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Restoring 1949 F2 - Where to start?

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I am a new member who recently purchased my great-grandfather's 1949 F2. I want to begin the process of restoring it to drivable condition, but I have NO idea where to start. I was told that it ran as recently as 5 years ago, but am unable to start it now. I'm sure it needs EVERYTHING, but would like some advice on how to begin the process of figuring out where to start. I have limited experience with the mechanics of vehicles, but do have an understanding of the basics. I'll try to attach some pictures of the truck and hopefully they may help with answering some initial questions. Thanks in advance for ANY help!

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Hello Nathan-

You've come to the right place for help and encouragement with your "fat fender Ford" truck project. It's great to see another family heirloom being rescued. I'm no expert for sure, but I inherited my Dad's truck in 2014 and did what you are about to do. It's going to take some time and money--probably more of both than you imagine. If you have questions, there are experts on this forum who know every nut and bolt on these old trucks and will be more than willing to give you the help you will need.

Lots of advice has been given in the past on how to proceed with starting up an engine that hasn't run for a while. You can access that information by doing a forum search. You can do that by going to the top right corner of the FTE mast head and select "Forum search". Next select "Advanced search". By doing a little experimenting with the search feature of this forum, you should be able to find the information you need to get started.

About all I needed to do to get my Dad's old truck running was to rebuild the carburetor and change the battery. I believe I also squirted a little oil into each cylinder and "touched up" the points a little. Be sure to disconnect the fuel line so you don't pull crud from the fuel system into the engine. Getting the engine running is just the beginning of course. Next I worked on the brakes--lines, wheel cylinders, master cylinder, etc.

Spending time and money has continued to this day, but it's been especially meaningful to honor my Dad's memory in this way. I've gotten to know some wonderful people along the way, and it's been fun too.

Welcome and good luck with your project.

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Start with giving it a good cleanup. Pressure wash the hoo haa out of it.
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What to do? Well, for starters:
Buy a 49-52 Shop Manual - Amazon or eBay will have them
Clean the gas tank, replace the fuel lines, replace the fuel pump
Clean and rebuild the carb
Replace the plug wires
Refile the points and disty contacts
Check the wheel cylinders - rebuild or replace
Replace the brake lines
Rebuild or replace the master cylinder
Drop the oil pan and clean out the gunk so the fresh motor isn't gunkified
Flush the radiator - expect to replace the hoses
Clean all the battery connections - especially the grounds when you replace the battery (you have a 6 volt POSITIVE ground system)
Check for frayed wiring insulation - make less scary
Before any long road trips, inspect the tires and expect to replace them
Grease all the lube points and check trans/diff fluid levels

It is possible to just feed gas into the carb as you try to jump start this beauty. Might work. Even if it does, you're likely to do most of this list to get safely back on the road.

You'll also need to practice your royal waves (for the new road friends you'll make), grinning like a goof while behind the wheel, and taking pictures to share on FTE.

Enjoy the ride.
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Welcome Nathan. It looks like you have a great truck there and the fact that it was your great-grandfather's makes it even better. Did he buy it new?

You have a good start in that you took pictures. Continue to take lots of them. But make sure that you organize your pictures on your hard drive so that you can find them later when you need them for reference. I have mine organized by major components: Engine, transmission, body, interior, rear axle, etc.

As cowdog recommended give it a good clean up but be careful with the pressure washer that you don't destroy something that you might need for a pattern later like interior trim panels. Those parts that were badly deteriorated I took off first and stored in plastic bins with covers.

Everybody's experience is limited at first. But you are in the right place to learn. Ask questions as you need and continue to attach pictures as necessary. You will get better answers.

Make a list of what needs to be done. Then prioritize it based upon your abilities. Just don't "bite off more than you can chew".
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Welcome. Most important item is have fun. Take your time, you will get frustrated at some point, walk away for a short time then come back and try again.
Add where you are on your profile as it helps when looking for help or parts, there may even be members near you that can help.
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Hello Nathan-

You've come to the right place for help and encouragement with your "fat fender Ford" truck project. It's great to see another family heirloom being rescued. I'm no expert for sure, but inherited my Dad's truck in 2014 and did what you are about to do. It's going to take some time and money--probably more of both than you imagine. If you have questions, there are experts on this forum who know every nut and bolt on these old trucks and will be more than willing to give you the help you will need.

Lots of advice has been given in the past on how to proceed with starting up an engine that hasn't run for a while. You can access that information by doing a forum search. You can do that by going to the top right corner of the FTE mast head and select "Forum search". Next select "Advanced search". By doing a little experimenting with the search feature of this forum, you should be able to find the information you need to get started.

About all I needed to do to get my Dad's old truck running was to rebuild the carburetor and change the battery. I believe I also squirted a little oil into each cylinder and "touched up" the points a little. Be sure to disconnect the fuel line so you don't pull crud from the fuel system into the engine. Getting the engine running is just the beginning of course. Next I worked on the brakes--lines, wheel cylinders, master cylinder, etc. Spending time and money has continued to this day, but it's been fun to honor my Dad's memory in this way--I've gotten to know some wonderful people along the way too.

Welcome and good luck with your project.

Jim
Thanks so much for the reply, Jim! It is going to be a special process for me due to the sentimental connection I have with this truck. It sounds like you enjoy a similar connection with yours. A quick question (and this may show my novice position), but you mentioned starting the engine with the fuel lines disconnected. Do you mean the engine would only be firing on carb spray, then?
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Start with giving it a good cleanup. Pressure wash the hoo haa out of it.
Thanks for the reply! Do you mean the exterior only or the engine compartment, too? I'm a little reluctant to spray the engine because of the potentially fragile components, but it does need to be cleaned badly.
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What to do? Well, for starters:
Buy a 49-52 Shop Manual - Amazon or eBay will have them
Clean the gas tank, replace the fuel lines, replace the fuel pump
Clean and rebuild the carb
Replace the plug wires
Refile the points and disty contacts
Check the wheel cylinders - rebuild or replace
Replace the brake lines
Rebuild or replace the master cylinder
Drop the oil pan and clean out the gunk so the fresh motor isn't gunkified
Flush the radiator - expect to replace the hoses
Clean all the battery connections - especially the grounds when you replace the battery (you have a 6 volt POSITIVE ground system)
Check for frayed wiring insulation - make less scary
Before any long road trips, inspect the tires and expect to replace them
Grease all the lube points and check trans/diff fluid levels

It is possible to just feed gas into the carb as you try to jump start this beauty. Might work. Even if it does, you're likely to do most of this list to get safely back on the road.

You'll also need to practice your royal waves (for the new road friends you'll make), grinning like a goof while behind the wheel, and taking pictures to share on FTE.

Enjoy the ride.
Wow, DW, thanks so much! That's exactly what I was hoping to know - a sort of checklist of where to start. Thank you, thank you! I have a manual on its way, but everything else was up in the air. Now I'll have a list to focus on. Thanks so much!
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Welcome Nathan. It looks like you have a great truck there and the fact that it was your great-grandfather's makes it even better. Did he buy it new?

You have a good start in that you took pictures. Continue to take lots of them. But make sure that you organize your pictures on your hard drive so that you can find them later when you need them for reference. I have mine organized by major components: Engine, transmission, body, interior, rear axle, etc.

As cowdog recommended give it a good clean up but be careful with the pressure washer that you don't destroy something that you might need for a pattern later like interior trim panels. Those parts that were badly deteriorated I took off first and stored in plastic bins with covers.

Everybody's experience is limited at first. But you are in the right place to learn. Ask questions as you need and continue to attach pictures as necessary. You will get better answers.

Make a list of what needs to be done. Then prioritize it based upon your abilities. Just don't "bite off more than you can chew".
Thanks a lot, Pete. So the story of the truck goes like this: my great-grandfather bought it new in 1949. At that time, my family lived in Kansas City, MO and he had a garbage route. So the truck was used to pick up trash for several years (the letters that were painted on the side of the truck were something to do with the garbage route. I really want to find an old picture to find out exactly what they said back then). Then my great-grandfather moved the family to rural Arkansas (outside of Jonesboro) in 1954 where he secured a 20 acre farm. My grandfather bought the truck from his dad when he started to work on the farm, so the truck was used in the fields for years. At some point, my grandfather parked it and didn't use it anymore, but my earliest memory in life is my grandfather driving me around town in that truck (sometime in the mid-eighties). So this truck has always been special to me and many in the family. When my grandfather died 6 years ago, his brother bought the truck from the 'estate' (basically, he gave my uncle some money to keep it in the family). But last year, my great-uncle (who had purchased the truck) died, too, and his wife didn't want the truck sitting in their garage anymore. There was a man down the street from them who offered to buy it and she said she'd think about it. I caught wind of that through my grandmother (still alive at 92) and told her I was on my way to pick it up. So I had it towed to my parents' house where it could be stored inside and that is where it sits now. The coolest part about it, I think, is that it came with the original title where my grandfather bought it from his dad - with both of their names on it. I'll have to figure it how to keep that title because there's no way I'm letting go of it when I get it retitled. So anyway, that's where we are.

I'll keep taking pictures. Thanks so much for the advice!
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Thanks for the encouragement! I added my location to my profile (I'm in northern Mississippi, near Memphis, TN). Thanks for the heads up on that!
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Yes, I initially got my engine started by pouring some fuel into the carb. Once we had it running, we rigged up a little tank from a lawn mower type engine. I ended having to replace my gas tank. I hired someone to fabricate one for me. I think it cost about $300. You have a pick-up, and may have more after market options available for you. Replacement panel truck tanks are hard to find. Fuel lines and the fuel pump also needed to be replaced.

See what I mean about the helpful people on this forum? If you have questions, there will be no shortage of help and support. FTE is a special place! Enjoy the journey.

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