Since we have this blog just sitting here and a big project ongoing I thought why not. The boat is still going to happen but is on hold at the moment due to the entire work a lot thing. I will be back at it hopefully sooner than my countdown timer over in the margins would suggest.
Last year Lori’s dad Larry passed on. For the past month we have been busy working on his truck. It is a 1962 Chevrolet C10 Custom with a 283 and 3 on the tree.
It had been sitting under his carport since sometime in the early 90’s. We went and picked it up and brought it home.
The first order of business was attempting to install the new windshield with the gasket and glass Larry had already purchased. Turns out that rubber shrinks over time and the gasket would not go around the glass, it was just to small. We had to order a new gasket and hope to get the glass in soon.
After the glass attempt I removed the carb and rebuilt it, once reinstall and hooked to a temporary gas tank the truck would still not fire.
I then replaced the distributor and coil with a new HEI unit from summit racing. At this point she fired right up.
I could not get the engine to idle at lower rpm. My guess was timing as I had only eyeballed the distributor when I installed it. I bought a timing gun and rotation tool to get it sorted.
Once the rotation tool arrived and I could move the crank I discovered the timing chain is pretty much toast. I was getting 4.5 to 5 degrees of slop between the crank and the distributor. No point in timing it before replacing the chain. Also I had found that it is now blowing oil out both ends of the crank seals. The motor needs to be pulled and rebuilt. So taking from my experience rebuilding the A4 for the Bell we did the wise thing, we ordered a new GM factory 350 motor. Crazy thing is it will probably cost us less in the long run than rebuilding the 283. Plans are to keep the 283 and I will probably rebuild it myself sometime after I retire.
So now we have an engine hoist, engine stand and bunches of parts waiting on the engine to be delivered this afternoon. Looking forward to seeing the new plant.
Other things we are going to work on with the truck, well, everything. Mechanically it will all be upgraded or replaced. Electrically it is in decent shape. We will be adding reverse lights an seat belts.
After the wrench turning is done we send it to the body shop. Any suggestions on a local shop?