First start and run of Dodge VF-402 1.5 ton Army dump truck; hasn't run in probably 15-20 years (judging by condition of cloth-covered spark plug wires). New battery and tune-up, oil changed. No ether. Ran good but couldn't drive due to gas pedal broken. No, I didn't get it running before shooting the vid!
Dodge Army Truck First DRIVE WWII 1940
At long last, here's me driving my 1940 Dodge 4x4 1.5 ton Army truck for
the very first time. No oil pressure gage, no temperature gage, no
generator charging, no brakes! Took it about 100 yards up the street and
back. Took the driver's door off due to it not staying closed. Just swapped
the radiator for one that doesn't leak as much! Carburetor didn't work too
good, either. Will re-do the carb next, and try to get the gen to charge.
Need to replace the water distribution manifold, too. Didn't want to move
due to tires settling into soft dirt last winter...
1947 Ford engine starting after 31 years
Old Henry, our 1947 Ford, engine starting after 31 years.
For video of the car's first drive shortly after click here:
For video of the car's second drive with the old man that purchased the car
in 1959 click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OImNZD7L6U
For later photos of the car restored and on the road click here:
Here's a recent one driving in the snow:
Here are all of the road trips he's been on since we restored him:
Monument Valley in March 2013:
Bryce Canyon in February 2013:
Milford, Utah in December 2012:
Nevada and Idaho in November 2012:
Rocky Mountain National Park in September 2012:
Yellowstone National Park in May 2012:
Death Valley in February 2012:
Pike's Peak in July 2011:
Route 66 in April 2010:
59' Hayes first start in 10yrs
This is my 59' Hayes Clipper 220 Cummins first start in 10 plus years. Put
a couple batteries in it and she whirled right over and fired.
1940 Dodge 3 ton truck WW2
Some old footage from 2000 showing the Dodge's six cylinder engine fired
up. It was leaking a little oil, the tyres were all soft, and the fuel and
ignition were jury-rigged together to make it all work. The footage isn't
the best as it was lifted from a 10-year old VHS tape, transferred to DVD,
converted, then edited into an mpeg file.
This 3 ton truck has been off the road since the mid 1950s. I'm always
looking for spare parts for the "big" engine - 331 cu in - so if you can
help, please get in touch. I also need a spare wheel - 10 stud, 20"
diameter, by Budd, split rim.
The ongoing restoration of this lorry can be followed on
Footage of the truck's engine running in 2011, for the first time since a
comprehensive overhaul, can now be seen on this later video:
A 1941 Dodge Power Wagon is resurrected in Gorham, Maine and tackles the
snow, just for fun.
Abandoned Old Truck Breathes New Life.
This 1965 Ford F100 was abandoned on the property I bought about 10 years
ago.. We didn't think it would run or anything, as it was pretty rough
looking, just sitting under some trees.. It appears to have never been
tampered with, and it is all there,. It's a short bed, short wheelbase
fleetside Custom Cab, and is worth saving.. We were surprised the engine
purrs like a kitten, and doesn't smoke and.. We found out the previous
owner was an old man (he died) that changed oil in all his vehicles every
1,000 miles, religiously.. The shifter needs work, and there are no brakes,
but we will take care of that at a later date.