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Old 10-01-2018, 04:46 AM
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Sounds like a good adventure in an older truck. Great job on keeping it going. I live in Carnation, 20 min out of Monroe. I believe I've seen this truck before. Not to Manny jeep pickups around here. But it also was a little over a decade ago.
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Old 10-01-2018, 11:33 PM
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Sounds like a good adventure in an older truck. Great job on keeping it going. I live in Carnation, 20 min out of Monroe. I believe I've seen this truck before. Not to Manny jeep pickups around here. But it also was a little over a decade ago.


I love my truck, I have no doubt it is the one you saw, there really aren't many of these around. I guess that's why when I was sitting at a stop light one day and a 57 Chevy convertible followed by a 65 mustang convertible drove by both drivers heads swiveled to stare at me as they passed. I had to laugh because both those cars are considered iconic but they seem so common compared to a jeep pickup.
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Old 10-03-2018, 10:00 PM
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Old 10-04-2018, 05:09 AM
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Old 10-04-2018, 03:39 PM
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Thank you but right now most everything has been put on hold. We are trying to get the house ready to sell next spring and with a potential pending move I can't do any of the big stuff.



I am getting close to having enough money for the Fitech 2 barrel setup I hope to buy soon. I want the 2 barrel because it will bolt to my existing intake manifold and for the most part look close to stock with a stock air cleaner. I have both a 2 barrel and 4 barrel air cleaners that look the same, when I get the Fi installed and figure out which one I'm going to use I'm going to convert it to a duel snorkel that should look factory.



Also my wife's birthday is coming up and I plan to buy her a mig welder so she can replace the floorboards on her Buicedes. She also wants to do the work on my bed when we get settled somewhere where we have enough space to work on stuff.
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Old 10-05-2018, 08:37 AM
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"Also my wife's birthday is coming up and I plan to buy her a mig welder so she can replace the floorboards on her Buicedes."

WOW: "buy my wife a welder for her birthday" !!!

that is a something rarely said !

i love it.

sounds like you got a cool wife.

take care, good luck with the move/sale, etc.

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Old 10-05-2018, 06:35 PM
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"Also my wife's birthday is coming up and I plan to buy her a mig welder so she can replace the floorboards on her Buicedes."

WOW: "buy my wife a welder for her birthday" !!!

that is a something rarely said !

i love it.

sounds like you got a cool wife.

take care, good luck with the move/sale, etc.

dave in NC


Thanks, She really is cool She almost died on me a year ago after feeling bad for about 2 years before that. Doctors misdiagnosed the problem and she wound up in ICU for 7 days and progressive care 3 more before she decided she was well enough to come home. $250,000 later she is feeling better than she has in years and getting all motivated to do all kinds of things.



The guy we bought the car from does automotive restoration work and at the time we visited him he was working on replacing pretty much the entire lower half of a 55 Chevy convertible that looked like it had been left abandoned in the forest for 40 years. He explained the whole process to her and when we went back a couple weeks later to get some parts he had the floorboards and body patches all done.


My plan all along with that car was for me to replace the floorboards but a couple weeks after seeing the 55 Chevy she said she wanted to do it herself. This actually surprised me but she has been gathering stuff to make herself some purple welders leathers and learning as much as she can from the internet so I am going to buy her the welder and see how she does. Hopefully she likes it and I can put her to work fixing the body on my truck.
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Old 10-17-2018, 09:35 AM
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It's been some time since I've written much on the truck. There really isn't all that much going on with it. The other day I found a "free" pile in front of a house and stopped to see what was there worth getting. What I found were 2 vacuum gauges. I really needed these because I have had my doubts about getting the intake on correctly and was concerned about vacuum leaks. The gauges confirmed there were no leaks but last year my defrost quit working. I wired the defrost actuator half way open so it kind of worked but it never really worked that well. Sunday, thanks to the vacuum gauges I was able to confirm the problem was a lack of vacuum at the actuator. I tracked the problem down to the switch that supplies vacuum to the actuator. This is really a pain to fix on the pre '73s but I tackled it anyway.


First I had to remove the switch panel from the dash. To do this you have to disconnect the electrical connector, remove 2 nuts and tilt it out of the dash from the bottom of the switch panel. It is held in at the top with a spring. Next it required disconnecting the temperature cable which was a simple matter of removing a clip and loosening one screw. The last thing was to check the connections with the vacuum gauge and sure enough there was vacuum in but not out.





At last at this point I knew where the problem was, I wasn't sure exactly what the problem was so I took one of the vacuum lines off and took the switch into the house. I made up some soapy water, poured it over the switch and blew into the hose. The result was bubbles all around the mating surfaces of the rotating switch.




The switch is simply 2 machined plates that are forced together by a spring. A screw and a spring clip keep the non moving half attached to the assembly. I took the switch apart and found dirt in the mating surfaces. I cleaned it up the best I could, put it back together and re-leak checked it. To my surprise It didn't leak and seemed to work normally. So I started putting it back together and dropped the spring retainer clip and couldn't find it. It didn't seem to effect the overall function so I put it back together without it.




After connecting and testing the vacuum switch I then put the switch assembly back in the dash which isn't very easy. There is a spring on top of the assembly you have to pry open a bit, then slip the assembly up into the hole in the dash, then slip in the bottom part. Once it is in place you have to find the clip that holds the bottom part in and install the 2 nuts that hold it in. Then I reconnect the electrical connector and verified that it functions. Everything seemed to function normally and I now seem to have a fully functioning defroster.







Because I lost that spring clip I bought another switch off ebay for $12 shipped but if I lose defrost again I'll just pull the vacuum lines off the rotating switch and tee them together until I can find time to fix it. Defrost is pretty necessary here in the winter, more than the floor heater.
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Old 10-21-2018, 12:15 PM
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man that controller is some kind of gadget
it takes a certain understanding of them to do what you are doing

one thing for sure
the shiny controller face plate, etc
looks way cooler on the older models.

hope you get it all working properly.

glad your wife has recovered and is going to be welding on the project.

i am impressed !

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Old 10-21-2018, 04:17 PM
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man that controller is some kind of gadget
it takes a certain understanding of them to do what you are doing

one thing for sure
the shiny controller face plate, etc
looks way cooler on the older models.

hope you get it all working properly.


It is quite a gadget, it's kind of cool how it works. Before I tore into it I had no idea whatsoever how it worked, just figured it out as I went. Reluctance to dive into it and fear of breaking something is why I went all last winter with the defrost actuator wired partially open. It's actually not that bad to do which is why I tried to show in pictures how to do it, in case someone else runs into this problem.



I really prefer the look of the pre '73 dash and the chrome stuff that came with the super Wagoneer and custom cab over the white knobs and buttons. Even if it means replacement parts are scarce and I wind up having to figure


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glad your wife has recovered and is going to be welding on the project.

i am impressed !

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Thank you, she is pretty much all better and now puts me to shame. Her big concern with welding is she is worried she will break a nail while doing it. I've been married to her for a long time and this sort of thing is totally new with her. Before I was always the one who did all that stuff.
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Old 10-28-2018, 08:49 AM
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keep us posted on you rig's status.

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Old 10-29-2018, 06:26 AM
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10-4 cranky
keep us posted on you rig's status.

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I will but it's looking like things are going to go slow for a while. I'm thinking about painting the header panel to at least kind of match the copper tan of the rest of the truck.



I do have a new (old) problem that just popped up again. The speedometer started acting up again yesterday morning At about 40 MPH it starts making a hell of a racket and suddenly indicates 50 but bounces between 30 and 50. When I get the speed back down to 20 or so it starts working fine again until I hit 40. It started doing this almost exactly a year ago but after a week or two stopped and has been fine since. It also has never done it when the weather is warm. I guess I should make a post about it and see what kind of ideas people have for fixing it.


Last year when it happened I checked with some speedometer shops about fixing it. Tacoma speedometer said they can't get the parts any more but Palo Alto Speedometer said they could fix it for probably $295 + shipping. That's a lot to me and right after that it stopped doing it so I never bothered looking further. There is a guy in Istanbul that had some new old stock ones for sale and I thought about buying one and taking the speedometer head out to put into mine, his are in KPH. I also thought about buying that and getting a converter so it showed in MPH but was a 180MPH speedo, just because I think it would be funny to have a jeep truck with a 180MPH speedometer I'm just not sure about buying from someone in Istanbul.
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This morning when I got up to go to work I found my windows iced over. I don't know where my ice scraper is so after starting the truck I tried scraping it with an old credit card. That didn't do much of anything so I looked in the other car for a scraper. I didn't find one but in the couple minutes I spent looking for the scraper the windshield had started to defrost, which was amazing, and the inside of the cab was already warm. It's amazing how well the heater and defrost work now that that vacuum switch is fixed
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now you know,....
next time when you have icy windows
fire it up
and go back inside for a cup of coffee
when you come back out
you will be ready to go.

glad the heater/defrost are working correctly.

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Haha! For sure, Dave! Sounds like he needs a remote start function!
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Old 11-13-2018, 08:32 PM
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now you know,....
next time when you have icy windows
fire it up
and go back inside for a cup of coffee
when you come back out
you will be ready to go.

glad the heater/defrost are working correctly.

dave in NC


I also now know if it happens again I can pull the vacuum lines off the switch and just tee them together and it will get me by.



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Haha! For sure, Dave! Sounds like he needs a remote start function!


I don't need or want one. I had remote start on my van when we lived in Michigan. It was great when it worked as advertised but after we moved to Wa I was parking in our garage and one day the van just started by itself, my keys weren't even in my pocket, they were on a hook. That's when I started parking outside and occasionally I would find it just sitting there idling. Something was not working right and at random times the remote start would start the van, it would idle for 15 minutes burning up gas then shut itself off. I recently heard a thing on the radio about people dying because they have push button ignition and they forget to turn off their cars when they park in their garages. I wonder how many of those people actually had malfunctioning remote starters.



In truth it never gets all that cold here. I recently bought one of those heaters that sticks to the bottom of the oil pan to keep the oil warm on those cold nights just to help reduce engine wear on cold starts. I really don't like leaving my truck sitting idling unattended for fear it will get stolen. I have full coverage but I love my truck.



Last year just before the defrost quit the heater core failed. At some point in it's past the heater core had been replaced with a brass one like BJs sells. It failed where one of the lines meets the core. Autozone claimed they had an aluminum one in stock that was correct and I really didn't trust using another brass one after the failure so I bought the one from Autozone. As it turned out the AZ one was about a half inch narrower and thinner than the original and I had to get a bit inventive mounting it but it seemed to work. When winter came it never seemed to get as warm as it had with the brass one. It was never so bad that I couldn't live with it and my drive to work is less than 15 minutes so it was never a big deal other than the defrost problem. It was also around that time the defrost quit. As it turned out it must have been the flapper door for the heater was not opening more than a small bit so very little warm air was getting into the cab. Now it not only warms up fast it warms up a lot, enough that I actually have to adjust the heat off full hot.
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