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#506888 Tue Feb 17 2009 03:32 PM
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I bought a 6400 with grain bed and hoist, 2-speed rear-end, and this assembly is on the firewall my question is what is this.

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Hy Brad Allen, that is a windshield washer pump, manufactured by "Trico" I believe, hope that helps.

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I found this information in a GMC book can anyone help fill in the blanks on this, have you ever seen one? The last truck I purchased (1950 6400) had this vacuum pump booster on the firewall. It also had a small rheostat switch with VAC on the dial in the cab. I have found reference to this in my GMC parts book but not Chevrolet (GMC 23.3787 part #2233295) does anybody know how these worked or any more information on them. I assume it is a 6-volt powered vacuum pump that boosts engine vacuum like the optional fuel pump.

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That is a "Trico" vacuum pump.
It assists the vacuum wiper motor with extra vacuum power.

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They were also commonly added to truck tractors pulling trailers with vacuum brakes. However, they were just about as unreliable as the vacuum brakes were.

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