Axle & NH repairs
Big piece of hickory that will become a dash. And some sheet metal that needs to get turned into a Taylor By-Pass muffler.
The same crap that's been laying on it for months. Man, I really need to clean up, so I have a place to work.
Snake repellent,Moth balls,weed killer, lawnmower blades that need to be sharpened,weed wacker that needs a tune up. too hot for that I think I'll take Sara Jane to Brusters for a mint chocolate chip cone and watch all the pretty girls looking at Sara Jane!
My work bench is like Hal's, and I have no time to clean it off.
I need to fix this final drive on my mowing tractor before the grass is higher than the house.
Just more of the same.
Ron the Coilman
Nothing particular at the moment, but on both work benches, one in barn and one in the basement, I gave up trying to keep 'em neat and orderly! I can't even keep up with the "suicidal flies" on the workbench on the back wall of the pole barn!
I never get tired of photos of the good work that keeps the hobby going. The fact that people are doing this type of thing is great.
Nothing T related at the moment. I finished putting in new piston rings and taking up the rod bearings. Now I just need to find the courage to drive the car more than half a mile down the road for a shakedown cruise. Each time I've tried it, something else has gone wrong and I've ended up pushing her home.
I'm starting to get gun-shy.
Going through a '58 Johnson 18hp Seahorse. Rebuilt the carb last night. Hoping that I can get it on the water before the end of the summer!
I've been trying my hand at sign painting. I have my grandfathers business sign. He worked at the Mitchell plant in Racine as an upholstery man. Then around 1915 he started his own business of car painting. The sign will hang from the original lamp post that I have put in the back yard. I have found that my hand is not as steady as it was, but if you stand at least five feet from it, it looks pretty good. You need to do this type of work a lot and steady to be good.
The two in the shop, the one in the house garage and the one in the basement all have "work in progress" on them.
I think I need a break.
Generator work today. My new Growler found 4 good armatures.
Great paintings they almost look real.
May I suggest you try the FunProjects replacement brush plate insulators.
These are laser cut to original Ford print dimensions, made of electrical fiberglass and almost indestructible.
They cost a little more, but are far superior electrically, durability and ease of installation to the grey fiber types.
Ron the Coilman
Thanks Bob and Ron.
I will try the insulators.
I can't even find my work bench in this mess
Fronty head...almost ready to stick on an engine.
Richard...If I turn my growler on, will it find 4 good armatures?
My workbench is in idle configuration. We are in an excessive heat warning. The temp may reach 117 today. My garage is insulated but it's still over 100 in there....."But it's dry heat"
Hot after about 12 so I dont get much done in my shop after noon.
Ron I have been meaning to print a photo of your shop and hang it in mine so I just look at it and wonder what the heck it is I aint doing right to keep such a clean shop.
But no T stuff at the moment. There is a HH120 Tecumseh engine needing a compression release pin on the cam shaft on the bench now along with my neighbors G alis Chalmers engine and transmission. I drove the tractor in there and that is all that is the shop right now. rest is scattered in 2 other shops.Lately all my time has been spent fixen other peoples stuff like a eXmark laser Z mower that is getting a new engine from Repower Specialist next week.
I stayed in Phoenix once and at 2 a.m. the outside temperature was 96*F scrolling across the TV. I couldn't believe it, I had to go outside my hotel to feel that it had cooled only a few degrees from when the sun was up. Asphalt and concrete outside were still too hot to touch for very long. The wind was blowing and it was like opening your oven door while it's on broil, or having a hair dryer on high heat blow right into your teeth. It was dry alright, but hot as a skillet is still really hot.
I'm more used to it being about 90*F but 1000% humidity, so being outside is like being in a sauna all the time. You step outside and the second the door closes and cuts you off from the A/C you are sweating, less than a minute it's dripping off of you, less than 5 minutes and it looks like you were in the shower with your clothes on. And that's if you just stand still on the porch. Lol
Both of them suck in their own way.
I have my Dillon SuperSwage and 1000 pieces of .223 brass on my basement work bench. I really need to get that reloaded.
My garage workbench is empty at the present time, soon to have my Dad's old air compressor (1980's vintage) on it trying to find / fix the slow leak.
Left garage work bench has the head, pistons, and rods from Model A motor #2 along with a pile of stuff left over from other projects.
The right garage bench has a small air compressor, a stack of tarps, some T parts and tubes that will go in the tires as soon as I have time.
The basement bench has an old mirror and frame that I need to repair and a bunch of other stuff
A pile of wood working tools: Japanese chisels, dovetail jig, wood lathe chuck etc. All tools I haven't yet built a cabinet for. A disassembled partially restored 1914 Atwater Kent radio. AND a 1914 sidelight (just for ambiance). 1/2 of a Coke I forgot to drink yesterday. Dust, dust and more dust. Really should finish some of these projects but more fun reading this forum
Just spent 20 minutes looking for electrical connectors. I found them after circling the shop several times. Sat down to check the forum and I like this thread! My shop is a mess. Like some of the above posts, I have crap everywhere. If I would pick up after myself I would save a lot of time. Now my sit down time is up and need to get rear lights hooked up to the Doodlebug. Have a good day!
Thought I had posting pictures down but I guess not.
I can't even find my workbench in this mess!
C cab passenger door getting a little help with a swiss cheese problem.
Tin snips and sheet metal tools. I'm imstalling the steel loner in my new shop. I can't wait to get back to working on T stuff. Somehow, it's more fun to spend all my lunch money on rusty junk than on fluorescent lamps and wiring.
A new Prus high compression head in alum. Kevin had 9 at the Boone tour, and several went on T's in the parking lot. Leaving the last day on Friday, took his last one for my '27.
This nice hack had one put on the first day, the owner did a short test run the day before the tour, and his heavy hack with std. axle just could not make hills around the trailer parking lot, even in low.
So put on the Prus head in at the hotel parking. No issues, drop in. The only minor was head lifted up when loosely fitted with only 2 head bolts. That was a worry, but was evident the head shape is so finely CNC milled to the cyl opening, that the hitting was due to the new head not fully centered on the block.
Once that was done, and bolted in place correctly, the hack was off and running fast! On tour the owner conquered all the roads and hills with his family on board.
I painted this chest over drawers last night. The wood is pine with an oil-based faux burl / curly wood finish. It is for an article for the Society of American Period Furniture Makers journal.
But, I did CLR flush the Model T yesterday as well. I'm starting to grow in confidence with this car. Might even take it a mile down the road tonight!