I took the Centerdoor for a short ride down the road today. Spring like day and warm enough to enjoy it. She still needs some tweaking but it seemed to be smiling while it hiccupped and farted.
Wow. Looks very nice. Tim
I love it. I would like to have a center door sedan to keep my '21 Touring company.
Wonderful workmanship, Don!
Thank you for having posted your progress through the earlier photo updates. Some of us see what we don't know by pictures....
I just hope my wife never sees your car! If she does she will want me to restore mine...not that it would ever look as good as yours!
I never thought I would like a closed car but those Centerdoors are just fantastic and your is amazing!
Don, You do such great work. Thank you for taking your time to share it with the forum.
Thanks for sharing
You must not be in Michigan any more Don. February?? No snow??
I always did like the center-door sedans! Yours is one of the prettiest ones I have seen. I wish I still had mine.
Looks fantastic Don. They are my favorite closed car body style
Looks excellent Don.
Looks great Don can't wait to get a ride in it this summer. You sure are FAST at Restoration/Rebuild !!! It would be neat to show a before and after picture. If you need a hand with getting it run right give me a call. Joe
Thanks guys, Joe here ya go...2 years ago vs now.
Don, I am in awe! Dave
Dave, I appreciate that!
Joe, I cleaned the carb, cleaned the spark plugs, tuned the coils with the ECCT, changed the oil, repaired some leaks in the radiator, thrust bearings in the rear end and the booger didn't make a full rotation and fired right up. It runs great except for a exhaust manifold leak. I plan on getting a new manifold soon. High speed gear slips a bit so I may have to adjust the 3 fingers but so far its coming alive nicely. 20 mph in this thing feels like 180...tooo funny !!
Good morning Don, sounds like you are making good progress. I was interested to find out you have an ECCT coil checker, I was thinking about ordering one myself.
I have had good luck with the repo exhaust manifolds along with the brass rings that compress and conform to the mating surfaces. I want to see your center door.
Morning Joe, I love the ECCT !! Stop in and bring some coils...
Very pleasing to look at -- has a nice solid appearance about it.
Thank you Walter, amazingly enough other than the top wood the body wood was in very good condition. Its hard to believe that 95 years later it didn't need much in the way of replacement. I lucked out...
All dressed up for a drive in her flowers and lace!
She's a pretty one!
Thanks David, she's ready for the roll~ I had one friend say it looked like a funeral car. The other said it was a wedding limo....so I consider them both right.
Gotta love the 65 - 70 degree February days here in Michigan. I had both the T and the Packard out this long weekend, very enjoyable. Supposed to be snowing and 30s again by Friday though.
Wow, you sure started out with a nice condition car. Amazing how one can be around this long and still be so straight. Must have been a low mileage car. Looks wonderful now.
Fantastic Don ! Joseph where did you find the repro manifold ?
Thank you David, Mike I just ordered a new exhaust manifold from Bob's. Should have it in a day or two.
Whos Bobs Don ? Not automobilia ? Thats buick stuff...
Mike, re: repo manifold. I got mine through Snyders"
but I think all the vendors carry them. Joe
Mike, its http://bobsantiqueautoparts.com/ he's a good guy to do business with!! Ships fast and his prices are spot on...
Great ! Tx for the info .
After a short drive it was apparent that the high gear was slipping. The magneto was not up too par either. So its time for a complete engine rebuild. "runs and drives" doesn't necessarily mean you won't have to go thru the entire mechanics. Also a good time to bore and slap some aluminum pistons, new valves, turbo 400 clutch, kevlors ..the works. Fun time in Centerdoor land !!
That car is just beautiful!!! Nice work. I'm jealous!!!
Don't be jealous Marty...be kind and come up here and help clean parts.....
So the body shop turns into the engine shop hey Don? Probably worth doing it now, looks like spring will be a while yet. Did the exhaust manifold stop the miss sound, or was it still there?
Hey JD, the exhaust was severely warped but a new one took care of that. Just too much slippage in high gear. So I decided to rebuild the engine and tranny and put some kevlors, jack rabbit clutch and a fresh magneto to boot. Hopefully it will be a good dependable driver when done.
Your Centerdoor looks wonderful. It doesn't seem that long since you bought it. Great work. I was hoping to but a cennterdoor body when yours popped up for sale so it really caught my attention. Although I am in a "patina" stage of my hobby now, I certainly admire what you have done.
I hope you enjoy many years and many miles with it.
Hello Don,who done the interrior it looks grea.
Thanks Richard kind words are always a good thing !!
Jack, its not as nice as yours ! But thank you.
Don you're quality of workmanship is amazing and your speed of fixing absolutely everything is absolutely stunning do you ever sleep :-) :-) :-)
Norrie, not much at night but I take one mean nap in the middle of the day !! (like right now) zzzzzz
Enjoy your afternoon nap
Well after a short drive it was discovered that the high gear was slipping. So out came the engine and transmission. It turned out to be a weak clutch spring. But, I was talked in to going thru the entire engine and transmission. It just made sense at this point. Although we found there wasn't much wear at all. The mag was weak and needed attention and coil ring replaced. This past weekend I got a lesson on pouring Babbitt which was very interesting and actually fun. The ole centerdoor will be fresh from the ground up when its all said and done.
Jack Hedges, I did the interior myself. Denny Newman from Clio had just finished a '19 Centerdoor and he had come up with a very easy way to install the headliner. I took the drive to his place and he filled me in. That Newman guy is one knowledgeable character when it comes to anything Model T. Good friend also !!