Good Morning ! And a bright sunny one it is! Supposed to be the hottest day so far this year, around 89* forecast.
I'm working on getting my truck and trailer ready for the trip starting next week, I need to do normal maintenance, check tire pressures, lube trailer bearings, check trailer brakes etc.
Did a lot of things this last week, but seems like I didn't accomplish anything.. setting up the little bits and pieces needed to finish a job. Then all of a sudden everything is put together, and the job is done.. Well no job got done, but a lot of little bits and pieces got ready.
I did spend some more time on the '41 Plymouth pickup truck. I FINALLY found out what was wrong with the idle circuit on the carb.. and it WAS NOT clogged up! Just the opposite: there is an air bleed in the idle fuel passageway that connects to an orifice just under the choke in the top part of the carb. This orifice is supposed to be about .015" diameter. Well some bozo 'rebuilder' in the past must have thought 'if .015" is good, then .125" must be better' ! The large orifice let nothing but air down to the idle needle valve, there was no way that the engine could pull fuel through a tiny fuel metering jet, with an 1/8" orifice open to atmosphere in the circuit.
I found an original carb top, with the correct orifice, but there were too many things wrong with the top. So I took a piece of solder, cut just a bit longer than the depth of the too-big orifice, swedged it into the hole: I tapped on it with a hammer and blunt punch, wedging it in the hole.. then I took a jet drill and put the correct size hole in it..
VOILLA !! it idles at about 400 rpm. just ticking along, I can hear the .008" valve lash of virtually every intake and exhaust valve.. NICE engine !!
Next on this truck will be some more steering parts. so far I"ve replaced the passenger side tie rod end, and adjusted the steering gear box, but the driver's side tie rod is pretty worn too, and it's the left hand threaded one, tough to find for this old truck. The drag link has some play in each of it's ball joints, but thankfully these are the adjustable type, so I'll soak them in some penetrant to soften up the ancient grease and mud.. very little rust on this truck.
I finally broke down and bought a battery for it.. $105 for a small 12v battery !! I need to check on the salvage price for lead !! $22 core charge !! Anyway, with a proper size battery in the box under the drivers floor, I was able to make a new plywood floor board, [was originaly plywood] and now I have a 'normal' floor in the cab.
The truck is really starting to shape up!!
Well time to get my butt out of this recliner. and get my hands dirty yet again.
Hey Freddy, I'm heading over to 'Marty's Bus' to read your latest addition to the saga.
Freetown Fred: glad you are feeling better every day, and I'm sure you will appreciate getting your plumbing hooked back up!! One word of 'warning' you will be like a newborn for a week or two:: no control, and everything comes out when it wants to come out !! It will take a week or so to retrain that sphincter muscle !! Well worth it though !!
Snowman: is that water problem a roof drainage issue? or is it a ground sloping towards the building issue??
Lisa: I cannot agree more! Just think how much better people would be if they could get taxed only once on their money? I just get furious about our government at times..
Right now every single item is either being taxed or some damned polititian is trying to get a tax on it to increase the income for the government's toilet bowl of spending. [our money going down the toilet]
Social Security was never supposed to be taxed, but now 85% is taxible.. grr.. I'm gonna quit before I ruin my whole day.
Take care everyone !! And give all your loved ones a hug: 'just because'.