Monday, March 4, 2013
Last week's weather brought down a rotten old pine tree in the yard. I had been wondering how I'd bring it down without hitting a building, but the storm settled that question. The old privy is a little worse for it. By today the snow was almost all gone, and I'm running low on firewood, so this afternoon I fired up the chain saw and started turning big pieces into smaller pieces. There's a lot of wood there, so maybe it will finish the burning season. The weather will be warming up, and there will be more and more nights when I don't need a fire.
My morning jobs included unloading auction plunder from the car and figuring out where to put things. The old winch went to the barn where it will wait for me to have time to clean it up and paint it. I also finished cleaning up a couple of 1913-1920 Model T wrenches and studied the differences between two different manufacturers' versions of the same wrench.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Blustery is the word. Mostly in the thirties, with a stiff north wind, it was a good day to stay inside all morning. I cleaned roadster engine parts, sanded the two license plates, and gave them another coat of primer. After a trip to town for grocery shopping, I set out to cut more pieces off the old pine tree. I made a bad move by parking the Suburban close so it would be handy to load up and haul away the pieces. So naturally the old outhouse buckled and dropped the tree onto the car, and I'll be shopping for body repair and new glass. Tomorrow I'll use some scrap lumber and build a support under the log, then try to cut it up without doing any more damage.
|Wednesday, March 6, 2013
It dawned on me that I had steel sawhorses and a piece of heavy square tubing, so I didn't need to build anything. I placed the sawhorses parallel to the log and laid the tubing across them. Then I clamped on a couple of blocks to keep the trunk from rolling and I was set. All I had to do then was saw off a piece of the trunk near the base, causing the lower end to settle to the ground and raising the upper end. A couple of cuts raised the upper end enough to let me drive the car away. One day soon I'll get estimates on body repair and new glass. Today's other chores were working on the license plates some more, shopping for dog food and cat food, mailing a roll of film for developing, and cutting and splitting some of that fallen tree for firewood. I also got on the phone to California and ordered some copper crush washers for Champion X spark plugs. It was a busy day.
|Friday, March 8, 2013
Back to square one. I thought I'd apply some heat to my license plates and cook the primer really dry, so I put them in the oven to cook at a low heat. It wasn't low enough. When I took them out I found that the paint had blistered badly. So I'll have to strip them bare and start all over. It's a good thing I don't need them right away, but it's aggravating that I wasted all the time and effort I've spent on them. I tried paint remover, and it removed some of the paint but not all. I'll try it again tomorrow, and if that doesn't get it all off I'll include them in my next sand blasting session. The main project of the day was building a transmission stand. With the engine and transmission bolted onto the engine stand, the transmission stand sits underneath. You turn the transmission down to just above it, take out the four bolts, and the transmission settles onto the stand. Then you roll away the engine stand and turn the engine back up to work on it. The nice thing about the transmission stand is that I made it from scraps, so the price was perfect. I did manage to finish a couple of other things today. One was reinstalling the plastic cover of a refrigerator door compartment. Its plastic hinge was broken, so I drilled 5/16" holes and put in steel capscrews to replace the broken plastic parts. Finally, with rain in the forecast, I taped a plastic cover over the Suburban's broken-out window. Next week I'll start shopping for a replacement door.
|Monday, March 11, 2013
My morning job was the roadster engine again. I removed the timing gear cover and cleaned it up, then checked the gears for wear. They don't measure up, so I'll be shopping for replacements. From a little after noon until three I was in town at the juco machine shop to make some measuring pins to check valve stem guides. The afternoon mail brought some polish I ordered last week, so I tried it out. Cape Cod polish was highly recommended by some, but I wasn't impressed. The first side lamp here still has tarnish after four polishings with Cape Cod. The second lamp was done with one dose of plain old cheap Brasso.
|Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Engine work continued. I pulled the cam shaft and lifters and cleaned them, then researched what I found. The lifters are toast. The top ends have recesses worn by the valves, and they're loose in their guides. Some of them have uneven cam wear on the bottom. I'll need to get new ones, along with new valves. After the engine work, I went shopping for groceries and clothes. With spring almost here the stores are clearing out their winter goods, so I got new winter overalls for next season for 40% off. My last activity of the day was a three mile run. After a break of over a month because I'm a cold weather sissy, my time was 32:33. That's only three seconds worse than last time, which admittedly wasn't very good.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Today's main project was installing the roadster's new front cross member. Dave Rademacher had a day off and came over to help because this is a job for at least two people. One person heats the rivet and the other mashes it. I thought this job would take us a couple of hours, but it took a little more than four. We got better at it as we went along, and I think we did a pretty fair job for a couple of novices.
In the afternoon I solved the touring car's lack of ignition on #1, which was just lack of contact on one of the coils. Taking the coil out and shoving it back in the box was the fix. Another test drive showed improvement over yesterday's performance, but it's still not back to normal, so I have more detective work to do on that car.
March 18, 2013
Job One today was frame painting. I applied a couple of coats and most of it looked pretty good. There are a couple of rough spots I'll sand and repaint after the paint has had a few days to dry thoroughly.
With the painting done, I took the carburetor off my sick touring car and cleaned it out. When I reinstalled it and took a test drive I found the car still lacked some of its normal power, and when I got back the radiator was boiling, so I have more detective work to do on that case.
There's rain in the forecast for later in the week, so I fired up the splitter and turned big pieces of wood into smaller pieces, and put them in the garage to stay dry.
|So I went home to get some parts I had for
the engine, and on Wednesday I returned to Tulsa with those parts and
the transmission. We dismantled the transmission to see what parts I
needed to get for it, and I sandblasted the engine, and we made up a
shopping list of more engine and transmission parts. We finished a
little past 4:30. While I was driving home, Mike installed the bearing
molds on the engine and poured new babbit bearings. Yesterday I ordered
parts, took the transmission cover to the welders for repair, and
packed up the old camshaft to ship in exchange for a reground one.
The reverse drum in the roadster transmission had a crack in it, so I spent most of today dismantling another transmission in search of a replacement. It was slow going, but eventually I got the reverse drum out and separated from the low speed drum. The next step in that job will be sandblasting the reverse drum and inspecting it closely to see if it's OK to use. There's a little bit of the flange broken off, but as the nephew in Tobacco Road said, "That don't hurt the runnin' of it none." The important thing is to be sure there are no cracks that could lead to the thing going to pieces when the car is running. Even if this drum turns out to be usable, I may dig into another transmission and see if I can find a better one.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Change of plans. The reverse drum I blasted yesterday appears marginally usable, but I hoped for better. So today I dug into a spare engine I bought for parts. After removing about a peck of rodent nest, I got into the transmission. The clutch looked excellent, the low drum looked good, and the reverse drum seemed OK too, until I found the crack. Oh well, so much for that one. The drum I blasted yesterday will have to do.