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  1. whtbaron

    Mystery Tool

    Best guess.... crimping tool for wire fittings for different sized wires?
  2. whtbaron

    1932 Studebaker Indy car build

    It's been a while ( 2 yrs since my last post) since I checked in on you, but I'm glad to see you're making progress. Those stumps are very heavy to move around the shop. I've got a couple that I'm using under my anvils, and I want to make a forming bowl and one with a stake plate (for holding sheet metal and Hardy tools) as well. The greener the stump, the heavier it will be. I use a 2 wheel hand truck to move them around and it works quite well. In warmer climates you might want to consider removing the bark so there are less chances of insect infestations. The blacksmith boys will also scorch the bottoms and seal them with an appropriate wood product to keep them from holding moisture against the concrete floor and forming mold.
  3. whtbaron

    ID for 1914? era car

    My understanding is that they were hunting buddies, and that the shorter one is my friend's father. It was most likely taken in Canada so a Canadian built car is quite probable.
  4. whtbaron

    ID for 1914? era car

    Hmmm... OK... I was thinking the hood vents looked too far back for a Model T. Thanks.
  5. whtbaron

    ID for 1914? era car

    A friend of mine was asking if this was a Whippet 4... looks much earlier to me, maybe a 1914 era car? This should be easier to ID than the usual pile of rusty parts I'm trying to work with...
  6. whtbaron

    1925 Chrysler Speedster

    I know some guys that are into "ultimate" wiener roasts... they launch a lit wad of rags soaked in diesel fuel with a potato canon into unwanted buildings stuffed full of dead limbs (trees boys, think trees...) . Obviously they live out in the country where there are no park staff involved, but the resulting flame has been seen from miles away.
  7. whtbaron

    1925 Chrysler Speedster

    I'm late getting back to the question, but yes, the 228 did come out of a 54 Canadian built Dodge pickup so it is the long block version. My Mopar mechanic is currently putting the 54 pickup on a late model 4x4 chassis which would make a few guys around here cry a little. On the bright side I was able to score a mint running flathead with the 4 spd transmission for $300. LOL... I just noticed the remnants of the tree in the wrecker when I was about to say that wrecker ( oh man, is that a hand powered winch??) might have some resale value. Guess it comes with free fire wood?
  8. whtbaron

    Seems like a real shame

    A couple years back, one of the rod magazines ran a series based on the premise that it was faster to complete a car by buying a restored car, doing a chassis swap to a modernized one, and hitting the road without all the bother of new paint, interior, etc. It seems the concept has caught on with enthusiasts with deeper pockets, but lacking the time or talent to restore a body. The slump in the antique car market has also helped to make it more economical. He would be hard pressed to get three grand out of that chassis around here.
  9. whtbaron

    1925 Chrysler Speedster

    Too bad you weren't closer... I'm looking for the same truck for it's front and rear axles (with 5 bolt hubs). Time does fly... 2 yrs later and my Whippet chassis just barely made it into the heated shop before the snow flew...
  10. whtbaron

    Continental from 1925 Moon

    If it doesn't hop out on it's own pretty soon I'm thinking more extreme measures might be called for. I hate to do it but since the block is toast anyway, I might take a cutoff blade around the top of the cylinder and see if I can relieve the metal that is hung up against the rings.
  11. whtbaron

    Continental from 1925 Moon

    Strong rust too.... 2 weeks later and I'm still soaking. I've tried heating the outside of the cylinder walls twice, putting the acetylene torch down the coolant ports and melting snow on the piston... no budge. I had to take the rod cap off with the air chisel and I've beat up the rod with the hammer anyway, so I might have to cut the rod below the piston. I'm a little reluctant to do that because then all I have is the remaining rod/wrist pin to hammer on. I wonder if soaking coke down the walls around the piston would dissolve the rust enough to free it up?
  12. whtbaron

    How to Remove Paint Spilled onto Car

    Lacquer thinner is another possibility as long as the original finish wasn't lacquer... which in the case of the Jeep is unlikely. The problem with all of these suggestions is that if the underlying paint is badly oxidized, you will probably rub through before you get all the house paint off. I wish you luck, but I've been faced with this predicament on a customer's car before, and ended up doing a complete repaint.
  13. whtbaron

    OEM parts found!

    LOL... looks like you have the same luck as me!
  14. whtbaron

    Continental from 1925 Moon

    Got curious this afternoon and decided to tip the Moon engine on it's side and have a look underneath. First we had to blow out another shovel full of Rockies remains... . There really is 6 connecting rods in there so the top of#2 piston is almost completely gone, and it does appear to be a 4" stroke. The crank has been emerged in squirrel remains for some time so it's looking pretty rusty and sad....
  15. whtbaron

    Continental from 1925 Moon

    LOL... I am actually.... and now I have the floor heat on in the shop to make it nicer to work! It's a classic love story really. Iron gets separated from oxygen early in the steel smelting process, and spends the rest of it's life trying to be reunited with it's first partner. After a lifetime of trying to fix things in an unheated shop with a gravel floor, this is officially the first of the "old car project" parts to make it in the doors.... I am a little stoked! Now I need to get the Whippet chassis in there before it freezes to the ground for another winter... We're still soaking...