After nearly five years my 1912 Torpedo is finally winding down to completion.. I was held up two years by a painter who in that time only managed to complete the frame, front and rear axle and the so called, “black parts”. Understand that I did not deliver this painter an old rust bucket. I brought the individual frame and parts to him already disassembled, blasted and primed. Aside from the long time he took to do the parts he did finally complete, I was not satisfied with the quality of the work.
It’s a long miserable story, parts of which many of you would not believe, so I will just let it lie. I am suing him, so hopefully I might receive some justice.
Now we get on with it. My engine and transmission was just recently completed , which was also held up by the painter, and is now in the frame and connected to the driveshaft. Also had a bit of trouble with the ball cap and hogs head connection as was mentioned recently on this forum by another member, but we got it done…
Oh and though the valve covers are painted black,I think they were probably silver of some variation because that's what I see on assembly line photos. So I have a silver set as well..
So I thought those of you who have asked me continually about the restoration and others might want to see some photos of the final engine work done by the great engine builders, John and Michael Gulbankian of J and M Machine.
Now I am going to also post some photos of the finish paint which was just recently completed by another a painter. That is quite another story which I will explain which is very interesting in itself…
After five years I am nearing the end of this journey to complete the restoration of the 1912 Torpedo which my dad had begun but did not live to complete. Hopefully I will make the “pilgrimage” to Hershey this year with the Torpedo, to a place my dad went each year for over 40 years and to which I have never been.
Thanks again to all on this forum for encouragement and help.
Michael and John Gulbankian of J and M Machine putting the finishing touches on my engine before delivery
The engine finally at home and being lowered into the frame
Mike Gulbankian doing an adjustment
Looks pretty slick ! Your dad would be happy.
Looks like the making of a beautiful car..great looking engine...
Nice. Looking good
Looking good. I look forward to seeing your bodywork.
Those guys have a great rep. If I was in New England and needed an engine rebuild, I expect they would get the job. It's looking beautiful so far. I hope I can make it to Hershey to see the finished product.
Appears to have two gaskets on the fourth main.
I'm glad you are making progress -- it is looking really good. And be sure to check out some of the threads on first time to Hershey. It is fun but it is really big.
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Every thing looks really nice.
check the rear radius rods where they attach to the torque tube, looks like the jam nuts are missing.
Hap is right about Hershey. Last October was my first time. Because of the Thursday afternoon and Friday rain-out I only covered 2/3 of it. I have to go back this year to see the rest.
Need to make sure you don't have two gaskets on the fourth main as Steve Pitts said.
Painters can be big trouble. I don't use them for anything except bodies. Painting is relatively easy and straightforward if you can read directions and be patient. I may start doing body paint work myself too. Having a car or parts in "paint jail" is ridiculous and often expensive for crappy results.
Your car looks wonderful so far Greg!