jdikeman Posted February 22 Share Posted February 22 (edited) After finally retiring in December, I decided in January that it was time to get moving so I picked the weasel up and hauled it into the shed to see just how much I was in for. The vehicle has sat outside the entirety of my life and I've yet to see it move under its own power in that time. There is a picture of this vehicle in a 1952 Life magazine article with the headlight on, but no clue if it was even operable then. Having sat outside in Western Kansas for this time, there was about 6" of dirt/mud from the differential, clear back to the engine compartment. Good thing I guess that it never rains out west. Submerged in this muck has however taken its tole on things, especially the connectors. Getting the pin out of the clutch clevis took multiple cussings. The pins on the clevises of the shifting rods also took way more time than they should of or certainly what I had hoped for. Early this week the engine came out and I've started the triage process on it. The engine does appear to be frozen. Field mice are very industrious and opportunistic, way more clever than their urban cousins. Mice traveled down the exhaust pipe and have built a nest in the exhaust manifold. I don't have it all the way off yet to see how large of home they built. This also occurred on my 1954 Lincoln where the carried grains of wheat clear to the back cylinders and dropped the wheat on top of the pistons that had open exhaust valves. The thermostat is nothing but a pile of rust. On a good note, the transmission appears to be in great condition, still has oil in the bottom, and no rust at all that I can see. When I removed the water pump, more good news in that anti-freeze came out. Smells like something from another world but has green color and pools like anti-freeze. I'm also unable to get the distributor pulled from the engine. As there is dirt and associated hull rusting below the differential, I want to get it out and that is my current hold up. I've pulled the axles, removed the 6 bolts on each side holding the front wheel carriers. The shop manual indicates to use a couple of small bottle jacks to assist the removal. We must be talking really small, as its about 6" from the inside of the wheel to the side of the hull. I've placed my 6 foot pinch bar into the carrier to see if I could break the adhesion. I've placed a jack in the middle of the carrier and applied enough vertical pressure to see the whole vehicle start to raise. No better luck on the inside with the differential removal either, stuck fast. Placed chains around the outer flanges per the manual and applied a vertical pressure with chain hoist that didn't cause anything to budge. Still will need to come out in one way, shape or form. For all of you that have been down this path already, would really appreciate any tips or tricks that you might be willing to share. Edited February 22 by jdikeman 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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