[MV] Starting a Gasser

From: Paul A. Thomas (bluewhale@jaxkneppers.com)
Date: Mon Feb 17 2003 - 20:26:06 PST

Hi All:

        I was finally able to get back to the deuce this afternoon. In trying to
start it a couple of questions came to light. Please keep in mind I can
not be sure all pertinent switches are set to start the truck as it was
completely reworked by the local FD and converted to 12 volts. I'm trying
to make sure I have spark, gas etc first as the truck ran when it was
donated to charity in 1999 and my simple mind says it should Still start.

        After removing the air filter hose/elbow from the rear of the Holley carb
today I find that when cranking the engine I am getting good suction
there. However when I go to the tail pipe there is virtually no pressure
coming out. All of this is when the engine is turning over. It never
tries to catch.
        I have a spark, tho it is weak, at the plugs. I'm going to check with
NAPA or a local parts shoppe which specialized in old patched up engines
and generators for better ignition parts. And realized there are two more
gas filters to be replaced ( in front of and behind the add on electrical
fuel pump, which does seem to work ). There are no holes in the exhaust
piping. Nor any holes in the muffler.

        What bothers me is the lack of pressure coming out of the tail pipe. Even
if there were no fuel or spark, I would think there should still be
pressure coming out of the exhaust pipe. Could anybody tell me if I should
actually feel pressure at the tail pipe when cranking the engine?

        This may well not be related, however could someone tell me if the black
canister on the right side of this photo was original military equipment
for this REO? It has a steel tube running to the bottom of the carb. I
don't know what to call it, and could not find a photo showing it in the TM
tonight. Does it relate in any way to the ignition system?


        Thanks for your help again!

        MVPA #24986
        '53 REO Fire Conversion
        '53 AEC Chevy 3/4 Ton

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