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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by vtwin, Jul 25, 2010.
I've seen 4 door versions of these in a pickup body. Very cool.
Here's our new work truck that we picked up. It's a '57 with the 226 and 3 speed. Had a really ugly plow on it with a home fabbed frame. It was supposed to be used to take the brakes off and put them on our '48 CJ2A, the truck brakes bolt right up but are 2" bigger. So far we have just been driving it around.
That would make a great bike hauler!
Ok, got the truck legal to drive on the street! Decided to take it to the hardware store to get some brass rivets to fix the door latch and some countersunk screws for the hardware. Everything went well, got some 10 gallons of Chevron to help dilute the nasty 13 year old gas in the tank and proceeded to the the store. Old fashioned True Value store that has a lot of things packed in a little store. They had a lot of rivets, but none that I needed. They had the screws though in stainless, cool. Time to head home and kick back, temps have been nearly 100deg. Hit the last big hill on the way home and it starts to stall (does that combination of words make sense?). Seems like it's running out of gas, enough to start and run, not enough to accelerate. Crap, I think the questionable vintage fuel pump took a dump. Looks original, like from the mid 70's to the mid 80's. Heard the new E85 can eat up the diaphragm of the pump pretty quickly. Maybe not that quickly. Time to call AAA, since it won't run enough to get over this hill, gotta chock block it.
Hard to tell, but the hill is pretty steep, maybe like 12%. Parking brake won't hold while I try to start it in gear. So I use the chock to do that for me, no go and the battery is just running down. 1 1/2 hours later I'm home courtesy of AAA. Actually, it couldn't have happened at a better time and place, if I had taken the other route home, it's busier, blind curves and no shoulder at all. And even my wife went home this way and stopped. Weather was beautiful when the sun went down and a AAA guy was already at my neighbor's house when my wife got there. He picked up the call from the dispatched driver and that sped things up too.
I believe I found the problem, collapsed fuel hose, guess being 24 years old will do that to you. I decided to replace the fuel pump as well, ethanol is pretty bad on old rubber. The replacement pump is a poor comparison to the AC Delco it replaced. An Assembled in Mexico Airtex. :-( Decided to replace the cap and rotor and refused the Made In China one and ordered an AC Delco one, girl at the counter gave me a funny look. Tough to get anything made in the US now a days. Hopefully the parts arrive soon and I get back on the road.
New pump does not have this hardened plate for the lobe to ride on. But it's on and will probably last awhile.
When was the last time you've been able to replace a fuel pump in 15 minutes? Just look at all that access. Forgot to mention, the pump was only $21 locally. Saw it as cheap as $10 on fleabay.
I don't remember seeing it in this thread, what engine do you have?
It came with late 70's Buick 231. As far as I can tell, it's the even fire. I seem to recall something about looking at the distributor cap contacts. If they were evenly spaced, even fire, weird staggered contacts, odd fire. Anybody know for sure?
Saturday and put the new cap and rotor on, AC Delco, "Made In Mexico" , sheesh! It was better than the paper mache one made in China though. Ok, everything buttoned up, added some gas through the air cleaner by backing off the wing nut and pooling on the recess of the air cleaner. Vroom, running! I take it out, start climbing up the hill and poof, dead again, won't barely run. Crap. I always think the worse, so I'm imagining the carb's accelerator pump is shot and thinking a nice Holley 2 bbl would be sweet. Ooops, $300 on fleabay, fergit it. Carb kits are like $14. Only a quick walk home, get the wife and the Trooper, tow strap and cable. 20 minutes later, we're home. Things to do and I'll leave it for sunday.
Sunday: Pump the gas, no fuel in bowl or the accelerator pump is gone. I pull out the factory filter in the carb inlet, clean. Crank engine, fuel has good volume. Get the truck started and turn it around and back it on some ramps. I'll change the tank to line hose first.
Got the new hose in place, apparently, the line is supposed to be solid steel, must have had a bad spot here and a hose was installed. For some reason I don't have an spare clamps, so I use the lousy spring clamps.
Of course I have a completely full tank to boot. To prevent the hose from getting cut on the edge of the tank I wrap it in heater hose, should be ok until I replace this with a section of metal line joined by two short pieces of hose or just use compression fittings. Depends on how much room I have to work with, not much at the top.
This does look like the culprit.
This was a soft spot in the hose, probably collapsed when the nearby exhaust heated it up some. As Gus Wilson once said, "Like a straw in a thick milkshake".
Well, let's see if it worked......and the results......
Running pretty sweet now! Just got to play around with the return springs for the throttle as the idle hangs at times.
I need to win the lotto. From Jeeps.com
I got enough confidence to take the truck out for a longer ride. Put on about 20 miles.
Found this old Jeep growing in the weeds. Not a pretty restoration, but runs well and has been reliable.
It's a 49 CJ2A.
Can't see the pic for some reason??
Not sure what's going on here - I see the pics in your reply.
Anyone else having this issue?
i see the pics in both posts. I also wonder if those tires are 60 years old or repro?
I pass the Alpine Inn on my way to work. Hello Local!
HA...there they are!
I was at work
Thats awsome man.
Just got myself a winter project this past fall.
Many repro parts including the tires. Some body panels from Malaysia, from the presses that were sent there in the 50's. The presses were originally bought from an appliance manufacturer, and only have a 6" drop - hence the front 'flatty' mudguards are two piece, as are a bunch of panels.
Interesting, used to be able to buy complete bodies in them Jeep parts catalogues from the 70's. They were coming from the Phillipines if I remember.
Nice yellow wheels....as they should be!
There is a Willys in there, been there for at least 25 years. Just that the owner is hiding it a little better with old metal roofing. Used to be able to peek at it from the road.