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  1. Reading on to his last update in same thread there were 3 people in the car and they amazingly all survived.

    That's amazing.

    There is something more scary seeing the "collector car" wreck than period "accidents".

    The GN Willie mentioned fits in that category for me.

    Drive safely gang!!!

  2. Another cat skinning idea...

    I bought a bracket that bolts to the carb holes in the intake manifold. I wouldn't pick up the engine attached to the transmission this way, but it worked fine for me for the engine alone. I used the rearward hole in the bracket and the engine stayed level.

  3. Slow with customers, worked on the convertible today.

    The hood was not lining up in the front, so I cut some pie cuts and stretched it. I will re-weld it after I am happy with the line at the front bar.

    Also widened the gap at the rear of the drivers side door.




  4. Willie came up again to kick my butt into gear. We got the gaps pretty close all the way around with one exception. Ya know how 55's hoods split at the curve on the sides? Well, a while back I figured it'd be cool to weld the cracks. Whoops. The hood shrunk when I did that, so I am going to have to cut some slits and spread the front of the hood forward. Other than that, things are looking really good. I should be able to begin body work soon! Here is a pic of my Special above the convertible. I figured if it was the other way around, I'd never finish the convertible...


  5. Thanks everybody.

    The shop is 30 wide by 60 deep. The full side length of the garage is covered "carport style". You can't drive around to the side, but I have my Model A pushed out there until I finish the convertible. (Ya know, the one this thread is actually supposed to be about ;) ) I also have a bunch of seating out there for "conferences". OK, for drinking coffee in the morning, beer in the evening, grilling burgers and my younger friends who still smoke...

    The ceiling height is 28 feet at the peak of the Quonset set on top of 12 foot high cinder block walls. The windows are actually sliding glass doors. Ventilation is via a 5 foot industrial 220 volt fan in the back of the shop. Excellent cross breeze, but without the doors open in the summertime it can easily hit 120 (never checked the temp on the ceiling). Heat is just a couple of small space heaters. Obviously, we need fans more often than heat, but I have a few small space heaters that I drag around to wherever I am working. Last week we actually got down to 21 degrees, so I dragged the heaters around A LOT!

    I bought my house ONLY because this garage was already here. The house was falling down when we bought it and is still only about 1,200 square feet after I remodeled it, turning it into a two bedroom, two bath pre-war house. The garage is architecturally interesting, but I would have preferred a slightly more weatherproof, more insulated and slightly wider place if I had designed it. There is more electrical than I would have designed which is nice for lifts, welders, compressors etc. I also would have designed a different door configuration so I could move a car out without having to move all of the cars. This was done primarily because the ramp that leads to the garage had to avoid a large live oak tree.

    I feel very fortunate to have found it within the Austin City Limits (not in the country) in a good school district. I am going to try and continue working out of it until I have enough work to justify finding a commercial property.

    Thanks again. Gotta get this dang convertible project rolling again!!!

  6. Been busy busting down interior walls in the garage and purchasing two additional four post lifts from Derek Weaver. Now I have enough room for two "customer cars" in addition to mine. Tomorrow I am going to adjust the front fenders and hood some more before beginning the paint prep.

    My convertible safely out of the way:


    Customer 55 convertible with a cool banner in the background courtesy of NTX Willis:


    Room for a customer car up front. My wagon is getting new king pins and front end freshening:


  7. Dale, I woke up in a good mood so I will make this a lighthearted scolding. If you don't have a shop manual, buy one. We have all made boneheaded mistakes, so follow me here for a minute. When you take something apart, lay all the pieces out on a piece of cardboard. Then you can use a Sharpie to write down any notes you may think you need on the (now greasy) piece of cardboard. Buy a cheap digital camera and take a ridiculous amount of pictures. Lastly, do one side at a time if you can.

    Now assuming you have a shop manual, I realize that it doesn't say specifically how all of the wheel bearings to back together. Basically, each bearing has three parts. This makes two assumptions. Your car hasn't been monkeyed with, and since I know it has been monkeyed with (in my experience) that all of the bearing pieces match.

    Ok. Two bearings. Inner and outer. Both bearings have inner and outer races. The inner bearing is the bigger one. Pick up the clean and freshly lubed big one and find the inner and outer race. If you left the drum side race in the drum, you place the bearing in the race, then the inner race (they might call it something else in your newly acquired shop manual), then the wheel seal. Place the drum on the spindle. Assemble the outer freshly clean and lubed bearing in the race. Put the outer bearing retainer on, adjust the wheel bearings, adjust the brakes. Then enjoy your work.

    "Sounds easy when you say it fast"

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