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Windshield wiper and radiator/engine issues...HELP!!!
I'm working on a 1960 F-100 shortbed styleside with a 223 Y-block. The main problems i've got that are hindering the truck from being on the road right now are the fact that even when the truck has been driven, the windshield wipers refuse to go at a regular speed. Since they are vacuum operated, I'm not really sure whether it could be not enough vacuum seal in the system, or if the wiper motor is given out. Also, even when the truck has been warmed up, the pressure in the radiator hoses is not pressuring up to the capacity that it should, and after I had taken it for a drive, I checked under the hood and notice two things that greatly worry me: White vapors from the carburetor when I opened the butterfly valve, and the hissing of pressurized vapors from underneath the oil filler cap at the top of the head. Two things I'm terrified of at this point: hydrolock and/or a crack in the head. Not to mention a possibe blown gasket. Guys, I could really use some expertice advice on the matter, as I am not sure what to attempt at this point on either matter. Also the engine does run rough; I think possibly a cylinder may not be firing properly. I appreciate all your advice and input. Thanks, God bless, and happy holidays everyone.
If you're greatly worried and terrified of old trucks, don't drive one! LOL.Not sure what to tell you about the vacuum wipers.Mine are electric.Using a vacuum gauge, I'd check for proper vacuum (I'm not sure what it's supposed to be) and replace the hose to the motor.Still not working?Replace the motor.
You can replace the head gasket yourself.If you need help,get a friend to assist.A leaking head gasket,or a cracked head, which seem likely, should not be too hard to diagnose.
Do you have the factory shop manual?You should, it will help.Readily available on eBay.
Not sure what you mean by "the pressure in the radiator hoses is not pressuring up to the capacity that it should."
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