I get the feeling you would like to see some pictures. I will post some as soon as I figure out how to do it (any advice would be appreciated)
I am having so much fun working on my old new truck! I have been concentrating on the engine, trying to get it to a condition where I can start it. I have replaced the plugs, wires, points, solenoid and put a new 6 volt battery in.(Took me awhile to figure out if it was a 6V or had been converted to 12V). I also changed the oil. It turns over now - albeit pretty slowly - don't know if that is normal for 6V system or if my starter might be tired. I bought a new ignition switch and haven't figured out which wires under the dash go where (there was no switch connected when I bought it) Today's project is to see if I am getting spark at the distributor and making sure my points are set correctly(I was told 15-17/1000's gap - I don't have a gap gage tool but someone told me to use a matchbook. (Remember - I am learning all of this as I go as I have never worked on a motor before - so bear with me when I don't seem to know what the hell I am talking about - because I probably don't!) The same guy that told me about using the matchbook had a great idea for cleaning out the gas tank. He told me to partially fill it with course gravel and just fasten it to one of my tractor wheels(jacking up the tractor of course) and just let it spin slowly for awhile. Sounds like a great idea to me!
Anyway, just wanted to update you all on my progress and how much I am enjoying this project. I know. I know. Pictures. (I am not too good on the computer either - so any advice is welcome!
Not to put any pressure on you but of course we'll need video of that first fire of your engine! I'm in the same situation as you on knowledge of working on these trucks. I'm trying to learn and this is the best place to do it! Keep those updates rolling our way!
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Sounds like a great start....that barn find is everyone's dream! Keep all of that paperwork, like the original bill of sale. That stuff adds to the nostalgia of these trucks.
51Panelman summed up the tasks you need to do pretty well. If all of those fluids have been sitting for 40 years, change all of those. Pay close attention to the engine oil that you buy...today's oils generally have some of the necessary additives removed. Specifically, the zinc phosphates, which are hard on catalytic converters. Those additives are necessary for old flat tappet engines. Valvoline makes a racing oil (for that matter so does Brad Penn, and Royal Purple) with a high zinc content. I've been using that in my older engines. They make both a synthetic and a conventional oil....for the tractor I buy the conventional type. There are also additives that you can buy like ZDDP if you want to simply add it to whatever oil you like to use.
One other thing...check the brakes carefully before you take it for a spin!!
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