I couldn’t help mounting my “new” bench seats in the WC-54 today. I had a problem though. When I went to move it to the garage, the brake pedal went to the floor! No pressure whatsoever. I just drove it about two weeks ago and the brakes were fine. Not perfect, but they worked. As I’m new to these rigs, I located the master cylinder in the most inconvenient location imaginable. Then I discovered I could remove the floor panel on the driver’s side to gain limited access. The first thing I noticed is that the fill cap has an open hole in the top. It is not sealed. Is that normal? It seems that dirt and dust could get in there rather easily.
There are all kinds of fluids leaking from various components including the steering box directly above the master cylinder. I couldn’t tell if the moisture surrounding the master cylinder was brake fluid, oil or both. I added some brake fluid and begin bleeding the brakes by pumping the pedal and then holding down with a 2x4 between the pedal and the seat, since I never have anyone handy to help. Rather time consuming, but works. I eventually was able to get them to work. If I need a new master cylinder, I am not looking forward to replacing this one.
I did have a question. It is rather difficult to see, but is there only one brake line coming from the master cylinder?
I digressed a bit. Here are the photos of the cleaned up back compartment:
I found the driver and passenger interior door panels:
I also found four metal tube brackets that look familiar to me for some reason, but I can’t place them. They are marked US. Can anyone tell me what these are? Are they part of the WC-54's equipment?
One last thing, I had a link to a downloadable manual for the 3/4 ton Dodge, but I can’t for the life of me find the website now. I think it was like $12 and was maybe in France. Does anyone know of this website?
I appreciate any comments. Thanks!