|Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Well, not exactly humdrum. I set out on a road trip to Rockford, IL, for a sale of Model T parts. There was a nice big rainstorm east of Des Moines.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
I made it to Rockford in the morning, bought about 500 pounds of carburetor bodies and other parts, and headed home. At Creston, Iowa, I found the Frank Phillips Visitors' Center, a 1931 Phillips station.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
I went to town in the touring to shop and pay bills, and coming home I suddenly heard the telltale tick-tick-tick of escaping combustion. As I suspected, the problem was a leaking spark plug. The discoloration on the insulator shows that exhaust was escaping through the plug. When I opened it up I found the insulator broken. I hope the problem was just because of a need for better gaskets. And I hope I actually have some better gaskets.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Today I installed a new insulator and a copper gasket in that spark plug and put it back in the car. I drove to town for groceries and it was fine, so we'll see how long it lasts. My other project of the day was study. I spent a good chunk of the afternoon reading Murray Fahnestock and Bruce McCalley on transmission bands, as I'm going to need to install new ones before long.
Friday, August 17, 2012
This morning I drove the touring up to the fairgrounds to help with registration at the antique tractor show. Coming back to town, once again I heard the telltale sound of a broken spark plug. Running on three cylinders the car didn't have enough guts to make it up the hill to home. A neighbor was driving by and gave me a ride home. I had just enough time to get a good plug to take back and install before I went to the first session of my machine shop class. By the time class was over at 3:00 the touring was rested and ready to run. I drove it home and walked back two miles to get the Camry, and that was my day.
|Thursday, August 23, 2012
I never went off the place today. I spent almost all my time on the roof. First I put up new plastic sheeting on the northeast wall to keep out the weather. I hope it will last until spring. That's when I hope to install a new roof over the living room and reshingle that wall. With the new sheeting installed, I graduated to the front slope of the top roof. I spent the rest of the day taking off old shingles and pulling nails. The last chore was fighting the wind to get tarps in place in case of rain. The forecast shows a chance of more than 50% a few times in the next couple of days. I stopped to eat at five, then fell asleep and woke up about 8:30, so I finished the tarps in the last of the fading light. Putting up the tarps is the part of this work I really dislike.
|Tuesday, August 28, 2012
With the forecast predicting over a week with zero percent chance of rain, it's time to get back to work on the roof. Except for an hour break at noon, I spent the day removing old roofing. That old roofing is two or three layers of asphalt shingles applied over the past fifty years, and under that the orginal wood shingles that were put on eighty or more years ago. The idea of starting early in the morning cool is good, but it's still summer, and when those direct rays of sunlight hit you the job becomes a pretty sweaty affair. Fortunately there was an occasional breeze to keep the heat from driving me off, and in the afternoon I was working in the shade.
|Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The roof project continues. I spent the morning taking off more of the old asphalt shingles. The picture on the right shows why this job isn't just a simple matter of removing old roofing and installing new. This may be another place where I have to replace not only the rotten sheeting, but also the rafters and braces underneath. When I got home from my afternoon class, a little after three, I went back to the roof. By 4:15 I had about two thirds of the old asphalt shingles off, and working in full sun without a breath of breeze I decided that was enough for today. In the morning I should get the asphalt off, and then I'll see how far I get on the wood shingles tomorrow.