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Small update, had my surgery, everything went well. Healing up now looking at what I want to tackle next, Probably gas tank, cab mounts, and rear end wiring. growing restless already :S
 
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August 10th the stitches come out. Then two weeks after that they might do the other hand. So I have about a one to two week window of working on the truck. Hoping to get parts so that window of opportunity is eventful.
 
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Baby got back. Tonight she gets some eyes.


Tail lights finally. And they light up.

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I took the truck out on the main streets last night, and it was a trip ... I decided to take my truck to the local parts store so I could pick up a part that I needed. Got to the main street and stalled trying to pull out. Hit the starter and nothing. Don't know what the problem was. I opened the hood, went back to the cab to get my light and hit the started as I was passing and boom, started right back up. Took my turn and that is where my problem started. Would stall out whenever I tried to start. Finally was like "Screw it" Floored the gas pulled out and stalled Started it again and tried to take off, would stall out a lot, or I would pick up some speed try to shift from second to third and when I hit the clutch I would come to a stop before I could shift to third. After a few tries at going I just wanted to get off of the main throughway. So I put it into second and kept it there trying to get down the road. The truck would pick up speed but soon after it would lose power and start coming to a stop. Around this time smoke started to come into the cabin. I would only be going 10-20 feet each try so the next road down was a far ways away. So there I was, cars passing me, smoke filling the cabin I reach down to open the cowl vent and there is the the brake handle in the rear position. When I got out to open the hood I set the brake so it wouldn't roll anywhere, and never released it.

So there I am cruising down the street, cabin had this weird smokey smell, like burnt clutch/brake material. But I have no windows so there was good air coming in. And man was she driving smooth, as well as a 60 year old 1-ton truck could be smooth anyway.

First impressions are Yes this is a 1-ton truck. Every bump transmitted itself right into my tail bone. Steering wasn't bad, the truck held its lane pretty well. I only felt the lack of power steering when I was doing low speed, precise maneuvers like parking, but when the truck was rolling or moving a little bit steering was better. But it was fun. I was going down a side street and it felt good to be driving. Even in the low 20's weather we were having. I am excited to take her on longer trips, put some windows on her and a proper exhaust so it doesn't dump into the cabin

Here is a video I took of my drive. The video is an unedited view from my front window. The action starts at about 6 minutes in. Also yes it is very cringe worthy

 
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Geez Kevin - That was hair raising....by main street ...you mean main street.
I've been there - barely going down a really busy road … traffic lining up behind you..
What a thrill... A great video. I like the sound of your exhaust.. I can almost smell it.
Only a crazy old truck guy would get out and drive around with no windows in the low 20's ...and enjoy it!
Looking good in Des Moines!

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Did you ever put a bed on it? Any pics of that if you have one?
 
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Geez Kevin - That was hair raising....by main street ...you mean main street.
I've been there - barely going down a really busy road Ö traffic lining up behind you..
What a thrill... A great video. I like the sound of your exhaust.. I can almost smell it.
Only a crazy old truck guy would get out and drive around with no windows in the low 20's ...and enjoy it!
Looking good in Des Moines!

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Ben Thanks! That exhaust is called open headers I need to find an exhaust shop that can extract a broken bolt and put a muffler on.

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Did you ever put a bed on it? Any pics of that if you have one?
Abe, not yet, right now she is a Cab and Chassis
 
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Yep, a F350 can be a bucking bronco even with some weight on the back, let alone just a chassis. No shocks on rear axle. My truck has a diamond plate flatbed that was on it when I bought it. It's heavy, but my truck can still get the back tires airborne with the right bump. At least it feels that way!
 
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Thank you

So after struggling with my clutch linkage for three weeks I replaced my motor mounts and everything fell into place. PROGRESS!!!!!!! Now I get to move to the next step. Mounting my master cylinder and bleeding the brakes. Then rear axle..... Then I can drive it



Much cleaner than it was.


Mount installed.


Almost complete linkage.


Much difference.
You might have caught this, I didnít read the whole thread. It could also be the picture orientation. I think your shoes are on backwards, the small shoe should be on the front.

never mind your good. I thought the shocks oriented towards the back but I checked some pictures of mine.

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You might have caught this, I didnít read the whole thread. It could also be the picture orientation. I think your shoes are on backwards, the small shoe should be on the front.

never mind your good. I thought the shocks oriented towards the back but I checked some pictures of mine.

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I did at one point have the shoes on backward. I have since Corrected all of the wheels, Thanks!

So disaster is happening. Well maybe or maybe not. I took my truck out again and she was acting weird. I remembered to disengage the ebrake this time so that was not my problem. What was happening was a kind of loss of power at the top end. I would put my foot in the gas and instead of going she would seem to bog down, but with part throttle the engine would seem to have a little power. I haven't really messed with any part of the ignition system so I am going to have to take a look at all of that. The real problem started about a block from home. I would let off the gas and the engine would start back/after firing. It was disconcerting, I have the plate around the petals off and no exhaust so seeing the flames and sparks flying under my feet was ... fun. I think the after fire is because I have a misfire in one of my cylinders. I am guessing it is spewing unburnt fuel into my exhaust manifold and when I take my foot off the gas the mixture finally has time to detonate in the manifold.

Another problem I am going to have is the crank pulley has no timing marks on it. so I have no reliable way to find TDC, in addition I have no idea where the advance is set at. ..... so this next portion is going to be fun

And that was the "WAH WAH" portion of this post.

With the loss of power issue I need to check my linkage to the carburetor to make sure she can open the butterfly's to WOT, I need to make sure the vacuum advance is working correctly, I need to check the carburetor accelerator pump to make sure she gets the extra shot of fuel when I go WOT.
Is there anything else I should check for that problem?

With the misfire I should pull the plugs and check to see if I can find what cylinder is misfiring, I should check the gap of the plug, and do a compression test. Probably check valve lash too.
Any other areas to check?
What should my spark plug gap be?

As for checking a timing issue, how should I go about that if my crank pulley/damper has no timing marks?
f I remove the distributor how am I going to get it back in the right place if I don't know where TDC is?

Anything else I may be over looking?
As always, you all rock
 
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Old 11-14-2018, 07:10 AM
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You donít even have a single timing make for TDC? If you donít you can spin the motor by hand until you see both valves closed on the number one cylinder (or just pull the plug and wait until you feel compression). Use a coat hanger in the cylinder via spark plug hole to watch piston travel.

setting the actual timing is going to be hard without a TDC indicator to use as a reference.

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Kevin,
I watched your video. I think I would have parked in someones drive! Good thing your persistent!
Yea not a bad idea to review all the areas for tune up. TDC location: Take number 1 plug out, roll over engine by hand with your thumb over spark plug hole when you get air pressure your close to TDC. Wire int plug hole to touch top of raising #1 cylinder cna get you to final TDC location.
Forgetting the e-brake thing is not hard to do. At least it is working and well seasoned now!
I think your video could go in the through the windshield thread too!
Your doing a good job getting your truck going.

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