Just about to start working on this truck. I'm new to restoring old cars/trucks. It has the 235 in it. Where should I begin? I did get it to crank the other day but it was leaking gas from the filter. So my first step is to replace that and stop the leak. Where do I go after that? The original hood was swapped to another truck on the property so I am going to swap it back this weekend hopefully. I also have a replacement bed and rear fenders since the one on it is rusted out. Just joined the page and seeing what you guys think.
Hi Anthony, Welcome to the crazy house of restoration. Crazy expensive house today. Nice looking pickup. Has it run recently? Playing pickup detective I see somebody converted it to an alternator, rigged up what appears to be a dual exhaust of sorts and may have tried their hand at a PCV scheme. Once we know if it has run recently we can give some more guidance. One of the first problems people run into with these is the fuel system...could be a rusted gas tank, stopped up fuel line, bad fuel pump...and your carburetor is a Rochester...looks like a BC with a manual choke. What sort of transmission, etc? Jon
1. What is wrong with the hood we see? 2. What do you do next? about what? 3. I guess you want to try and start it next. But the sequence of events for restoring or refurbishing depends on your overall goal. (and abilities). It is nice to see if it at least fires. If is starts, then it's nice to see if it moves, turns and stops. That may give a list of things not seen otherwise. 4. JonG is talking about the grommet he sees on the oil filler/breather. Someone probably had a PCV (valve) or hose connected for crankcase ventilation. Possibly to the air cleaner. Nothing to worry about right now, he is just observing and informing you. Same with the alternator. A good thing but not original. 5. If it has been sitting a long time DO NOT ATTEMPT TO START, unless: A. Clean new gas is used from a clean tank or container. B. Don't run it too long untill oil pressure can be seen. Assume you checked oil and other fluid levels. C. I guess you have already determined it's not stuck or any bad noises. D. Don't circulate old crusty/rusty radiator water thru it. E. We don't know how long it was sitting, or the history, to give you further cautions.
I like the filter to be before the fuel pump. Don't rush into switching all that sheet metal when you have a truck with all (possibly original) matching paint and patination. Known as patina. Easy does it, you must inspect all kinds of things. Mechanical, wiring, interior, drivability. What rust are you talking about? I don't see any.
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Hi Anthony, A pcv scheme is an acronym for positive crankcase ventilation and that scheme takes the blow-by vapors out of the crankcase and feeds them back into the intake manifold where they're blended with the air/fuel mixture and burned (again). It helps keep our air a bit cleaner and some think it may help your engine smell a little better when running...an early effort to reduce smog in bumper-to-bumper or slower city traffic. As Bartamos mentioned the tip-off was the grommet in the oil filler cap. Good that it ran for you. Now it is a matter of finding out what parts need attention and all of that. There are lots of folks here who can help. Please ask as many questions as you want.
Usually I'll start with the fuel system, follow that with the cooling system, make sure the oil is good and the oil level is right (and with no water in it), check the ignition system and timing and then start figuring out what's inside...solid lifters or hydraulic lifters, good oil pressure or weak oil pressure, that sort of approach. Later it will be good to do a compression check and also see what's happening with engine vacuum. If there is an O'Reilly's or Auto Zone near you, they'll loan the test equipment you'll need (for a healthy deposit which they'll give back when you return the stuff).
As Bart mentioned, IF it has been sitting a very long time, do NOT run it very long with the old gas in the tank. The varnish in that stuff can cause all sorts of problems if it gets into the engine. Been there, done that! If it's been run fairly regularly the whole time, this may not be an issue, but wanted to bring it up.
Keep us posted on your progress. Looks like a nice truck.