dalef62

1950 Crosley Farm O Road Restoration and more

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It's time to hook up the few remaining wires to the restored gauge cluster.

Time is drawing near to fire it up!

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Today I am working on finishing up a lot of loose ends.  The gauge cluster is now almost completely hooked up, the fuel pump is now plumbed to the carb, the choke cable is hooked up, oil put in engine, green tape is disappearing...  Hope to put the lower radiator hoses on after lunch and fill with water.

Maybe by the end of the week I can drive it for the first time!

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Last night and this mornings project was making and installing the front bumper brackets.  Someone in the past had cut the old brackets off and mounted the front bumper on the back of the bed.  I am glad that they kept the bumper with the FOR.  It was a simple job bending and drilling the four holes and welding it onto the bumper.

Now I can finish the bodywork on it and get it painted.

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Dale, the Crosley looks great. Love seeing it coming together. John

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Put the hood on it today just to see what it looks like.

I connected the oil pressure gauge today.  I also worked on the front bumper some.   Tonight I made the wire for the coil to the distributor and the wires for the generator to voltage regulator.  Once those are installed there isn't much left till I can fire it up.

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Today I put a battery in the FOR and tried cranking it over... nothing.  Got the meter out and started checking things out.  I had six volts to the key, but not to the starter button.  Whoops, a unconnected wire from the key to the button.  I connected that up and still nothing.  more checking with the volt meter revealed I had power now down to the starter solenoid but not tripping the solenoid.  I took it off and found that it needed a ground to make it work.  I fixed the ground problem and now I have it cranking.  checked the Amp. gauge and while cranking I was charging, lol.  I switched the wires around and now everything looks good to go.  Next step is the fuel, for now it will be a small can of gas till I get the original tank fixed.  I am excited to get it running now!!!!  I want to drive it now since I didn't get to drive it when I got it.

Thank you all for all the votes of confidence as I bring the FOR back to life.

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Do NOT forget to have a fire extinguisher nearby....just in case....

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29 minutes ago, keiser31 said:

Do NOT forget to have a fire extinguisher nearby....just in case....

Don't be so pessimistic!

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Never hurts to be precautious. 

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The FOR has LIFE!   Today I hooked up the last wire for the generator and the auxiliary fuel tank and connected the battery and after some adjustments on the distributor timing it came to life!!!   Oil pressure looks good, need to put a belt on the pulleys and add water to see if the generator is charging and if the engine stays cool.  Sounded good for the minute I had it running though!😁😃

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HOORAY! Great going. Are we going to see it running in a video in the near future?

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Tried downloading a video but it was too big...

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And yes, I did have a fire extinguisher as Keiser suggested, and no, I did not need it!!!!!

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Sometime you can load it onto YouTube and then save the link to this site.

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Congrats, another classic gets back on the road.  Great work!

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Work is continuing on the FOR.  Yesterday I filled the radiator with water and to my dismay I had a leak at the temp sensor bulb at the back of the block.The only way to really get at it was to remove the dash, which wasn't that hard, several screws and I disconnected the oil pressure gauge and throttle linkage.  When the dash was out of the way I saw the problem right away and it is what I had suspected, I had cross threaded the fitting into the block.  Being able to get right to it, I was able to remove it and clean up the threads and reinstall it correctly and now it has no leaks!

As it now has "go", I thought now would be a good time to get "stop".  The brakes have all been rebuilt or replaced but I never put any brake fluid in the system.  I filled the master cylinder and started pumping the pedal and noticed brake fluid on the floor,  Whoops forgot to tighten one fitting, easy fix.  pumped a few more times and more fluid on the floor in a different spot.  Same thing, tightened up a fitting and all good.  Bled the brakes myself one hand working the master cylinder and one on the bleeder, easy to do on a FOR!  LOL  I now have brakes! 

I also got the driver seat out and cleaned it up some, I am hoping to take the FOR for a brief ride around the parking lot very soon!  I am still not sure those are the correct seats for the FOR yet either.  The frames look right, but the plywood back is definitely wrong.  I installed a few hubcaps and now it looks almost like a car.

I also cleaned the table that I have been storing all the parts and pieces for the FOR on.  Not many parts left!!!

I also spent some time today working on the plow Jeep.  I haven't moved it since the last time it snow in the spring so I took a battery out and tried to start it.  As usual, it didn't start, not getting fuel.  after several attempts at putting fuel in the carburetor, it still wouldn't stay running.  I put more gas in the tank and after several attempts it is now running again.  The fuel pump has the glass filter globe on it and I think the gasket is bad and it sucks air in instead of gas!  I will be going over it in the next couple of days to get it ready for winter.  I hope I don't need it!  

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At 4:30 EST on 11/6/19 the FOR moved for the first time in many years under it own power!!!  Was a short loop around the parking lot but it goes in both forward and reverse in hi and lo range!  It still needs a little tuning, but it runs and moves!

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Can't tell from the pictures if your seats are the right frames but the plywood is definitely wrong, and the seat is also wrong. The frame is the CD seat back including the same style springs and the seat is angle iron and a drop in seat bottom that has a plywood base with coil seat springs on top of the plywood, double or triple the thickness of your seat bottom. The passenger seat will have a grab bar on the outboard side.

 

Great progress.

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PS: Mine has CD seats, but I have the right frames just no springs or upholstery installed.

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Now that the FOR is running and moving I started working on the windshield frame.  Cleaning filling and cutting one new piece.  It is ready to have a few holes drilled and then primered.

Bumper is about ready for another coat of primer.

A few more pictures of the seat for Jim.  Looks like the ends of the grab bar on the seat bottom frame.

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Putting in some overtime on the windshield frame tonight.  I brought all the pieces home so I could use my drill press.  I got all the holes drilled and ready except the ones for the pivot point on the cast iron parts, as I need to find the right size bit for the tap.  For those two hole I drilled pilot holes.

I have a template for the glass so someday I will take it to my local glass man and get a windshield cut.

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One primered bumper.  Sanding will be in order for tomorrow.

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All the holes drilled and tapped in the windshield frame and brackets, on to primer and paint!

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