garage and would like to get it up and running at some point. I wouldn't be in any kind of rush and would like to find some old fart in the New England area who's honest and likes to rebuild these things in his spare time. I know, probably unheard of today but thought I'd check anyway. Like I said , just working on a plan right now.
 

sdhachey

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Contact Tisdell Transmission in Londonderry, NH. They come highly recommended for transmission and t-case work, and they would probably know the right outfit for handling an IH engine. An old-time auto parts store might be able to refer as well. Sometimes the International / Navistar dealer is still hooked into the old network... Regardless, ask about hardened valve seats, and where the rebuild parts are sourced from; you should know what good answers to expect. Good luck.
 

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You might check with some old-car clubs in the area, perhaps Model A (Ford), or the local branch of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Assoc. or similar outfits near you. I agree with asking at old auto parts stores, small welding shops and such too.
BTW, my understanding is that many shops which rebore cylinders use the block top surface or perhaps the current (worn) bore for alignment, rather than making sure the equipment is perfectly perpendicular to the crankshaft axis.
 

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Speak with Chris Canale at C3 in Walpole. He is in the space next to Napa on route 1.

He just built my 392. I’ve yet to fire it up yet but am confident of his abilities.

Good friend, great machinest.
 

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Or if you’d like I pulled a 304 from my 70 800a that has a true 69k miles. I’d let it go for a reasonable offer
 

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Thanks for the lead and offer. There's a pretty decent 345 in it right now. My thought on it is to bring it back to original as much as possible. Basically get the mechanical end up to par and leave the body alone for now. Might even live with most of the rust just to keep it as much factory as possible since it's not too bad overall for this area. I have the original 304 that I would prefer to put back in it . I'm making a note on the guy in Walpole. Thanks again. Very much appreciated. Trying to get some ducks in a row before I jump in. It's been sitting too long but at least it's in the shed all in one piece right now. Hate to start it without a pretty good idea that it'll get finished at some point.
 

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Yeah I get the whole takes 10 times more time to finish a project than figured. Good luck and give Chris a call. Shoot me a note before you do and I’ll tell him your a friend.
 
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