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Hurricane preparation is mostly out of the way and I was able to work a little on the car today.  I hung the front end on the springs freeing up a little floor space or maybe moving one toe tripper from one place to now more of a shin stabber.  Hanging the axel with the springs installed was a challenge as I had to draw the springs together and also move one end of the axel toward the back.  Some ratchet straps came in handy.

 

Got a little painting done on more chassis parts.  If seems the painting will never end.  If weather is ok on Monday I should be able to get some more parts painted.  I'm waiting on some dry weather so I can paint the rear end outside.  When that is done all the little pieces should go together quickly.

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stretch cab, that is a great project. Your restoration is coming along nicely. Be safe with the hurricane. John

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Unfortunately another delay has come into my life.  My dad passed away this morning.

 

There are so many reasons that I will miss him but introducing me to the old car hobby is definitely one.  When I was 16 he bought me an early 30 Ford Roadster Pickup that he and I restored together over an 11 month period.  While my peers were out getting into trouble my dad worked with me to restore the truck most every night until he made me go to bed so I could get up for school and then all day on Saturday.  The truck won all the AACA awards.  My daughter has the truck now.

 

When he started to lose the ability to work on his cars he gave me his 31 Ford Roadster, 36 Ford Deluxe and his 53 Chevy convertible.  My brother received dad's 34 Ford Cabriolet.  (Brother never liked cars)

 

I certainly am missing dad but I guess I have been missing him for some time since he has been in a nursing home slowly going down.  I just hope that I can be as great a guy to my kids and grandkids as my dad was to me.   

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So sorry to hear of your loss. Hopefully, the good memories of your Dad will get you through it.

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Sorry to hear about your father's passing. He brought you up well. Your Dad, you and your family are in my prayers. John

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Thank you for the kind words after my fathers death. I am blessed with a great brother and together we are continuing to work through all the loose ends. Looks like we will have a family gathering the Friday after Thanksgiving to bury Dad’s ashes in NC so I guess all is going well. 

I have been back on Grandpa’s car and making some progress. I have the wheels about ready to paint and the steering box to install. I left the main part of the steering box unpainted as it is brass and to pretty to paint. Probably will paint the rims this next week and start shopping for tires. Wow, they are expensive!!!!!!!

 I think my wife will get me a couple tires for Christmas. I have a wonderful wife!

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The weather has been great and I have gotten some painting done on the rims and other parts.  I'm going to have to build some type of jig to hold the rims better for the next coat of primer and then the top coats.  To hard to hold the gun and the rim at the same time and difficult to get the proper even coverage.  This is a learning process so I guess I'm learning.

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Got some work done on the car this week.  The rims have a coat of primer and have been spot filled and sanded ready for another coat of primer. I have a jig planned out to hold them for finish painting.  We have had a cold front move slowly through S. Florida with a lot of rain and wind so not much painting going on.

 

I installed the steering box today along with the steering arm and rod so I can steer the car now.  I see I am missing a part that holds the steering rod onto a ball either on the arm coming down from the steering box or on the front axel.  I will try and post a picture of the piece I'm missing.  I can make it but if anyone knows where I can buy one it would be a lot easier.  The part I'm missing is at the bottom of the picture on the left side of the three pieces.  In picture titled Part 3 you can see one of the pieces in the steering rod.  Each end of this rod takes two pieces.

 

I think we may see some dryer weather this week.  If so I should be able to paint the rims and get them ready for tires.  I will give Mac's a call and see if they have any in stock in their Titusville, Fl store and go pick up a couple, if not Lucas Tire has a good price.  Good price if you think over $150.00 each is good!

 

I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas.  My wish is that the new year will bring a quieter year without sickness and death!

 

John

 

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I bought tires for my car today.  I had saved up some cash and my wife gave me more for Christmas so I will have Wards Riverside tires in about a week.  I am really excited to get the car sitting on rubber again and will post pictures when I get them installed and can push the chassis out into sunlight.

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Lots of makes used the same system, some right up into the 60's. All you need is the outside diameter.  Any of the right size will interchange.

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Worked about all day in my shop today and outside under my shed roof doing some painting and buffing.  Weather has been great this week after a couple weeks of rain.  I painted several parts but ran out of primer yesterday so couldn't top coat today all that I needed to.  Paint is ordered from Eastwood.

 

I bought myself a HF buffing motor yesterday and tried it out today.  It is 1/2 HP and works ok for my needs.  I don't really have that much that will fit this setup for buffing but I buffed out the steering column cover and for my first time I think it turned out great.  I will do some more work on it but I was very happy to see it shine after way to many years.  What are your thoughts on clear coating the brass after buffing?  I think the radiator cover will have to be done with a drill motor as it is too big to fit the buffing motor.  Don't think I want to stand for however long it will take to buff anyway.

 

Had a setback with one of my rims as I was painting today.  It fell into the dirt and of course I had started painting it.  Sand down tomorrow and will be ready to repaint when paint arrives.  I had enough top coat for what I did today but all out of primer.

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Tried to install a tire today but it didn’t go well. It has been cool here in S. Florida and the tires were in the shade so I didn’t get any help from warm rubber.

 I’m going to set them in the sun and try again on Saturday. 

I’m trying the garbage bag method of slipping them on. Seems to work well on YouTube. 

The tires are Lucas brand. 

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Like so many others I have spent some quality time in the garage lately.  

 

I now have the rear-end hung but not complete.  I need to make a couple gaskets to put the rear cover back on and the front back together tight.  My grandfather made the car and I am finding little things that should have been done differently that are either causing me some extra time or real issues.  The rims are the real  issue that I dealt with today.  I bought 4 new tires which set me back a bunch and because grandpa never had a spare tire mounted on the rim and because of the cost I didn't buy one for the spare.  As fate would have it I mounted the 4 tires on the rims not knowing that one of the rims is totally different than the others.  As you might guess I mounted a tire on that rim that I can't use so will have to demount and remount the tire to the correct rim.  I had to reverse a front spoke wheel and make it into a rear since the rear wheels mount differently than the front and nothing would line up.  Little things that really take up a lot of time.

 

The picture of my chassis shows my garage space.  I do have an open shed in the back where I can clean and paint but I am very restricted on space which creates its own problems.  Things are always in the way and I have to keep moving stuff around.  The alternative of not working on the car is far worse so I just put up with it.  We plan to move to NC next year to take care of the in-laws so I will have access to my shop then.  The roll of red string is there on purpose.  As I'm not running to the hardware as needed I find that I can't properly finish certain parts.  I may need a castle nut or a certain bolt that I do not have.  Instead of relying on my memory I tie a piece of string on the part and will come back later and replace all the little string reminders with the part that is needed.

 

The picture of the rear-end shows some major metal problems in the brake rods.  Those will be fixed before I am finished but just wanted to get everything together while I have time.

 

I hope to get the rear brakes (only brakes) done the first of the week and the rear wheels mounted to have a rolling chassis.  If the cabinet business is open I will go get a piece of plywood for the firewall and get that cut out and primed.  I'm getting close to finishing this project as far as I can go before moving north and I'm getting excited.  Thanks for following, the garage is good therapy during this time!

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7 hours ago, stretch cab said:

Instead of relying on my memory I tie a piece of string on the part and will come back later and replace all the little string reminders with the part that is needed.

 

I like that idea of yours, I think I shall use the idea as long as I remember about it when the time comes!

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Tried to take advantage of the times and have been working on the old car as much as possible lately.  As you can see the car is sitting on all four tires now which is a huge achievement.  I can not say enough how glad I am for all the pictures I took.  Not only did the open heart surgery and recovery mess my plans up and the recovery was much longer I have to admit that my memory was messed up from the process.  Pictures have been a life saver!

The boxes on top of the chassis have housed the various parts for the chassis and come Monday if it doesn't rain I plan to push the chassis outside and clean out the shop and downsize the boxes into maybe two.  Most of the boxes contain bolts that I did not use to put the car back together.  I went with new bolts but will keep the old stuff just in case I want an original bolt down the road.  As you can see my shop is tiny but I have still been able to accomplish getting the chassis back together.  I am really happy.

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I'm winding down on getting the small parts back together and the car is really looking good.  I still have some work to do polishing the aluminum spokes on the steering wheel but the aluminum and brass combo sure looks good.

I hope to get the radiator cleaned up tomorrow and put a coat of paint on it.  Will try to start buffing the brass cover this week.  I'm thinking that it is going to be a slow process to ever see a shine on the radiator cover.  But if I can do it, well it will be beautiful for sure.

 

One question for you experts who might read this.  When I put the differential cover back on, does the oil filler hole go toward the top or bottom?  It will fit either direction.1941612738_SteeringWheel.thumb.jpeg.22aa98be56a47bfd955f0f2c43142a9e.jpeg

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Tinindian is correct. It is not widely known, that with this model, you need to purchase the special H-oil (added Helium) to put into these differentials. This photo below shows how to 'wedge' the funnel in place while letting the oil escape from the bottle and into the diff.

 

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I found an oil suction gun to be the easiest at least as I got older. It helps to warm the oil as well.

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Mike, I found oil from Australia works real well. Shipping is a little higher but it flows up when poured here in the U.S.  😷

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Got the radiator painted and in place.  The rear-end has all the parts in place.  Everything needs to be adjusted in order to have brakes but that will have to wait until the motor is in as the rod that carries the brake and clutch pedals attaches to the transmission housing.  I'm still battling with some of the linkage up to the brake pedal but I will figure that out sometime.

I have a cabinet man cutting out the new firewall.  I decided to paint the firewall body color as I didn't want to add another color with wood stain and create another contrast to the fire engine red and black trim theme.  The firewall will be red.

I'm working on buffing out the brass spotlight I purchased at Hershey a few years ago.  It will look great mounted to the firewall.

I will start on the brass radiator shell soon.  I've been watching YouTube videos on how to restore tarnished brass.  Looks like there are many ways to get the same results but they all take time and elbow grease.  I hope to get the car out of the garage on Saturday and take some pictures.

 

 

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I had a very productive day in the shop today.  It looked like rain so I did not push the chassis outside but managed to take a few pictures anyway in my over crowded shop.

 

I completely disassembled the spotlight that will be attached to the firewall.  What self-respecting fire chief's car doesn't have a spotlight?  The brass was very tarnished as you can see but by using salt and white vinegar and a lot of elbow grease I have it down to mostly plain brass now.  The light is in remarkable condition and will buff our beautiful.  I have to get some more buffing supplies but should have it all buffed and back together by next weekend.

 

I couldn't help myself and put a little bling on the front of the car today.  The lights, radiator and steering column/wheel all came from a firetruck so the lights are big.  They will look great in front of the big brass radiator shell when I get that cleaned up and buffed out.  That is going to be a job but I will have to do it myself as the chrome shop quoted me $400.00 for them to do it.

 

I'm having a problem with one of the lights.  The chrome ring on the light won't close all the way.  One of the lights had a bad dent in the ring and I think this is the one.  The chrome shop did a great job taking the dent out but now it just wont close.  The buckets are powder coated  black because I couldn't afford to have them chromed at $250.00 each and I think the powder may be causing some of the problem as I'm sure it is thicker than chrome.  I plan to build an expander that I can put inside the ring to expand it just a little and see ifSpot.thumb.jpg.34931498fd0cc4198ddce41aa8f77cd9.jpg that will help.  Any ideas would be appreciated!

 

Anyway, I'm excited with the progress.  I'm tracking down glass for the headlights and spotlight.  I was disappointed that I can't find a mfg. name on any of the lights.

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