So what are my plans for the truck?
This is not a restoration project. I wanted to buy a truck that was in running order, but that didn’t work out. I bought this one because the bodywork and paint and bright work are all in very nice condition, which means I don’t have to spend the many hours (and dollars) necessary to get those sorted.
My goal is to get the truck back on the road as soon as possible so I can drive it. After that point I’m sure there will be small projects, upgrades, aesthetic items, etc. that I can work on at my leisure. But right now I want to get it running and stopping.
The truck has been sitting and hasn’t run for a period of years. Here’s how I plan to get it running again:
- Drain the old gas. Drop the gas tank and get it cleaned out if necessary. Replace the rubber fuel lines and fuel filter and get the carburetor rebuilt.
- Drain the old oil, replace the oil filter, and add new engine oil. Replace any rubber hoses as necessary.
- Drain the coolant and pull the radiator and have it pressure tested and re-cored if necessary. Replace the thermostat and radiator and heater hoses. Flush and replace coolant.
- Replace the battery and elements of the ignition system including distributor cap, rotor, points, and spark plugs and wires.
- Replace the brake and clutch hydraulics and do a full brake job.
That’s pretty much my plan. I’m hoping it won’t take too long to get those items done. When steps 1-4 are done I will probably try to start up the engine. I’m not going to drive it until I’ve done the brakes, though! I’m sure there will be some trouble-shooting along the way.