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    I have an opportunity to purchase a 1966 Chevy 1 ton Dump Truck. The truck itself ran a couple of years ago, but has been parked in the barn for the past 2 years. Went to try to start it, but no luck, also no brakes.
    Apparently there was gas getting to the carb, cause it was running down the carb, but never fired. I was told the dump hydraulics worked well.

    My questions are.(1) I think we could get it running, but not sure what could be damaged by sitting so long. (2) on Older vehicles, can you get parts w/out too much trouble or at a reasonable price? (3) Is non leaded gas a problem with the older engine? (4) Although this seems to be cheap on the front end, I see a lot of work, Anyone with similar experience want to offer some advice..

    Thanks for any ideas...
    JeffandTamara
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    You should not have any problems getting parts for that truck.

    I am sure they still make points, carb kits and all that good stuff.

    I would fix the brakes first since you know the motor turns over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffandTamara
    I have an opportunity to purchase a 1966 Chevy 1 ton Dump Truck. The truck itself ran a couple of years ago, but has been parked in the barn for the past 2 years. Went to try to start it, but no luck, also no brakes.
    Apparently there was gas getting to the carb, cause it was running down the carb, but never fired. I was told the dump hydraulics worked well.

    My questions are.(1) I think we could get it running, but not sure what could be damaged by sitting so long. (2) on Older vehicles, can you get parts w/out too much trouble or at a reasonable price? (3) Is non leaded gas a problem with the older engine? (4) Although this seems to be cheap on the front end, I see a lot of work, Anyone with similar experience want to offer some advice..

    Thanks for any ideas...
    My Uncle bought a 62 Chevy 1 ton dump that hadn't been used for several years.

    Besides checking all the fluids... and installing a new battery, he had to clean the or burnish the points by passing a clean business card between the contact for half a minute before he could get spark.

    If the engine cranks and you have fuel and spark it should try to start. If it doesn't, the next thing to check is compression to see if the valves are stuck in an open position.

    He did replace the brake master cylinder and wheel cylinders and have the radiator rodded out.

    The dump hydraulics worked great... so he lucked out there.

    Let us know what you find out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffandTamara
    I have an opportunity to purchase a 1966 Chevy 1 ton Dump Truck. The truck itself ran a couple of years ago, but has been parked in the barn for the past 2 years. Went to try to start it, but no luck, also no brakes.
    Apparently there was gas getting to the carb, cause it was running down the carb, but never fired. I was told the dump hydraulics worked well.

    My questions are.(1) I think we could get it running, but not sure what could be damaged by sitting so long. (2) on Older vehicles, can you get parts w/out too much trouble or at a reasonable price? (3) Is non leaded gas a problem with the older engine? (4) Although this seems to be cheap on the front end, I see a lot of work, Anyone with similar experience want to offer some advice..

    Thanks for any ideas...
    First of all, what type of engine: (6 cylinder or small block Chevy V-8). If it's the small block; parts are plentiful at discount prices everywhere! The 6 cylinder should be available too.

    Fuel may have turned to vanish in the carburetor, use some carb cleaner to try to clean it out. If the engine runs and dies, try some starting fluid too in the carb. Keep trying that to clean the carburetor out. Unless you have electrical problems, you should be able to get it going, and fill the brake reservoir with fluid, and bleed the brakes.

    Non leaded fuel should be no problem. Good luck and post your results or further problems.

    If it is an electrical problem; check for a spark by grounding one of the spark plugs somewhere on the block. If corrision is in the rotor cap; give it a shot of WD-40, plus some on the points there.

    Since it was stored in a barn; the truck may have had rodents as visitors so look for damage on all the electrical wires too!

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    1) Sounds like points if it's getting fuel. Take a dollar bill and run it through the points in the distributor a couple of times. Better yet, if you buy it do yourself a huge favor and put a electronic distributor in it. It's a easy drop in swap in a Chevy. Did it in all my 1966 Chevy cars that have 250 straight 6's.

    2) Parts shouldn't be a problem. You can actually still get most of them from the GM dealership.

    3) Yes, if the head is original and the valve seats have not been done. If it already has hardened valve seats installed then your fine.

    4) As long as it's not a basket case of rust then I wouldn't run from it. Install all new brake components and if it still has the non-assist brake master cylinder do yourself a favor and install a vacuum assist master cylinder (dual cylinder not a single like it probably has). Change all the fluids, belts, hoses and so on and have fun using it.

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    BEFORE you try the other suggestions, pull all the spark plugs out and put 2-3 oz of AFT into each cylinder and let that sit for at least a day. Better if it sits for 2-3. Then burnish the points, spray the carb and all that stuff and try and get it to start. Let it crank over a few times before putting the plugs back in.

    The ATF will lubricate the rings and dissolve any goo or even carbon that may be holding them. It will also help increase the compression by sealing the ring to cylinder.

    The brakes may be a money pit. It depends on the amount of rust. Both external and internal. Brake lines do rust out from accumulated water as very very few people flush the brakes out. (Me neither...)

    Around here, dump trucks and grain trucks of that vintage go for 1000-1500 running.

    jb

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    Thanks for all the posts...Lots of insightful ideas here. The truck is about 60 miles from where I live, so kind of a pain to go back and forth to look at and work on.

    It is a striaght 6 cyl. When the owner and I arrived, the battery was flat dead as expected. Tried to pull start with a tractor. No luck, never even fired, but doesn't suprise me since battery was complete gone.

    As pointed out, brakes might be the money pit. I'm sure it should be gone through. I haven't committed yet, so I am still evaluating options. Asking price was $800, but that was when it was thought to be in good running shape. Now I don't know what the financial cost might end up.

    So far:
    Battery $60
    Brakes $150
    Routine Maintenance $100
    Insurance $500
    Tags and Taxes $70
    Plus lots of other things I have left out

    Seems to be adding up pretty quickly....
    JeffandTamara
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    But don't forget the cool factor. When you get it done you will have a "COOL" old truck. Not a modern tin can on wheels.

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    That old truck will be cheaper to get running and keep running than any new one.

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    That's just what I was thinking. The truck is old enough so that stuff is easy to repair by yourself without a master's in engineering, but you can still get parts for it. Put a coat of paint on it and you've got a parade rig!

    I learned to drive on a '63 Carryall so I can almost see the truck you're talking about. Funny how we remember our first ride like that.

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