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  1. unimogjohn

    1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    Bernie, since it is going to be a tribute car, I would opt for the more trades job re paint and interior. I would expect the next owner would be taking it to local shows and would want it to present it as a "early race car" honor of Elizabeth Junek. Would make for a great story.
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    Avanti R2, 1963, refresh

    Just returned from a week long trip to Seattle, WA. Lots of car parts waiting in boxes for me. It was like Christmas. First up on the lift is Brownie the van. Took off the crusty rear brake lines and will fit the new lines and master cylinder over the next couple of days. I take the modern BMW to the dealer for a safety recall tomorrow. They will be replacing a PVC heater that is prone to overheating and causing an engine fire. It will be an all day ordeal.
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    Avanti R2, 1963, refresh

    Joe, the winters are very hard on cars during the winter, the cold and salt mixture on the roads eats everything away sooner than later. Sure glad that parts are available and cheap for the old van. Just trying to keep her on the road. And speaking of old iron, Greg has an Overland engine report for us. Hello all, Been a busy summer with not a lot of time for car stuff. The most important to do was witnessing the marriage of our youngest son Logan which took place last weekend in Chicago. Now that we're back and settling into the routine, I snuck in some time on the old Overland. With the machine work completed with the help of Dave Coleman, tonight I taped them off and dusted on a coat of epoxy primer. Later this week I'll apply a light coat of urethane black . Not trying for a Pebble Beach Glaized Ham look, but maybe a good day at the Toledo plant. When cured they'll be ready for pistons, rings and valves. It's been years coming together but it will. Hope this finds everyone doing well. GREG.
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    Avanti R2, 1963, refresh

    It is Monday, Labor Day in the USA, September 3rd. Resumed putting up fencing now that the post hole digger is back in operation. Farm chores are never ending. We have been using Bownie the 1979 Chevy Van a lot. Yesterday, we came home with a very soft brake pedal, and a very bright "brake" light on the instrument cluster. Looks to be a failing brake mastery cylinder at first, but later on I found a rusted out rear brake line. So I ordered a new master for $30 and pre-formed lines and new clips from LMC Truck for $60. It will be a week or so before I get the parts and get the old van back on the road.
  5. unimogjohn

    1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    Looks almost perfect. I am surprised that any of the sheet metal survived the years in storage. It looks new. Great job. Any other surviving pieces of the body that you can use or use for patterns? Still enjoy following along and look forward to your posts with my morning coffee.
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    Avanti R2, 1963, refresh

    I had a great time at the C&C event yesterday. The 1928 Buick ran great for the 20 mile trip. Lots of nice cars. The AC Bristol was exceptional. Here are the pics of what I saw.
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    Avanti R2, 1963, refresh

    It is Saturday morning, and as luck would have it, we have a report from Greg. Enclosed photos of actual progress on the Overland. Since my time this Summer has been consumed with other things, I'd sent them out for touchup of the bores, new valves, dressing of the seats and guide liners. Now that they have returned I took a few minutes last night to address the erosion around the upper water manifold port flanges. I also took the opportunity to mill them all to the same height, which they weren't. The next operation will be to dress those seats around the valve cap ports for proper sealing of the copper gaskets. . A very busy week ahead, so I can't promise when that will happen.
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    Avanti R2, 1963, refresh

    Chris, just busy with the farm, still working on the fencing. Had to stop and have Dan repair the post hole auger. I had worn out the tip, which is replaceable. So bought a new tip and handed it off to Dan to replace as I could not get it to budge. Camaro Steve happened to be at Dan's shop, and they struggled for over an hour to get the old tip off. Steve said they heated it cherry red and had to use a huge pipe wrench and extension to get it off. Now it is ready to drill more holes. Cars and Coffee tomorrow so decided to wake up the 1928 Buick and take it. It has been sitting since last October so had to check everything before starting. Oh no, turned on the fuel and it is pouring out of the sediment filter. I know I can make a new cork gasket, but the metal/brass screen was all distorted. So decided to head to Tractor Supply to see if they had any gaskets that might be a good substitute. Well, they had an exact fit for $3.50. Put in the new screen and gasket and no leaks. The engine fired right up. Will do a cleaning today and head off to the event tomorrow.
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    Question about 1922 Buick tire sizes

    Mark, I am running 33 x 4 1/2 on my 23. Bought them from Universal Tires in Hershey, PA. https://www.universaltire.com/34-x-4-1-2-universal-ribbed-blackwall.html
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    1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    Looking great Bernie. It actually looks like a car again.
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    Avanti R2, 1963, refresh

    It is Saturday, July 28th. Headed to cars and coffee this morning. Most were modern era cars to include Alice in the Tesla and me in the BMW Z4. Here are some of the cars attending.
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    Avanti R2, 1963, refresh

    It is Thursday, July 26th; and as luck would have it, we have a report from Greg and Nate on the Model T engine. We continue to disassemble Nate's T Model engine. Some things stubborn from years in the outdoors, but it is coming apart. It was supposed that since the pistons were stuck in the bores and that would discourage the removal of the flywheel and transmission from the crank, that we could remove the bearing caps and sneak the assembly through the magneto coil ring, but due to close tolerances that didn't work out. However, out of desperation we were able to take an old Dodge Brothers axle shaft and persuade the pistons to come on out. Then we could rotate the crank, remove more hardware and take it down the old fashioned way. Things are still looking pretty good in there. Next task is to free up and remove the valve components to allow the camshaft to come out. We're still having fun!
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    Avanti R2, 1963, refresh

    Here is another little tidbit from Greg. Maybe David (trimacar) will post a pic of the mentioned Buick for us to see. And perhaps a little bit of its history in his care. Maybe you can see that I'm trying to catch up with old news. I've had some machine work for David Coco's Model 16 Buick shelved for months and/or years. The pictured is a reproduction engine cylinder retention clamp that needed a bit of work to resemble the original clamps. Clumsy to capture in the milling machine, I did get away with gentle cuts, the rest of the material removal required some artistry with a die grinder. Sometimes you just have to just get after things.
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    Avanti R2, 1963, refresh

    It is Monday, June 23rd, dodging rainstorms. I wish I could report that I am working on my old cars, but alas, I have been spending the past two weeks repairing and building new board fencing. What a job. But Greg has a report for us about his working on old cars. We're pushing ahead on disassembly of the Model T'ree. The engine is out and mounted on the stand. Over the weekend Nate and I were able to remove the transmission cover (codeword "hogshead" for you non Model T guys) and also get the oil pan off to expose the engine's innards. Surprisingly, after all those years of outdoor living, the internals don't look too bad. The pistons are stuck in their bores so removal of the flywheel and attached transmission may have to wait until we invert the engine to remove the connecting rod and main bearing caps to free the crankshaft and transmission as a unit. Then we can free up the pistons and rods. All in all, it looks to have been well sealed from the elements and seems to be a good candidate for overhaul....so far. We also found that because this chassis had been converted to a power unit that all of the infamous transmission bands had been removed, low, reverse and braking were unnecessary. Looking forward to the next episode which will happen when Nathan has more free time. I've been off the air for quite a while. Computer issues have prevented me from posting photos. I'm now venturing into this modern era by retiring my flip phone to explore the point, shoot, email scene with my own internet capable "device". I'll sent this message to myself to see if the photo makes it . Old dog, new tricks.
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    My newley purchased 1921 5 Pass Touring car

    Mark, looks to be a nice car. Cannot wait for more pics. I have a 23 and am close by if you need any help.