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  1. I suspect this is a area you will want to explore and try to get the existing in as good shape as you can. Rather you think so or not, the shift linkage is a very important area, you want to be sure you have it as lubricated and working as you can. Otherwise, just take it apart and grease it, then assume it all works.
  2. I have a package of assorted gasket sheets, Think I first tried making a cork gasket, I can say that failed. Or at least it was not re-usable., Think I will try the rubber sheet material next ....or maybe the blue fiber sheet. thats if the parts house does not have a copper alternative to offer. Not asked yet.
  3. fwiw, my 49 B1B had a copper gasket on the drain plug. It was shot and came off in 2 pieces. So I put it back on without it, I am not driving it on the road at this time, just start it up and move it around the yard. My drain plug leaks without it and need to replace it.
  4. I will tell you my theory I learned while was in the tire business. But I dealt mostly with modern radials, not sure how much is different between bias and radials. The proper amount of air in the tire, is the amount that is needed to carry the load. Just saying, If the left front tire on my hoopty goes down to 20 pounds psi, and the tire is squatting, it is under inflated. Same time, if it is not mounted on the hoopty, then it has enough air to carry the sidewalls and is not underinflated. The air pressure is directly related to the amount of weight the tire is carrying. A modern tire may say max pressure 35 psi. If you put 35 psi in then and mount them on a 2 ton truck and add weight, they are over loaded. The sidewalls will squat and down the road the tires will fail. If you put the same tires on the front of a hot rod roadster, very little weight on them, maybe 20 pounds psi is all you need to carry the weight? Only saying, it is the air pressure that holds up the tires, You need your tires side walls to stand up and take the load. The max air pressure on the side of the tire is same as a 1 ton chain hoist, you can lift anything up to 1 ton, over that you are on your own. But you can lift any weight you want under 1 ton. If your tires say max 35 psi, you can run less then that, just make sure your tires sidewalls are standing up to the job. You may find that 28psi or 30 psi, gives you the best ride and the tires work best ... you just need to play here to find what you like. 35 psi in same situation may ride like a wooden buck board. Even though I am used to working with radials, I see no reason why bias is any different on weight and air pressure.
  5. 5 miles down the road I may have been doing 4 mph under ...I just hate using the cruise control, I figure I have more control for defensive driving without it, and I vary a bit up and down. I figure 3-4 mph is a safe space .... boy was I wrong
  6. I bet that truck never looked this good when it was on the show room floor ... sure is nice.
  7. Careful out driving in Texas today, police all over the interstates. I was shocked that I was pulled over, first time in years. Same time I was heading south, The sheriff was heading north. He turned on his lights and came barreling across the median and chased me down. He asked me if I knew how fast I was going ... Yes sir, think it was 79mph .... Thats right, you were doing 79 and thats not 75 .... yes sir I replied. I really was kinda shocked the way he jumped the medium and came after me for 4 mph over. Oh well, just gave me a warning and sent me on my way .... Now if only I was driving a B1B, speeding would not be a issue .... sigh! 😔
  8. Really easy fix just send a pm and communicate in private. Nothing to get upset over
  9. This is a good question, I do not think the average person does this work at home. While the wheel cylinders were suggested to be sleeved, this sounds good. The wheel cylinders are stepped, have 1 1/4" on one side, and 1 3/8" on the other ... you will have to sleeve them twice. The post above, I think they would do only high quality restoration of a master cylinder. Whitepost.com Changing the existing diameter to change the needed pressure, would be a experiment and like to hear what you find.
  10. The shiny scares me, I am going to stop at tractor supply tomorrow, see if I can exchange a gallon of gloss black, for a gallon of semi gloss black. This rustoleum is just to shiny for my taste. In the meantime, I do not mind putting gloss black on the frame and under the hood ... I just refuse to put it on my exterior. Pimp me out black ... I want black, I just need something not so shiny.
  11. I would have to agree with you. My other truck had the controls on the left side of the steering column. But this was a after market option, not a factory installed option. The owner could tell the dealer where to put them. Simply is no right or wrong where they are located. Just is what it is.
  12. I simply do not have time to correct the issue today. As much as I want to, I just cant. I have to head to the showers and get ready for a trip tomorrow. I also do the shopping, the house cleaning, the cooking, not complaining just tomorrow I have a 6 hour road trip ahead of me. Take my wife to a DR appointment, then later to Lubbock for a medical procedure. So that fender needs to sit until I get back, and will be the day after tomorrow I get back to it. Being disabled and retired leaves lots of time, we still do not get to choose how we will spend that time.
  13. Last year I used some muriatic acid to remove rust. I thought my process was going to be better then what I was told to do. For some reason, My way worked on one fender, but on the other fender it did not work at all. I treated the fenders last year, then stored them in my office, the one bad fender was first in and had all the rest of the front end parts hiding it. Just saying, this is correct and how I put the fenders away. ...The hood and other front end sheet metal was just fine with same treatment. Then you look at this fender, I am fighting it and think I am winning, is a acid wash, then a vinegar rinse then repeat, then hose off and repeat again. I do have the inside of the fender looking good, Now starting on the outside. I just wanted to add, Muriatic acid is good tool to have, be sure to neutralize it correctly. I bet one more winter in my house and would have lost this fender, it was rusting so bad. Now it is just a job twice as big as it was the first time, because I did not do it correct the first time 😥
  14. If I was going to do first start in years on this car. First let me add, the motor oil you added is good, but not great, but it may have prevented the rings from seizing. A motor sits for years, and the rings tend to seize to the pistons, now you do not have good compression when you try to start it. You need a light oil like mmo to soak in and free the rings. Putting motor oil in did not hurt anything, and may have helped. So adding a light oil like mmo, some like a 50/50 mix of acetone and atf, choose your poison. Let it sit for a few days I would then install a battery, I would first remove the coil wire, I would not want it to start! I would want to spin the motor over, watch the oil pressure gauge, and when it is building oil pressure I would be ok to start it. While you are spinning the motor over building oil pressure, now would be a good time to pull the spark plugs and run a compression test. This will tell you f you have any sticky rings or valves, and tell you if the engine will run. If you have already added oil to it, you may just skip to the compression test or skip the test, build oil pressure then let it have spark and fire it up. Then if it does not start, go back to compression test and spark. Very least build oil pressure first before trying to start it. I think you said in another post, the car has been sitting for 7 years. I am afraid that if you put a battery and gas to it, it will start almost instantly, I would want to keep it from starting to lubricate the system.
  15. This is used and needed to install semi truck tires. The same 3' long bars to change the tire on the wheel, used to lift them up onto the hub. You can stand on them to raise the tire, and have both hands free to manipulate.
  16. I once knew a old retired brick layer, his nickname was Cadillac. He had a few of these old 50's Cadillac's fully restored. And a 2 acre storage lot with many other Cadillac's in various condition. His entire working career, he drove these old Cadillac's, the trunk was big enough to put all his brick laying tools in, including a brick saw if needed. Usually he worked for another company and had a lot of out of town traveling, just needed his hand tools. He was a very colorful person to talk to, big ol straw cowboy hat, always a cigar in his mouth, always had a smile and a story. He was 78-80 at this time 20 years ago.
  17. 79512 is the zipcode, your grandparents look to be about 4 hours away. There are pipelines all over this area.
  18. I am just stating my own experience, My first truck did have the pins, and it was a bit of a pain to get the small pin lined up with the hole and wheel over the hub. This truck without the pins, you just need to line up one hole and get the bolt started, shove it on the hub and they all line up. This could be because my center holes on the rims are the same size as the drums, they are self centering. If I had custom wheels with a larger center hole, still same procedure. Start one lug and a little rotating the tire with your legs to start the second, Why I said it might take 10 seconds longer if searching for second hole. The one bolt lined up with any hole on the drum is easier then searching for the pin and small hole on the wheel. IMHO. When you try to spin the wheel to match the pin, the drum wants to spin also. I just think the pins get in the way, more then they help .... I would only keep them because they are original. I feel sorry for anyone changing a tire in the dark with rain and wind on the side of the road .... given the opportunity I would pull up diagonally behind them to run as block and then help with the tire change. Hold a flashlight, or change the tire and have them hold the light.
  19. It is not the trucks fault it was born later and ugly. Seriously just joking, there will always be some rivalry between the B 1-2, & B 3-4 owners. As others stated above, at this stage is not worth fixing, will cause no harm and think it may be hidden from any view when assembled.
  20. My truck is missing the locating pin and has newer wheels on it. Such a minor detail, I have had the wheels on and off several times, Just a non issue. I would say yes they are handy to have, but maybe slow down the process by 10 seconds. I would prefer to keep the pins if I had them, would not spend one minute thinking on how to replace them if not on there now.
  21. Either would work, using the pump will tell you if it is still working. If it is no longer working, then can go straight to the carb and gravity feed it ... the tank now has to be higher then the carb. The main thing is to be safe and not get in a hurry, make sure all your connections are secure and leak proof, make sure the tank will not fall over etc. Sometimes we do something a hundred times safe, then get careless and in a hurry, thats when accidents happen.
  22. My 2 cents, with all the damage. Now would be a good time to search for a 1948-1950 complete nose and install it
  23. Thanks for the tip, I will check them out. I have had this master cylinder in & out twice so far. Ran into problems with the old brass fittings being cross threaded. I knew the 4 way fitting was cross threaded, I could not find another, so switched to 2 T's. That's why I left the new lines long so I could twist them as needed in place. I then found the brass fitting on the master was also cross threaded, so I pulled it back out to replace it. Now I have it back in, and can route the lines as needed, I also picked up a 5/16" plug to take care of the extra hole in the 2 T's. This plug will work to hold the fluid, when I pull the master for the 3rd time, bench bleed it again, then connect it to the finished lines. I Have a new floor pan to install, I finally cut the old floor out last night. Now I can finish the lines from the top instead of laying under it. Now I am more concerned with getting this area cleaned and painted, then finish the lines. Just take advantage of the nicer weather to paint, before it gets to cold to paint. So much work in this area needs to be done before the floor goes back in. Shakes head and sighs 😲 Clutch pedal bushing is bad E-brake is froze & cable is broke Service the u-joints and replace as needed Shifting linkage needs dis assembled and cleaned greased Sure I will find more once I get into it. Sure glad this stuff is fun
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