July 1, 2016
Today brought a pleasant
surprise. I was working on the Suburban's fuel tank support strap which
had a broken bolt. To get the old bolt out I had to remove and replace
three rivets. Cutting and grinding and punching out the old rivets was
pretty simple. Then I went to town to buy a new bolt I can adapt to
replace the broken one, and to shop for new rivets. I was pretty sure I
would have to order the rivets online and wait a few days for them to
arrive. So it was a nice surprise when the local Ace hardware actually
had some real steel rivets that will work. In the evening I went
joyriding. That's a form of entertainment that has fallen out of use
for most folks. In the early days of motoring it was common to go out
for a drive just for fun, and for no other particular purpose. That's
what I did this evening. I drove the roadster on country roads, mostly
at 13-25 MPH. I drove about ten miles. By the time I got home about
nine, the magneto headlights were starting to show a little light on
the road and the lightning bugs were doing their aerial dances.
Saturday, July 2, 2016
In the morning I was off to Wellington to check out an auction. It
turned out that most of the stuff was junk you'd have to pay me to
carry away. When I got home I spent some time adding a new page
to my website's Model T
section, then made a replacement for the broken bolt from my Suburban's
fuel tank support strap. The next step on that project will be riveting
the bolt into the strap. For that I'll need to recruit a helper to keep
the rivets hot while I mash them.
Sunday, July 3, 2016
Thinking I would take advantage of the relatively cool morning to do
some work in the attic of my
shop, I went looking for a ladder. After spending too much time
looking, I used a different ladder. I don't know if the one I looked
for "wandered off" or if I left it somewhere and forgot it. Probably
the latter, and I'll find it when I'm not looking for it. Anyway, I did
get to the attic, and located the wiring I need to check, but by then
it was getting a bit toasty in there, so I'll continue that job later. I spent a couple of hours filing all my June receipts, then
did a little more welding on the T-bolt I made yesterday. I wanted to make sure it won't
come apart. In the afternoon I went to town for groceries, and on the
way home stopped to visit Mom at the cemetery. I posted the picture on
Facebook and commented that I do miss the old timers. I sure do.
Monday, July 4, 2016
Today I was installing a new electrical outlet in my shop and had to go
to town for parts. So I dressed up the roadster with a flag set, took
this picture of it, and made a video of the
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
This is really annoying. I've been using Boraxo hand soap since the
Eisenhower administration. Recently it disappeared from the shelf at
the only store in town which had stocked it. The owner says his
warehouse doesn't supply it anymore. Today when I went to do laundry I
stopped at Kora's Asian market to buy kimchi. I've been getting it
there for years. But now they're not selling it anymore. You can't
stock up with a lifetime supply of something like kimchi, but I suppose
I should have done that with the Boraxo. If there's a product you like
and have bought for years, expect it to disappear.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Iowa corn and clouds.
Travel day. I'm off to Wisconsin to prowl the Iola Swap Meet and visit
Elizabeth and the kids. I'll go as far as the last rest area at the
north end of Iowa, sleep there as usual, and go on to Iola in the
Thursday, July 7, 2016
I arrived in Iola and spent the afternoon tramping about the grounds
visiting with some other Model T forum guys and shopping for bargains.
I bought some wrenches, clamps, and small cutoff wheels for the shop.
Model T items I found were a New Day timer case for $1 and a Ford
transmisision adjusting ratchet for $2.
Friday, July 8, 2016
Another day at the swap meet included more visits with my fellow Model
T affcionados and more treasures to haul home. In the evening
Elizabeth, Austin, and I went to the Friday night movie in the park.
Waiting for the movie to start.
Saturday, July 9, 2016
morning Elizabeth and I went kayaking on the Plover River. This evening
we went to dinner at El Ranchito, where Austin and Bella had a staring
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Travel day. On the road for home.
Monday, July 11, 2016
I bought electrical connectors for the
fuel gauge wire, and got a friend to help me rivet the new bolt in the
left support strap. Tomorrow I'll get a can of undercoating and start
reinstalling the gas tank.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
At 1000 miles the roadster was due for
an oil change. So I did that, oiled the places that need oiling, turned
the grease cups, added a little water to the radiator, and made sure
all the tires were up to 60 psi. I tightened the brake and low bands
half a turn, but the reverse band didn't need a thing. My non-T
automotive work was on the Suburban, spraying undercoating on the
repaired support strap and adding a couple of feet to the fuel gauge
wire. That last job was infuriating because the soldering irons I have
often won't get hot enough to melt solder. At last, late in the
afternoon, I got that part done. I hope tomorrow I can get the tank
back in place. This evening I went joyriding. People don't generally
just drive around for fun anymore, but I do. I enjoy driving a
well-running Model T. I drove about nine miles exploring some local
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
At last, I got the tank with its new filler hose
back in the Suburban, and reinstalled the trailer hitch. I cleaned all
the windows, and tomorrow I'll drive it down to the Gasino and fill 'er up.
With the Suburban back together, I can haul the engine/transmission
from my touring car to Mike Bender whenever he's ready to work on it. My other completed chore was an oil change
in the Camry.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
My first job of the day was driving the Suburban down to the
Gasino for a fill-up. The filler hose replacement was a success, with
not a single drip, and for the first time in a couple of years I was
able to fill the tank completely without having it run over. The big
event of the day was a nice gullly washer that left 2.4" in the rain
gauge. Along with the rain came lightning, and one strike knocked out
the power for two and a half hours. It was too dark to get any inside
work done, so I sat on the front porch and did a little catching up on
my reading, then took a nice nap. It was a cool day. I don't think the
temperature ever got up to 80º. In the evening I took the roadster out
for a drive, exploring local roads. I drove about ten miles, and saw
one other car. But I did pass several people walking.
Friday, July 15, 2016
Yesterday's rain made the
ground perfect for pulling weeds, so that's what I did. I removed a
large stand of weeds west of the house. My next job was to finish
derusting a pair of transmission adjusting wrenches I brought home from
Iola, then to loosen them up so they work, and oil them. The last big
project of the day was to start setting up the lathe in the east room
of the shop. I bought it April 30. It sat in the Suburban until I could
clear a place for it, which I did a couple of weeks ago. Today I
started reassembling it so I can free up the engine hoist for other
duty. That will be to pull the engine/transmission from the touring car
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Well, that was a nice surprise. I was working in the shop this morning
when I heard voices. Turned out it was Bob Hester and his
brother-in-law. Bob is a fellow Model T fan from Florida.
He's visiting family in Belle
Plaine, and while the wives were out antiquing he and Larry came down
to visit this antique in Parkerfield.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
This morning before daylight I was on the road to Wichita. Yesterday my
visitors told me about Doc, a B-29 bomber that was to fly today for the
first time in decades. So naturally, I had to go see that. I joined the
crowd along 47th Street at the south end of the runway and shot some video
as the plane took off.
Monday, July 18, 2016
Up before the sun, I did my morning three mile jog, had breakfast, and
set up the sandblasting equipment. Before hitting the shower, I blasted
the front axle that's going to replace the one on my roadster. Later I
painted it. I left it hanging in the paint booth to dry 24 hours, and
tomorrow I'll hang it outside to bake in the sun for a couple of days
before I install it. I worked a little on setting up the lathe in the
east room of the shop. I need to get that done so I can bring the hoist
back into the west end of the building. I'll need it to pull the
engine/transmission out of the touring car to go to Mike
I talked to Mike this morning. In a couple of weeks he should be ready
to tear into the thing and see what it needs. Based on what I've found
in the rest of the car, I expect we're going to find a lot of worn out
parts to replace.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
With my mowing tractor not wanting to run, I have to use the push
mower. So that's how I started today, spending
the first couple of hours mowing in the cool of the morning. By 9:30
the temperature started to climb, so I went back to work on the house,
cutting and nailing up new siding. As I'm working on the north side,
it's in the shade. Except for a trip to town to buy lumber, I spent the
rest of the day on that. In the evening I went for a nice eight mile
cruise in the roadster, and stopped to take a picture of it with the
full moon in the sky.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
I used the cool of the morning to get in a couple of hours of mowing,
then got back to work on the house. I nailed on the last of the new
siding, then filled the space below the siding with mortar. Now I'm
about ready to install flashing and start nailing up shingles. This
evening I went for another drive in the roadster. It was ten miles of
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Another day of morning mowing. The push mower takes too long. There's
still more to do. This was my day for bill paying, including a
trip to the courthouse to renew venicle registrations. I
also wasted a drive to Blackwell. A shop there repairs generators and
starters, so I took them the starter off my mowing tractor. When I got
there at 1:15 a sign on the door said Gone
to lunch. I waited until 2:15 and gave up. Next week I'll call
them to be sure somebody's there, and try again.
Friday, July 22, 2016
Morning mowing again, and most of it is done. I did a little work on
the back wall again, then got ready to hit the road. I'm off to
Colorado for my cousin Cara's memorial service tomorrow. Here's a scene
from I-70 in western Kansas.
July 23, 2016
It was nice visiting with family,
some of whom I haven't seen for a few years. A large crowd turned out
for the memorial service, and Cara's sister Camille
delivered a wonderful eulogy. I was fine until about halfway
through the slide show of Cara's life. It was a photo of her at about
age seven, with two front teeth missing, that got to me. I loved
seeing all the folks, but I hate the reason that brought us there.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Mostly a travel day, driving home. The Camry is a great highway
cruising car. Got back about 2:30. This evening I went joyriding again,
with another Model T twilight cruise exploring local country roads.
There are too many calories involved to do it every day, but I think
tomorrow evening I may roll into town for an ice cream cone.
Monday, July 25, 2016
A nice morning rain got the day off to a cool start. I sorted and
organized receipts to file later, then made a run to town for a
little shopping. In the shop I got the lathe aligned on its table
and ready to bolt down, but I'll need to buy bolts tomorrow. I also
spent part of the day looking for things I know I have but don't know
where I put them. When I win the sweepstakes and have millions, the
first thing I'll do is hire somebody to follow me around and keep track
of where I put things.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
cleanup day. I mowed first, of course, in the cool of the morning, then
made a trip to town for bolts and groceries, then removed the Marion
County mud from the car. It's been muddy since my off-road
adventure in May, so it was long overdue for a washing. In the
afternoon I continued the cleaning theme, vacuuming and mopping in the
bathroom and kitchen and cleaning the southeast bedroom in case of
company. I never made it to town for ice cream yesterday, so I drove in
and had a cone this evening.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Again starting with early morning mowing, today I finished setting up
the lathe in the shop. Bolting the lathe to its table didn't take long,
but getting the whole thing level did. This evening George Clipner
rolled in from L.A. George is moving back to Missouri and
stopping here for a visit on his way. This evening we went to town in
the roadster and had dinner at La Fiesta.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
This morning George and I posed for the official portrait, then went to
town for breakfast. About ten he took off for Missouri, and I went to
the optometrist for my annual eye checkup. I can still see
OK with glasses, and apparently I'm not about to go blind. When I got
home I did alittle research on my lathe, which is missing a couple of
parts. I'm going to have to do some shopping for a tool post and some
Friday, July 29, 2016
Rain last night and this morning left 1.35" in the gauge. The total for
July so far is more than double the average for this month. The plants
are enjoying it. My project of the day was taking tools out of
the tool box I had in the trunk of the roadster and putting them into
that will fit under the back seat of the touring, so I can carry it in
either car. Part of the job was cutting square gallon cans to make
smaller boxes that will fit inside.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Drat! Thursday evening when I was driving the roadster the middle welch
plug fell out. Luckily it happened close to home and I made it back
without melting the engine, and yesterday I replaced
the plug. Today I noticed that while the replacement was OK, the front
plug was leaking. So I drained out all the coolant, dried the area, and
slathered more Permatex around the plug. If that doesn't stop the leak,
I'll have to replace that one too.
Sunday, July 31, 2016
With the forecast showing a few days with rain unlikely, I got out the
sprayer this morning and attacked the johnson grass. I didn't spray all
of it, but got all on the north side of the road and some on the south
side. Then I took advantage of the soft ground from Friday's rain and
pulled weeds. I gave that up about eleven, the third time I was blinded
by sweat carrying mosquito repellent into my eyes. I'll go back to that
early in the morning before it becomes such sweaty work. My other main
job of the day was working on a timer. This is the New Day timer off a
TT at the Mennonite Heritage Museum. Members of the Flatland T's are
working on the truck to get it put back together and running for the
museum. I cleaned the timer and sanded the contacts smooth. We'll be
assembling the truck next week.