Researching fixing up an old truck


#1

I’m a children’s book author who doesn’t know diddly about cars. (But I still love Car Talk.) In the book I’m writing, I want a boy to help an old man fix up a truck that’s been sitting in the garage a long time. It stopped working years ago and he never bothered to fix it. I have two questions for all you car geniuses: 1) what kind of truck would be good to use, i.e. one that they could work on themselves; 2) what kind of simple repairs might they do to get it working. Thanks!


#2

The truck could be a Ford F1, and they would have to change the ditributor cap and points along with the maybe the tires that are by now empty.

Hope it helps.


#3

[b]A good truck? A 1953 Ford F100 pickup. Classic!

Some repairs? Rebuilding the carburator, removing and replacing the gas tank for a new one, replacing the fuel pump, and flushing the fuel line. This would all have to be done to get a vehicle running if it sat for a long time.

You could also include new sparkplugs, wires, cap, and rotor.

Tester[/b]


#4

Thanks a lot! Those things all seem reasonable for the boy and the old man to do and I will research how to do those things further.


#5

There is a book that I think would help you. It is by John Jerome and titled “Truck: On rebuilding a worn-out pickup and other post-technological adventures”. This book is fiction, but is technically correct. It describes the adventures of a person who moves to the country and needs a pick-up truck. After much searching, he finds a 1950 Dodge truck which hasn’t been used in a long time. He spends the winter rebuilding the truck in his barn. The book is a social commentary on today’s technology. The truck, when it is finished, is named the Harry S Truman, because the truck was made in the Truman era and the author believes it possesses the same traits as Harry Truman.


#6

Actually, almost any truck of the 1950 era was simple to work on. I owned a 1950 Chevrolet truck when I lived in the country. I bought the truck used in 1972 for $110. Parts were, and probably still are, more readily available for Chevrolet, Ford and Dodge trucks, than were the parts for Studebaker and International Harvester trucks. There was also a Jeep pick-up truck made by Willys motor company of Toledo, Ohio.


#7

I will definitely try to find the book - I’m not sure I could fix the truck but I’m feeling more confident about writing about it!