She has a flathead v8 in here . Her name is Kansas . My wife named her that because I told her I was going to Iowa to pick up some parts for BobJ and came home with her .I found out later that she had been keeping track of my gas receipts on the computer and could tell I was no longer in Iowa
She sat on my trailer for a few weeks until I needed my trailer to move something. Then she sat in the front yard for a week. Last weekend BobJ came down to my house and I helped him make a wielding jig for a project he is working on. We tried to work on her after but it was late and was starting to snow.
We tryed to pull start her but she was not having it.
Bob put in a old starter he had but she did not start.
So... I told him I would work on her another time.
I gave my starter to a friend and he took it to work and rebuilt it for me.
He works for a beer distributor as the head fleet mechanic /manager and knows ford trucks like the back of his hand.
I stopped by last Sunday to drop off some wood for him to keep his house shop warm and to see if he came up with any NOS parts for me from his stash.
He found all kinds of goodies for Kansas .
Ed came over yesterday and we got to work on her!
I pushed her up into my garage and removed BobJ's old starter and the starter relay before Ed came . Once he got here that's when I just helped and did what he told me to do.
We started with the nice newly rebuilt starter. I put it in while Ed put in the starter relay Bob had given me last weekend.
I took the 6volt battery out of my 31AA and installed it in Kansas .
We gave her a try but was like no that is not going to be all I need.
Ed ran home and got his battery terminal kit and thicker cables
He made big fat cables for the starter and the ground.
The old ones that came with her were too small and started to smoke
So... We put new points in her and fixed some melted /bad wires.
See the PO put a 12volt battery in her and hot wired the starter button . This was not good and was not the way it should be so Ed taught me how to wire the truck The right way. We went back to the 6 V system.
We still had no spark coming out of the coil so Ed went down to my truck outback(it is a 1952 F6) that had three coils sitting on the floor. By luck one of them was a 6 V coil that worked. We through it in and we got spark.
While Ed was putting the coil in I was making new spark plug wires from scratch. I also made a new lead wire for the coil to the distributor removed all the spark plugs and cleaned them top and bottom.
Remove the oil bath air filter and started to clean it and then Ed got her to start on her own.
This is my friend Ed getting to try her out first.
She still needs some work on her brakes . But found a hole in the back brake line on the axel. I ll get to that this week some time. My wife thinks I'm working on the house. She is out visiting our daughter In Arizona.
It sounds like you wife has grown wise to your tricks. LOL, these gals are pretty sharp. I'll bet she knows you're not working on the house also.
Life is good when you have a woman that lets you think you are getting away with something
Kansas is a good lookin' old girl, Chris. Ya going to bring her to TS14?
BobJ thinks I should.. But he is bias . He thinks there is only one ford truck out there and he has a soft spot for Kansas. He told me he would take her home if it would smooth out the mess I got my self in with my wife (picking it up with out telling my lovely wife. )but she has a soft spot for Kansas too. I know this because when she names something it tends to stay in the family.
I am working on the 56 right now too. I am planing to take it to Ohio .
I will drive Kansas to Dairyland truckfest in the fall!