Got my T all back together and fired up! Polished the brass and went the air show this last weekend. She is running ever so sweetly.
And here trying out a different accessory - plain rad cap instead of wings and motometer.
Here are the new Bosch Triple Gears I had made. The shop I worked with had horrific customer service, but they made a very nice product. I was pleased with the end result but frustrated with the lack of communication and the 2 week delay. You can see the old one's on the left and newer ones on the right. The fit of the bearings and keyways is flawless, plus these have a modern tooth profile that is significantly quieter than the older, worn teeth.
And here's where I finally bit the bullet and got me some Champion X's. I have some A-25's that are a lot older but I managed to break one while the head was off. (ARGH) but I used it as an excuse to get these much more attractive X's.
I don't have a pic to show but my father in-law is really into wood working. I won a brass spider for my steering wheel off tBay, but didn't have a wheel to match up to it. He's going to make me a wheel out of hickory that will be stained to match the spokes.
Upcoming projects: I have GOT to move the handbrake outside the body. I'm not a big guy at 5'8, but there just isn't enough leg room with the handbrake inside. I think it'll look cool outside and more speedster-ish.
I have a gorgeous hickory chest that my aforementioned father in-law made for Eliza (with brass hardware) but I haven't decided how I want to lock it in place. It fits very nicely on the big open flat spot in the back, I just need to secure it. The other thing I've been thinking about is making it into a speedster-pickup. =P I'd take a regular T pickup bed, and then modify it so that it would slide onto the back and butt up against the body (I'd lose some space with the gas tank inside the bed) but I think it'd look super cool, especially if I get all of the hardware brass plated. Like an earlier brass version of the Black Widow T.
Right now Eliza is in the garage getting brackets fabricated for her sexy new fenders! Our forum's Ken Kopsky made these babies to spec for me and MAN are they sweet! I haven't been able to start working on the brackets because I was taking Calculus 2 this spring and it just really ate up a lot of my free time (I did get an A in the class though).
The ultimate goal is have these brass plated to match the rest of the car. The brackets will be black. I'm hoping that it basically look like there are brass fenders hugging the tires and just sort of floating over them.
Talk to charley before you start making brackets for your fenders. He made some for his speedster but they didnt quite hold up during the tour. Im SURE he has some suggestions. No need to re-invent the wheel right? haha
Yeah - I thought I had some really fat metal rod that would be plenty stiff. HA, boy was I wrong. My first test run had that fender bouncing and shaking all over the place. I added some skinnier rods to help stiffen the whole contraption up and that made a huge difference, plus, I added the same skinny rods underneath the inner edge of the fender itself and that also helped a lot. I mean, the whole car shakes so I'm not going to be able to make it flawlessly stiff, but I want to be able to hit a bump and not worry the tire is going to eat the fender. I'll see what Charley says.
Seth, looking great. I want to build one of these even more now.
my speedster pickup
4 bolts hold the deck or trunk down. Takes about half an hour to change from speedster to speedster pickup.
Seth, I too need two sets of gears made. How about some more pictures and address/phone numbers and cost information. Jerry
Beautiful Speedsters Seth and Gavin. They look like a lot of fun.
Hey Jerome, PM'ed you.
Heck yeah Gavin!! That's exactly what I had in mind. Plus the speedster pickup looks great. I think the only thing I will differently is have the black hardware brass plated. Your speedster looks great.
Nice ride Seth. First time I've seen pics other than your profile,..very cool indeed.