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  1. With the temperatures below freezing, painting is on hold. Today I worked on the transfer case. I wire brushed it and removed the bad rubber mount and bracket. It is looking pretty good now. Not sure whether I will paint it black or cast... It doesn't look like it had any paint on it originally. I will have to make two shifter shafts for it. One for the Hi - Lo shifter and one for the PTO. Although the PTO is missing the in-out gear. Will put a call in to my brother in law to have him take his shifters off his FOR. In case you are wondering the Hi range is 1:1 and Low range is 4:1.
  2. Just a small update today. I welded in the two unwanted holes on the steering column support and put a little filler on to smooth them up. Still looking for a local paint shop to Mix Dupont.
  3. I was trying to get paint mixed up and can't find anyone near me that mixes Dupont anymore. I have the paint mix for Dupont. Might have to find something close, 1978 International Harvester, Woodbine green. I was cleaning the back side of the dash and it looks pretty good, almost nice enough to leave original. Will have to do some more cleaning and decide...
  4. Roger and Jim, The only problem with the Jeep was Ice! Well it was more like ice in the transmission. As you can see from some of the pictures I have shown of the Jeep in the past it was/is very rusty and the roof, doors, windshield areas leak, and we had plenty of rain last year. I can only guess the transmission ingested a cup or so of water through the shifter and when the temperatures turned cold it froze and locked up the transmission. A drain and refill with fresh fluid and all is well till it fills with water again, which I hope it doesn't.
  5. Here we go again! From what I read, he is going to use a CONVERTER to switch power to 12V and thinking of using a lawn and garden batter to keep the voltage stable for a few modern accessories. He is not converting the car to 12V. I would think the biggest problem would be to keep everything isolated from ground that will be 12V as your car has positive ground.
  6. I am still sanding on the FOR... It is looking really good. A few spots will need some attention and then it will be ready for color. I hope to flip the body over in the next few days. I will have to modify the cart, but I have figured out what needs done already. I did have a scare on my 1956 Jeep plow truck. I went to move it in the garage last Friday as they were calling for snow. It started but would not move! Even in neutral it would stall the engine when I let the clutch out. The shifter wasn't moving as it should but it did move and I was sure it was in neutral while letting the clutch out. After messing around for awhile it went into first gear and moved and I put it in the garage. Does anyone have an idea of what was wrong?
  7. Roger, I have been with this build from day one! It has been an amazing ride! You are quite the craftsman and have done what most people only dream of. From the day you started this build with the tires it has been very exciting to see how you made each part and how detailed you were in recreating the Mark II, and your problem solving has been amazing. I know you have had many sleepless nights designing in your head what were the next parts to make and how you would go about doing them. Quite an amazing feat! Again, WONDERFUL JOB! And thanks for bringing us along to view. Maybe this summer we could meet as my daughter and son-in-law are in Bern now on a 1 year job assignment and we may travel there to visit them. Where in Switzerland are you? Dale
  8. Day one of sanding is done, about half of the outer skin has been sanded. Doesn't look much different than the pictures from the other day. It is looking pretty good though. A few spots will need a little primer.
  9. I was able to apply another coat of high build primer today. It is looking really good now. I hope this is the last of the primer and the next coat will be color, but only sanding will tell. This is the part of body work that I hate, sanding and sanding and sanding some more, till it is smooth as silk. And if you stand back 5' you can't see any difference.
  10. I am still looking for the "finished restored 1929 Model A"?
  11. Sometimes it pays to stand back and look at it for a few days, then go back at it. It also pays to swear at it some!!!!
  12. And a new year is here, but the sanding continues... Hoping to get another coat of primer on the repaired areas by the weekend.
  13. Took some time off for the Christmas holiday, kids were home, lots of running and celebrating. Spent several days working in my train room. It is mostly a collection of American Flyer with a loop of Lionel that was my uncles. Seven trains running at the same time tends to keep me busy... I cleaned this room several years ago from a unused room with a dirt floor and cobwebs so thick you couldn't see the other wall (like 10-15 years ago) and laid out the platform and trains and always had to crawl up on the platform when there was a derailment in the back. I have been planing for years to cut holes in the platform to access the rear areas from underneath, this was the year! It is so much nicer to crawl under the platform then crawling on top and fighting all the accessories. I haven't run the trains much in the last couple years so there was lots to do, cleaning, rearranging, adjusting, adding accessories (now that someone doesn't have to crawl over the platform) that had been bought but never installed. The block sanding continues on the FOR. Things are looking really nice on it, a few small spot will take a little more filler and then another coat of primer. I hope everyone had a nice Christmas holiday and wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year!!!!!
  14. I was able to get some sanding done on the front of the FOR today. I was using 80 grit on a block to get the sand scratches out of the filler and primer and to smooth things up some. I got the right front fender, windshield support and the top of the left front fender sanded. It is hard to tell in the photos but it is looking pretty good, a few spots will need some attention.
  15. Today was the day to put another coat of primer on the body of the FOR. It wasn't that warm outside but the waste oil furnace is working good and I set the temperature at 65 degrees and it got there in no time! It is looking pretty good, but we will see what happens when I start blocking it. I also got the holes drilled for the spare tire mount on the right side.
  16. It is so nice to have samples of all the parts that I need to copy. With my brother in laws hood and battery cover and now my Super Sports to use the spare tire bracket for, it makes duplicating parts easy. Today I was able to get the spare tire bracket off the Super Sports so I can get the metal to make a bracket for the FOR. Still waiting for a warmer day and time to primer the body.
  17. Thanksgiving vacation is over and I am back at it, I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. Borrowed my brother in laws battery cover from his FOR and made a new one for mine today. Just a simple plate of metal with a few small notches at the front and two holes to secure it to the floor. I still need to drill the holes in the floor to hold it down. If I can get a warm day I will put another coat of prime on it also.
  18. I did a little bit of work on the FOR today. I got the rear panel and the hood roughed in and it is almost ready for another coat of primer. All that needs done now is the spare tire bracket and the battery cover made. This will all have to wait till after thanksgiving as we will be out of town till Monday. Everyone have a great Thanksgiving! Give thanks for who we have and what we have!!!!
  19. Yes, it is. A guy my wife works with had it and was going to restore it, but it was in nasty shape when I got it, sitting under pine trees and rusting away. There was no floor, big hole in the roof, engine was stuck, all tires flat, etc. But he told me it came with a plow that was partly under a stack of 60-70 sheets of OSB 1/2"X 4' X 8'. He said if I could get it out without knocking the stack over I could have it, well I got it out easily. My original plans were to part it out, but when it had a plow I decide to see if I could get it running. This was the week before Hershey a couple years ago. I filled the cylinders with transmission fluid and left it sit while I was at Hershey. When I got back I put a little pressure on a breaker bar and it cranked, put a battery in it and cranked it over to loosen every thing up and then dumped some gas down the carburetor and it fired up! Redid the brakes, put a floor in it with leftover Crosley roof sheetmetal, JB Welded the carburetor float bowl, and put a boat motor gas can in the bed. Has been running good ever since, knock on wood. Nothing is pretty on it but it does do what it needs to do. I keep resisting the urge to fix it up. And I have very little in it and it plows much better than the 1973 Chevrolet 3/4 ton stake bed truck that I had before it.
  20. With winter wanting to rear it's ugly head it was time to get things ready. I haven't touched the plow 1956 Jeep since last spring so I decided today was the day to get it ready. Charged battery, put gas in auxiliary boat motor tank in bed, and dumped some fuel in the carburetor and it would fire but not stay running. After several tries and tapping the carburetor and fuel pump it came to life. I checked the operation of the plow and forward and reverse and all were fine till I tried the brakes, pedal goes to the floor. I rebuilt the brakes several years ago when I bought the derelict Jeep that had been sitting in the back yard of a friends place for 8 years under some pine trees. I carefully pulled the Jeep into the garage and filled the master cylinder and pumped the brakes till the pedal returned to normal. Back outside it is now ready for snow (I hope we don't get any!). Then it was on to my winter ride, after my Thunderbird was wrecked I bought a parts car and used the parts from it to rebuild my car. I took the old parts from the wreck and beat them straighter and put them on the parts car. It is a low mileage (86K) car that seems to run good, and has brand new tires on it, so I thought I might as well beat it over the winter and save my Ram truck. It was sold to me with what the previous owner thought was a blown head gasket, but when I put antifreeze in it, the water pump was leaking like a sieve. There is no sign of a blown head gasket so now it is in the shop getting a new water pump. Will get back on the FOR tomorrow to get those last few bits of filler done.
  21. I spent some time this afternoon cleaning the shop some and cleaning the FOR body. It looks pretty nice in the shop now, cleaner is always good. The FOR still needs a little filler in a few places, hood, rear panel, etc, but all in all it is looking pretty good. I also removed the coil bracket and starter solenoid and a few wild screws on the inner fenders. So things are starting to shape up on the body quite nicely. A good sanding and fresh primer should get it looking good. It will not be long before I will be digging out a few more parts to prep for paint like the dash panel, steering column mount, and any other small parts I can find that get body color. I need to get a few more holes drilled in the body before it gets painted though, holes for rubber bumpers on hood, holes for spare tire mount, holes for top brackets, drain holes in rear of tub, etc. Oh, and I still need to make the battery cover plate, and spare tire bracket before I paint it so I can test fit them without scratching the new paint. I hope everyone is enjoying the restoration of the FOR...
  22. I am getting closer to a second coat of primer now with the front panel ready now. Today's plans are to do a thorough cleaning of the body and the work area and see how things look. I still have the rear panel and the hood to rough in where the spot welds are. It shouldn't take too much to get them ready.
  23. I did a little online research and decided that I would give the heat and hammer method. It worked and now the front panel is looking much better. Hope to smooth it out tomorrow.