Ely, I might be able to point you in the right direction in a week or so? I just sold this one with a crook engine, it has another engine with it- so the new owner might be able to help you with the parts from the old engine. I'll drop you a line after I've spoken to him?
I got out of Commer knocker pulling a single axle trailer, and into a brand new 1418 Benz pulling a bogie trailer. It was like I had died an gone to heaven. No more changing gears at anything that looked like a hill.
Dad bought one of the last 1418's in 1977. It had been ordered and painted in Trans West fleet colors and then cancelled and as Dad was joining TW as a subbie it was perfect - I think he paid $30k back then. He had it for seven years and traded it in on a P82 Scania (that was heaven). It was generally pretty reliable but always used oil. He put rings in it, but didn't make much difference. It would boil on a hot day but kept going. It didn't have enough gears as you couldn't use the 2 speed diff to 'split' all gears, only 1 & 2 if I recall. Also 1st wasn't low enough and there were a few hills loaded it just wouldn't crawl up. Gearbox wasn't very strong, it was repaired a couple of times and also replaced (would have been better with a RR). The diff also wasn't that strong and it was also repaired a couple of times. However, I recall it being rarely off the road and it made him money.
1975 Atkinson, 180HP 6LXB Gardner, RTO910, 34000lb Rockwell on camelback
Sorry Overnite, post about the Benz. As Oilman mentions, had to be careful with the
gear boxes and diffs, hence the owner driver comment. Would have made money for
a lot of operators in their time. Paul.