Just posting a few pics of the speedster as I start fitting the body sills and body wood. I had no sills left to use as a pattern, so figuring out all the curves and angles has been interesting. I made the first "test" sills from pine, then after several trial runs, finally have it transferred to the "expensive" oak sills. Ill post some good photos of the sills and floor boards as I get farther into the project. But the main thing is my new treasure. After reading the "very long" thread on Marvel Mystery Oil, and seeing this on e-bay, I just had to have it. I know, the anti-MMO gods will probably rain all kinds of warnings and poo-poos for wasting my money on it, but it just looks so good on the firewall . . But somehow now I feel the need for a water pump . There was a thread earlier about naming your cars, we have settled on "Problem Child" as the speedsters new name. So I feel the MMO upper cylinder lubricator is a good choice .
That is great! After you get going, please report on the miles/ounce your speedster will get from that constant drip of MMO.
IMO....you should name your speedster not PC, but MMO.
Be sure to oil or paint the oak, it is terrible for absorbing moisture and changing size. I made the mistake of using oak for a bed on a pickup we used to feed with, we placed the planks crossways on the sills and bolted them down with out room to expand and with in a week the bolts on the last three planks were sheared off as the boards expanded. One of the cowboys took an angle head grinder and made a gape between each board to solve the problems. I used ash for my sills, and like it much better.
Donnie, I love to see creativity brought into the T hobby. Yours could be a one of a kind work of art. Keep us posted. Harv.
I like that body you've got on there! (check out my profile pic).
Maybe you should paint the car orange & black and put the MMO logo on it.
Gustaf, All the wood will be finished later, Everything will get a seal coat of Qwick-poly and then aged to blend in with the original patina, that Im leaving on the body and other parts. Im hoping the interior wood and the firewall is all I have to "blend in" All my other parts should have good useable "original patina" Steve, A repaint will not be possible but the logo ...... "maybe" ....
How about "The Brown Marvel Special" like a comic book speedster superhero ?? Ties in nicely with your name, and the Marvel Mystery Oil can on the firewall. I like Steve's idea of carrying over the color scheme from the oil can too. Nicely done Donnie !! Is that cast firewall steering column wedge something thats available from suppliers now ??
In adition to The Brown Marvel Special you could put Goes Like Stink// Bud.
Donnie, good choice on the water pump. I think every T Model should have one, perhaps in the tool box or back floorboard. If you park on an incline they make a good wheel chock.
Anal I know, but I hope you are grinding the numbers from your carriage bolt heads.
Wayne, the cast lowering bracket is available from Langs. Page 170 part number SW3 and cost 42.95. They have had them for years. I bought mine years ago when I started collecting speed goodies for this project. The lower left bolt hole of the bracket occupies the same spot as the upper left firewall bracket bolt hole. No instructions came with it, and it took me hours of trial and error to finally decide that. . The lower steering bracket on the frame is a TT bracket and a special made wedge. But make sure to verify for yourself everything else you are going to use will work with that location ... Yes all the bolts will be aged or changed out to original hardware. Im just in the fit up stage now. Robert, "water pump wheel chock" I think that solves my "urge" for a water pump.
Excellent! Glad I was able to help.
Thanks for the update! It can be encouraging to me and others to get in there and do a little each day etc.
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Donnie I'm no expert on wood but when I was restoring my pickup I went to the mill to get new wood for the bed floor I asked for oak he told me that oak was very high in acid and would make any metal part that came in contact with it would rust. So I asked him what kind of wood should I use he told me to use Ash he said the grain is almost the same and it won't make the steel rust. Ross from Canada
I had to laugh when I read that you are calling your speedster project your "Problem Child." I have been calling my mostly 1923 Runabout the same name for a couple of years. There is no part of this car that didn't need work.
Good luck with your "Problem Child."
Paul, The car I built last winter was named "snake bit can o worms"
Yes, another variation on the same theme. Sometimes I wonder if my project is cursed by some really bad juju. It sounds like others also have an unending tale of woes . . .