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Re: Waking up a Texas M151A2

Postby m3a1 » June 12th, 2018, 11:37 am

Well, it started right up so I'll just run it a little bit and give it a chance to fail again and then dig into it and we'll see what's what. A little shot of starting fluid will determine if it's fuel or not. My fuel filter is a little dirty but no so much that it would starve the engine of fuel.
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Re: Waking up a Texas M151A2

Postby rickf » June 12th, 2018, 2:40 pm

But how is the filter in the tank? And what is the condition of the fuel pump?
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Re: Waking up a Texas M151A2

Postby m3a1 » June 12th, 2018, 3:12 pm

Hmmm. Hadn't considered the in-tank filter because I'm getting a normal amount of volume up in the clear fuel filter. Next time I run it around I'll terminate the trip at home and see if it will refuse to restart. If it does, I'll go look at the in-line filter first and see if it's dry.

When it runs, it runs like a champ. It never craps out or acts like it's starved for fuel (unless I don't put gas in it... :lol: ). It just won't restart after I have been driving around for a bit and then finally shut it off. That doesn't seem like a fuel issue to me at all.

I did take the cap nut off my capacitor connector today as a small bit of wire was showing where the insulation had started to come off. I doped that up with black RTV and screwed the cap nut back on. That solved that but I didn't see any indication that it might have been grounding out so that's a dead end.

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Re: Waking up a Texas M151A2

Postby m3a1 » June 17th, 2018, 10:24 am

Yesterday I gave myself an early Father's Day present and began pulling out all the radio kit I have amassed over the years. The key bit was the installation kit for the RT-246 which was supposed to be complete (dealing with Delaware Lister is like dealing with the Devil) but as it turned out, the sponson mount (SC-DL-48677 and its associated bits) was missing. :roll: So, my wife plucked a used one (minus the little strap steel parts) off of eBay.

My truck once had radios so it was a pleasure putting the antenna support bracket on and filling up all those old holes. Wow, that antenna is tall! I hadn't really considered what it was going to be like, having to have that tied down but it does lend a certain something to the truck's character. The RT-246 I have is rather decrepit and will require a little tidying up. That'll be a fun project. It's been gutted so the kids will be able to play with it without any dramas.

Happy Father's Day!

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Re: Waking up a Texas M151A2

Postby m3a1 » June 20th, 2018, 10:37 am

My used sponson mount came in yesterday. It's as ugly as the rest of my truck and looks like it was there all along which I think is VERY cool and is a huge bonus. You all know how I hate clean spots. :lol:

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So, I'm tracking down all the original holes which have all been doped up with some rather curious filler the military used. Judging by what can be seen on the inside of the holes, it probably come in a tube because it looks like a shot of old toothpaste squirted through each hole. I should have the sponson mount in by day's end. It has been raining intermittently around here (which Texas always needs) so I may just wait on mounting the rest of the kit, rather than dodging the weather.

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Meanwhile, the Alley Cat watches, and waits.... Just like Rick.... :wink:
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Re: Waking up a Texas M151A2

Postby m3a1 » June 25th, 2018, 5:38 pm

After giving some thought to Rick's estimation that my intermittent fail-to-restart problem was fuel related, I decided to replace the fuel intake filter. Nice easy job and if you're making your own cork gasket, it is 8" in diameter.. A regular paper punch will make the bolt holes with no trouble.

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Ummmm... That's some Fllght of the Phoenix stuff, right there! Impressive, no?

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You have to admire the creativity of the American farmer!

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Believe it or not, this worked for a very long time just mutting around on a ranch. Only when the material began to degrade (and get caught up in my fuel filter) did this really become an issue!

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Re: Waking up a Texas M151A2

Postby Fil Bonica » June 25th, 2018, 6:04 pm

Give me your address and I will send you the correct filter if you want.

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Re: Waking up a Texas M151A2

Postby m3a1 » June 25th, 2018, 6:59 pm

Thanks Fil, but I already got one from the Great Big Box of Everything and installed it. She runs like a champ now.
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Re: Waking up a Texas M151A2

Postby rickf » June 25th, 2018, 7:26 pm

Did you measure the caliper of the holes in the Arizona can?
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Re: Waking up a Texas M151A2

Postby m3a1 » June 25th, 2018, 11:31 pm

Yup. Bic Ball Point Pen sized. (That's an official size, by the way!)
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