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  1. Julie I have not talked ... no reason too. You know you have been taking advantage of and there are friends to help you. You need to get that truck out of there as quick as you can. Just incredible the amount of work they have done on it with a $20k cap ... You just need to get the truck out of the shop hands and soon back too your hands. You paid what you owe ... now you owe nothing.
  2. Thats just someones opinion. We are all entitled to have our own opinion. My Uncle born in 1928 that passed away a couple years ago told me that. He would tell me about the days he would skip school, get Aunt Jennies attention and drag her out and they would take the model A out driving all day. High school sweet hearts that were married for over 50 years til death. The story about the old ford with mechanical brakes and they installed a flathead v8 ford in it. Couple of 16 year old kids, scared the crap out of them ... that car would run but the brakes were non exis
  3. You are correct really .... Main reason was it did live outside. After a good rain when I would start it a day later, and the electronic ignition would be wet and run like crap for some time until it dries out. I finally got my garden shed built this spring so now it has a place under cover to park. I still use it to pull a trailer with for yard work and hauling brush to the dumpster. I could get caught a a summer downpour, then be dead in the water til it dried out. Just will be more dependable with a hood. Then it has a headlight switch and wiring, but no headlights. The hood will
  4. Sorry there is confusion. I use that mower to cut my grass ... there is no other purpose for it from me. So while I build a tilt front end on it to keep the weather off of it ... I also built a garage for it and no weather gets on it. No I am not building something special .... just cutting the grass.
  5. Back in the day ... ya all wanted what you got. The visor was something your Grandpa ran. Nothing wrong with it. The kids were embarrassed to have such a abomination on the windshield.. Not saying I am correct, just saying if you were a hot rodder in the 50's the visor was for your Grandpas car not yours. So while we touch bases on the visor ... just not really important.
  6. I only wanted to add, I am no small engine mechanic .... just have a lifetime of experience with them. And I watch videos. I can usually keep the old junk running. The difference though is our life styles. I was disabled 10 years ago when I was 48 years old. Now 58. I was building houses and doing finish carpentry work, employer was charging the customer $65 per hour for me to be there ... I ran a 3 man crew ... I had no time to work on lawnmower engines. Most working people really do not have time to mess with small engines. Not a bad thing ... just something you ne
  7. This is my first pressure washer. I wanted one for awhile and looked for used. Seems they all needed a new pump. Been abused ... Or if they worked & they were asking for as much as a new unit. So I just bought a new one. I think they sell enough pumps that they are reasonable in price. I also am anal about having water connected to it. I wont even check for spark without the water running through it. I just lay the wand on the ground out of the way and have a spring clamp on the trigger to flow the water. I know the engine will not start .... feel it is a good habit to get
  8. I wonder what cost more ... replacing the engine or replacing the pump? Just figure out why your engine stopped running. I suspect with minor effort even if the valves need adjusted ... will be running in a few minutes.
  9. Whole lot of information to be learned about setting up a rear end here. Whats the goal ... is it going to be original and taken to shows ... thats one way. What if you installed a 7:3/4 rear end .... A great rear end if not giving it any power. Like a flathead 6? What if you went up to a mopar 8.75 rear end ... do you really need the strength for the engine you running? @Lorenadvice is good. But finding good replacement rear ends or transmissions on older mopar are out of range for many. They mentioned a Ford Ranger rear end which I think is a 7.25 ...
  10. All I can do is try it and see what happens ... it does ride better then when I had the old shocks on ... It might be ok. I hear ya on waiting on tires .... I think my wife wants to make a road trip to Albuquerque 6 hours 1 way. We only live once, if she wants to make a trip I do not want to stop her with a tire purchase. She knows I need to slather on the dialect grease and new tires. to make it road worthy .... She wants new tires now and says she has triple A A A if she has issues. Let her go. Tire rack has matching tires on the front for $70 each ... I fi
  11. I am going to take a stab at compression ... Just like a flathead 6 or any gasoline engine, you kinda need 60 psi for it to run? I am guessing a small engine is pretty close to the same. There is a difference on small engines, some have a compression release built in to ease starting. While others do not. My quick research just to get a idea ... A older 1981 horizontal shaft 5 hp flathead briggs & stratton has a compression release built in and a 60 psi compression test is good. While a newer 5 hp vertical shaft lawn mower with no compression release shows 80
  12. Thanks @JBNeal I honestly did not know there was such a thing as priming your shocks. Although I did prime it as they suggested just by playing with them. When you cut loose the packaging strap you would expect the shock to fully extend. It went about 4" or 1/2 way and stopped. I pulled it to fully extended and pushed down about 6 or 8 times to see if it would start working ... still just 1/2 way. Let it sit over night and still 1/2 way. Then I just collapsed it 6" or so, just the top 1/2 of travel ... still it went 4" and stopped with 2" of travel left.
  13. Gasoline engines ... just as many issues can be possible as we have words in the dictionary. I have a new pressure washer bought this spring, means it is cheap off shore junk. Used it a few weeks ago and worked fine. The other day I could not get it to start ... I tried ether and nothing so I assumed it was spark. I pulled the plug and it was soaking wet ... pulled the rope a few times and liquid squirted out of the plug hole. I checked the oil and oil just came overflowing out of the dip stick tube. I did not shut off the fuel on the gravity feed tank wh
  14. Appreciate the advice. also @JBNeal I have some electronics cleaner spray ... was going to use that but no clue what to do next. I will use the dielectric grease on it ... may as well take the harness off the computer side and do same. Although I went Friday to buy some and Ace did not have it. Looks like a road trip to pick some up. I have to change my attitude about my mechanic. I had a chance to work on the struts and he did everything he could to adjust them. Only thing left I can do is remove them, get the die grinder out and create more adjustment. ... Or repla
  15. @desoto1939Is correct. My local parts store, Charlie will take me in the back where the hoses are and show which are correct size. Then we look for one that can cut down to fit. The left overs I save and you can cut them down to squares and make nice heavy rubber shims out of for some future use You also can buy the universal fit ribbed hoses ... they are kinda sorta period correct and possibly could do what you need. I do not know how many turns you need. Today cars all use pre-formed radiator hoses and a mental thing. What we are use to seeing. Using the metal tube an
  16. Sadly it means 5% in my world ... that was .94 cents off off a set of shocks I ordered. More you order the more you save.
  17. Lets not nit pick here. My only point is if @wagoneerthinks this is quality cleaning. Then we need to have a talk about quality. We have a obvious issue with ground when we need to add a jumper wire with alligator clips from battery + ground to the distributor to get a spark. From what I see it could just be paint insulating the ground? ... needs to be cleaned. Now when @wagoneer post a photo of the cleaned master cylinder .... IMHO that master cylinder needs to be cleaned up a whole lot better then that to run on my truck .... evaporust in my experience wi
  18. While this may work for your master cylinder .... if the passages are clean. Looking at the surface area for the gasket and cover .... Really is not clean enough for a ground connection ... Really should be shiny bright metal. To be honest I would be more concerned about clean passages then a ground connection.I kinda have my doubts the evaporust is good enough to do either chore. If your brakes work as you like, fine I am happy. I am only saying it is too rusty and corroded to actually get a good ground off of. Not that you would want to use the mas
  19. The obvious problem is you have paint! I like this style of ground strap, they have heft to them, look period correct. Ground engine to body, then body to frame. Anyplace you put a ground, you need to sand off the paint and get to bare metal for a good connection. Another tip is to use star washers. They have little barbs on them and when tightened they bite into the metal a bit more. Then if wanted you can tape off the cable and paint over the top ... to keep it clean looking. " the most I have been able to get now is some spit back smoke through the ca
  20. Even possible it was the carb causing the issue before it was rebuilt .... Now it is fine. Did @librado65 change the oil while getting the carb rebuilt? Why I am not so quick to jump on the re-builder of the carb. I certainly suggest to inspect it closely. I think this is a learning experience in life. Lucky I learned on a old truck worth $200 at the time. Loss of the engine on a old classic like this sucks. And not cheap. @Sniper may be correct here. Another example just 2 days ago. I wanted to use my new pressure washer, worked fine last time I pu
  21. I was thinking the same as @knuckleharley At very minimum double check that carb before installing on next engine. I had a old beater 1961 dodge sweptline with a slant 6. It's main duty was to collect garbage and drive it to the dump 2 or 3 times a month. Then later started driving it more since one of the other cars was down. One day wife was driving it down the freeway and heard a explosion ... pulled over thinking she blew a tire .... it was running fine so she took off again. Later on I looked at it to see what I could find. I had to stand on the fender to
  22. Congratulations, you just found something to study and learn. Not trying to be a arse ... just saying you need to learn this. The info is available and you are in the right place. When I ordered my new tank and sending unit from Tanks The lady answering the phone asked questions ... I was very specific about being 6 volt + ground. She scolded me like a old school marm and said it did not matter. Just saying she sold the units for years and she said it does not matter 6 or 12 or + or - the sending unit will work for my application. Not saying she was bossy, she jus
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  24. Has great advice here. Pull the head, oil the valves inspect all ... I think I paid $100 for a engine rebuild gasket set from napa. But we have 2 different styles of advice here. imho the motor been rebuilt. It should be good unless it had sat outside or had access to water. Back in the day a farmer would hook a chain to it and tow it around the field until the compression came up and the engine started. I am that person. Others think you should disassemble the engine and go from there. The issue is so common for a engine sitting for years. I sa
  25. Nice job on checking the compression. You are in great shape and will be some work ... you got this! First off, the old school rings when sitting. They tend to freeze or get gummed up ... their job is to open up and seal the oil/compression. But with old oil and sitting, they just do not move. Working properly they expand & contract with heat and rotate around the ring landings in the piston. This seals the compression in the cylinder. But sitting for awhile, you may need to use some marvel mystery oil, some atf/acetone 50/50 in the cylinders to free up the rings and ge
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