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It is Friday, May 18th.  Filled the Kubota with fluid this morning about 4 gallons.  Bill, a neighbor, came over and helped me put the tire back on the tractor.  He actually was able to lift the tire so we rolled it into the garage and was able to move the tractor up and down with a jack to get all the bolts in.  Guess that it took about an hour.   I started it up and let it idle to get the new oil flowing and the air out.  Move the tractor back and forth.  Saw no leaks.  Will take it for a test drive if this rain ever lets up.  




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It is Sunday, May 20th.  Took the tractor out for a test run.  No leaks.  But the loader was really fussy.  Purged the air out of the lines and it works great.  Camaro Steve came over and helped me put on the backhoe.  An hour later and some choice words, it was back on and working just fine.  


On to other projects.





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It looks like Greg and his son, Nathan, have begun a new project.


Here is his report.


Once upon a time a Model T  chassis found its way to our back lot.   A friend at work had drug it in then sold it to me.   Now that I think about it, it may even be the one that I had tried to buy from an old farmer for $15  but then I realized I couldn't get it home on my bicycle and gave up on it.     It had been re purposed into a saw rig.    So had this one.  The price had inflated to $35 twenty years later.
       As I had other old car projects calling  and no interest in sawing lumber or firewood,  it  then served as a jungle gym when my sons came along and of course a wasp habitat.
   Fast forward to modern times,  Nathan has taken an interest. He's been looking up Model T literature,  ordering Model T in Speed and Sport ,   joining the forums and such.   His interest has already delayed it's return to Mother Nature.   We've begun the hacking away of the blackberry farm that overtook it  and the chopping of the tree that grew around and through the rear axle.  Yesterday evening we were able to loosen the rear spring from the frame and chisel away the tree trunk from the crossmember.    
     Next time,  by loosening one radius rod fastener the chassis should be able to be drug away from the axle (and the tree).   Hopefully we can then engage a local farmer to relocate it nearer the garage with his tractor and disassembly can begin.    
    With the word of this getting out,  Nate has  had parts donations offered.     Temple and the guys at breakfast in Idaho  threw in a front spring which has already been dropped of via courier.   Phil Mills gathered up choice items at his recent flea market stand and loaded  him down.   Glenn Miller in Michigan wants to get some wheels coming....all this even before we get the bones exhumed.
      This will be a good experience for Nate,  time spent with him a wonderful thing for me,  
        and as Mitch Sine always says..."at least we aren't hurting anybody".
So stay tuned but don't expect rapid progress.


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It is Sunday,  May 27th.   Our neighbor, Dave, just bought a 1966 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible.  He brought it over to put on the lift and for us to give it an inspection.  So our son, Tim, and I gave it a critical eye.  Of course it held a lot of sins, the worse being a frozen front brake drum.  I could not turn the wheel.  It is on there tight.  The suspension is shot, transmission leaking a bit, but other than some normal maintenance items it looked pretty good.  Some angle iron has been welded under the frame and floor panels replaced, all of marginal quality.  But the car will be driveable with a little work and $2,500 or so.  Then we went to the interior, not is too bad of shape except for the driver's seat.  So another $2,500 for the interior and some major cleaning, it will be presentable.  Here are the pics I took.


The Tesla was down on battery charge so I decided to pull it into the big garage and hook it up to 220 volts 30 amp circuit. Worked great, 17 miles of charge per hour versus 4 or 5 in the hours using 110 volts, 20 amps.   Tomorrow, Tim and I are going to hook up a 220 volt, 50 amp circuit for even more power.




















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Monday, May 28th.  Tim and I spent a couple of hours exposing the wiring so we could run new wiring for the 50 amp, 220 volt wiring for the Tesla charger.  We put in a four prong connector commonly used at trailer parks.  This is the highest capacity I can use with my mobile charger.  I can now charge at 28 miles per hour of charge.   Here are pics of our work.   







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I rarely insert links, but this one has relevance to my two old Buicks and the HP they make.  Look at the torque it makes, it is like a tractor.  No wonder these engine always had a second life as farm power for saws, pumps, etc.



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Chris, I really do not know.  Perhaps someone chime in.  Guess we should do a search on "Google".


We are in Seattle and going to head up to Mount Rainier for the day.  Still lots of snow up there, but the roads are open and the lodge at Paradise serving lunch.  Here is a pic of the old lodge from the good old days of motoring.  


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It is June 7th.  Just got back to the farm from a week in Seattle.  Four inches of rain since we have been gone.  It is like a jungle out there.


When we left the Tesla Model S had 171 miles of charge and when we returned 117.  So we lost about 55 miles during that week.  Not surprising as the car is alway "on" and never goes into a hard sleep.  It has to keep the batteries either hot or cold, it wants a consistent temperature of about 73 degrees F to always keep the batteries ready to go.  


I think the 1996 Cadillac is coming over sometime today to go back  on the lift for a shock change.  I do not know if Dave got the wheel unstuck.  Guess I will find out today.  


We have a car show this Sunday.  Taking the Morris Traveller and XK120 Jaguar to a horsepower and pony show.  Always great fun with over 50 neat cars on display.  I will take a lot of pics. 

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On Saturday I had a visit by Dave in his 1966 Cadillac.  He wanted to change out his shocks.  So we put it on the lift.  Bill, another neighbor, came over to help.  So we put the big boat on the lift and changed out the shocks.  The fronts looked original, the rears were replacements at some point in the car's life.  All were beyond shot, none had any fluid left in them.  Here are a couple of pics.  Bet it rides a lot better now.








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I don't subscribe to many car magazines, but one I really like is "Classic Motorsports".  This month their feature article was on the Avanti.  It was a very well written piece with lots of information some of which I was not aware of.  I don't think I can post the article, but can give you a hint of what is in it under the fair use policy of our copyright laws.  Here is a couple of pics.


Another neighbor came over to use the lift.  A young guy with his first car, a 2004 Honda Accord.  He got a oil change lesson.  I think we both enjoyed it.


Hope to get back on fixing the exhaust leak on the Suburban today.  And of course a mower went kaput.  I think I bent a push rod on the Kohler 23 HP motor.  Thank goodness I have four other old mowers as spares.




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2 hours ago, unimogjohn said:

under the fair use policy of our copyright laws. 


That's funny, I'd not heard the term until about 4 months ago, I was seeking permission to reprint a photo in a small newsletter that I do, couldn't get written permission although I was told no one would challenge me, but I cropped the photo after reading up on "fair use" laws.  Gives you a little leeway to at least partially copy something when illustrating or discussing the topic.


With all the research you did on your Avanti hard to believe you learned something new!  I bet Greg wouldn't learn anything new!!

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It is June 17th, Father's Day, and we have a report from Greg, and his Ford Model T exploits.


Dear all,
           Another "White Post  restoration" resumes.    Nate and I had been putting out feelers to find a way of moving the Tree T  from the berry patch to a location with better access  so  the autopsy can begin.    A social call to the boys at White Post Restorations the other day  resulted in  the enthusiastic offer of assistance .  Billy Ray Thompson got their tractor ready with forks mounted and his Dad  W.R.  offered to meet us at the scene of the crime.  That was today.  
    A beautiful day and all went well.   It took several  attempts to free the chassis from the tree,  the foliage and the earth.
  Now located next the the garage,  the hosing down of rusty fasteners with Kroil has begun.
  For those who would like to help date what we've got,  some initial findings are:    
         *  Hand brake ratchet has four rivet retention
         *   Side rails are punched with three holes for running board brackets
         *Rear crossmember is extended but not flanged.
         More will follow as we dig deeper.
  And I'd like to really express  our thanks to W.R. Thompson for not only helping us out with the move today,  but the long overdue visit with him.  A nice day! 
  Photos courtesy  Nathan Cone.  More to follow.


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Give me a list.ran into a stash of parts,you. May be able to build 4 tsp .Do not know how many model a,s.We were thinking of buying it all.No time

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That Model T was in Greg's back yard when I moved to Virginia and first met Greg, and that was over 30 years ago, it had weeds around it then.....great that Nathan, a young man, will be getting it back on the road!!

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Sunday, June 24th.  A bunch of us got together to visit a local car collection.  Lots of original and/or restored cars.  Was a fun afternoon.










































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Oh boy, a "T" report from Greg.


Found some time to devote to pruning the Model T(ree).   Started with the coil box and  water pump so we could get a look at the engine number and block casting date code which  appears to be a December 1920 manufacture.
 It looks like the coils could use a tuneup by a specialist.  Any suggestions who to send them to?
Surprisingly,  much of the rusted hardware is surrendering ,  only broke one wrench so far.

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Chris, cars & coffee on Saturday, 8-12, on main st.  We hope to have a good turnout.  Bring "go fast".

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Darn, we have a previous engagement that day. But I'll be out and about with "Mightyfast" this summer. She always loves a run in the country!

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Cars & Coffee in our little town of Marshall.  First ever event at H&H Auto Storage.  Great attendance.  We took the Morris and the Jag.  

































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It is Monday morning and we have a report from Greg.


More Model T(ree)  progress.   It is coming apart amazingly well.    After spending all those years without any shelter,  most nuts ,  bolts,  even small screws are convinced to unscrew with little effort although there are some fasteners that will have to be cut.


With the cylinder head removed we find that three of the bores very nice,  one with a bit of accumulated rust and so far no obvious cracks in the block.  Now that the firewall, steering,  and starter  are out of the way,   the engine will come out as soon as we persuade the mount bolts to surrender.

 We won't disturb the fuel tank for now.....home to a Jenny Wren.



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David Coco  (Trimacar) sent me these pictures of Greg and Nathan picking up his IH High Wheeler.  It is all original.

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More Greg reports.  This one on the Ford Model T.


Milestone  night!   We threw the shop crane  on the pickup ,   made our way to the garage to offload and snatch the engine out of Nate's Model  T.
All went well.   We followed up with dinner at the steakhouse.....on Nathan.   A better look at the frame shows that it's getting pretty thin in some places.          To be continued.....





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