dalef62

1950 Crosley Farm O Road Restoration and more

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dalef62-- How many times have I seen the look in the first photo in post 98. A crud-ed up brake assembly with a broken hammer handle in the general area ? To many to remember ! I agree with your assessment of over restoration and think the judges could/should be a bit more aware of the true way these vehicles rolled off the assembly lines of their day. I've owned a lot of classic cars and worked on them as well as many others for fun or profit and NONE were as perfect as Amelia Island or Pebble Beach would have you to believe that they were when new. . I think that people who restore cars,clocks or whatever should work to the the level their tools,time and abilities permit. I like to have fun with what I'm working on at the time. Such as the project that I'm now involved in with my younger son. Will it be over restored no but hopefully someone will be able to say "so that's what those cars looked like new".      

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Dale, in post #98 and #99.......are the brake shoes super narrow, or is it just an optical illusion from the angle of the picture?

 

I like the idea of the pipe thru the rear axle yoke - will have to remember that next time I paint a rear axle.

 

Keep the pics coming!:)

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Paul they are about 1 1/4" -1 1/2" wide.  Same shoes that are on the 1950-1952 Crosley cars.

Thanks for all the good comments!!!  

Looks like everyone will be having Forum withdraw for a few days!!!  Good time to get out and work on the cars!!!!!

 

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Just hanging around waiting on some new clothes!!!!!  That's the look of the day.  Getting ready to spray some of the suspension parts soon. Once I get these parts painted and installed on the chassis I will only need the brake backing plates and drums to be finished and installed to get the chassis back on the ground and rolling.  Hoping to get it rolling by the end of March!  Then on to the body...

Also moved the body back out into the work area as I finished a customers truck that was using the space.  Was checking it over to see what the plan of attack will be on it.  I did notice a big error in the right front fender that was done at the factory and no real way of fixing it, I guess it will stay that way.

 

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Just thought I would show the front end to see if anyone can spot the problem with the right front fender?

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Well, to me, it looks like the rear of the right fender where it attaches to the firewall slopes from outside to the inside.

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You got it Keiser, but it is actually the outside of the fender that is high by about 1/2".  Quality control at it again!  Remember the frame welds?

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FOR looks great.  Good to see the progress being made quite quickly.

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The hanging parts now have a new set of clothes, nice shiny black paint to go with the rest of the chassis parts already painted.:D  Will be so glad to get the chassis together enough to get it back on the ground.:)

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Did some work on the rear brakes this afternoon, took the emergency brake cables off and also the wheel cylinders and wire brushed the backing plates and shoes a little to get the heavy crude off them.  Ready for the sandblast cabinet now.

Speaking of the sandblast cabinet, the left hand glove has had holes in it for awhile and I had bought a new glove along time ago so I thought it was a good time to change it out.  It was a simple job and is now ready to blast away without sandblasting my fingers and getting sand all over my arm!:lol:

I have several parts ready to hit the blaster in the next couple of days.  Rear brake backing plates and shoes, rear drums, front drums, and U-bolts and nuts for rear springs.

I also made a list of parts that are needed to get the chassis back together, several hundred dollars worth of goodies!!!  Hope to order them this week.

 

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Today I did some sand blasting of the rear backing plates and one rear drum.  They took several times in the cabinet to get all the crude off them,:ph34r: they look pretty good now.  Another day of sand blasting and I should have the other drum done and any other little things that need blasted for the chassis to get back on the ground.

I also added some of the pictures from yesterday.  Lots of detail pictures so I know how it goes back together again!:)

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Today project was making things shine.  I fired up the powder coater and powder coated the rear brake backing plates and spring shackles black, and the aluminum wedges for the front axle clear.  It is so nice to powder coat an object and have it ready to install in minutes after coating, no waiting for the paint to cure, just wait long enough for the part to cool and you can use it.

I am getting so close to putting the axles on the chassis and having it rolling around in the garage.:D:rolleyes:

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I am making progress on the chassis today.  I installed the front axle and then installed the backing plate to the hubs.  Then I installed the rear springs less a few nuts and lock washers.  Soon I will have to flip the chassis over and lower it close to the ground as it will be too heavy to flip and lower if I put too much more on it.:rolleyes:  I am trying to figure out how I will support it till I get the rest of the suspension and wheels on it?  I don't want to scratch the paint!:lol:  I am happy with how the chassis is coming out!:)

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Dale, everything looks great.  Cannot wait until it is sitting on all fours and right side up.  Thanks for keeping us updated.  

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Looking really good Dale. The short wheelbase is very obvious in your last picture.

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A small milestone was reached yesterday afternoon, the chassis was flipped over and is now closer to the floor!  Now to get the rear U-bolts ready to install the rear axle and the wheel cylinders and brakes installed.  Then powder coat the drums and it will be rolling on the floor. :D  I might make my goal of having it on the floor by the end of March! 

On the weather front, we were supposed to get 1-5" of snow over night but luckily we missed it and only got a dusting over night.:P  It is snowing now but we missed the brunt of the big snow!!

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Todays project was to install the rear axle.  I got new nuts and lock washers for the rear axle U-bolts and put the rear axle in place and it bolted right up!  I also installed the rear shock upper mounts, but the hardware didn't have enough of the bolts, so I have to get more at a later date.  Now the FOR is ready for a brake job and drums and wheels.  I am waiting on the parts from the Crosley supplier, he is digging out from all that snow the eastern shore got on Monday. 

It is so nice to see both axles on the chassis and know that it is so close to sitting back on the ground.:)

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Looking great.  Hope you bring this thing out to some AACA shows so we can see it when it's finished.

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Thanks for all the positive comments, makes posting this all worth it.  I do hope everyone enjoys all the restoration post that are on the AACA page.  Hursst, I would love to bring it to a AACA show if one gets close to me once it is done. 

And the Blast goes on...  Well sand blasting that is, on the brake drums, three done, one to go.  Hope to get them powder coated today.  They will be cast iron finished.

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Dale, are you not afraid that the rust which is in the pores will come back? Or is that sand dust? (not quite compatible with bearings...)

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Roger, I run the drums though the blaster one more time to clean up the remnants of rust remaining.  The bearings have been removed and all the grease cleaned out prior to sandblasting and powder coating.

The drums have now been powder coated (front drums still warm!) cast iron and now I wait for the wheel cylinders and springs to get the brakes buttoned up and the wheels.  Then I can put it on the ground!

Jim B. or any other Crosley guys, can you notice anything wrong with the rear axle mounts?  Note, it is put together the same way is was torn apart!

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Springs don't look right but it may just be because there is no weight on them. My FOR and all the ones I could see the rear springs in pictures show the back shackle being almost vertical, even angled a little back. I measure about 26" eye to eye on the spring. I would have to go back down and look at mine again but the bottom of the shock mounts don't look right.

If there is something bothering you, point it out and I will compare it to pictures and mine.

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Jim, I think it is just the weight off the springs.  If you look real close at the top rear axle mounts they are on the wrong side.  The spring block pads are inboard instead of being outboard.  And I believe they were installed that way from new.  I didn't remove the shock mounts from the top mounts.

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