As I mentioned on Tuesday, I was off to Tulsa to work on my roadster's
engine and transmission. I was supposed to be there Wednesday and
Thursday, but stayed to get more work done today. A couple more days
next week should get the job finished enough for me to bring it home.
This started off to be just fixing crank shaft end play, but quickly
developed into a full engine and transmission rebuild. I want to have
at least one Model T in good enough condition for long trips without
having to worry about breakdowns, and this engine had enough things
wrong with it to do the full treatment. I didn't do any blog
posts because I couldn't get online with my crappy laptop. So it's off
to the computer shop again, if not for repair, then for instructions on
how to make the stupid thing work.
Mike's about to press a cam
bearing that's slightly out of round.
One of my chores was grinding
valve seats and installing new valves.
Preparing piston rods.
May 4, 2013
I went to check out an auction
this morning, but didn't stay. There wasn't a lot to keep me there, and
the weather was miserable. I came home and spent the day cleaning Model
T bolts for painting. After a day of wire brushing bolts in a 45º barn,
I was glad to go to town and have some hot & sour soup at the East
Buffet. After dinner I went to see The
Big Wedding, an entertaining movie. When I arrived at the
theater there was a line out the door, with people waiting to see the
new Iron Man movie. I had no
desire to see it. I already sat through one of those, and it put me to sleep.
Sunday, 5 de Mayo, 2013
I never expected to be wearing winter overalls and a coat on the fifth
of May, but that's how the day began. I worked in the shop preparing
bolts for painting, running all of them through a die to chase the
threads. In the afternoon I drove over to Oxford for an auction where I
paid 50¢ for a Model T rear hub with a 26-27 brake drum on it, and gave
a guy 50¢ for the broken Edison cylinder that was in a box of stuff he
bought, because its container was in such nice condition. My big plunge
of the day was $4 for a pail containing samples of several varieties of
antique barbed wire. I still have to look through the rest of the stuff
in the pail to find out what other treasures are there.
Monday, May 6, 2013
The morning and most of
the afternoon were devoted to more cleaning and painting of nuts and
bolts. I took time out in the afternoon for a visit to the dentist to
take care of a recurring infection that's flared up enough to bother me
recently. This has happened before. A round of Amoxycillin should knock
it down for a few months. Meanwhile I have an appointment with a
specialist in Wichita. Maybe he can come up with a cure.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Another long day. Before six I was on
the road to Tulsa for another round of work on my roadster engine and
transmission in Mike Bender's shop. We installed the pistons, the
timing gear cover, and the oil pan to finish up the engine work, and
installed the hogshead ( cover) to finish up the transmission, and I
brought the finished work home. I arrived home at eight. The next stage
on the project will be painting and installation in the car, which will
probably take a week or two. I can't work on it full time because I
have so many other things to do.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Rain started the day. Not heavy, but enough to soak the ground again.
It's nice to have normal moisture again after the bad drought of the
past couple of years. By noon the sun was out and a nice south wind was
drying things out. My main chore of the day was building some stout
wooden shelves to get a lot of parts off the floor of my shop. I did
take an hour off to remove the wheels from my Woods mower and go to
town to order new bearings for them. They'll be getting a workout soon,
as there's a lot of mowing to
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The day began with another wet morning. The wee hours brought a soaking
rain that made big puddles in the driveway. The rule that
everything takes longer than you think it will remains in full
force. I spent almost all day working on the Woods mower's
casters. I had to take one of them to town and get a new tire on
it, then I made new axles from 5/8" bolts, drilled passages in them and
installed grease fittings, and started reassembly. At that point
I discovered that one caster was rubbing against the mower deck because
of a bent shaft, so I had to take the time to heat that red and
straighten it. By the time I had both casters installed and greased, it
was four in the afternoon. I spent that last hour making more shelves
in the shop. I may get more done on that tomorrow, but there's a lot of
mowing to do first, and a couple of trees to plant.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Nice weather allowed a day outdoors. I spent a couple of hours boxing
all the sawed up scrap lumber on the front porch and put the boxes in
the garage for next winter's heat. I swept the porch,
then went to work in the yard. I pulled weeds around the front and
sides of the house, and trimmed some low-hanging branches. I got a lot
done, and about four I brought out the Dixon and spent the last hour
mowing. There's a lot more mowing to do, and still a couple of trees to
plant. I should get some of that work done tomorrow.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
In a busy day of yard work, I pulled a lot of weeds, cut off a lot of little trees and poisoned the stumps, did some mowing,
and planted three new trees. Tomorrow I'll mow some more.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Except for my morning three
miles, I never went off the place today. I pulled weeds, mowed,
and transplanted. The mowing included a wreck, when I ran over a fire
hydrant with the Woods mower and broke off a shaft. So tomorrow I have
to shop for parts. The transplanting involved redbuds. I dug up small
ones that were in poor locations and planted them down along the lane
where eventually they'll make a nice early April display. Along with
all the other things I have to do, I need to fix my truck so I can use it to haul yard
scraps and firewood. There's a lot of trimming that needs to be done.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Two showers today. The first was after my
morning three mile run. After that and breakfast, I spent an hour or so
taking apart a front spring for my roadster. It was slow going because
of bolts being rusted solid. Once I had the spring apart I spent the
rest of the day sandblasting. I got five of the seven leaves mostly
done, with a couple of spots left to clean up on two of them. On an
afternoon with a high above 80º, it got to be rather sweaty work.
Tomorrow I want to get started in the cool of the morning. I need to
finish the spring, then do the front axle, a tie rod, a pitman arm, and some other parts. This kind of work is
slow going, so I'll finish as much as I can, then do more later.
|Tuesday, May 14, 2013
An earlier start was the way to
go. I thought I'd be at work by seven, but I had to fix my sandblasting
hood with a new window and new tape. I got the equipment set up and
started blasting at 7:30. I finished all seven spring leaves and the
clips by about 10:30, and that was enough for today. I quit when sweat
in my hood made it hard to see what I was doing. Other chores of the
day included priming most of the spring leaves. One of them needed a
lot of grinding before it's ready for paint. This spring, being for a
1915 car, has tapered leaves with round ends. It came with the top two
leaves missing, so I'm using the top two from a later spring. The first
will be hidden inside the frame, but the ends of the second will show a
little, so I'm grinding them round and tapered. It takes a lot of
grinding, and will take more than one session because I need to do it
before the barn gets too hot inside. There's plenty else to do. This
afternoon that including cleaning the ashes out of the fireplace and
the kitchen stove for the last time until next fall. I even put some
kindling in the stove to start that first fire of the fall.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Not much work today. I finished
grinding that second leaf to taper the ends, then sanded all the primed
leaves and gave them another coat of primer. I watered some of the
little trees I've planted recently, and received a call letting me know
that my new mower spindle had arrived at the Woods dealer. So the rest
of my day was driving all the way to Cheney to get the spindle, and
then to the computer store in Wichita to get some help with reducing
images without reducing quality.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Today came in two parts.
Part One was installing the new mower spindle, sharpening blades, and
installing a new blade. I finished all that about 2:30. Part Two was
mowing. I did that until five, and made a pretty good dent in what
needs to be done. Tomorrow I hope I can finish the mowing and get back
to my roadster.
Friday, May 17, 2013
No rain, but lots of fog made for a soggy morning. While waiting for
the fog to burn off and for the grass to dry a bit, I got back to making shelves. I finished some of them, and used them to
get some clutter off the floor of my
shop. I also posted pictures of some of the clutter on the Model T
forum and found out that I have some V-8 parts I can sell. By noon the
sky had cleared and grass had dried out and I went to mowing. That was
going fine until the Dixon mower broke a sprocket. That put a stop to
some of the mowing, but I still had the tractor with the Woods mower,
so I used that to mow the lane down to the wood lot and the road
through the woods. I finished the day sanding and painting spring
leaves. I got the top sides all done. After they have a couple of days
to dry, I'll paint the bottom sides.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
I spent the whole day working on my engine stand. When it's holding
just an engine, the pivot is at the center of gravity and the
engine rotates easily. When there's a transmission attached, rotation
is hard because of one end being bottom heavy. So I want to make
an adapter that's adjustable for working on the engine with and without
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Again, I spent the day working on the engine stand. I made good
progress, and should finish it up tomorrow. When that's done I'll get
the rebuilt engine out of the Suburban, put it on the stand, mask it,
and paint it. I want to get that painting done so it can be drying while I work on other things.
|Monday, May 20, 2013
This morning I finished up that
engine stand adapter. Now it's adjustable to put the pivot between
cylinders #2 and #3 for an engine or block without transmission, and at
#4 for an engine with transmission. The stand is much improved,
but there are a couple more changes I want to make to improve it even
more. The brace against the upright keeps the engine from rotating
completely upside down, as I want it to do, so I need to change that. I
have a dental date in the morning, but I hope I can finish the stand in
the afternoon. I hope to get more parts painted, too. Today I finished
painting spring leaves, so after a few days' drying time I may get the
spring asssembled and installed this week.
May 21, 2013
Today I was off to Wichita for a
dental exam. It seems I have a chronic infection that flares up every
few months, so a specialist took a look this morning. He's going to
open up a previous root canal and check it out, which means I'll be
dropping a pile of dough. While I was in Wichita I picked up some parts
for my defunct Dixon mower, and bought a rose of sharon for the yard.
When I got home I went to work on that engine stand again. But the pipe
scraps I intended to use are just too heavy. Tomorrow I'll see if I can
find some lighter weight scrap to do the job.
|Wednesday, May 22, 2013
This morning I was off to
Winfield for a hunt through the scrap yard. I
found a couple of good pipe scraps and paid $10.73 for them. I brought
them home and spent the rest of the day using them to make changes to
the engine stand. In fact, this evening instead of sogging down in
front of the TV and falling asleep I went back out to the shop and
finished the thing up enough to use it. There are a couple more things
I want to do to it, but they can wait. As long as I can rotate the
engine 360º, that's good enough for now. I can have the engine
upside down to paint the bottom, then turn it over to paint the top. I
want to get the engine painted so it can be drying while I work on
Thursday, Masy 23, 2013
If anybody had told me that in the last week of May I'd be wearing a
coat and still have blankets on my bed, I'd have doubted it
seriously. But that's where we are. I spent the first part of the
morning masking my engine and transmission for painting. I was
planning to roll it outside to avoid overspray in the shop, but by noon
the outside temperature was still in the fifties. The minumum
temperature for painting is supposed to be 60º, so I went on to other
things while I waited for the day to warm up. My job for the rest of
the day was housekeeping,
after a trip to town. I went to pick up some bolts I had ordered at the
Fastenal store. I ordered them last week. When I went to get them
Monday, they were the wrong ones. So the manager placed the order
again. When I went to get them
today, guess what. Yep, they sent the same wrong ones again. It's a
good thing I'm not in a hurry to have them. When I got home I finished
filing all my receipts for the last three months, then spent the rest
of the afternoon sorting and tossing the mess on my desk. I never got
to that painting, and the day never warmed up. I wore a coat all day.
Friday, May 24, 2013
The day began with a trip
to the hospital for an appointment with the
urologist. Recent tests showed a slightly elevated PSA level, so he was
to check it out. The odds are strongly against cancer, but more
are scheduled to check it out and be sure. My medical session took less
than an hour, so I had time to get some work done today. The first of
it was painting the bottom of my roadster's engine/transmission. The
weather warmed up enough for me to roll the thing outside for the job.
With that done, I could go on to other projects and leave the paint to
dry. The main project of the day was house cleaning. The specific parts
of it were some vacuuming in the living room and changing windows from
winter to summer mode. I took down the storm windows from the front and
back doors and installed the screens, then did the same to one of the
living room windows. I only got one done because I took the time to
actually clean the glass and wash out the screen with a hose. More
tomorrow and Sunday.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
I do windows. Boy, do I do windows! I finished taking down storm
windows and putting up screens. But I also took the time to wash the
glass in all the living room, kitchen, and bathroom windows. What makes
that a big job is the four louvered windows in the living room.
Each one has thirteen louvers, which means I washed the inside and
outside of 52 louvers. Add to those the inside and outside of ten other
windows, and that's over half the day. The rest of the day was other
house cleaning, and there's more to do tomorrow.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
House cleaning continued. Swept and mopped the bathroom and kitchen and
cleared clutter. More tomorrow, but I can't spend all day on it. I need
Monday, May 27, 2013
for my morning
three miles, I never went off the place today. I was having so much fun
vacuuming the living room that I lost track of time and didn't get
outside until after one. It took me over an hour to install the new
sprocket and pulley on the riding mower. Finding dropped parts and
hunting up the right tools can turn a few minutes into an hour. I spent
the rest of the day mowing, but had to quit about four thirty to put
chargers on the riding mower and the mowing tractor, as both batteries
were low. But the most exciting part of the day was when the Dixon ran
into a wad of barbed wire some genius has tossed in the ditch where I
was mowing. That stops your progress right away. But tomorrow is
another day, and I predict it will include both house cleaning and
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Housework moved down the list today. I spent the morning masking and
painting my engine so it can be drying and curing while I do other
things. I finished that about one and spent the rest of the day mowing.
I made a big dent in that, and may be able to finish it tomorrow.
|Wednesday, May 29, 2013
I'm not delighted with that engine paint job. The paint is labeled
satin finish, but it's really glossy. That's especially apparent when
compare it to the head, which I painted last year. I'll give it another
day to dry, then I'll kill that gloss with a coat of flat black.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
I'd rather have a satin finish,
but the flat black is better for an engine than glossy. I like glossy
on smooth parts like body panels, but it's all wrong for an engine.
|Friday, May 31, 2013
This morning I used the flat black paint on
the bottom side of the engine, then I moved on to the day's main
project, assembling the front spring. Instead of using grease or
graphite paint between the leaves, I used UHMD tape. I didn't find any
tape exactly the same width as the leaves, so I had to do some cutting
and fitting. Next I need to
make the rubber pad that goes on top of the spring.