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JV Puleo

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  1. I finished the 9 to 10 B&S adapter today. For some unknown reason, things have gone very smoothly. I started by drilling and reaming to 1" Then put in the #9 taper. This is a finishing reamer so I had to go very carefully to prevent it from grabbing...after all, tapers are intended to stick. It called for lots of oil and a very slow feed by hand. The taper only goes in about 1/3 of the way which corresponds with the shape of the collets. Then the lathe was set up for offset turning. It's important that the offset be perpendicular to the wor
  2. I have to agree with just about everyone here but no one is ever going to give me a new car so I won't ever have that problem. My "driver" is my newly purchased '77 Blazer - very basic, low mileage etc. I paid too much for it from the Blue Book perspective but it's worth every penny in the ease of repair and the electronic garbage I do not have to endure. I was also amused by Ed's story about being taken for the valet. I've several similar stories, including going to look at a car for a friend. He's in Texas and I'm in RI so he asked me to check it out, take some pictures, and repo
  3. I started the day with the brass plugs that will go in the Cadillac water pump... Turned to 1", with the hex section finished. Then threaded. This is how it will look. Another piece goes in the center to connect a Zerk fitting with the hollow water pump shaft and transmit grease to the bushing on the opposite end. While working on this I was thinking about the next step on the dividing head. In order to hold the gear blank I need to be able to put a #9 B&S collet in a #10 B&S
  4. I don't think I'll ever try to do a car with chrome trim...I have thought about doing nickel plating and at some point I will experiment with "close plating". I'd really like to be able to do that but since it's virtually a lost art I can't be tempted to have it done.
  5. I printed out the measurements for the taper and set the lathe up exactly as I did the last time. Much to my satisfaction, when I tested the setting with an indicator, it was right on. If that sounds odd, when I'm doing something like this (and haven't done it before) I always wonder if my measurements were right or I just got lucky. Since it worked perfectly the 2nd time I guess I did get them right. This time I had no problem at all drilling the cotter pin hole. Now I have to get back to the dividing head. There are still a couple of small things to do to these shaft
  6. That's fantastic...and how about the Silver Ghost in the foreground that looks as if it has polished aluminum coachwork?
  7. Back to the shop this morning I started with an easy job, drilling the holes for the cotter pins in the White water pump shafts... It turned out not to quite that easy. The 1/8 drill broke in the first hole. I'm not sure why but I suspect that it caught a burr from the center hole. It was a trick to get it out because, with it in there, I couldn't unscrew the fixture from the shaft. I did get it out and drilled the 2nd shaft with no problem. The finished shafts are 11" long, about 2" of which is pressed into the gear. The pieces of 3/4 stock are 12" long and this time
  8. When was the "South Wind" heater offered? I had a 1934 RR that had a hot water circulating heater with an electric fan.
  9. For some reason I had the slows today. I got some things done but I think it was in slow motion... I did finish the fixture for drilling the cotter pin holes in the White water pump shaft. Of course, I left the camera in the office and didn't retrieve it until I'd finished up the lathe part of the job. This piece was drilled 29/64 (hole size for a 1/2-20 thread) then counterbored 3/4" so that there was about 1/2" of the smaller diameter hole left. I then turned it around and threaded the small end. And tested it by screwing it on to my test taper.
  10. That is an even more complicated problem. On a spiral bevel gear the grooves between the teeth aren't exactly parallel. They are slightly wider at the outside of the bevel. Even the B&S book that covers the procedure says it is impossible to do with extreme precision on a horizontal milling machine because, to get the widened grooves, you have to finish the teeth by hand filing. There were machines that could make them...something like a Gleason Gear Generator and I know there were some dedicated B&S Gear-making machines. I once bid on a gear making machine. It was set up and working
  11. German submarines off the East Coast were a real issue...a friend saw a tanker torpedoed within sight of shore within sight of shore and a group of spies sent to America came ashore on Long Island from a submarine. Patrolling the beaches was a regular activity for both the Coast Guard and the National Guard. There is a U-boat on the bottom off Block Island. My mom was laying on the beach, watching what she thought was a training exercise, as a Destroyer fired depth charges, only to find out later that they'd sunk a submarine. It was the last one of the war. The Captain had been ordered to surr
  12. That is very clever...so many of these specials don't look anything like a real mid-20s car but this succeeds everywhere. You don't say where you are but I take it this is Australia or New Zealand? The RHD and wire wheels would be pretty unusual here. oops...you did say. I missed that.
  13. Rhode Island. You have to wonder what the "authorities" were thinking. They had to be aware that the Axis powers didn't have anything that could cross the Atlantic...or at least do so and get back. I suspect that it was more a ploy to bring the war effort home to civilians.
  14. My grandmother was trained to identify enemy airplanes. She would have been in her late 40s during the war. Many years later, when we were watching television shows like "The 20th Century" (many of which were about WWI and WWII), she was still able to identify them.
  15. The first one to come to mind for me was Larry Riker, the son of A.L. Riker of Locomobile. Actually, it was Walter McCarthy who introduced me to him (Walt G was probably there too...). Mr. Riker's father owned Old 16 and may have been the one who sold it to Peter Helck. He mentioned the car to me and how his father sold it just before he turned 16...go figure.
  16. The dividing head is back together. There are some small parts that look really hammered but it also looks as if they interchange with my other B&S dividing head so I'll just swap them around...if that doesn't work it isn't a major problem in any case. I was just about to leave for the post office to mail the 3-legged, tapered fitting back to Ed when I realized I'd forgotten something important. White used castellated nuts and cotter pins everywhere and the end of the shaft has to be drilled for a pin. With the tapered end and the threads, that is a lot easier said
  17. There is some wear on the worm and mating gear that leads me to think it was used by someone who didn't properly engage them because the other gears show no wear at all. It won't have any effect on how it works though. There is always some backlash in these - much more in the gear train. I'm anxious to set it up and try it out...I'll make one or two test blanks and run them until I'm sure I've got the drill down. This is a big step forward. Making one-off spiral gears may be the sort of specialty job I can do on the side once in a while since I know it's very difficult to find anyone willing t
  18. I was back to the White water pump today – or rather the dividing head that I'm getting ready to cut spiral gear. I had to make an aluminum drift to knock the spindle out out, after that, it came apart better than I'd anticipated. The primary problem was that it was stuck but ultimately it proved that was just the result of a layer of dried oil. Needless to say, the tolerances in a tool like this are extremely fine. They are a joy to use when working properly but a little dried oil will seize them up. It's so clean inside that I won't go much
  19. I'm not sure about "masterpiece" but thanks for the compliment!
  20. No... And your experience with your Dodge pretty much proves the point. Oddly enough I'm working on just that sort of problem right now, water pumps in a 1920 Cadillac. This was the first American car with thermostatically controlled heating. The thermostats are built into the water pumps and, unlike the modern variety, they restrict flow on the input side. The original parts aren't working, apparently damaged by a "less than sympathetic" so-called rebuild. I will be removing them and fitting in-line thermostats on the output hoses but this brings up an important point...
  21. To me, the ironic part is that I now know exactly how they went together and I'm reasonably sure I can make them as good or better than they were new. I'm a bit concerned about that messy patch of braze though...I suspect that they literally broke the center boss out of that casting and then brazed it back in place. It's messy looking but I don't think I should do any more with it. The repair seems to be sound and nothing will show when It is back together.
  22. Fortunately, I've thought of a simple way to fix this.
  23. Now I have to clean up the dividing head I bought and make a few bits for it...one of which is a #10 B&S taper to #9 B&S taper adapter for the spindle. Needless to say, it has to be accurate so the experience making the pump shafts has been invaluable. As it is, it's stuck from sitting for perhaps 50 years so I'm also taking it completely apart to get everything free and properly lubricated. And, in between working on this (because I always end up needing something and don't want to stop and wait for it...I took apart the worst of the 2 Cadillac pumps I'm rebui
  24. I have no interest in having a "smart phone"...I don't want to be available to everyone, all the time. I do have the flip phone because I'm almost never at home and 90% of the calls I get are robo-calls. As to taking a picture with it...I have done that accidentally but have no idea how you'd get it off the camera. I've no idea how to send a text message either. Having said all that, I'm sure this was a scam but the presupposition that "everyone" is enamored with the latest technology is simply wrong....like saying "everyone" follows Facebook or Twitter. Everyone doesn't.
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