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Just a small update on the FOR.  Over the weekend I played locksmith and made a key for the ignition switch.  Works good now so today I installed the switch in the dash.

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Yesterday I got some cleaning and blasting done on some small parts.  Windshield frame brackets, seat brackets, and brake and clutch pedals.  Also sanded the wheel covers and long seat brackets. 

Next step, primer and paint.

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Today I spent some time helping my brother in law get his FOR ready for the national meet next month.  He hasn't had it out in 3 years and the brake cylinders were bad.  He had new ones already so it was a matter of swapping them out and cleaning things.  Also changed the fluids in the engine, transmission, transfer case and differential.  

Tomorrow my wife and I will be leaving for Scotland to see our daughter and son in law and check out the sights!  Will also be going to Ireland.

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I spent some time today powder coating parts.  First it was my brother in law's wheels, then I powder coated my shifter rods and brake and clutch pedals.  A full day of work.

I also have been working on the FOR bud wheels, I had to find a set of wheels from my stock and grind the rivets off and now I can install the outer part of the rim on the bud centers that I bought years ago.

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It is hot!  88 degrees and humid.  Worked on the FORs today.  On mine I installed some rubber around the edge of the hood to keep from scratching the paint on the fenders.  The original didn't have this but it works well. 

We also mounted the new tires on the freshly powder coated wheels for my brother in law's FOR.  Note the agriculture tires mounted on the bud wheels in the bed.

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Today was back to primer day.  I put a light coat on the bed and a few small pieces.  Now tomorrow I hope to put color on a few things.

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I forgot to post this on Saturday.  I fabricated the plates for the emergency brake handle.  Things were going good until I found out I needed to make the big hole bigger.  I put it back in the press and sheared it right off.  Made a replacement and now they just need powder coated.

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Emergency brake handle brackets are now powder coated and ready to install.  I also installed the in/out shift handle and the hi/lol shift handle, and the braces for the passenger side seat.  

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The wife and I took some time tonight to clean up the 1949 Hotshot in preparation for the Crosley National Meet in Wauseon this weekend.  We will be heading there on Wednesday night.  The Hotshot hasn't had this much attention in years.

Our beagle Barney wanted to go for a ride.

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Spent Thursday through Sunday in Wauseon Ohio at the National Crosley meet.  Picked up a lot of the parts I needed for the FOR.

Now I can get back to work.

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A few pictures of the Crosley meet.

First picture is our President David Anspach eating ice cream at Tiny's after the road ralley.

The next picture is of the Crosley "put together" car.  Teams were formed and the car was put together three times in under 14 minutes each.  The record of 8 minutes still holds from Macungie PA a few years ago.

Next is the row of roadsters, around 20 of them.

There were 133 cars on the show field and another 35 cars for sale or just running around.  A record for the largest show on record for the 50th anniversary of the Crosley club and the 80th anniversary of the Crosley car.

The FOR class was a little light this year.

The spotlight class was Prewar and there were something like 33 cars in that class.  The most ever in one spot since production.

Last picture is of my brother in law's FOR that I restored about 8 years ago.  He got first place in the FOR class.

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Today I dug the radiator out of the FOR parts pile, getting smaller all the time.  Looks in pretty good shape, I hope it holds water!  Clean it up some and then I will check it out.

Also cleaned and painted the support bar for the radiator today.

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The radiator is now in and I can now measure for the hoses.  Also got the few remaining body to frame bolts in the engine bay area in.  They were slightly misaligned and needed drilled out.  

I also got some white paint to paint the insides of the parking and taillight housings, painted them then sprayed the outside black.  One step at a time.  Soon I will be able to drive it!!!!!

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1 hour ago, r1lark said:

Dale, how many rows 'deep' is that radiator? It looks very thick, but perhaps it's because it's not very wide?

Looks to me to just be the upper tank that is thick. It looks thick because of the shroud on the engine side.

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Both headlight buckets and parking lights are now in.  Also installed the oil sending unit rubber hose on the block.

I also changed out the clutch fork as the one that was in it was wrong.  The correct one has a dog leg on the lower end to line up with the linkage.

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The headlight dimmer switch is temporarily installed.  It will probably be taken back out to connect the wires to it.

I dug out the stash of cloth covered wire, six different colors, all 14 gauge.  Will have to buy some 10-12 gauge for a few circuits.

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Really enjoying the last part of this resto.  Interesting how everyone hits a tipping point where it seems like just a pile of junk, then one day, you have most of a restored car sitting there.  So much more fun to bolt on restored parts than to disassemble and redo parts.  Great work!

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I spent the weekend at local car shows and cruises.  Saturday I took the 1957 Ford Skyliner to a show in Elderton PA.  Then on Sunday the local Lions club had a car cruise and I took all my blue vehicles.  1929 Hupmobile, 1957 Ford Skyliner and the 1949 Crosley Hotshot.  50 Shades of Blue.

Always nice to support local groups and show my cars.  The kids love getting in the Hotshot and tooting the horn!

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Last night I had spaghetti for dinner...  And started work on the wiring harness.  Looked pretty much the same!  Got several wires done so far.  Using lacquer covered cloth wiring, then crimping and soldering the end then heat shrink to seal it all up.

I got the wife's permission to do it in our dining room.

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Tonight the pile of wires grew.  I got most of the wires to the front of the FOR done.  I have about 6 more wires to make and then I can start laying them out to start taping them together.  Then I will need to make the pigtails for the headlights, parking and taillights and rewire the turn signal switch.

Tomorrow is our car clubs annual car cruise, our photo dash plaque night at the local DQ.

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Last night after working at our local theater I finished the main wires for the harness.  Now next chance I get I can start making them into a harness, laying them out and taping them together in some sort of order.  I hope.  

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Tonight I started laying out the wires to form the harness.   I just put small wraps of black tape around bundles to get the harness organized.  It looks pretty close to the original one so far.  I have added a wire to the rear taillights and I will add a few extra ground wires here and there.  

Next step will be to wrap the harness in black friction tape, then install!

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Spent some time at a local car cruise with three of our Ford product convertibles.  Being very patriotic red, white and blue weekend.   My 1957 Ford Skyliner, my 1958 Continental convertible, and dad's 1965 Thunderbird convertible.  Was fun seeing people compare the different types of top mechanisms.  All because of the Skyliner...

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I got some time this evening to wrap the harness for the FOR with friction tape.  Starting to look like a wiring harness now.  The only thing left to do on this part of the harness is to put the metal shielding on the section that goes to the rear lights(section that is rolled up in middle of picture).  

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Making progress one part at a time.  I got the coil and starter soliniod on and painted the horn that was bought at the Crosley National.  The harness is ready and waiting to be installed.  

I still have to make all the headlight, taillight and parking light pigtails and rewire the turn signal switch.

I also ordered the battery cables today from the local auto parts.  They are not original but I will wrap them in friction tape to make them look better.

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