I've been working on the fenders at the Auto Body class and have them finally straightened and primed. Today we tried putting the body on the frame to see how it will fit and how to attach it. Now the next steps in the project begin.
John; Wipe that smile off your face, it's going to get stuck like that!
Lookin good John! You're gonna have fun with that!
I like my closed cab on the TT chassis, but I sure would like to have one on a car chassis for the speed issue.
Keep us posted!
That thing looks terrific! What's the bed going to look like?
Minor side question from a guy not familiar with TT's -- are TT chassis longer?
Good grief, John. Where on earth did you get that crappy body? How much did they pay you to haul it away?
Andy, yes that is a car chassis and yes TT frames are longer and the rear part is lot more "beefy" for lack of a better word.
Hey, guys, thanks for the comments. We are having lots of fun!
And Dan, thank YOU for selling me that "crappy" body, as you so lovingly called it!!!! :-)
We appreciated you putting us together with it, and you are partially responsible for making Stathi and me very happy with it!!!!! Thanks again, partner, and I love your sense of humor!!!!! LOL!!
PS: We are planning to put a flat bed on it and will keep you posted on the progress. Thanks to Stan Cummings for sending me some pictures too!!!
John, That looks great. Love the smile. What a feeling.
One like this one can be built for about 30 bucks. Keep us updated with pictures.
John Pappas, for those who haven't had the pleasure of meeting him, apparently spends most of his time with that contageous, good-natured smile. He's a great guy and he and his son have made tremendous progress with their truck.
John, I really need to get to your place (all of about 11 miles away) and see the truck now that there's enough to stare at!
When do we all get to see pictures of Stathi's steam locomotive??? Chicken Kitchen looks naked without it.
Those nice things you said really apply to you as well. You are one of the "real" folks, and the invitiation to come by stands. Hope you come to visit us soon!! I really enjoyed seeing all your cars and projects and riding in you depot hack!!
Stathi's locomotive is in the process of being restored. First, you take it apart (just like a car), and then you put it back together (after fixing, replacing, repairing everything that needs it). The engine is apart right now, been needle scaled, painted with rust bullet, and awaiting a tube replacement job.
Well, then I guess for the time being it would be out of the question for you to drive the locomotive over to the house for me to see?
Nice truck John! That grin says it all.
You could tag a little extra to the frame if you're concered about the length.
Are you putting "dualies" on that frame???
What's this about a steam engine??? Sounds like you're gonna be rollin' tubes. . .
Pics, we want pics!!
Hi, Ken: Thanks for the picture. Yes, we're going to extend the bed but in a different way. We'll post some pictures when we get to it. Stay tuned.
Hey, Dan, wish we could run it over to your place!! And David, even though this is not really T related, the restoration process is similar, here are two pictures for you, before and current of the Porter Tanker Locomotive (1909):
Hey, that top picture looks like the old steamer that's parked down at the old Quaker Mills (Quaker Square) in Akron, Ohio. At least it was around 1994-95. The palm trees don't fit in though.
Love that "4449" heh, heh, heh!! Lookin' good so far! Thanks for the pics.
Ken, nope, that isn't where it was, but many "lockies" like this were built, and quite a few ended up as "trophies" on pedestals. Looks like this one "fell" into good hands!
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, inquiring minds want to know: how tall is the cab once mounted on the chassis, anyway? (ground to top of cab) Will it fit in a normal garage through the garage door?
Way, way cool. Already scheming, my wife just doesn't know it yet.
All you TTguys,check out the forma truck on T-bay. Item #260212206506.
Wow Jack...thanks for posting that! Man, I'd love to have one of those, actually just like to have the axle and accessories. Don't care for that body much.
Andy, my garage has 8' doors (I wouldn't spit in the fire for a 7' door) and it's necessary for my truck, but that is a closed-cab on the TT chassis. I dont know what it would be on a car chassis. I can measure the height of mine from the rail to the top of the roof, and you can add your rail height at the cab back area and come up with a measurement.
The height from ground to top of cab is about 82 1/2 inches. It fits in our car port very well. That was something that I worried about before I had the car port built and I on purpose got a taller one so there is PLENTY of extra space.
Good luck with your scheming and the wife by the way!!!!
A couple of folks mentioned lengthening the truck for the bed, and I said we had an idea.
Well, here it is as we tried it on last night. You know how they use wood beams for the beds, but we had this idea about a year or so ago. We had a ruined old frame that was partially cut up and wasn't really restorable (I wouldn't want to ruin a perfectly good part). So we thought it might be about the right length and we've been saving it until we were ready.
So we hot rivited the new cross members (like they did back in the day) and rivited on an extra set of brackets at the "rear." Now it's just about time time to clean off the rust and powder coat it and get to work on the cab body work and painting.
Hey,git them white walls turned out!! :>)
Those are some nice white walls!Great idea for the bed exstenstion to.
Hey John, looking good buddy! This is one of the threads I always look to see if there are any new posts. Can't wait to see that truck near completion, as it is one my favorite ongoing projects on the forum.
Keep up the good work!
oh, and like Mack said, you gotta turn the whitewalls out! Coker made mine where you have no choice!
Those whitewalls with the zig-zag tread look like old Allstates from Sears. The '27 Huckster I'm working on has those as well (mine aren't whitewalls, tho). I could use another one to use as a spare. Anybody got an extra that's not age-cracked?
Thanks for the kind comments and suggestions!! Maybe we will do that with the white walls. They are older tires that came with the wheels when I bought the "pile of rusty junk" so we don't know how much life they have left in them. The front ones are new ones we bought last year.
You gonna make the bed into a dump? Looks like it would work!
No a flat bed. We will probably make low sides to fit into stake pockets and put our "company logo" on the wooden side panels. We are having fun with the planning and problem solving as each "hurdle" presents itself. It was fun doing the rivits last night!!
That's a nice lookin little 0-4-0. What are the owners plans for her? Last year, my brother and I moved a 44 ton GE to a museum and donated a 20 ton Davenport to another museum. I still have a Fairmont motorcar and some other railroad stuff. I've wanted to build a Model T inspection car, but haven't started on my first T, so that'll have to remain an idea until I get my 1916 done and some other projects done.
The loco is my son's (he's an industrial archaeologist), and he and I and several of his friends are restoring it little by little. We also have thought of doing a T inspection car/speeder, but one T project at a time!!!!! Have you seen the T inspection car at the Sierra Railroad in Jamestown, California?
So we've been working on the frame for the truck bed. Primed the hood and just tried it on for grins, and then decided to see how the old doors fit (they will need lots of work). This is how she looked today. You can see my wife "driving" the truck!!!