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1947 Dodge WC 1/2 ton pickup
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2023 3:51 pm    Post subject: 1947 Dodge WC 1/2 ton pickup Reply with quote

Hi,

As mentioned briefly in the updates thread, this old pickup is our latest buy - the reason for the B and little van having to vacate. I've known this for the best part of 10 years, and long-termers on the forum may remember me photographing this and big Dodge together back in 2014. When it became available to buy, things here were juggled sufficiently to make its purchase feasible.



I talk about its known history in the following upload, basically I think it spent most of its life in and around an almond farm in California, before being shipped to the UK in 2013.

https://youtu.be/TV-XHqis5c4

RJ
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2023 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the look of that Rick.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2023 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rootes75 wrote:
I like the look of that Rick.


Thanks, yes it's a nice old truck. We were out in it today, a curious flapping sound I think is the speedo cable throwing in the towel, so I'll have a look at that tomorrow.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2023 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Curiously it now refuses to start, there are sparks at the plugs and fuel appears to be getting through, so I'm not quite sure what it amiss. I may well do a compression test and I'll have a good look for any possible leaks around the inlet side of things, I can't see the timing having gone awry as I'd only had it running a couple of days before it refused to play ball.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2023 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One thought I had was... you may have a failing condenser. The compression may be subduing the strength of the spark. In other words, the plugs may not be sparking under load.

My Dad always said you ideally want a fat blue spark rather than a yellow, weak one.
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2023 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you've seen previous videos etc you'll know that the fuel pump has been a bit of an issue. It came with a repro pump that has failed twice, the last time in town resulting in me phoning Mrs OCC to come out with the A frame to tow me home. The linkage inside keeps disconnecting, rendering the pump no use.

I now have two original AC pumps on the bench. A couple of new diaphragm/gasket kits arrived yesterday from the USA so these have been installed in the pumps now, I'll fit one AC pump to the truck, and keep the other as a spare in the toolbox just in case.

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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2023 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your experience sums up the ''old vehicle'' parts experience, especially from the USA...

I keep telling you...fit a Facet electric pump out of sight.....Wired to a 12 volt battery....if needs be?

{ I think 6 volt leccy pumps are quite costly....Sorry, I always view solutions from the viewpoint of my very limited pension income [even more limited these days]....rather than from the more splendiferous incomes of others on here...}
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2023 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The problem with electric pumps can be that these old carbs don't agree with the pressure that some pumps put out, so then you're into getting a fuel pressure regulator and so it goes on.

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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2023 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick wrote:
The problem with electric pumps can be that these old carbs don't agree with the pressure that some pumps put out, so then you're into getting a fuel pressure regulator and so it goes on.

RJ


The basic Facet-type pumps [or ACDelco, Aertex, etc, ] only put out a max of around 3 psi at best.

Pressure limiters can be combined with filters or are simply added into the fuel line as a filter would be these days...
The other issue is, of course, we're not running on old style petrol, either.
That in itself can create running issues which we either struggle with, or find modern day solutions to get around it all, and keep on driving.

A trip round Youtube will elicit how American enthusiasts keep their old bangers running on modern petrol [and dealing with more extreme weather to boot?]....using stuff that Datsun did in the '60's..namely, out-&-return fuel pipes...with a small bore return pipe running back to the tank?

Who is going to recognise a tee piece and additional small bore fuel line?

Which would take care of 'over-pressure' worries?
Or heat-soak worries?
Or hot-start worries?

Not 'new' technology either, if Datsun did it 50 years ago or more?

[Who said Datsuns were the ultimate in reliability, either? I had a Cherry, back then ['80's] [looked like the Alfa Arna?].....it regularly conked out in the middle of the North York Moors, on the unpaved road section!!
I had to source a new fuel pump for it.....

Weird dashboard lighting, too.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2023 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Completed a successful run out in the Dodge yesterday, one of several such proving runs negotiated over the last few weeks. This particular drive out, which included a car parade, was also an excellent test of the cooling system!! More soon.



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