I recently retired from the automotive service industry and being a gear head my entire life starting from the muscle car era I felt very fortunate to have a friend ask me to get his old truck running. A 1939 Ford COE flat bed truck his grandfather had purchased new. It had not run since 1970 and shows 39,000 miles on the odometer. It had been in storage in the basement of his family's fruit packing shed for the last 50 years. The Ford 239 cu in flathead was seized tight from accumulated internal rust. What a great lesson in the advance of technology! I have the engine rebuilt, it only require .020 over pistens and the rod journals machined .010 under. Upgraded it to adjustable valves. I am now in the process of repairing the 1st year for ford hydraulic brake system. Hope to have it running soon. This truck is truly a great barn find. The black paint still waxes out beautifully and the card board door panels still have a sheen. A great covid project!
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