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Old 11-02-2014, 09:49 AM   #1
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Hey. I am new to the forum and just wanted to introduce myself. My grandpa has a 1931 pickup that is currently just sitting in his driveway. It will soon be moving over to my place. I already have all of the spare parts and the spare engine. Can't wait to work on it this winter so I can cruise around with it next spring!

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Old 11-02-2014, 09:55 AM   #2
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Welcome to a great hobby. I am sure grandpa will enjoy helping you fix the Ol girl. There are also numerous experts on this site !
Most important is get it running safe and get out and drive her !
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Old 11-02-2014, 10:59 PM   #3
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Old 11-02-2014, 11:10 PM   #4
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Leave it alone cosmetically...I love the patina!

welcome and have fun!
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Old 11-02-2014, 11:14 PM   #5
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Welcome.

Grandpas are really great ...... & many Model A's today transport grandpas.
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Old 11-02-2014, 11:24 PM   #6
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Hey '31! Welcome here, glad you could make it. Tell us your plans this winter to fix 'er up. Working with your Grandpa is the best Christmas present you could give him!
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Old 11-02-2014, 11:33 PM   #7
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Welcome to the forum, I like the look of your A pickup.
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Old 11-03-2014, 02:57 PM   #8
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Welcome
Looks a real nice truck !! Post some more pictures when you can.

Lot's of help on this site
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Old 11-03-2014, 03:13 PM   #9
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Welcome to Model A's and the Ford Barn...
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Old 11-03-2014, 03:22 PM   #10
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Welcome to the Barn...

You will be astounded as to the wealth of info you will find here..

Enjoy.....

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Old 11-03-2014, 03:25 PM   #11
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Fantastic. How long has Grandpa had it? Make sure you take Grandpa for a cruise next spring.
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Old 11-03-2014, 03:45 PM   #12
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Welcome to the forum and welcome to a great hobby.
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Old 11-03-2014, 05:24 PM   #13
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Welcome! As the owner of a 1930 Pickup I can tell you they're a blast to drive!!! Drop me a line if you need any help with anything.
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Old 11-03-2014, 05:30 PM   #14
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Welcome! Consider adding a location and signature to folks know a little more about you. I know it's "scary" to do that on the Internet, but you won't have any trouble here. Have fun with your grandpa's pickup!
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Old 11-04-2014, 04:33 PM   #15
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From the front, your '31 has a great look ! If the rest is same as front, I'd leave its' outside alone...as it is ! What 'instructions' did Grampa give you with this truck ?
Welcome , and show us MORE pictures to enjoy.

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Old 07-09-2015, 07:54 PM   #16
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Hello, again! I got the truck shipped out here. Intercity Lines handled the transport.

Coming off the truck:



Here it is in the driveway:



Once I got a chance to work on it, I found it wasn't getting spark. I traced it down to a bad wire from the terminal box to the cut-out on the generator. I replaced that and got spark, but wasn't getting good fuel. Cleaned out the carburetor and got it to start! I took it for a little drive up the driveway to test it out:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/n79ezto8jv...%20pm.mp4?dl=0

It is still running a bit rough right now. The spark plugs had quite a bit of soot on them and one had some oil on it. It was also running a bit lean. I got new plugs and gaskets for the carburetor (the one between the intake manifold and the carburetor was missing for some reason). Hopefully that will smooth it out a bit.

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Old 07-09-2015, 08:01 PM   #17
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Nice truck!
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Old 07-09-2015, 08:13 PM   #18
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It IS nice! Hope you can garage it that will go far in helping to save it.
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Old 07-09-2015, 08:21 PM   #19
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Thanks, guys. It lives full time in my garage. My plan is to keep it looking as close to this as possible and keep it in good mechanical order.
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Old 07-09-2015, 09:01 PM   #20
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Wow! I'm jealous. Just found a Model T buried in a shipping container. Mostly all there but this looks like you'll be driving it really soon. Good luck
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Old 07-09-2015, 10:16 PM   #21
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WHY?? do many say, "Just leave it AS IS"? SCRUB it up really well, or folks will think you're a LAZY, NASTY PIG!! It will still have PLENTY of "PATINA"!
Some folks confuse "PATINA" with plain old NASTINESS!!! My Mamma would have a FIT!!
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Old 07-09-2015, 11:13 PM   #22
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Rare wide bed with the correct fenders. Good luck with the project.
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WHY?? do many say, "Just leave it AS IS"? SCRUB it up really well, or folks will think you're a LAZY, NASTY PIG!! It will still have PLENTY of "PATINA"!
Some folks confuse "PATINA" with plain old NASTINESS!!! My Mamma would have a FIT!!
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I will clean it up, but I'm not planning on painting it or anything. This is how it was when it was my grandpa's daily driver and my mom and aunts and uncles road in it as kids. I kinda want to keep it that way.
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Old 07-10-2015, 08:31 AM   #24
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Looks exactly like my truck when I got it in 1961. Hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine. Have fun!!!!
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Welcome to the Barn. Very nice project and it appears to be pretty solid.
Good luck and come back if you need help with anything. We are here and happy to give input and help.
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Boy!!!! Are you going to have fun with that. jack
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Just sent you a private message. Be sure to check your messages on this site. jack
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What a beauty! I am another who prefers the patina as is and along with a safe and reliable drive train they cannot be beat!
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Old 07-10-2015, 05:51 PM   #29
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Thanks for the welcome, guys. I started a "journal" of sorts to keep track of what fixes I make and cool drives or cruises I go on. Over here:

https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showthread.php?t=173024
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I will clean it up, but I'm not planning on painting it or anything. This is how it was when it was my grandpa's daily driver and my mom and aunts and uncles road in it as kids. I kinda want to keep it that way.
Sounds like a good plan. You were lucky to get such a good complete pickup, and know the history of it besides. Just keep all moving parts well lubed and the brakes adjusted, and you should have lots of good rides in it.

That missing carb to manifold gasket will make a big difference, and I always buy the thick copper gasket, like original.
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Welcome and your truck looks great
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Old 07-11-2015, 09:16 PM   #32
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Looks sweet, congrats.
Now...what's that "B" on the front bumper clamp?
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Old 07-11-2015, 10:24 PM   #33
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By you getting your Grandfathers truck running again will make him Young !!! Did this truck come from California ? if so do you where ?
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The truck and I are both from California. The Bay Area.
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The truck and I are both from California. The Bay Area.
I'm from Redwood City, originally, back when it was still a nice little city.
Left in '73, went to Sacramento area, left there when it too turned to crap, left in '98, it was already going downhill quickly.
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