|Thursday, December 1, 2011
The first day of the new month
busy one. I got another day closer
to finishing antique tool cleanup, with only a couple of pieces left to
clean but about a dozen to give an oil bath to keep the rust away.
Cleaning, oiling, and researching old tools used up my morning and part
of the afternoon, then I headed for town. I bought a new TV because it
has a digital tuner to get some channels I've been paying for but
couldn't get. Imagine my delight when I hooked the thing up and turned
it on, tuned to the new channels, and the words "No Signal" appeared on
the screen. Grrrrr..... I phoned the cable company and got instructions
on what to do. Still no signal. So they're sending a cable guy out
tomorrow to try fix things.
December 2, 2011
After a little morning shopping,
took the truck and the chain saw down to the woods and harvested some
firewood. With rain in the forecast for tomorrow, I wanted to have
plenty of wood and kindling in the garage where it will stay dry.
Meanwile, somebody was supposed to come from the cable company this
afternoon to get my digital channels working. Nobody showed, and when I
called to reschedule I found that they had my cell phone number
wrong by one digit. So we'll try that agan on Monday.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Job one was doing laundry, then I went
to a farm auction west of
Oxford. A cold rainy day kept the crowd down, and there were some
bargains to be had. I came away with three steel parts cabinets, each
with eighteen drawers, all for $5, a box of eight locking pliers for
$2.50 each, a good heavy extension cord for $3, and a dozen or so 78's
for $2. I missed the engine hoist I went after, but I'll just wait
until another comes along.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
My morning chore was sorting some of
the pile of papers off my desk.
It's a pretty good pile, and will take several more sessions to get
through the entire thing. I spent the afternoon at an auction in
Wellington, and got a few bargains. The most expensive item may
have not been a bargain, depending on what I can get for it. I paid $85
for an early thirties Chevrolet radio. I'll need to do some research to
see if it's worth that much. The steel lunch box and Thermos bottle for
$1 each, the miscellaneous box containing a couple of Ford wrenches for
$3, and the the early General Motors battery charger for $1, all fall
into the bargain catagory.
Monday, December 5, 2011
I spent a good part of the day going
through my weekend auction
purchases, taking pictures of some items and posting them online to get
comments by anyone who might know more about them than I do. Outdoors,
winter weather has arrived a couple of weeks ahead of winter, with lows
in the teens and twenties and highs in the thirties and forties. So
this afternoon I was going to split the firewood I gathered Friday.
Unfortunately, I couldn't get the splitter started. I'll see if I can
get it running tomorrow.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Yes, I could. I pulled the splitter
into the heated shop so I could
work on it without getting frostbite, and I got it running properly. So
I was able to split that pile and lay in a supply of wood ready to use
through the coldest days until I can get out and gather some more. I
seems there's always a recurring chore. In summer it's mowing, and in
winter it's bringing in wood.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Well, that job's done. This morning I
was in the shop and took
something upstairs, and while I was there I noticed the hollyhock
stalks lying on the table. One fall several years ago I decided to save
some seeds, so I took some stalks from the yard and laid them on the
table upstairs where they've been sittng ever since. So today I decided
to finish the job. I spent the morning removing the seeds and
separating them from the chaff and putting them in a little can. Next
spring I'll plant them. The afternoon chore was starting cabinet
cleanup. One of my winter projects will be cleaning up those three
eighteen-drawer cabinets I bought Saturday and getting a lot of
hardware that's cluttering my shelves organized and put into them.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
I spent most of the day on the first of
those three cabinets. I
hammered out dents, scraped out mud dauber nests, and cleaned all
eighteen drawers. I ended the day planting a couple of trees. One was a
sweetgum, a tree I've wanted for years because of its spectacular fall
foliage. I got it from the Arbor Day Foundation for less than $10, and
a free red maple came with it. I planted the sweetgum east of the house
next to the driveway, and the maple west of the west drive. I was
delighted to find such an inexpensive source of trees, because I've
plated two previous sweetgums that did not come cheap and they both
died. If this one croaks, at least I'm not out much.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Today's first job was a little clean-up
in the shop, then I got started
on cleaning and repairing the second cabinet. I took a break for a
couple of hours for company. A couple of fellow Model T guys from Enid
and Blackwell dropped in for a visit. We chewed the fat and I showed
them my collection of old junk. After they left I went back to the
cabinet until it was time to bring in wood for the evening. After a
week or so of chilly weather, the forecast calls for a warmup into the
mid forties this weekend, so it looks like a good time to get out and
harvest more wood.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Well, that forecast of a warm day in
the mid forties was a bust. It was
cloudy all day and never got above 35º, so I stayed inside except to
bring in wood. If the forecast of high forties tomorrow turns out to be
true, then I'll get out with the chainsaw and do some serious cutting.
Today's inside work was finishing the second cabinet, leaving one more
to clean and set up. This evening I went and saw Hugo,
and was very impressed. Scorcese's use of 3-D is the best I've ever
seen. Asa Butterfield and Chloe Grace Moretz are excellent in the kids'
roles, and the wonderful Ben Kingsley is the wonderful Ben Kingsley.
Sacha Baron Cohen does a nice turn as the station inspector. The
camera work and the special effects are impressive without being
obtrusive, and Howard Shore's score serves the film very well. This was
time well spent.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
That forecast of a warm day was on the
mark today. I spent the morning
in the shop working on the third cabinet, which is the worst. It's
structurally OK, but has a lot of peeling paint and surface rust, so
I've been applying paint remover and rust remover. I got one end pretty
close to done today, which leaves the other end and the top to strip
before I repaint the thing. By noon the sun was shining and the
temperature was about 45º, so I went to the west hedge and turned a lot
of dead branches into firewood. I'm cutting a few big pieces to split,
but for now I'm gathering a lot of the small branches that are best for
laying on a pile of kindling to get a fire started. For kindling I'm
using cedar branches that were cut a couple of years ago. They're
really dry and have a lot of tiny twigs that are perfect for starting a
Monday, December 12, 2011
With a 60% chance of rain in the
forescast for overnight and all day
tomorrow, I ended the day on the roof tacking up plastic sheeting and
arranging the tarps. I started the day spreading paint stripper on the
top of that third cabinet, then took the truck and the chainsaw to the
west hedge for some firewood collecting. I cut a big pile of pieces off
a big fallen tree, brought them to the splitter and split them,
and stacked all the split pieces in the garage. They made a stack
about five feet long and three feet high, which should be enough to
last a couple of weeks. The other firewood chore of the day was a
drive down to the woods for a truckload of cedar branches for
kindling. I stacked those under the carport by the shop where they'll
stay dry, so I'm ready to heat the kitchen and the living room
for a good long time, maybe even until January.
Tuesday, December13, 2011
It was nice to see that the plastic and
tarps on the house did their
job and so far all is dry inside. I spent most of the day in the shop
out of the weather. Job one was covering the top of the last cabinet
with paper towels soaked in rust remover. While that soaked I started
assembling the rear axle for the '23 touring car. Part of that job
involves installing a pair of fiber spacers between the two axle
shafts. One by itself isn't enough, and two take up too much space to
fit. I started trying to thin them by filing, but that was mighty slow
going. Finally I hit upon the idea of sandwiching each one between the
concrete floor and an orbital sander. That worked much better. I took
an afternoon break for grocery shopping, then went back to axle
assembly. This is the first time I've done this job, so I'm going slow
to make sure I get it right.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
My slow rear axle project continues,
and I spent almost all day on it.
I'd show you a picture of it if I could figure out how to make Kompozer
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Another day started with the rear axle
project, and I began final
assembly. It was then that I realized I should have repainted the
radius rods and their attaching hardware long ago. I need them, so the
rear axle went on hold while I got busy on that little chore. I got all
the nuts and bolts cleaned up and painted, and have the ends of the
rods soaking in rust remover. I'm not happy with one rod, which is
bent. It will work as it is, but looks bad. So tomorrow I'll take a
little trip up to Iola and see if I can find a better one in the
salvage yard at Model T Haven.
Seen along the highway east of
December 16, 2011
So I spent today driving up to
Iola, picking a good radius rod out of
the pile, and driving home. It's nice to have a place handy where you
can pick out what you want.
Saturday, December 17 2011
While doing laundry and for the
rest of the morning I worked on
Christmas cards. The ones that have to go the farthest should be ready
to go in the mail Monday. This afternoon I took advantage of the warm
day (above 50º) and sandblasted the radius rods for my touring car,
then painted them. I should have the rear axle reassembled and back in
the car by the end of the year. Even in January, there will probably be
a few days warm enough to take it out for a drive.
Lots of Model T parts.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Most of my time was spent on writing
Christmas cards today. I took some
time this afternoon to tack some more plastic sheeting on the roof and
make sure it's ready for the 100% chance of rain that's in the forecast
for tonight and tomorrow. I should finish the cards in the morning and
get them in the mail, then I can get busy on something else.
Monday, December 19, 2011
The rain was a steady, gentle, soaking
one that went on all day, mostly
light and occasionally heavy. I had intended to write and address
Christmas cards to the most distant folks today and do the closer ones
later, but I decided instead to finish them all. I had them finished by
three. When I went to town to mail the cards, I took along those two
radius rods I painted Saturday. I took them to the sign factory to cook
for a couple of days in the big walk-in oven along with the signs.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Another rainy day had me in the shop
again. I finished stripping and
derusting that last storage cabinet, and plan to get some paint on it
tomorrow. Then I took care of a little chore that looked like it hadn't
been done in decades. I took the cover off the steering gear in the
touring car, cleaned out the hardened old grease, and packed it with
new grease. The guys who did the restoration on this car did a pretty
good job on the body, but neglected a lot of the mechanical stuff.
Little by little, I'm getting it in better shape.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Winter. Ninety days to spring. I spent
the first half of the day sewing
a Ford patch on my shop coat. I spent about four hours on it, with
minimal blood spillage, and got it on almost straight. This afternoon I
took the truck down to the woods and harvested firewood, then split it.
That splitter was a good investment.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Snow! It came down off and on most of
the day, but we stayed above
freezing, so it all melted. That's OK with me. I spent most of the day
researching Model T parts. Specifically, what set screw was originally
used to keep the cover on the steering gear? I have a pretty good idea
what's correct, but I'll need to find a cover with the original screw
to know the size for sure. This afternoon I went to the sign factory
and fetched the radius rods for the touring. I should have the rebuilt
rear axle back in the car by the end of the year.
Friday, December 23, 2011
The rain/snow ended in the night and
the day was clear but chilly,
getting up to the mid forties. A good deal of my day was spent with
more research on the steering gear cover set screw. I finally
determined the correct thread and set about making one, which I'll
finish tomorrow. This afternoon I took time for a job that should have
been done over a month ago. I took down the screen on the back porch
door and installed the storm window in its place. I did the same on
half the front door, and will do the other half tomorrow. I still need
to take down the screens and put up the storm windows in the living
room, kitchen, and bathroom.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Today I finished making my little set
screw, taking pictures of it to post on
the Model T forum, and installed it. I cleaned and put up the other
front door storm window. I installed an outlet strip on my work table
in the shop so I won't have to string extension cords across the room.
And I took the chainsaw out and started turning the old tree I pulled
down in June into firewood. It was a big tree and will provide a lot of
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
That's how I started the day,
sandblasting and painting. The rod has
been stripped and painted, and is hanging in the shop to dry. After
it's dried enough to handle, I'll take it to the sign factory and put
it in the big walk-in oven to cook with the signs. The next activity
was in one of my least favorite places, Cyberworld. Since I got this
new computer I haven't been able to post pictures on this website. For
twelve years I used Adobe PageMill, a very easy program for making web
pages. But it won't work on the new computer, so at the suggestion of a
sales guy at the Apple store I tried Kompozer. That works well enough
except for one little problem. So far I haven't been able to get it to
post pictures. I've tried iWeb, which came with the computer. It's the
Kodak Instamatic of web design. It won't even import links from other
pages. So next I'm trying out Adobe Muse. The Adobe website has a video
that waxes ecstatic over Muse. We'll see. While I experiment with that,
I'll keep using Kompozer to post my pages. At least it works for that
bare minimum function.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
This morning I spent a couple of hours
in the shop putting away
hardware. I went through several bags of nuts and bolts that have been
sitting on the shelf for a couple of years, sorting them into cabinet
drawers. My afternoon job was more cutting on the big dead tree that's
been lying on the east lawn since June. I got a nice pile of pieces in
the truck and will split them tomorrow. I ended the day with a
three-mile jog, covering the course in 34:34. That's what I get for
being too much of a cold weather sissy to run since November. In
spring, summer, and fall I do my running early in the morning to miss
the heat of the day. During winter I need to make myself set aside time
on warm afternoons when it's over 40º to get out and run. Otherwise I
become Mr. Flabby.
Sunday, December, 25, 2011
I welcomed Christmas morning by getting that rear axle mostly
reassembled. But when I started to install the radius rods, I found
that the one I got last week was an inch too short because it was for a
1926-27 car which takes a shorter rod than my 1923. With that job on
hold until I can get the right rod, I spent a big chunk of the
afternoon trying to find out how to post pictures on my website with
the new computer. The program I've been using for twelve years won't
work on it, so I have to learn something new. The day ended with a
session at the splitter, getting yesterday's load of firewood ready to
stack in the garage.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Most of the day was spent driving to Iola to exchange that wrong radius
rod for the right one. Maybe tomorrow I can get the replacement
sandblasted and painted.
December 29, 2011
After breakfast, reading the
paper, and paying a couple of bills, I
fired up the splitter and split that wood I cut yesterday. After
stacking all that, I took some time to feed my addiction—online forums.
Then I spent the afternoon cutting and splitting another load of wood
and stacking it in the garage. At this point I may have enough to last
the winter, depending on how much cold weather we get. If it turns out
that I need more, there are plenty of dead trees to cut up.
Friday, December 30, 2011
This morning I went to town and
got the cooked radius rod out of the
oven at the sign factory. I brought it home and didn't do anything with
it because I got busy on more wood cutting. I finished sawing up the
big dead tree on the east lawn, loaded the chunks in the truck, and
drove the load to the splitter. I didn't do any splitting because I had
an appointment with the doc for my annual checkup. He didn't find
anything wrong, so apparently I'm in good health.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
After doing laundry, I spent most
of the day on my rear axle rebuilding
project. It's almost finished, and I should have it back in the car
tomorrow. I think the next job on that car will be building and
installing a new top.