Probably a familiar story for some of you. I have a stock 54' 3100 that I parked inside about 4 years ago that I'm attempting to get running again. The brakes went out on it at the same time as we moved, and between moving, having a kid, changing jobs, house projects etc etc, it just got pushed to the back-burner. Anyway, the brakes are done at this point and I'm trying to get it fired up. Keep in mind, this truck "ran when parked" as the saying goes.
Here's what I have done so far:
- The battery was on a maintainer, so it's good to go, cranks nice and hard.
- I drained the gas tank and flushed the lines as best as I could.
- I changed oil and filter.
- I pre-filled the lines with fresh gas, and pre-filled the carb bowl a little thru the brass tube.
I cranked for quite a while and cannot get it to start, so I tried a little starter fluid and would not even get a cough or get it to "try". Normally this would lead me to think that I'm not getting any spark, so I removed the lead into the distributor, and opened the points. I got what seemed to be a 1/2"-3/4" blue spark to the block which I think is strong enough? It just seems odd that if I were getting spark, that it would at least cough a bit when I hit it with starting fluid. No moisture under the distributor cap that I could see. Maybe tonight I will try sanding the spark plugs a bit in case they varnished over.
As you can tell, I'm trying my best to eliminate all alternatives before tearing into the carb. Probably wishful thinking on my part. What else can you guys think of? Thanks in advance.