I'm having some issues with my flathead, and I'm turning to the smartest group I know for advice--you guys.
Here's what's happening currently:
The truck starts and idles fine. (At around 600 rpm). After I get it up out of my driveway and drive about half a mile, I have to stop on an incline before I can turn. Once I hit that incline, it starts to sputter, and will die if I don't immediately hit the gas. It does the same thing when I back down the driveway after returning home.
Here's what was going on before I started messing with stuff:
Carb was leaking fuel, and has been for some time now.
Motor started missing/running rough. Not often, but the last couple of times I had taken it out (before I started working on things, that is) it ran rough until it had warmed up, and then seemed be fine.
Here's what I've done:
I rebuilt the carb the other day, to fix the fuel leak issue. This is the first time I've rebuilt one.
I emptied the sediment bowl on the fuel pump, as it had a fair amount of crap in it.
From the MacVP link, it stated that the idle rpm should be 475. Is that where I need to be? It's at 600 now, and was around 750 (or higher) for the past year. If I take it any lower than it is now, it barely runs.
What should the spark plug gap be set to? I've found some conflicts between my Motors manual and the MacsVP page. I've set them to .030
Same question for the dwell. I adjusted the point gap (it was around .010) to .016, and the dwell fell to 30, so I readjusted until it reached 28. I don't know what the gap is set to now, but it's certainly above .016.
Who's idea was it to let me work on a truck anyway?