Ordered carb kit for the Carter W-1, and rebuilt the carb. Reinstalled. Fuel lines from mechanical fuel pump appear clear and solid, but the diaphragm in the pump is bad. Just going to replace the pump rather than rebuild. USPS is taking its sweet time to deliver. Slowly flap-disc-ing sections of the the frame and priming. Knocked down some of the few rust bubbles on the cab and am just testing out rattle-can colors to see if there's something I like. I want to keep a little character so won't be knocking out the dents and creases (there aren't many). New 12V battery cranks the motor over well, and replaced the coil with a Pertronics 12v Flamethrower. It looks like I might have the motor running before I figure out what to do for wheels and tires on this old beast. That's the real head-scratcher.
After getting fuel and spark into this thing, I couldn't figure out why I was not getting it to fire. Suspected low comp, so pulled the valve cover. Discovered a broken rocker on #2 and a loose pushrod on #4. Now what?
Ok long time no update. Head all back together with fresh valve seals and polished valves. Bolted everything back down and realized that there aren't just left and right rockers but left and right for both intake and exhaust, so valve train back apart and pulled another rocker from the scrap engine. Compression test again, nope, still have 2 cylinders with zero. Figured out there was absolutely no valve lash set, so once that was dialed in, it fired right up, if only briefly... then I let some smoke out of the harness... and found out the horns work, like really really really well.
So now I'm doing a full rewire from scratch, because it's all rotted. Nothing worth saving. Also trying to sort out a fuel delivery issue with the new replacement mechanical fuel pump... it just doesn't seem to be doing the trick. The motor will cough and fire if I prefill the bowl but it doesn't fill back up.
Last edited by Capt Oblivious; Wed Sep 22 2021 11:18 PM.