• To ALL forum users - As of late I have been getting quite a few private messages with questions about build ups here on the forum, or tech questions about your personal project. While I appreciate the interest, sending me a private message about these topics distracts from, and undermines the purpose of having a forum here. During the day I wear many hats as a small business owner-operator and I work tirelessly to provide the absolute best service possible to you, our valued customer. When I created this forum I rounded up some of the best minds I knew so that any tech question you might have could be asked and answered by either myself or one of my highly experienced moderators, this way the next time this same question is asked the answer can be easily found and utilized by the next IH enthusiast having the same question. This allows me the freedom to run the day to day operations of the business and minimize the impact to shipments and shop activities that these distractions can cause. It is of the up most importance for me to complete the daily tasks in order to best take care of you our customer, all the while providing you a forum to get the level advice and input you have come to expect and deserve from the premier IH shop in the country.

    So with that I ask that anyone with a question about one of our build ups or a general tech question to please use the forum as it was intended. I am absolutely available by telephone to answer your questions as well but at times may direct you back to our website to better field your question or questions. Most other private messages I will be glad to answer for you.

    Thank you for your understanding.

    Jeff Ismail

304 Idling issues


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A brief bit of backstory before I get to the issue. I work at a quarry where a 1969 IH D1500 was still in use as a crane truck until last year. My brother fired it up, drove it around for a little, and then left it idling while he did something else. After a little bit it idled down to nothing and wouldn't start again. It was dragged out of the way and has sat till now. I need it to move scrap so I'll be resurrecting it soon. It might be low on gas but if it isn't, do y'all have any thoughts? I has a 304 and a manual tranny, though I don't know what type it is.


Several possibilities come to mind. With so little to go on, I'll just spitball some wild ass guesses at you and maybe something will stick.
A. Like you mentioned, it ran out of gas. That's easy to check.
B. The engine wasn't properly choked and being cold blooded, it just died before it could warm up enough to idle unassisted.
C. The choke got left on full even as the engine had warmed enough to run without the choke and it died.
D. The alternator said later 'gator, so the engine was running off the battery until the charge became so depleted that spark energy could no longer be maintained and the engine died.
E. The fuel in the tank was older and nastier than Nancy Pelosi's under britches and some foreign matter got sucked into the carb which plugged the sumbitch up tighter than Chuck Shumer's manjyna.
F. The key got left switched to ON/RUN for half a friggin hour after the engine died, frying both the points and the coil. No sparky, no starty.
G. The engine was low on motor oil and seized up tighter than Shmucky's manjyna.