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  1. I didn't get to work on the car yesterday but spent a few hours cleaning brass today. I started with the vinegar and salt treatment with a lot of elbow grease and that helped but it was really slow. I bought a palm sander to use on the radiator shell and it really made life easier. I didn't us too aggressive of a grit paper but the tarnish is slowly coming off. I can't work tomorrow but had to see how the shell will look so I trial fitted it to the radiator. I think it looks great but will look even better after several more hours or days of sanding and buffing. I was able to cut the hole in the firewall for the steering column and got the firewall trial fitted. Being that the body is in NC and I will be moving there next year I only plan to epoxy prime the firewall and will finish paint it later when the entire body is painted. It is really looking good, hopefully I can roll it outside on Saturday and take some better pictures. Thought I would throw in the before picture from the early 1960's of my grandfather driving the car. Radiator was tarnished in that picture so it has been a long time since it was buffed out!
  2. Worked most of the day and have little to show for it. Some parts of the puzzle just go together slower than others. I did get the spotlight back together. I'm working with a lens company to find a new lens so hopefully that will work out. I transferred most of the brackets from the old firewall to the new and was going to cut the hole for the steering column but my jig saw broke. Got to get a new one tomorrow. I think I have the problem solved for the one headlight rim that won't shut. I spent a lot of time removing the inside of the rim and now it shuts ok. I will have to work on the rim liner as that is what holds the lens in and reinstall it once I make it smaller. I pushed the chassis outside today but forgot to take a picture. Hopefully tomorrow I will start on the radiator shell. It will take some time to get all the tarnish off and buffed out but it will look great once completed. I'm kind of excited to see the shell in all its beauty after so many years of tarnish.
  3. Not much to show for a lot of work but I'm happy for the progress! The salt and vinegar worked great to remove the ages of tarnish on the spotlight. Today I started sanding with 600 grit paper and up and was very surprised when Gray & Davis showed up. I was hoping that I could figure out the mfg. and I guess it was just tarnished over. The process of lightly sanding with grit up to 2000 takes time but it is really paying off. The brackets are done and look good. The light bucket has a lot of dents and scratches. I have worked out many of the dents but some of the deeper scratches will have to remain. I suppose that you would have to plate the bucket with brass and then sand that down to get the deep scratches out. I'm sure that it will look great mounted to the firewall that arrived today from the cabinet maker. I hope to get it primed and installed soon. The car is really coming together!
  4. I had a very productive day in the shop today. It looked like rain so I did not push the chassis outside but managed to take a few pictures anyway in my over crowded shop. I completely disassembled the spotlight that will be attached to the firewall. What self-respecting fire chief's car doesn't have a spotlight? The brass was very tarnished as you can see but by using salt and white vinegar and a lot of elbow grease I have it down to mostly plain brass now. The light is in remarkable condition and will buff our beautiful. I have to get some more buffing supplies but should have it all buffed and back together by next weekend. I couldn't help myself and put a little bling on the front of the car today. The lights, radiator and steering column/wheel all came from a firetruck so the lights are big. They will look great in front of the big brass radiator shell when I get that cleaned up and buffed out. That is going to be a job but I will have to do it myself as the chrome shop quoted me $400.00 for them to do it. I'm having a problem with one of the lights. The chrome ring on the light won't close all the way. One of the lights had a bad dent in the ring and I think this is the one. The chrome shop did a great job taking the dent out but now it just wont close. The buckets are powder coated black because I couldn't afford to have them chromed at $250.00 each and I think the powder may be causing some of the problem as I'm sure it is thicker than chrome. I plan to build an expander that I can put inside the ring to expand it just a little and see if that will help. Any ideas would be appreciated! Anyway, I'm excited with the progress. I'm tracking down glass for the headlights and spotlight. I was disappointed that I can't find a mfg. name on any of the lights.
  5. Got the radiator painted and in place. The rear-end has all the parts in place. Everything needs to be adjusted in order to have brakes but that will have to wait until the motor is in as the rod that carries the brake and clutch pedals attaches to the transmission housing. I'm still battling with some of the linkage up to the brake pedal but I will figure that out sometime. I have a cabinet man cutting out the new firewall. I decided to paint the firewall body color as I didn't want to add another color with wood stain and create another contrast to the fire engine red and black trim theme. The firewall will be red. I'm working on buffing out the brass spotlight I purchased at Hershey a few years ago. It will look great mounted to the firewall. I will start on the brass radiator shell soon. I've been watching YouTube videos on how to restore tarnished brass. Looks like there are many ways to get the same results but they all take time and elbow grease. I hope to get the car out of the garage on Saturday and take some pictures.
  6. Mike, I found oil from Australia works real well. Shipping is a little higher but it flows up when poured here in the U.S. 😷
  7. Thanks for the help. I will dig down through all the bolts I have left over and see if I can't find the one shown in the picture. I did find two springs that look about the right size in my nuts and bolts so maybe I am on to something. On a side note, does the fill hole in the differential cover go towards the top or bottom? It will fit either direction.
  8. I'm winding down on getting the small parts back together and the car is really looking good. I still have some work to do polishing the aluminum spokes on the steering wheel but the aluminum and brass combo sure looks good. I hope to get the radiator cleaned up tomorrow and put a coat of paint on it. Will try to start buffing the brass cover this week. I'm thinking that it is going to be a slow process to ever see a shine on the radiator cover. But if I can do it, well it will be beautiful for sure. One question for you experts who might read this. When I put the differential cover back on, does the oil filler hole go toward the top or bottom? It will fit either direction.
  9. Sounds like I might be getting close to understanding what I need with you help. As you can see in the first picture the car is a homebuilt. Over in the restorations forum of this site I have more information under Grandpa's Car. You can see the elliptical spring in the first picture. I was told that the chassis/running gear was early Chevy but not sure what year. The middle picture is the rear before I painted it. The last picture is the restored rear. The long skinny rods are brake actuators. I'm sure I have the parts that came off the brake bands saved, I'm just not sure what they look like and there is the possibility that they were not correct when my grandfather put this car together. Thanks so much for your help!
  10. I have a question for you experts: the hub in the picture is of course the rear. I am guessing that the rear-end is before 1919 Chevy but I do not know. At about 4 o'clock in the picture you see a rectangular bracket that is part of the external brake band. The bracket goes over a bracket that is part of the hub backing plate. There is a hole in the brake band and a corresponding hole in the bracket. Does this brake band get attached solid with a simple bolt or is there some type of adjustable bolt? As you can see at about 9 o'clock there is an elaborate adjusting system. So I'm thinking that the brake band and the bracket get a simple bolt just to hold that side of the band in place. What say you? Also, I have been trying to get into the VCCA website to ask some questions there. I guess I have lost my log in info and have tried to reregister. I get to the point of VCCA sending me a new password by email but it never comes. Does anyone know if this site is up and working?
  11. Tried to take advantage of the times and have been working on the old car as much as possible lately. As you can see the car is sitting on all four tires now which is a huge achievement. I can not say enough how glad I am for all the pictures I took. Not only did the open heart surgery and recovery mess my plans up and the recovery was much longer I have to admit that my memory was messed up from the process. Pictures have been a life saver! The boxes on top of the chassis have housed the various parts for the chassis and come Monday if it doesn't rain I plan to push the chassis outside and clean out the shop and downsize the boxes into maybe two. Most of the boxes contain bolts that I did not use to put the car back together. I went with new bolts but will keep the old stuff just in case I want an original bolt down the road. As you can see my shop is tiny but I have still been able to accomplish getting the chassis back together. I am really happy.
  12. Like so many others I have spent some quality time in the garage lately. I now have the rear-end hung but not complete. I need to make a couple gaskets to put the rear cover back on and the front back together tight. My grandfather made the car and I am finding little things that should have been done differently that are either causing me some extra time or real issues. The rims are the real issue that I dealt with today. I bought 4 new tires which set me back a bunch and because grandpa never had a spare tire mounted on the rim and because of the cost I didn't buy one for the spare. As fate would have it I mounted the 4 tires on the rims not knowing that one of the rims is totally different than the others. As you might guess I mounted a tire on that rim that I can't use so will have to demount and remount the tire to the correct rim. I had to reverse a front spoke wheel and make it into a rear since the rear wheels mount differently than the front and nothing would line up. Little things that really take up a lot of time. The picture of my chassis shows my garage space. I do have an open shed in the back where I can clean and paint but I am very restricted on space which creates its own problems. Things are always in the way and I have to keep moving stuff around. The alternative of not working on the car is far worse so I just put up with it. We plan to move to NC next year to take care of the in-laws so I will have access to my shop then. The roll of red string is there on purpose. As I'm not running to the hardware as needed I find that I can't properly finish certain parts. I may need a castle nut or a certain bolt that I do not have. Instead of relying on my memory I tie a piece of string on the part and will come back later and replace all the little string reminders with the part that is needed. The picture of the rear-end shows some major metal problems in the brake rods. Those will be fixed before I am finished but just wanted to get everything together while I have time. I hope to get the rear brakes (only brakes) done the first of the week and the rear wheels mounted to have a rolling chassis. If the cabinet business is open I will go get a piece of plywood for the firewall and get that cut out and primed. I'm getting close to finishing this project as far as I can go before moving north and I'm getting excited. Thanks for following, the garage is good therapy during this time!
  13. I wondered if they had a badge since it does not have a hole. Grandpa made a badge and called the car a Dyke which is an abbreviation of our last name, Dykes. He soldered the badge on but I think that when I buff out the brass radiator I can clean it up. The idea of putting a nice American LaFrance brass name plate on the finned part of the radiator is excellent! I'm sure that I can have one laser cut for not too much money and it would shine nicely in contrast to the black radiator fins. It would also add to the believability that the car was indeed a factor fire chief's car.
  14. Laughing Coyote, your badge would sure add to the mystery of the car. I'm hoping to find an American LaFrance radiator emblem or make one. Plans are to make it appear factory as a fire chief's car.
  15. Gossp, there is a large group of speedsters made from scavenged parts and a lot of old fire trucks have been converted to speedsters. The Model T in my picture is a put together truck. My grandfather hauled laundry between Ft. Pierce, Fl and Okeechobee, Fl in a T similar to the one in the picture. When I was young (63 now) grandpa and I scavenged parts and he made the T to match what he remembered from his youth. He added the back seat to accommodate riders but believe me, you did not want to ride with him. It was scary! He loved to tell the story of coming home one night from his laundry run and ran into a herd of cows on the road. He always claimed he hit one and its horn came off lodged in the radiator. He made it home and the radiator only started to leak after grandpa pull the horn out. That was his story and he loved to tell it. I am blessed to have the Model T that I helped him build, along with the other cars handed down from my dad. To me, my cars are memories of good times. I don't even need to drive them.