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  1. I've been watching this auction. The seller seems like a very straightforward and honest man. I also found a website where he told the story of the work he did on the truck. http://www.gasbuggys.com/imghiwl/ihindex.html
  2. That could be a Chevy or GMC 15" split rim from a half ton pickup.
  3. Three great answers. Thanks to all of you.
  4. This morning I discovered a plugged fuel inlet screen in the vacuum tank on my White truck. Has anyone successfully used an inline fuel filter between the fuel tank and the vacuum tank? Or maybe installing an old fashioned glass sediment bowl would be the way to go. I have one at the bottom of the vacuum tank, and one before the carburetor. That seems a little redundant, and perhaps I should move one to the inlet side of the vacuum tank. The rust particles originate in the fuel tank, so it would seem wise to get them before they reach the fuel inlet screen in the vacuum tank. The fuel tank was cleaned, and looks good, but it must still have some stray particles sloshing around. So my question is...Inline filter, or sediment bowl ? These are large particles, not microscopic. Thanks.
  5. WPVT

    Vacuum tank woes

    I took a close look at the vacuum tank this morning. By unscrewing the priming port, I was able to see that the float was not stuck in an upright position, it was down where it belonged. Good to know that the port can be used for a visual check on the float. My next step was to check the little mesh strainer at the fuel inlet. It was plugged solid with some rust particles. So that was the problem. I'm creating a new topic to ask if anyone has successfully installed an inline filter between the fuel tank and the vacuum tank.
  6. WPVT

    Vacuum tank woes

    Thanks to you both for your comments. Since rebuilding the vacuum tank, the engine ran at fast idle for 30 minutes or so on several occasions. So it was working OK. I won't be at the truck's location until later in the week. I agree that it seems like the float and/or the valve it actuates is stuck in the up position. Now I'm trying to remember if the priming port goes straight into the inner tank, so that I could possibly see or touch the float.
  7. WPVT

    Vacuum tank woes

    Thanks. I'm sure I could be wrong about that. Just trying to work through the probabilities.
  8. WPVT

    Vacuum tank woes

    Thank you both for your thoughts. I'll try filling the vacuum tank through the port, running the engine, and checking the line to the fuel tank for vacuum. I'm guessing I don't have any. If that's the case, it would mean that the float and/or spring mechanism is stuck in the upward position, closing the vacuum valve and opening the atmosphere valve, correct? I think I can rule out things like bad gaskets, casting cracks etc., since the vacuum tank was working fine before the truck sat idle for a month. I suppose I could disassemble the tank very carefully and hope that the problem will be visible when I peek inside. Maybe I'll be able to see if something is hung up in the spring mechanism. I tested the flapper valve when I last had it apart, so I know that works OK.
  9. WPVT

    Vacuum tank woes

    I rebuilt the vacuum tank on my 1929 White and then it was working fine, but now it has developed a problem. I'd like to approach the problem logically, before I take the tank apart. When I rebuilt it, I could see that it was in fine shape, just had dried out gaskets. While the engine is running, the vacuum tank runs dry, i.e., no gas coming out the bottom. It has sufficient vacuum, and there is no obstruction between the vacuum tank and the gas tank. Since it was working OK, I'm guessing that the flapper valve is working. Am I correct that the float must be stuck in the upwards position, or at least the valve it actuates is stuck closed? I can add gas through the priming port on the top of the vacuum tank, and the truck runs until that gas is consumed. Intermittent problems can be tough to solve, which is why I'd like to think this through while the tank is dry and not working. Disassembling the tank will probably cause whatever is stuck to loosen, and the problem will remain a mystery. Here's another question...If the float mechanism is functioning correctly, the float should be down while the tank is dry. When I fill the tank through the priming port, I should hear it click at some point, right? I would think that if it doesn't click, then either it isn't working, or it's stuck in the up position. Thanks in advance.
  10. In an earlier post, a gentleman suggested temporarily patching in a length of clear line between the vacuum tank and the fuel tank in an easily visible location. This would take some of the mystery out of the situation. You could watch the vacuum tank running through its cycle (or not). Seemed like a good idea.
  11. The Zenith updraft carburetor on my 1929 truck has a sticking needle valve, currently stuck open. Are there any tricks for un-sticking the valve besides rapping on the carb or tearing it apart?
  12. WPVT

    Vacuum fuel tank

    Thanks. I appreciate your posting the reply.
  13. I have a Zenith updraft carburetor on a 1929 White truck 6 cylinder engine. When starting, I retard the spark, increase the throttle, and close the choke. The engine turns over and starts the instant I open the choke. If I try starting with the choke closed, or with the choke open, it won't start, only when I go from closed to open while it is turning over. That doesn't seem quite right. I couldn't, for instance, start the truck with a hand crank unless there was someone in the cab. I'm happy that the truck starts, I'm just skeptical that this is the way it should be started. It runs just fine, by the way.
  14. It might be restating the obvious, but two criteria work to determine value. The first is rarity and condition, i.e., how likely are you to see another one soon in similar condition. The second is whether you or someone else wants it more than the seller, so are willing to pay his asking price. Once restored, most antique trucks sell for less than it cost to restore them. Not a great economic investment. The missing factor is the enjoyment derived from ownership and the adventure of getting an old truck running again. You get to pick that number yourself. The fact that you are even considering buying the truck means that you are a prospective owner. I hope you can negotiate a price with the seller that keeps you both happy.