dalef62

1950 Crosley Farm O Road Restoration and more

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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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Still working on the FOR, lots of little things that need to be done.  Headlight switch-check, throttle linkage-check, hood latch-check...

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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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Getting the electrical parts ready to mount.  Starter soliniod, coil and taillights.  Also cleaned up and painted the oil fill cap.

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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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It is quite "Dashing"...  Today I installed the dash and put some of the battery cables in.  Also got the horn installed.

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After the wife and I fought for two hours to get the four wires in the metal loom last night, with success, the wiring harness is now going in!

 

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Working on pigtails...  Made up the other headlight pigtail and made one parking/taillight pigtail, three to go.

Also working on the gauge cluster, trying to find a decent one.  Sold a bunch a few years ago, now I need one.

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I installed the other headlight pigtail this morning and installed the identification tag on the firewall.  Tonight I have been working on the gauge cluster, it looks like I can get one good one from two clusters.

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Tonight I was able to get half of the gauge cluster together.  I need to replace the temperature gauge tube and bulb so that may take some time to get that half finished.

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Looks like you need a better chrome ring for your gauge set. Service Motors restores these, not sure if they offer restored rings for the DIY restorer.

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Jim, more money than I wanted to spend for the restored gauges. They were very nice though, and tempting...  I will use these till I find better.

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Dalef62, i appreciate the work that you put into your restorations. You have an eclectic group of beautiful automobiles. Thanks, John

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18 hours ago, dalef62 said:

Jim, more money than I wanted to spend for the restored gauges. They were very nice though, and tempting...  I will use these till I find better.

 

I wasn't suggesting you buy their restored gauges, I thought maybe they sold the parts to restore your own and you could buy a nice ring for your gauges, the rest looks very nice.

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I never asked about trim rings...  I did ask about the temp gauge though.  

Thanks

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On Sunday my wife and I went to the annual car show put on by the Western PA region AACA.  I was planning on trailering the Hupmobile but the weather was not promising so we drove the 1977 Corvette.  Turnout was down for show cars but we had a great time.  It never did rain at the show...  🙄🤨🙃

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