Post by Scoutpilot on Jul 30, 2021 13:34:18 GMT -5
The North Carolina Aviation Museum and the Ashboro airport here in North Carolina acquired a vintage jeep. They thought they were in need of a float for the carburetor they had. My good friend Andy Crofoot, suggested they contact me. After speaking with them, I want to visit the man in charge of the project, whose name is Jerry, and we met. He showed me the carburetor that they had. It was a piece of junk. I immediately offered to build them a carburetor for this jeep. I went to look at the jeep. I realized it needed a lot more than just a carburetor. That's when I made the offer to donate my time and the equipment that they needed to make this jeep run. The paperwork says it is a 1948 model, however, I believe it might be a little bit older than that due to the brackets for the canvas top frame. I set about to restore a 539S for them, an AC priming single action fuel pump, and ceramic filter with magnatrap, as well as points, condenser, cap, and rotor. Included in the donation were a new oil bath air filter support bracket, a new complete crossover tube, and all of the assorted clamps and small tubes. With everything installed, we were not able to get it going today. We will be trying again next Friday. The attempt we made to start wound up with oil-fouled plugs. The timing is definitely off, but fortunately, this flywheel has timing marks. Next Friday we will attempt to get the basic timing set and make sure that the fuel tank is not encumbered with dirt and rust. We will also be checking the compression. I feel confident that this next effort will yield a running motor. Here are some photographs so that you'll see what we're working on and where.
Last Edit: Jul 30, 2021 13:35:29 GMT -5 by Scoutpilot
Since only about half the parts I ordered showed up in time for Friday, I called Jerry, the museum guy in charge of this Jeep, and informed him we should reschedule for next week. He agreed as he wasn't finished with the fuel tank cleaning and repainting.
I am still searching for an IAD 4008. As of now (yesterday afternoon) I have received a new set of cloth-covered, copper-core plug wires, a new pre-bent fuel line with a rubber crossover tube, a new tank sending unit with a varnished cork float. New Choke and Throttle cables as well. And various small parts needed to complete the job.
I've got a spare tank in the storeroom that I was going to use to resurrect my '46 and I'm going to keep it in reserve for this project, just in case.
I'm not at all happy with the wiring in this old guy so I'm going to take the new 12V full wiring harness I've also been holding for the '46. I bought it about ten years ago and it's been sitting on the shelf for all this time. Probably going to need a new Ballast Resistor and coil as well.
I decided that I would go into the vault and take one that was on one of my motors waiting for rebuild. I'll clean it up, paint it and set it up for installation. That is, of course, after I can get it out.
Post by Scoutpilot on Aug 20, 2021 13:44:24 GMT -5
Success today. Tank cleaned. New fuel supply tube and crossover tube. Restored Pump, Custom fuel line, Restored Filter, and Restored WO. I had to relocate the plug wires on the distributor as they were one position off. And here we go. Aviation Museum Jeep
Last Edit: Aug 20, 2021 13:46:24 GMT -5 by Scoutpilot
Hat's off to ya Boss! Purrin like a kitty in a creamery! A26 in 1st foto? Grandpa said they were nimble and ferocious but hard to land due to high stall speed and tricycle gear, always came in hot and nose high. Aunt Deb has a black and white of Chief Master Sgt L. C. Aldrich and his A26.
Thanks, Muley! I'm not finished quite yet. I'm very close to having the restored distributor ready. It is an A26. This one was modified to be a corporate aircraft. The bomb bay doors were secured and large seats were installed throughout the fuselage. I thought Oily might get a kick with the WLA.
Glad they would help. Being an A26 fan since we have one living on the airport I know of another called The Sugarland Express that used to be in Houston that the guy would do barrel rolls in - pretty nimble is right. Here is the local A26 and Grunt (if I hit all the right buttons)