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46 woodie

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  1. While we are talking about state DMV's I would be remiss if I didn't comment about the New York State DMV. They have been historically bad, but last week I had a great experience. I was purchasing a "year of manufacture" plate for my '46 Ford. Since I didn't want to purchase the plate without knowing if it was a viable number, I decided to call the phone number listed. I have tried to call the NYSDMV before and gave up after waiting 45 minutes. After about five minutes on hold I actually got to talk to an agent. She spoke english, knew what I wanted and looked up the number on the plate and told me it was good. I'm still in shock!
  2. I don't know if he is still selling it, but a few years ago there was a guy at HERSHEY selling bags of horse hair for authentic restorations.
  3. I don't know if the originator of this post is looking to advertise the unit he is picturing or if it's spam or not. If he is seriously asking about a starter pack then I would recommend purchasing one. I have a unit made by a company called Brightech. It came with several adapters for different applications and for cell phone charging. I have used it at a car show to start someones car with a dead battery and the car started right up. It's about the size of a large book and is easily stored in your car. It could be a lifesaver in case you are stuck with a dead battery.
  4. That is one of the pitfalls of living in a remote rural area. Not only are you miles from volunteer fire protection, but you are also hampered by the lack of water. As a retired firefighter I urge anyone that is in that situation to consider a sprinkler system and remote hanging extinguishers. If you are in a situation like that, being miles from help, you need to do everything possible to protect yourself and your assets. Even if you need to install a water well and pump to feed the sprinkler system, it is money well spent to protect you, your loved ones and your possession's. Being miles from civilization has it's plusses, but in the case of emergency it can be a nightmare. My prayers to Ray and Terry.
  5. Johnson's Hot Rod Shop of Gadsten AL, has purchased all the equipment, tooling, jigs, etc from Walker Radiator. Walker was/is one of the largest antique automobile radiator manufacturers. It will take them some time to start production but should have radiators ready to ship by winter. It's good news to have a business come back after closing.
  6. The early speed controllers were simply a series of contacts. Each progressive contact gave the motor more voltage/speed. All the new controllers are electronic.
  7. I served 25 years as a firefighter in an engine company. We were required to do crossover training with a ladder company, in case we were required to get to a roof. The ladder we had to go up on was a 100' tiller with four 25' sections that telescope into each other. The higher you climb the narrower the sections got and you are in full turnout gear including your air pack. When you got to the top they rotated the ladder 360 degrees and you then came down. I can't believe I didn't poop and pee my pants. The guy on the Chrysler Building is insane, they can't pay me enough!
  8. I don't think that is only youngsters. Did you ever try to ask a question or try to carryon a conversation with the owner of a car at a Concours d' Elegance. I was looking at a beautiful early Cadillac at a Concours event one day and complemented the owner on the restoration. He just smiled at me without saying a word, thank you would have been nice. I asked him a question about the restoration, and without answering my question, said to lady friend "I'm going to take a walk and look at my competition". Oh well!
  9. I don't think you are ever going to find one of those batteries. It's getting hard enough finding a six volt battery. It's obviously someone that had starting issues with 6 volts and used the 12 volts to start the car and then switched over to 6 volts while running. As others have said, if all your wiring is in good shape and all the grounds are clean and secure the car should operate fine with six volts. I showed your pictures to a guy I know that has an old time starter/generator/battery supply and he said he hasn't seen one like that in 40 years.
  10. It does look like someone has put some sort of filler between the joint's on your car. Over the years the wood tends to shrink and the joints loosen up. Can you post a few more pictures of your car? The welting is available from Dennis Carpenter, 704-786-8139 or Bob deake, 541-474-0099.
  11. McMaster-Carr has dozens of gas springs in many different configurations and sizes. Next day delivery also.
  12. You can join, SPAAMFAA, The Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America. Those guy's will know everything about your fire engine. Oh by the way, thank you for calling it what it is, a fire ENGINE and not a fire TRUCK.
  13. I had a chance to remove the screw from my '46 door. The suggestion I gave you was to use a 1/2"x1/2" stainless spacer from McMaster-Carr. I miked mine up and the dimension is 7/16" wide x 5/16" long. Unfortunately McMaster does not make a 7/16" spacer. You would still use the 1/2" spacer but only 5/16" long. If you do decide to go that rout the new part number would be 92320A877. I might see if I can find a machine shop and have a few made.
  14. By looking at the set up that Jim Dugue' is using in his radial arm saw, it's apparent that he isn't using a set of finger joint knives, but a saw blade. I wonder if you took a saw blade to a sharpener that has the capability of replacing broken carbide teeth, they could fabricate a custom blade. They might be able to fabricate a blade with the taper that is used on the Ford finger joints. You would need to shim the work for every cut, but it can be done.
  15. Anything can be done, but there are tremendous skills and machines required. How would you cast an early one or two cylinder engine block and transmission case? You would need a complete machine shop with milling machines, lathes etc. Lots and lots of work to be done. George DeAngelis built a very accurate Quadricycle but it wasn't cheap. I would start with an early Model T speedster as most of those parts are available.
  16. In the March 2020 issue of the Woodie Times there is an ad for someone selling a "Shopbot" CNC Router with a $900 finger joint cutter. They want $6000 for the entire set up. I don't know if they sold the router, but you might inquire about the finger joint cutter. You can inquire at Ron_98110@yahoo.com. As mentioned, the Ford finger joint is one and three sixteenth deep so it's an odd ball. One word of caution is that these finger joint cutters are serious pieces of equipment. I have seen them in action and are down right scary. Far from me to question your ability, but you might consider having your door made by one of several Woodie craftsman that have the right equipment. You don't list where you are located, but if you want I can give you a few recommendations.
  17. No, not Graveyard Cars. The owner, Mark is the most egotistical guy in the hobby. I don't like the way he talks to and makes sarcastic remarks to his employees.This guy thinks he is God's gift to car restorations. The guy with the long hair and beard that does his paint work put's up with a lot of his nonsense. He also can't form a sentence with out quoting several part numbers when describing a vehicle, "this car is a Plymouth blah, blah, blah, with a B-14, C18, P42, A02 with a GH44 paint code", speak English, we all don't know part numbers. I know it's all scripted for T.V. but not my type of show.
  18. Do you plan on rubbing it out after the brush paint job. If you think about it, brush painting is just one of a couple of ways to apply paint. So if you plan on color sanding and buffing what's the difference. Give it a try and let us know how you make out. Beautiful Indy car!
  19. I have heard of people using freeze out plugs, with a hole drilled in it. The reason for using the freeze out plug was because they could secure it with a hose clamp around the radiator hose.
  20. I answered your question on the Ford barn but I'll give you my answer here as well. The ''screw" that you need is not reproduced anywhere. A machine shop can fabricate it for you several ways but I have another suggestion. McMaster-Carr part number 92320A645 is a stainless steel spacer 1/2" x1/2" with a #10 hole in the center. Use that in conjunction with part number 91792A833 that is a 10/32 x 1" domed head screw. Insert the screw into the spacer and you won't be able to tell that it's not the original part. If you go onto the McMaster web site you can see the parts and pull up a detailed description.
  21. Well one thing we have learned is that they aren't your typical "oval head screws". Let me call McMaster and apologize and thank them.
  22. MDL, McMaster-Carr can supply 18-8, stainless steel, 3/8"-16 x 4" Oval Head, Phillips head screws at special order. They are $3.10 each and if you are interested, refer to quote #33179 in your order. The only thing I would be concerned about is that 18-8 stainless steel is fairly soft and I don't know how they would work on a wheel. They are only available in stainless steel and Phillips drive. Are you sure what you are looking for is oval head and not a carriage bolt?
  23. MDL, before I retired, I dealt with McMaster-Carr every day. I just gave them a shout and they will get back to me if it's available from any of their suppliers.
  24. James, I go on Fordbarn several times a day and never had an issue, must be on your end. I go on several auto related sites Steve, I like them all.
  25. I doubt that you are going to be able to find what you need. I know you are looking for 3/8" but when I needed 5/16" oval head bolts for my '46 Woodie the longest length I could find was 2 and 1/2 inches.
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