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21 hours ago, Jim Bollman said:

I have never seen anything about a shorter dump box being available.

We can never tell what happened in the Crosley factory.  LOL  Just joking Jim.

 

Today I worked on making the tailgate for the FOR.  I got all the dimensions from my brother in laws FOR.  I have most of the metal cut out now and bent where it needs bent. No fancy metal brake here, just a few pieces of angle iron and some vice grips and clamps.  My brake is only 20" wide and the gate is 26". 

I will need to go to the metal shop to see what I can get for the bottom "hinge".  My brother in laws has the bottom part of the tailgate metal just rolled around a 3/8" bar, I don't think I could get my metal bent around it as tight as they did so I plan on getting a piece of tubing, and weld it to the bottom of the tailgate and slide the 3/8" bar stock through it.  

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More green!  With temps in the single digits this morning, it took a while to warm up the shop to paint.  The bottom side of the bed is now green.  Let it dry good over the weekend and Monday I can flip it over and paint the top.

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Over the weekend I decided to work on the tailgate and license plate panel before I paint the rest of the bed.  I got a lot done on the tailgate, the hardest part being the lower hinge.  I had to sand down the 3/8" rod and ream out the 1/2" thin wall tubing to get everything to fit right.  Now it is mostly together and tomorrow I hope to finish it up and prime it and the license plate panel and by the weekend have everything painted.

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I installed the lower hinge rod on the tailgate this morning without incident.  Then spot welded the license plate panel brackets on the tailgate and cleaned up all the welds.  Other than primer and paint the tailgate and license plate panel are done.   And it is only 10:00am.

If it quits raining I can primer today.

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36 minutes ago, John S. said:

Boy, you do nice work dalef62

Thanks John.  I try to do my best, practice makes perfect.  The older I get the better I get at doing things.  LOL

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Today I worked on the little things.  License plate panel installing the tail lights and getting the center light ready, cleaning up and painting the bed hold downs, and putting on the rear view mirror.

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Today I got some metal to make the hinges for the bed.  I also worked on the seat frame.  Sometime in its life someone straightened the uprights of the seat back and removed the springs.  Then they attached vinyl covered plywood for the backs.  I rebent the backs and hope to get some springs from one of our Crosley suppliers.

Tonight I picked up some springs and nuts and bolts to finish several projects on the bed mounts and emergency brake cables.

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I was missing the retainer ring for the center light and fellow Crosley member said he had one and sent it to me.  One step closer to being finished.

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Yesterday I worked on the emergency brake handle and the lock for it.  I was missing both and had to reproduce them.  The handle is just like the original, but the lock was a cast piece and is hard to find, so I made one.  I drilled the holes today and dressed up the bracket some and gave it a coat of black paint.  Will be ready to install when I get the screws and nuts.

One more thing off the list.

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On 2/17/2020 at 4:43 PM, dalef62 said:

My wife wouldn't be my wife anymore if I bought that.  Lol

Funny you say that. Today a guy tried to sell me a fairly decent 23’ model T that needs its rebuilt motor assembled and it’s hood painted to make it a nice driver. Also needs the driver side hinge pillar redone but most of the rest of the car including paint and tires is really decent. I told him the wife won’t be happy if I buy another car. He said, just don’t tell her! I’ve never operated that way before  and I don’t intend on starting now. I’ve been able to buy or do just about anything I’ve wanted simply by sitting down and discussing it with my wife. Many times through the years, it’s been her who’s come up with suggestions on what I should do or buy. My 83’ Blazer getting its soft top, mag wheels, and BF Goodrich tires was her idea. My small enclosed trailer to carry my RC airplanes and gear around was her idea along with me selling my open trailer to buy an enclosed car trailer. Why and hell would I want to screw up a relationship like this with a Model T, and a Ford on top of it! 😂 Ok, just joking about the Ford thing, to each their own.

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2 hours ago, dalef62 said:

Yesterday I worked on the emergency brake handle and the lock for it.  I was missing both and had to reproduce them.  The handle is just like the original, but the lock was a cast piece and is hard to find, so I made one.  I drilled the holes today and dressed up the bracket some and gave it a coat of black paint.  Will be ready to install when I get the screws and nuts.

One more thing off the list.

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Nice fabrication work Dale!

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On 2/25/2020 at 3:49 PM, dalef62 said:

Installed the brackets for the bed and this afternoon I installed the bed.

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Looking at these pictures it makes me think how good Barbie and ken would look sitting in it! It’s almost toy like. So cool! Makes me want one to cruise around my yard out back into the woods, down to the pond, and bring some wood back for our bonfire nights! Superb work Dale.

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FOR is full of parts waiting for me to install them.

I picked up the screws and rivet for the emergency brake lock and hope to get it installed on Monday.

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I have been working on the little things on the FOR.  The emergency brake lock is finished and installed.  The speedometer cable is installed.  The horn wire that goes through the steering column, and button is installed.  Still working on the fuel tank with the vinegar soak.  Lots of little things getting finished up.  Soon I will be driving it!

I also spend some time in the garage at home working on the 1973 MG Midget.  The gas gauge has been acting strange the past couple years and I ran out of gas a couple times so I dropped the tank and will replace the sending unit.

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Next project...  Pull engine from 1951 Crosley wagon and replace with another engine that came out of the 46 sedan.  The engine in the wagon has two dead cylinders, probably bad valves.

Had to do a major move of cars in the back room.  Hupmobile pushed back, jet ski moved, Crosley Super sport moved, Crosley wagon moved, lots of jockeying each car and ski around till the wagon was out front, FOR in the back and the Crosley tow truck was put where wagon was.  All this pushing is getting old, especially on the Hupmobile!!!  Everything is put away and now I can start on the engine removal.

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Today I made some progress on the wagon, got the hood off, radiator out, wires disconnected, and lines disconnected.  Only spent about an hour on it.  Saw a glob of antifreeze in the thermostat housing. (See picture)  I'm in no rush to get it done.

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In my youth my best friend and I could pull a Crosley engine change the clutch and reinstall and be backing out of the shop in 45 minutes. Not so much these days. I always pulled the pins on the hood hinges instead of unbolting, easier to get it back in alignment.

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Today I pulled the engine out of the wagon.  Now to clean up the replacement engine and drill out the two broken bolts on the exhaust manifold.  Not sure if I will paint the engine factory colors or some combination of body color and factory colors.

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Since the rest of the wagon looks pretty close to stock I would go with stock colors. Very hard to get another color off if you change your mind. I have one my Dad painted John Deer green, not sure what I will do with it.

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I did alot of cleaning today.  Cleaned up the good Crosley engine and took the intake and exhaust off.  Also took the intake, exhaust, water pump and generator off the bad engine.  Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to finish cleaning up the engine and paint it.

Also did some other cleaning around the house.  Washed and dried three cars in less than one hour!

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Well, I am back on the full size car again (almost full sized).  Finished cleaning up the engine and put a coat of gray paint on it.  Then started cleaning up the accessories, generator, brackets, and oil fill tube and then gave them a coat of black paint.  I may take the valve cover off and paint it red, or leave it gray.

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On 3/23/2020 at 1:48 PM, dalef62 said:

Also did some other cleaning around the house. 

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I would have photographed that Continental on the carpet below, which appears to be the same color.

 

Here's a REAL one in this same color:

 

 

Craig

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