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  1. We had friends stop by from California. Of course they were in their Unimog. They spent a couple of days visiting and doing maintenance on their truck. One issue was a broken clamp and mount for their safety railing. I fired up the old Millermatic 35 and made short work of the repair.
  2. A new Jay Leno XK120 video. Pretty good entertainment.
  3. Wednesday, Nov 11th. Winter is coming so got all the old cars ready for their long slumber and got them all covered from dust and debris. I worked on the 1928 Buick's ignition switch and got the contacts all cleaned up. Reinstalled it, cleaned all the battery connections, hooked up the battery; and the starter ran great. I also got a new front suspension kit for the 1953 Jaguar. It is still riding on its original rubber bushings, tie rods, etc. All the existing rubber is dry rotted and falling apart. This will be a good mid winter project. I do want to take off the rear lever arm shocks and have them rebuilt.
  4. It is Tuesday, October 23rd. The Tesla car is back at the Tesla Service Center in MD. While on our trip to KY last week a warning kept coming up indicating the car needed service and may not restart. So took it in yesterday. We are now driving a Jaguar for a few days. I took off the start switch on the 1928 Buick. Looks fine inside, but is very dirty and greasy. I will clean it and put it back on the starter to see if the cleaning helped. I did put 6 volts to the starter itself and it spun just fine.
  5. Well I found a NOS starter switch on Ebay and bought it, shipped to my door for $22.45. I think I can install it without pulling the starter, but may anyway to have it serviced/rebuilt locally for around $120. After all, the car is 90 years old.
  6. Thanks everyone. I was able to buy a NOS unit on Ebay for less than $25.
  7. The solenoid is really called a "starter switch". It is simply two contacts pushed together to engage the starter. One of the contacts must have broken. They are still available NOS for around $25.
  8. I found out that this is called a "Starter Switch". There are a couple of NOS units on Ebay for around $25. I will take off the existing switch and see what it up. It looks like a sliding copper contact contacts with a fixed copper contact allowing the current to flow to the starter from the battery. A very simple switch. I will pull the broken one and see what contact has failed. But I think that I will need a spare at least.
  9. Mine just went thud and then nothing. So looks like I need a new one. Anyone have one for sale? Here is a pic.
  10. Sunday, Oct 21st. Joe, Alice and I took the 1928 Buick and the 1966 Morris Traveller to a local car show. It was all young racers/tuners with their race cars. But we had a great time as they had never seen such old cars. So there was a lot of good conversation going on. We all had a great time. Had to bump start the 28. I heard a thud and then nothing. Looks like the selenoid gave up afer 90 years. So will have to investigate and see if I can find another.
  11. October 21st. Well, Joe and I got the new power steering cooler in, actually Joe did it all; and the bumper back on the Suburban. The power steering cooler lines were about to go, all rusted. The bumper now on the truck looks really good, like brand new. We still have to mount the fog lights, but left that for another day as we have to separate the light from its mount to get it back in. We should have assembled the entire bumper with it plastic parts before mounting it, but could not figure out how we would fasten it down to the car. So we went the piece part route. Next time we will know better.
  12. It is Friday, October 18th. Joe (packick on this forum) spent the day taking off the front steel bumper and plastic panels from the Suburban. Lots of bolts to take off, but got off the bumper. Tomorrow we are going to replace the power steering cooler and then attempt to put on the new bumper. It was a challenge to put on the plastic top, it did not fit very well, but we got it on. Here are the pics of today's work. Everything was sure rusty.
  13. Thursday, October 11th. It was a washout. Rained hard and harder all day. Only about 10% of the vendors were open and very few attendees. We did go over to the RM Auction previews to look at the cars to be auctioned. Some really nice cars. Here are just some of what we saw. I really lusted after the 1941 Lincoln Continental.
  14. A Fiat 600 was my very first car. Best car ever, lots of fun!!!
  15. It is Wednesday, Oct 10th and Joe and I are at Hershey for three day looking for old car parts. Lots of old cars, parts and people today. And it was hot, over 83 degrees. Thank goodness for the cloud cover so we did not cook all day. Here are some of the cars we saw. Most were overpriced as per usual on the first day. Rain expected tomorrow, no biggie.
  16. Oh nooooooooooo! I will miss the little Fiat. On to the next adventure.
  17. Friday, October 5th. Brownie the van is fixed, except for a test drive. The rear brake shoes have a lot of meat on them and everything looks good. Off to Hershey, PA next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Not taking up a car this year.
  18. What happened to your paint to cause you to sand it all off?
  19. While Greg is busy with the Overland, I am still working on Brownie the 79 Chevy van. I got the new brake line from Dan and it fit almost perfect. I was able to put in some extra bends in the factory made part to get to somewhat fit. May not be perfect, but it will do for a farm vehicle. I then put on the new master cylinder after bench bleeding it, and then bled the entire system. Everything looks good and no leaks. Today I am going to check the brake shoes on the rear and pads on the front, before I call "victory".
  20. Today is Wednesday, October 3rd. And we have a Greg report. Reward of Restoration. Take this for example, the Overland engine project. Hours of work. Taking stubborn or fragile things apart for cleaning and inspection. Trips to the machine shop to have the crankshaft magnafluxed and reground/polished. Scrubbing and surface preparation of the crankcase. Sending the camshaft out for regrinding and the costs involved. Major reworking of the cam followers , guides, adjusters and tappets and costs involved. Machining main bearing inserts, babbitting, line boring labor and costs, cylinder cleaning, bore honing, valve guide repair with inserts, valve seats refaced and set up for new replacement valves, Pistons cleaned, new wrist pins altered and fitted, fitting piston rings, connecting rods cleaned, shot peened, rebabbitted and machined and balanced along with crankshaft, (and costs involved) and that's just what comes to mind. Cylinders painted. Then when you finally get this much assembled into one lump, you stand back, survey your efforts and say to yourself..."All that for this?!" But as my friend Mitch says..."At least we aint' hurtin' anybody."
  21. Friday, September 28th. Just got a very short Greg report. Overland work, while the cylinders are being prepared for enamel topcoats, I've returned to the carriage and body trade. The lower door moldings have been installed with screws and epoxy. When cured comes the cosmetic work of adjusting the door gaps and filling the seams.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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