After posting a link to an ebay ad in response to Jolly's thread about a 54 6400 he was looking at, I got to looking at the pictures in the ad I referenced and decided to go have a look at the truck in the ad.
The guy that owned it had sold it on ebay but the buyer only wanted the unison seat and so here sets this virtually rust free and complete truck without a seat.
I have an extra seat and cushions so that got me to thinking...
I pulled the gas tank a couple of days ago since the truck wouldn't run except with a hose from the fuel pump to a can on the floorboards and found the pickup tube blocked with rust and or dried varnish.
Also found fairly recent battery cables but in the modern 12v 4ga variety. Even had an extra cable from the battery ground cable to the engine block.
Had a set of 1/0 gauge cables made at NAPA this morning and picked up a new 6v battery.
Loaded the pickup with tools, small gas can, generator and the shop vac and headed up this afternoon and vacuumed up all the loose dirt and mouse doodys under the gas tank and seat areas, bled the brakes, installed the battery, dumped a little gas down the carb and put the hose from the fuel pump suction in the gas can and voila', a running truck.
30psi oil pressure, ammeter on high charge, temp gauge normal as it warmed up and without the gas tank installed, the fuel gauge was on full. It felt like 1959 all over again.
Checked all the lights and turn signals and most of them work so Saturday I go back up with the cleaned out gas tank fitted with a new sending unit, my spare seat frame and cushions and an air compressor and I'm ready to DRIVE this one home. 1954 6400