It's been a few weeks and we've been busy making progress and having setbacks.
Check out this picture and see if you can spot the problem:
We reworked one of the rear radius rods and noticed the other was bent. Not a problem - we had another set. It turned out the other set had a bent rod as well, but the one we needed was straight. We reworked the second radius rod and took it in tonight. When laid side-by-side, our issue became clear: pre '26 radius rods do not fit on a '26 because of the larger brake cam. Needless to say, we will be trying to straighten our "bent" rod while we look around for a replacement.
We also got the front springs cleaned, graphited, and restacked. Ran into an issue there too. If you saw our last post, we have a mixed stack of Ford and aftermarket front springs. Instead of a hole through the center-middle of the spring for the tie bolt, they have a raised dimple on top and a recessed cup on the bottom to keep the springs aligned. As we reassembled the springs and installed the (new) front spring clips, we discovered another difference. Ford springs have a hole to accept the centering tab on the spring clip. Our springs had a raised dimple. We had to hammer the tab back into the clip and then drill it out. Worked like a champ, but we'll probably be looking for a stock set of springs down the road.
After dropping off the reworked parts, we loaded up some parts to take for "homework". We took the steering column, the battery box frame, and the front end. Pictured are a couple of scouts holding the front end down while I broke loose the spring perch bolts. Usually I stay out of the pictures because I'm taking them, but not tonight...
Our frame is currently out for repair. When we removed the engine, we found a nice crack in the cross member and a bend in the cross member flange which looks like the car was run into a pole or tree in it's lifetime. We're having the frame welded and will then begin the process of rust removal and painting before reassembly.
One of our topics to cover is advertising for the Advertising Merit Badge. If you have a favorite bit of memorabilia you'd like to share, reply with a picture and we'll share it around.
That's about it for now.
Be well and drive safely.