Jeff Perkins / Mn

What are you working on right now?

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   I have followed this forum off and on in the past. I find the effort and perseverance of the people who post progress on their long term projects fascinating and inspiring. Not enough inspiration though for me to take on some of these big projects.
   I have often thought it would be interesting to learn what others have done to their cars on a short term basis. Like “what have you done today” or this week or this month to fix, improve or whatever your car(s).

   I will start by posting a picture of my humble Model T with its newly rebuilt and installed front suspension. The driving nature of this car was totally  changed by this procedure. Very rewarding. 
  What are you doing to your car now?

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Well...

I'm rebuilding the car albeit slowly, to put it back together and have both my '58's together at the same show.

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I've got a long way to go but motivated.

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Sorting out steering, shifting and seating for this 1916 American LaFrance speedster. 
 

 

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Changing out master and wheel cylinders on one of my 1931 DB coupes....

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Trying to breath some life back into a Hup 20 gearbox. Abandoned and rusted solid.

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Sighing heavily as I look on my projects stored for the winter. Moved last fall and haven't had any time to get set up in the new garage. Come on summer...

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Work is limited this time of year because I filled my garage with cars and do most of my cleaning and painting outdoors in the warmer months. (I only paint smaller parts myself).

I'm presently restoring an early 1901 curved dash Olds engine (number 96) that spent about 80 years in an old barn. Although I don't expect to ever have the rest of the car, I feel this (and a modified '03 engine) are worth fixing up,even if only for display. The cylinder head is restored and a new water jacket cast. They are not shown in the photo.

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Working with a pro to share some of this work, but trying to get chassis, running gear restored on our A this year.  Front end and front brakes to be done by a pro, I removed as a unit a couple weeks ago.  This weekend I will pull steering column, and install a rebuilt steering box and shaft.  We will then tackle back end, both ends springs on down.  Uph and top.  Maybe clutch but that may wait till next winter.  

 

Oh, I just ordered a new stone gaurd mounting kit to put my stone gaurd back on!! 😁

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7 minutes ago, Steve_Mack_CT said:

Front end and front brakes to be done by a pro, I removed as a unit a couple weeks ago.


I will tackle that project on my 1930 A Tudor next winter. I will also add a Mel Gross F-100 steering box.

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Jeff I was able to remove front end in around 3 and a half hours, working alone in our 1 bay mini barn.  Tight conditions were biggest factor, off to Pat's restoration where Pat is doing front end and brakes while I prep new spring.  Car was tracking ok but 90 years of wear, I am fairly certain this has never been done on this car before.  Replaced crappy rubber ball and cup for radius rods, and want to go back to stock motor mounts vs. Float a motors in there now.  

 

Another project, replace my john deere yellow powder coated wheels with something a little less...yellow!  They were on the car but I have 2 sets to pick from...  A people who drive 'em should always have a few spare rims! 😉😁

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Have a long list of stuff to do on both cars.  Victoria and the 51 Dodge roadster which got kind of shoved to the side when Victoria arrived.  So far just some wet sanding and buffing as well as some comprehensive cleaning.

Of course working on the heater in the garage has been an almost daily project as well.  

 

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Good thread idea. Not actually doing much right now. Trying to sell my 63 Olds Starfire, driving and enjoying my 66 Dodge Monaco wagon, and working through a short list on my 34 Chevy coupe which has its own thread on here.

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Oh yeah, on getting pushed to the side, Gretchen is likely pissed.  She needs some preventive maintenence, nothing earthshaking, hoses, thermostat, coolant and oil change and plugs rotor, cap, wires.  Took same approach with this one as with the A, some DIY, some help from a friend who is a mechanic, some work at German car shop.  

 

Someday a pro cut-n-buff on paint would be cool, its decent, original and last year for single stage super thick MB paint.  Gotta love factory color "Hellrot", or red in Yank...

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Woodgraining the dash and conserving the original plastic on 1939 Packard Super Eight, painting steering column, general re-fit of shift linkage and trying to make the steering wheel at least semi-presentable. Dash has had toner coat applied/rubbed out and is waiting a warm day for clearcoat. 

1939 vintage Tenite plastic hasn't stood the test of time well. It is responding well to carefully applied and regulated heat and epoxy. It wont look new but it will be the original material.

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Brand new Coker bias 6.00-16 tires arrive next week. So right now I am  media-blasting rims. Getting ready to prime and paint. Sure gonna be purdy!

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1 hour ago, keithb7 said:

Brand new Coker bias 6.00-16 tires arrive next week. So right now I am  media-blasting rims. Getting ready to prime and paint. Sure gonna be purdy!


Ya better post a picture when installed!

 

This one received a wash, wax and complete inside and top detail today.

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8 hours ago, JimKB1MCV said:

Woodgraining the dash and conserving the original plastic on 1939 Packard Super Eight, painting steering column, general re-fit of shift linkage and trying to make the steering wheel at least semi-presentable. Dash has had toner coat applied/rubbed out and is waiting a warm day for clearcoat. 

1939 vintage Tenite plastic hasn't stood the test of time well. It is responding well to carefully applied and regulated heat and epoxy. It wont look new but it will be the original material.

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Super pretty dashboard, but also SUPER challenging.  I saw http://packardplastic.com was no a valid website anymore ?

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When I bought the Pierce Arrow last year, I started with a wiring harness and relining the brakes. After we took it to the first local show I started looking inside the engine. It had poor compression, so I figured I would give it a valve job and be okay. While I was working on it, I found that the Babbitt is delaminating from the rods, then I found that one piston was honed you to .010 oversized so while I wait for the rods to get done I am bringing the cylinders all up to match and getting custom made pistons to fit.

 

On a side project, I was looking for a new taillight bucket only to find out that what I had was better than what I could find, so I did a little brass reworking too. It’s not show quality, but plenty good enough for my original car...

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I don't like body work and should have done it first. I am making slow progress on a 31 Chevy Cabriolet with one more door to da and finish up the body work.

 

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Tonight? Axles and diff out. Stole the bathroom scale out of curiosity. 57 lbs. 

 

 

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16 hours ago, keithb7 said:

Tonight? Axles and diff out. Stole the bathroom scale out of curiosity. 57 lbs. 

 

 

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Keith, we have this picture.  Wife will get a copy if you don't pay a ransome!! 😁

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Can’t post photos......cleaning up a car for Amelia in two weeks........pulling wheels, detailing chassis, cleaning the bottom of the car to match the top.

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I've been working on the heater in the garage.  Of course with below zero it went out last night when i went out to check it at 11PM.  Finally got it up and running at 3 AM. Lots of fun playing outside below zero in the dark to get it running.  It has long cycle periods to stop and start.  The culprit was a little water in the fuel line which froze.  I think it was tricking me because it would only restrict the fuel supply not stop it.  Every time I would reset the heater it would cycle and run but eventually run out of fuel.  It has a down hill pitch to the garage and through the wall but has to go up hill a few inches to actually go into the heater which made a low spot outside as well, right where it came through the building.  I pulled the line apart and separated it from the tank, blew through it and ice came out inside from what I could see when I came back in as some chunks were scattered on the floor.  (would have been nice to have an extra set of hands,  but I'm sure the wife didn't want to wake up and come out and help me at 2AM outside) Blew through a few more times and thought I was good.  Put it all back together cycled it up again and it ran out of fuel.  Pulled it all apart again blew through it and this time flushed it with carb cleaner. put it back together and finally got it to come on and run.  Though I think the flame is low it worked all night and was running this morning. 

One other complication I ran into was I bought a new fuel pump as the pressure seemed low so they make a new updated pump.  

It came in and I installed that first.  (before dealing with the water problem) well the first cycle it wouldn't pickup fuel.   I took it out comparing it to the original and found out it's got a shorter pickup tube so it wasn't picking up fuel I reset the fuel level in the "carb".   That worked but it ran out of fuel on the High run setting.  That's when I decided it must be frozen water in the line.  It ran much better with the new pump until it ran out of fuel but ran much hotter and being I was trying to get to bed,  decided to put the old pump in and deal with the supply line.  

Well the "carb" has a magnetic shutoff and may not be able to adjust enough to use the new pump.  After several cycles and fighting with it I got it to the happy point where there was enough fuel to run the old pump and not trip the shutoff switch.  I'll have to do some research to see if I can even use that pump.  Here are some supporting photos. 

I do have another heater that I took out for parts right next to it.  You can see the "carb in the two photos with the magnetic shutoff switch on and off. 

I did manage at one point during the day yesterday to do a little more buffing after I did some touch up on one side of the grille shell on Victoria.  Imagine the work i could get done if I didn't have to keep fighting with the heater.  

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