Friday, September 1, 2017

This was my final day of roadster reassembly.  I installed the fan, cleaned up and installed the radiator, and put on the headlights. The tank was nearly empty, so I went to town to fill up. As I was making a right turn, the steering stuck and I ran into a planter on the sidewalk. The car wasn't damaged, but the planter was wrecked.  The reason for the balky steering was  that a nut holding the front radius rod had fallen off.  One of the cops at the scene gave me a ride home to get another nut and cotter pins, and took me back to town. I installed the nut good and tight, tightened the other one, and cotter pinned them both. That cured the steering problem. I went on to the station and filled the tank, then had a lot of trouble getting the car started. It took way too much cranking before it finally fired. I was going on a tour this weekend, but after tonight's adventure I've decided I don't trust this car for touring yet. I'll stay home and work the bugs out of it.  

The left headlight was loose because these worn out threads wouldn't hold the nut tight.

So I added some steel...

...ground it approximately round...

...and rethreaded it.

It's not the prettiest piece of work, but it holds the nut good and tight.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Last night when I filled the car I noticed gas dripping from a leak where the sediment bulb screws into the  tank. So today I emptied out all the gas, removed the sediment bulb, and reinstalled it with Ultra Black to seal the threads. If that doesn't stop the leak I'll run a tap in the hole so I can screw in the sedimenbt bulb tighter and still have it align in the right direction.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Variety being the spice of life, I had a spicy day. I reinstalled the left front fender on the 1923 touring. It had been off to have a broken bracket welded. I also wire brushed and painted some castle nuts. It's always good to have some on hand ready to use. I put some gas in the roadster and found that the leak wasn't from where the sedimant bulb screws in, but from the valve. So I drained the tank again, pulled the sediment bulb again, and worked on the valve. I'll let the sealant set overnight, then tomrrow I'll put some gas back in the tank and find out if I cured the drip. The grass has been threatening to get out of hand, so today I spent a couple of hours mowing. There's more of that to do tomorrow.

Monday, September 4, 2017

September is sunflower season.

At last I was able to unload the yard waste that's been piling up in the truch for several weeks.
My Labor Day labors began with pulling weeds along the road by the west field. If you just mow over them and leave the roots they grow back. With the weeds out of the way, I mowed along the road all the way to the west hedge. Amazingly, there wasn't much trash to pick up. I was happy to find that dry weather in August had made the road to the south brush pile usable, so I was able to unload the truck without getting stuck in mud. In the afternoon I went to town to have a leaking tire on the Camry fixed. It turned out that the damage was in the sidewall, not the tread, and I had to buy a new tire. I guess I need to stop driving sideways.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

It was bill-paying day (trailer insurance, water, clinic) and a session with the Camry at a repair shop to deal with the AC blowing uncooled air. It turned out to be a defective compressor. They didn't have time to replace it today, so I'll go back next week. In the shop all I got done was stopping the roadster's sediment bulb leak and refining my accessory fuel shutoff to work more smoothly.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Travel day. I'm headed for the Old Car Festival in Dearborn. I left home at 10:05 AM and drove uneventfully to Vandalia IL, where I stopped to gas up and to eat at Los Amigos, then drove on and bedded down for the night in the Camry Motel at an Indiana rest area. Tomorrow: On to Michigan!

Thursday, September 7, 2107

Travel day two took me through Indiana and upper Ohio. Near Toledo I came across the Fallen Timbers Battlefield.

I stopped for a visit with the monument overlooking the Maumee River Valley. On August 20, 1794, American troops led by General Anthony Wayne defeated British troops and their allied Indian tribes. The Northwest Territory was part of the United States since the 1783 Treaty of Paris, but the British persisted in meddling there up through the War of 1812. But they were unable to stop the flow of American settlers that flooded into Ohio following Fallen Timbers.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Today's highlight was a visit to the Piquette Avenue plant where Ford cars were made from 1904 to 1910.  In 1904 there was plenty of room for making Model A Fords. In six years Ford progressed through models B, C,  K,  N, R, and S, and settled on the T as the Model that would be his only product, and this factory was too small for the job. Pictures are here.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

This was my first time at the Old Car Festival. It is grand. I intend to come again next year, and I hope by then I'll have a Model T in shape to make the trip. Today's pictures are here.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Another swell day at the OCF. It's late and I've posted only a couple of pictures. They're at yesterday's link.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Travel day again. I left Detroit and drove to the Gilmore Car Museum north of Kalamazoo. The Gilmore is the largest car museum in North America, and has an amazing collection that ranges from common Fords and Chevrolets to rare and exotic examples of Deusenberg, Cole, and Wills Sainte Clair. On the grounds are separate buildings dedicated to Pierce Arrow, Lincoln, Cadillac/La Salle, Hudson, Franklin,  Classics of any make, and Ford Model A (1928-1931). Here are a few photos.

Checker cabs were manufactured in Kalamazoo for many decades, including the 1978 yellow cab used in the TV series Taxi.

The first vehicle I bought when I got out of the army was a maroon 1953 Willys Jeep 4WD pickup, so I had to get a picture of this 1954. It's the same except for the color.

1903 Ford Model A.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

I drove through Chicago and north into Wisconsin, stopped for the night in Oshkosh, and this morning drove on to Stevens Point for a visit with family. At my cousin's house I spent most of the day editing more of Saturday's Old Car Festival photos and posting them online. They're at the same link I  posted Saturday. It's been more than a year since I saw Elizabeth and the kids, so seventh grader Austin and tenth grader Bella have grown quite a bit more mature.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

On the road again. As usual when traveling between Wisconsin and home, I stopped for dinner in Des
Moines and then drove on to bed down in the Camry Motel at the first rest area west of Kansas city.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

I made a new gasket for the roadster's leaking sediment bulb. I'll let the sealant cure overnight, then install the thing in the car tomrrow. I spent a lot of time today editing and posting pictures of the Old Car Festival.

Friday, September 15, 2017

I reinstalled that sediment bulb, spent a lot of time looking up and printing maps for a tour, and got a surprise car wash coming home from town in the runabout.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

With the mechanical horn on the roadster out of order due to a missing part, I spent the morning working on a magneto horn to use as a replacement until the mechanical horn is fixed. I had the mag horn disassembled and sandblasted by noon, and in the afternoon I painted the pieces. I painted the inside of the bell today, and tomorrow I'll paint the outside. My other work this afternoon was preparing for some overnight trips. I figured out how to stow a tent,
sleeping bag, and foam mat inside a canvas tarp on a running board. I may try it out on a Model T tour in Bartlesville next week.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

One of these days I'll get around to installing a real 1915 speedometer on my runabout. But until then I'm using the Cat Eye Velo 5 bicycle speedometer. It works fine, but sometimes is hard to see. So today I got started making a fixture to hold a light over it. It will be a magneto light, so when the car is running the light will be on. I intend also to attach a horn button to the fixture to operate the magneto horn I aim to use until I get my mechanical horn fixed or find another one. The fixture is painted and baking overnight and I should have it ready to install tomorrow. The question is whether I'll be able to find a suitable button to operate the horn. An old time door bell button would be perfect, but that may not be an easy thing to find.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Well, I found a button, sort of. I happened to have an original 1915 horn button, but it's not in great shape. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. It will have to do until I can get the new parts to make it better. Anyway, I reassembled the horn and tried it out. Hearing it explains why so many people bought aftermarket mechanical horns for their Fords. When I go to Hershey next month I'll be looking for a good mechanical horn or the parts to fix the one I have. I spent the day finishing and installing the speedometer light and the horn. The light works very nicely. When the engine is running, the light is on. It should make the speedometer easy to read at all times.