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Still Tuesday.  While Camaro Steve and I are out fishing, Daniel and Wayne are working on Barney.  Barney now is back on it's new wheels.  A new rear axle and suspension has been fitted and the front end is ready for the engine installation.  Steve say that the engine will get a new distributor, water pump, plugs, carburetor, coil, exhaust headers, valve stem seals and a new Ford blue paint job.  A new steering column and transmission are on order and should be in mid-week.

 

 

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Daniel's update on Barney.  

 
"Truck is now sitting on the new set up, fire wall, frame, cleaned up and painted, front suspension cleaned up, bolted up for the last time, rear cleaned up, painted, bolted in, still have to make and weld on shock mounts on rear.  No steering yet, parts on the way .Special thanks to Wayne  for helping yesterday and today."
 
 

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It is Friday, June 24th.  Restorer Daniel reports progress on Barney, the 1953 Ford F100
 

From: daniel_cross
Date: June 23, 2016 at 10:47:37 PM EDT

Subject: Truck update
 

The motor has the new valve stem seals.  I took the oil pan off and ended up running a scotch brite wheel over it and removed the paint as the old paint was flaky , coming off in places , rusty, etc, and put the new pan gasket seal on. Cleaned up the motor some more , removed the distributor , and some other parts , and painted the motor , see pic , have put the motor mounts on with new grade 8 hardware , Just from here out everything we put on the motor needs to be clean or new , will look good.

 

Also got the new steering column and it's a 2 inch , the old column was 1 and a half inches , the plate where it goes thru the floor was 5 or 6 part's , welded , riveted , screwed , together  , and was set up for a clutch pedal , manual shifter linkage , etc , I made you a new one out of 14 gauge sheetmetal , see pic , had to put the bend in , to follow the floor , if you can see that in the pic,new column in background. It's a lot easier to make a new part , looks better , works better , less open unused holes ,etc , done. I have to figure out what steering u joints we'll need , and a couple residual pressure valves , rear brake flex/rubber lines ,run new brake hardlines, and that should wrap up steering and brakes. and still have to figure out about the gas tank sender , replace ?? what ohm ?? I guess we'll need a crown Vic drive shaft as a place to start for a drive shaft. I started working on the valve cover's too . and I'm sure a few thing I forgot to tell you about. I just came in from the shop , I had a machining job , the guy waited for , had to be tonight. I need to get the stuff for your car ordered , will try in the morning.

 

 Thanks Daniel

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It is Saturday, June 25th.  Camaro Steve and I went over to Daniel's workshop to see the progress done on Barney, the F100.  We also stopped at the local used tire place and picked up a tire for one of the used rims that Barney will sit on.  

 

Barney looks pretty good.  The engine has new valve seals, water pump, exhaust headers and sports a new paint job.  Steve has a new Holly carb for it too, and has ordered a new distributor.  The new transmission is on order and should be in next week.  The new gas tank is here too and sitting in the box of the truck.  Daniel is fitting the new steering column and has it just about in.  On track for a end of July finish.

 

While there we took a look at the wiring and Steve has decided to replace it all.  He is going to use a OEM style for the font of the truck, and a new style system for the rest of the system including the dash. It will also have some extra circuits for an HVAC unit.   

 

The truck has Auto Meter gauges in it, and they will be kept.  Just have to order a new sending unit for the gas tank as the old one is broken.

 

Steve is going to pull all the old wiring today, Saturday, and continue with his painting and cleaning.  And is going to be selling all the old 1971 Bronco running gear so he has to clean that stuff up.  Right now it is all sitting outside the shop.  

 

 

 

 

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It is Sunday morning, June 26th.

 

Greg got back from his race car week trip.  Here is his short report.

 

" Made it back in after a grueling but very enjoyable trip .    I'm enclosing a few pics in advance of our Cobe Trophy Race  Re-visted  description.

 

Photo of Nathan taking the "Brick Wall Turn"  in the Stoddard-Dayton as did Engelbrect in 1909 and one of us on the "Nine Mile Stretch" from Lowell to Crown Point.   Letting it out,  Nate appears to be enjoying himself,  and he's just about to blow the goggles off my head.   I did catch them before they freed themselves from the spare tire bracket."

 

 

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Still Sunday, Steve got down to the shop yesterday.  He cleaned and painted smaller parts, and pullout out the 1953 wiring harness from the F100.

 

 

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It is Tuesday, AM, June 28th.  What have I been doing?  Not much.  Barely been in the garage.  Been mowing like crazy.  The rain and the heat have made the pastures grow like crazy.  So I have been mowing since we got back from vacation.   But I did find the time to order the transmission cooler lines for the Trailblazer.  They should be at the farm in a couple of days.  Have not ordered the power steering lines yet as their are a couple of versions so I have to figure out what I have.

 

But not Greg.  Here is his latest race report. 

 

"OK,   a rare getaway for me is over.  Now let's see what I can recall of it.

 

  After running across a photo of the Stoddard-Dayton team camped at Binyon Hotel ,  Cedar Lake,  Indiana in 1909,  Glenn Miller and I started researching the event.  The Cobe Trophy Race which was the predecessor to the Indy 500.  Held on public highways ,  it was a twenty-three mile circuit.  I knew that my Stoddard was going to retrace it,  Glenn decided that he would use his newly finished red '09 EMF Factory Racer to join me.

 

Then we thought it would be cool to invite others with period racers in their possession to tag along.  A date was set and we worked towards a good turnout and a good time.  The 2016 Cobe Trophy Revisitation contestants:    From Virginia,  representing Stoddard-Dayton:   Greg, Barb and Nathan.   From From Michigan were the EMF Millers,  Glenn and son Dan.   And from California .....Brian Blain with Charles Test were two blue Nationals.  A 1916 and a 1911 Indianapolis veteran which  was on the sick list having   just come from an Indy event where Brian had pushed it to a hundred miles per .

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The morning of the first Cobe lap,   cars were unloaded at a parking lot near the original starting line.    Prepped ,  lubed and pumped up,  the three cars were off to retrace the course.    Not having been driven  for a few years Stoddard Old 17  soon started acting up.   Starving for fuel but still running,  we stumbled along.    Then Barb and I found we were stumbling along in the pouring rain.     The nine mile  home stretch sure seemed longer than that.  We were soaked, much to Barb's dismay.  Back at the parking area and the shelter of the trailer,   we were done racing .

 

Luckily our friend Art Bergstrom (our hobby's best old school pattern maker)  lived nearby and joined us.  He also kept us entertained by leading us on a tour of private collections.  Incredible cars,  motorcycles,  tractors, buggies,  you name it.  Most being handed down in farm families where they stay to this day.  Art also found us fine dining.   So day one was a good one,  but I was disappointed in the car's performance and that Nathan didn't get a shot at the course.   Tomorrow was another day.

           

Tonight's photos are of the cars.   More to follow."

              

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Wednesday, PM, June 29th.  Just a quick note before I go out to continue mowing.  

 

Greg returned the truck and trailer last night.  He said that they had a great time with the old race cars going on the roads they raced on in 1911.  And he had some excitement as the Stoddard Dayton had fuel delivery problems.  Turned out that he lost the gasket on the filler pipe so the tank would not hold pressure.  He used a WalMart plastic bag over the pipe to seal it.  Success, the tank held pressure.  

 

Oh he said that the trailer blew two tires, and one of the truck mirrors blew off on the freeway.  They went 1,800 miles, and got 9.1 mph.  They must have been pushing it.  I average at least 10 mpg.  So this morning I ordered one new trailer tire and a new set of trailer mirrors for the Suburban.  The mirrors will be permanent, no more add ons to blow off.  And now the trailer will have four fresh tires.  

 

PM update:  UPS delivered three transmission coolant lines for the Trailblazer, and I bought a Passat W8 headlight ballast off of Ebay.  Coming from Canada.  $40 to my door, new price is almost $400 if you can find one.  This will be a great spare.

 

And Camaro Steve just let me know that he sold the huge Barney, F100 rims and tires.  He is happy as he now has some more pennies to spend.

 

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It is the fourth of July.  Happy Birthday America!  Not much going on here in the old car front.  Most folks are busy on their farms.  You know the old adage, "make hay while the sun shines".

 

I bid on and lost out on a 2004 Passat W8 sedan.  It was a pristine, low mileage, 6 speed in California.  Probably a good thing that I did not get it.  But in a Passat buying mood, I did score a set of new tires and rims for our Passat.  Pick them up on Tuesday, a Craig's list find.  Notice they were on a Passat W8 wagon.

 

Saw Camaro Steve last night.  He said that the transmission and wiring harness arrived at the shop.  He also visited the yard and picked up a police Crown Vic aluminum drive line.  His running gear is now complete.  Daniel has finished putting in the steering column and has started to bend brake lines and connect up the brakes.  Steve is now on the hunt for a period looking steering wheel that will fit his GM column.

 

 

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And we have a trip report from Greg.  I could not get the pictures to line up with Greg's comments, but you can figure them out.

 

"Subject: Crown Point wrap up

 

Our first day retracing of the Crown Point, Indiana race was only successful in that we all made it back,  even though rained on.   I had reserved the next day as a personal rain date and that was good planning.    Under overcast skies,   the Millers joined us for another attempt .   The National team departed to their next gig.  The Miller Meet in Milwaukee.

 

I had discussed our car's poor performance to Nathan  and when I reasoned that it's  pressured fuel  system seemed to be at fault,  he brought it to my attention that  a gasket was missing from our gas cap.     That would do it.    With no gasket material at hand and no time to make one anyway,   I improvised by dumping the contents from a Walmart shopping bag,  stretched it over the filler neck and screwed the cap over it.  Then,  with Nathan on board the Stoddard this time and Barb left behind to her own supervision,   we were off,  EMF in the lead.  The Stoddard ran great.

 

Following the course,  we passed through the new and improved  "Dangerous S Curve" (somewhat straightened out over the years)  and "Ray's Corner".  One of the highlights of the course was the site of the Stoddard-Dayton training camp,  the Binyon Hotel  on Cedar Lake.   No longer standing,  but by studying old photos,  we located it.   We stopped for a photo op.    

           

At this point,  Nate and I changed seats .  He had gotten a few minutes behind the wheel back at our local airport, but this was his first time to find high gear and his first time in traffic.  For some reason,  getting this car into high gear is a crapshoot.  Shift from second to high at too low a speed and because of the tall rear axle ratio (2.5 :1) the car will lug and stall.   Carry second too far and the high speed gear just refuses.   A missed shift means stopping the car and trying them again.     These old cars each have a personality and often they just won't  tell you what they want.  They make you work for it.   Nate had his share of trouble with it  and I was afraid he was going to give up on it,  but I was pleased that he stayed with it and figured it out.  

     

We found ourselves in front of  the EMF team  as we drove into Lowell,  the site of the circuits'  "Brick wall turn".  We couldn't miss that,  then proceeded on to the improved "Cemetery Turn" (also softened for modern traffic) to make our turn onto the "Nine Mile Stretch".   Dead straight back to the Crown Point starting line.With high gear secured,   the car was feeling it's oats  but Nate held it in check,  the speedometer reading in the 50's.   Shutting it off back at our parking area,  he said that was fast enough.   It had a lot more in it and I had been  rooting for him to let it out even more.

   

Loading up and saying good by to Glenn and Dan,  our playtime was over and we had miles to do.   My youngest son Logan had just relocated to Chicago from LA and a reunion was next.    Getting there took longer than expected.   Our second trailer flat tire and another search for one  but we  made Evanston and enjoyed a nice visit.

         

Nathan had voiced his hopes that we could walk through the Studebaker Museum in South Bend on the way home.  Who was I to say no?    A very nice facility,  even if you aren't into the marque like we are.

         

Then came the hardest part of the whole trip.  We decided to head for home.  Something like sixteen hours of driving with few stops for necessities.   Arrived home on Saturday morning.   Nate and I were pretty tired,  her first ever cross country marathon.....Barb was toasted.  It hadn't been a good idea.

 

Now that we've been back a while and slowly catching up with our lives,  I've had time to reflect.  Even though the Stoddard  isn't  finished,    it has been out long enough to leave me with a couple of those moments that stick  forever.   Like the time at the Milwaukee track when Barb and I were overtaking  a speeding T head Mercer Raceabout  (overhauling they used to call it).  Riding with Nate driving a car that I'd refurbished brought to mind another pleasant memory.  Summer of '67,  my Model A  was semi finished in speedster form, and one pleasant day found me driving my Dad in a car I'd refurbished.    I was soon to be shipped off to basic training and  it was the last really good day  I was ever to have with him.  Some good things just stay with you.

 

  Photos included:

           Dan and Glenn Miller in the EMF

            The Stoddard team

             Nathan posing at the old Stoddard Team Camp

              Engelbrect posing at the old Stoddard Team Camp

                Nathan rounding the "Brick wall turn".

                 Engelbrect rounding the "Brick wall turn".

                   The "Nine mile stretch".

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John:

 

You have mentioned in previous posts that you have several lawn mowers hanging around the farm.  Well this guy has an idea that you might consider and that may free you up sooner from mowing so you can get back to your car projects:

 

 

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I just received a note from Restorer Dan about his work progress on the 1953 Ford F100.  Talked to Camaro Steve, he said that the only thing left to buy was a steering wheel.  I picked what I liked from the Jegs catalog.  A nice wheel is about $150.  I went for the period look, so we will see what Steve pick out in a couple of days.  

 

"Attached a few pic's , front brakes plumed , secured , clamped , etc. Also the trans is here , and a box of part's required to install it. I hope to work on the truck all week.

Thanks Daniel"

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It is Tuesday, July 5th.  Finished mowing this morning, done for a week or so.  I met the Craig's list seller this afternoon, and we exchanged green paper for the rims and tires.  They look great.  Will look great on the Passat W8.

 

The Rally Boys are doing OK now.  Their car is repaired and they received four new shocks from Virginia.  The report that the ride is so much better.  They are in Belarus.

 

A Porsche 928 is coming over tomorrow morning for an "on the lift" inspection.  

 

 

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It is Thursday, July 7th.  As scheduled, Jon came over with his Porsche.  It is all original, low miles (40,000), 1988 model.  He has had it for about three years.  He wanted to put it up on the two post lift just to look around.  He has done a lot of maintenance work on the car, nothing major.  He said that it was great to just be able to walk under the car and take it all in.  I took a few pics.

 

 

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John, you've left the big bay door open, letting out all the AC. Can't have that in this heat wave!

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Chris, it was yesterday's work.  Today I agree, it was just too hot.

 

Quick update on the F100 truck.  Steve had to order a special oil pan, the original one was too large to fit into the new suspension.  

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Saturday, July 9th, and we have a Barney F100 report from Daniel.

 

"I had tried to set the motor in , you saw the issues with the large oil pan fitment, the new oil pan is here.

 

All parts I ordered are here except the fuel level sender, the fuse box is mounted , engine and front wiring is thru fire wall, rear wiring, lights ,fuel sender, wiring out and under truck. Took dash out, pre-wired dash, also, you did not have turn signal lights in dash, or high beam indicator, got 2 out of 3 at parts store, installed , other ordered online, but hole there and wiring there.see pic  cleaned bracket for under dash gauges, prewired, new gauges in it,see pic's.  Only brake line left to do is from proportional valve to rear brake lines.

 

I don't remember if you saw, new block plate, flywheel installed, torqued, trans bolted to motor. I also got metal for trans cross member, and motor mounts. Also when installing the new headlight switch, I drilled out the bezel that was marked "lights" and reused it, did the same with the new choke cable, and lots of little stuff along the way, be glad to get motor bolted back in. I'm sure I missed a few things, sorry I'm not further along.

 

Thanks Daniel"
 
 

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and yesterday we put on the new towing mirrors on the Suburban.  This will be such an improvement when pulling the big trailers.  Not a hard job, maybe a couple of hours.  had to pull off the door panels to run the wire for lights, motors, and heat.  Really nice units.  Excellent quality, fit and finish.  

 

 

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Sunday, PM, July 10th.  Went to the shop this morning with Camaro Steve.  We just had to check on Barney, the F100 pickup.  Daniel is making good progress.  The engine is placed with its new oil pan that fits over the steering rack, the new wiring is installed in the cab, and the gauges wired, but not installed, the steering column is in and connected to the steering rack, and the brakes have been plumbed.  Daniel is making new engine mounts and then the engine transmission can be permanently installed.  Steve is hopeful that he will have a running truck by the end of the months, I am thinking, mid-August.  Just lots of little stuff to either make, buy and install.  Here are pics I took.  Notice the condition of the old wiring.  All new now.

 

 

 

 

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Paul, I got them off of Ebay from a California seller.  I am very happy with them.  Quality as good as OEM.  Cost was $220 including free shipping.  Here is the Ebay link to the seller' store information.  http://www.ebay.com/usr/jdminnovation?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2754  Lots of truck mirrors on Ebay to choose from.

 

They are much larger than the stock mirrors, but now I can see everything around me and down the side of the truck too.  They are heated, powered adjustment, manual extension when towing, and were plug and play except for the led courtesy lights on the side of the mirror.  And it was really easy to take off the door panel, plug in the new mirror assembly and run a new wire to the courtesy light on the bottom of the door.  

 

And in parking around town in a tight space I can push the mirrors closer to the door so they do not stick out as much.  

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It is Thursday, July 14th, and we have a Barney, the F100 Ford truck.  Daniel has fabricated the new motor mounts and now the engine and transmission are in their permanent position and all bolted in.  The driveshaft has to be shortened by three inches.  It is going out tomorrow for a rebuild.  All the wiring is almost done with the instrument cluster ready to go back in.  The suspension is now all done.  Over the next few days the engine will be dressed out and ready for its first firing.  Steve is really looking forward to that day.  Here are a couple of pics.  Oh, Peg is Steve's wife, Barney will be her truck.  

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