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Found the date code: Nov 5, 1947

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Last edited by HandyAndy; Fri Sep 24 2021 12:18 PM.
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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.

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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?

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Met a forum member today (oops, didn't get his username) Richard, off Staples Mill in Glen Allen, picked up a parts 216. Progress!

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Originally Posted by Capt Oblivious
Met a forum member today (oops, didn't get his username) Richard, off Staples Mill in Glen Allen, picked up a parts 216. Progress!

That was me. Nice Truck!


Richard
42 Chevy BK 1/2 ton
65 Chevy C10 Panel
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Head off and apart, all valves out and polished. Turns out it was all intake valves sticking from varnish. Ordered a full gasket kit, should be here Friday.

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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.
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More study of the factory Specifications book show that this has to be a 4400 series: ECM engine code and 161 wheelbase nail it down! Now how can I have an admin change the thread title? grin

*update: thanks admin!

Last edited by Capt Oblivious; Sun Sep 26 2021 12:26 PM.
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Addition of a low pressure fuel pump and regulator, as well as a quick re-teardown of the Carter W1 (loose seat? wtf) solved my fuel delivery issues. Starts RIGHT up, no choke. I performed a harness delete and am rebuilding the electrical system from scratch. I have removed the original fuel panel and installed a marine solenoid ahead of a bladed fuse distribution panel. I'm starting in on the lights, and found a blown high beam on the drivers side, and immediate vindication for never throwing anything out - it's the same sealed bulb as my '97 Wrangler, so I already have spare bulbs and pigtails.

I've delivered my six rims (3piece locking ring) with old rotted tires and four less-rotted tires to a commercial shop in hopes they can mount them. If they decline, I've a junkyard nearby with a few big box trucks that might have a donor rear axle I can use that will get me disc brakes and a 8x6.5 bolt pattern. At that point the challenge becomes figuring out the front.

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Pulled and cleaned the high/low dipswitch and the dash light switch. Fresh wiring and both headlights are working. Starting in on the turn signals and parking lights. All need fresh sockets. Waiting on setting up the rear lighting until I can get the hitch receiver mounted (taken off my '00 f250). I removed the rear crossmember (bent) so I could straighten it and scoot it back a few inches so I could fit in the massive 25gallon '75 C30 tank.

The first (third) shop I dropped the wheels off at had their old-timer go out on 'rona leave, so I took them to another shop yesterday. They were able to get two Sumitomo 8.25-20 tires in, which were apparently the last two in the state. We'll see.

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