How's it going everybody? So, as the title says I have a 1949 Mack L95 that I plan on restoring. I'm new to Macks, and big trucks in general, so I'm here for some much needed guidance from the experts. I have experience with car restoration and work as a general mechanic, but really very little experience with big trucks.
A quick back story on the truck. Its a 1949 L95 with the big en707a gas job and 1000gpm. The fire department I work for in MA used to buy exclusively Macks from the 40s through the 70s. This truck was bought new by my department in 49, where it served as E4 for 25yrs until 1974. It then became spare E22 until about the mid 80s when it was auctioned off, never to be seen again... Until a few years ago. In 2016 someone sent me a Craigslist ad to this truck for sale, rotting away in the woods in NH. Being assigned to E4 at the time, and being a gearhead and history buff, I couldn't let it go. I went up to NH and brought her home.
According to the seller it ran when parked a little over 10yrs ago. I moved the motor by hand and it does turn over. Theres some rot around the door sills, floor and seat frame, but the body is rock solid. The motor looks fairly clean, however it looks like there May have been some sort of leak /crack in one of the heads... Looks like someone put some epoxy in a small spot on the outside of the head. Other than that, there was a big nest in the carb (air cleaner was off) and the exhaust manifold had a couple pieces broken out (which I guess is common?).
I haven't done a whole lot with it so far, but am hoping to get started soon. Ive done as much research as I can, including contact Mack and getting all the history, documents, and restoration resources on the truck. I pulled the carb (which is a big Zenith) and rebuilt it with a NOS rebuild kit from Zenith. I drained the oil and put a little marvel in the cylinders. The basic plan is to get the motor to the point I can try turning it over to at least get an idea of where it stands and then go from there. From there I'll make a list, starting with the brakes which were taken apart by the previous owner.
All in all I'm a little overwhelmed, but really an dedicated to getting this thing done! I'm committed to hearing that big 707 run again.
What I'm looking for is any tips, tricks, guidance, or even "hey, what the hell are you doing you idiot!?" from you guys who have experience with these trucks. Does my initial plan of attack sound decent? Also advice in sourcing parts, for example finding an exhaust manifold.
Sorry for the long story! I appreciate any and all advice, and thanks in advance!
Here are some pictures of how we found it, and just after we towed her out.