Connected everything back up and shot a little gas into the carb, and it didn't fire. Bummer. I thought the whole electrical system would have to be redone.
Tried it again and it actually fired for a second. There was hope!
One more time and it ran for a little while. Figured I would need a new fuel pump.
Went for it again and it actually kept on running. I was really surprised but very happy!!
Ran it for an little while and the temp gauge seemed to be working. Temp got to about middle of the temp gauge and stayed there.
Used a laser temperature thingy I got at harbor freight and it showed about 185 on the water hose outlet from engine and into the top of radiator and about 190 to 220 around the top of the motor by the exhaust outlets.
I guess the cooling system is working OK.
SWEEEET, seems like I got a driver on my hands.
Lots of work still to do as I have no brakes, no e-brake, no drum/hub puller, no lights, bad tires, bad windshield, broken hinge on passenger door, bad paint, etc.
So far I'm actually feeling lucky.
: This is a new hobby for me and I am not an
: experienced mechanic. Just learning as I go
: and figured some of you might be entertained
: with my follies.
: 1rst weekend cleaned out truck, removed old
: battery, oil bath, mice nests, front rock
: guard, interior trim, and sprayed everthing
: down with wd40 and pb blaster. Went better
: than I expected as some of the bolts that
: were rusted I was able to just shear off
: with brute force-haha!
: 2nd weekend drained oil, gas, figuring out
: what/where the various engine/etc. parts
: are. Started masking for paint and removed
: wheels. Going to be a driver (I hope) so
: it's not going to be perfect and it has rust
: in all the usual body places I have read
: about here.
: Weekend 3 plan is to clean oil bath, fill
: with oil, put new gas in and put a new
: battery in it. I plan on removing the center
: coil wire from the top of the coil and
: removing the gas line in front of the fuel
: pump and slowly turn over the engine without
: spark/gas with the key/ignition/starter
: first. I can turn the engine by hand from
: the fan blade so I don't think its seized up
: and the previous owner said it was running
: when the brakes went out and he parked it in
: the carport. If that works I will connect
: coil/gas and see what happens??
: We should see if I have a driver (or a
: downer) by the end of the weekend.