Friday, December 28, 2012

Rim work

The previous owner had sort of modified some carriage bolts to mount the tires. They didn't work well but the idea was good.
I spent some time with a grinder and did some more modification.

The middle bolt is the unmodified one, the two sides are with some grinder work.
They fit snug in the rim now.

I also had some damage on the rim that needed some attention.

This area on the rim was badly beat up. A little work after I get a new Dremel should have it looking like new.

Tire ring problem solved

As you saw in a previous post the ring that goes on the tire was missing some connection pieces.
I built a piece to tie the two ends together and welded it to the rim.

Here is the piece I put in, it still needs a little work.
Here it is closed up. I may drill the new part so it can be pinned to keep it from shifting while it is installed.
To see what I needed to make I pulled the other rear to compare. Oddly enough it was totally different.


Here is the other side, it must be from a different year or model.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Back to work

Well I noticed it's been over a month since I posted anything. I had not done much but a little rust cleanup on the wheel.

I had some time this weekend to do some work so I decided to drill my driveway to mount my vise and bender.

The bolts don't line up too well with my vise since they were drilled to match the bender, but it's good enough.

After taking the wire wheel to the rust on the inside of this ring the piece that ties the ends together fell off.

The rivets just pulled through. I guess the heads rusted away.

So I put some new weld heads on them. With a little grinding it will be good as new.

I'm not exactly sure what is supposed to go in here. Hopefully one of the other wheels has this piece so I can make a replacement.

I was also able to straighten out the edges of the ring so that they were more parallel.

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Well I dug out my sandblaster to see how it would do on the wheels. I forgot how you end up with sand in your hair and ears. I also remembered why you don't do your blasting in shorts and T-shirt.
I need to bring my compressor from the other house, the little one I borrowed from my dad won't keep up.
Either I am going to have to build a box to blast parts or go back to the wire wheel.

This is what the rim half that attaches to the tire looks like. It took a long time to clean up that little area. This area must collect water as it is quite pitted.

You can see the difference between the blasted and unblasted areas.

Even with a bunch of blasting it is hard to get this old paint off.

All blasting was done with actual sand as media, I wonder if a different media would work better?

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Old tools

Here are a couple of spanners I picked up when I got the car.

The large one is about 18" long, the smaller one is about 11".
These look as if they also saw service as hammers since the back of the upper jaw is marked up.
I guess the more uses you get from one tool the fewer tools you need to carry.

Wheel work

I finally took the lazy mans way and went with the power sander.
I had this at my other house that I'm getting ready to sell. I decided it was time to bring it home.

Much easier on the arms.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Air compressors

A couple of old mechanical "Air Compressors" that I picked up when I got the car. I thought these looked cool and would be a great accessory for the car. They still need hoses so I will keep my eyes open for something I can use.

This is the proper Low Tech way to inflate your tires.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tool of the week

I picked this up when I picked up the car.
The only reason I took it was because I didn't know what it was. Have you seen one before?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

More wheel work

After some reading I decided not to remove the spokes from the wheel. I did want to get behind the hub to make it easier to refinish. The hub is very tight and took some hammering to move. I got the backside even with the wood which moved the front away about 3/16". This was enough to get some sandpaper in for a light sanding. This will also be helpful for rust and old paint removal on the hub.

A nice little gap to help the refinishing.

The hub moved back. This is in super tight, I guess there should be no wobble in this wheel.

After doing some reading I probably should treat the old paint as if it has lead.
Better safe than sorry.


Friday, October 12, 2012

Wheel work

I took one of my rear wheels apart today. These are very odd. The hub bolts directly to the brake drum and squeezes the spokes together in the center.
The tire has a 2 piece rim that slides off the metal rim that the spokes are attached to.
The bolts holding the tire part of the rim on appear to be carrage bolts that have the edges shaved off.

After the drum was removed. The wood looks old and dry with some old paint in evidence.

A carrage bolt with the sides ground down. All the extras in the can still need to be modified.

The wood is looking old. I have to decide if I should pull them out to refinish.

A little rusty but looks to be in good condition.

Not sure what this is about. It would be nice to see a picture of what it should look like.
This is the part of the rim that the tire goes on.

So is it a good idea to take out the spokes or would I hate myself for being so stupid?


Thursday, October 11, 2012


Well I was looking at some Boattail Speedsters and here is a few I found.

Here is a nice wooden one but I would still need to come up with the cowl for mine.

This would give a rumble seat for your friends. I'm not excited about the ribbed look.

This has an all wood body and looks like you could make it out of an old canoe.

This has to be the all time classic of Boattails. In the movie it was made from an old boat. If I could copy a car perfectly this would be my first choice.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Tire removal, what's back there anyway

I took the rear tire off last night. After putting on the puller it just came off by hand. Maybe I should have been ready for that to happen since the wheel nut was only hand tight. Everything looks to be in good condition with the brake pads looking pretty thick. It looks like it has been worked on as all the linkage pins have been replaced. The wheel only has 1 bolt holding it together but I have a can full of hub and rim bolts.

The spokes on this need some work. The brake drum looks to be in good condition.

Here you have your classic inside/outside brake setup. The outer band is the main brake, and the inner one is for the parking brake.

Here is something you don't see anymore, tires from Wards.

Here we have a pair of your classic vacuum fuel pumps. I don't think these will work for me because of how high my carbs are. I guess I will be looking for an electric fuel pump.
I had a suggestion to gut one and put the electric pump inside to keep the vintage look.
I think it is a better idea to sell them to fund a new fuel pump.

Here is what the previous owner had hanging in his garage. Perhaps this is what he envisioned for his final configuration.

My co-worker John said this is to "old" a look for my car and suggested a "boat tail" would be a better look. We'll see what the future brings, there is enough mechanical work to do before I start on the body.

Friday, October 5, 2012

No work today

No time to work on the car today. I was called to do work on my day off, I guess that will help pay for parts!

My other project I am involved with is getting my old house ready to sell. It's good that I'm almost done so I can have my weekends free for my new project.

As I look at the speedster pictures posted below I wonder how much of the body in the back is metal and how much is wood.
My dad is a great wood worker, and I would rather work with metal. Hopefully I will be able to get him excited about helping.

For the car, one of the tires is totally shot. There is a large section of tread missing. You would think that a tire should last 80+ years without failing. :)


Thursday, October 4, 2012

HO motor??

I was looking at the carbs that are mounted and discovered they are Ford model 59. Research revealed that they are a 2 bbl unit used on 46-48 flathead V8 engines. Imagine 4 bbl of carburation feeding a 4 cyl engine, how intense.

There was also a set of old pistons in the boxes I brought home. Could it be that new "high compression" pistons were installed?

Who knows maybe the compression has been boosted beyond the 4.5 to 1 that the factory offered to something more reasonable. What a thrill to have more than the factory 35 HP. Can you imagine the excitement of perhaps 40 neck snapping horsepower!!!

I'll have to pull the plug next and see if I can make any discoveries. Does anyone have any tricks to take pictures inside the chamber without a scope?


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

What I am starting with

Here is a couple pics from where I picked up the car.

Some ideas I liked.

Moving into the low tech mechanical world

For many years I have been desiring to acquire an old car.

This past week it finally happened. Through a strange twist in providence I was able to pick up a 1928 Chevrolet. This car started life as a roadster.

The previous owner had purchased this car when he was 17. In the 60+ years since, it ended up in his garage in a somewhat disassembled state. After he passed away, I was offered the car. There was less of the car than I was hoping for as it only had the front fenders, radiator, and hood left of the body.

As I consider what to do at this point it is looking as though the best option would be to build it into a speedster. I found a link with some examples of what others have done and have seen a few examples of cars I would like to have.

Mechanically the running gear is complete except for the transmission. I have a box with 2 stripped- down trannys to work with. This will be a good place to start.