Now that I was satisfied that the engine was running propery and that the bands had no fitting problems I asked some friends to come over yesterday and help lower the body onto the chassis. It took all of five minutes.
I haven't bolted it down firmly yet. Will be working on the hood to cowl adjustments and also running board bracket tweaking in the next couple of days. There is at least one side of the bracket that will need heating and coaxing into the right plac
Nice looks like it will be ready for a test drive real soon!
Not a better feeling to see a project coming together...
Looking good Mark.
I think the splash guards should have gone between the frame brackets and the body brackets? Probably easy to lift the body a fraction and slip them in there, though.
Lester, ... yes, this was just to get the body onto the chassis. Now that it's sitting there I can slip the splash aprons in by just lifting the body a little. I did notice that the body sits a little low where it meets the firewall. I guess the splash aprons take up some of that. Not sure if shims are added to get the correct interface.
Yes, Larry .. its a 1923 with low hood and steel firewall. By the way ... got the battery box installed with an original lid. Went to put it in before laying on the body ... and was missing one clamp. Ugg. Other than that it looks great.
Nice work and looking good.
I had feared from the title it was a Hot Rod thread " Lowering Body".
Keep up the good work.
One question Mark. Who is operating the optical still life capturing device?
Wow, nice to have a crew like that around! I hope they were rewarded with lavish amounts of feed and water. Your project is really coming along nicely.
Is that what you call a Kodak Moment?
More of an iPhone moment. My wife, France, documented the event. Poor dear ... she is a very skilled photographer, but is usually behind an 8x10 camera shooting glass plates. Google France Scully Osterman to see her work. But the light was difficult (cloudy bright is always better than sunny) and the action happened quickly. She got some good shots nevertheless.
She got at least three great shots!
What would you "guesstimate" the weight of that Runabout's body to be?
I don't really know ... can lift up one side by myself. Maybe 200 lbs at the most. Of course by the time you add windshield, dashboard, seat bottom, floor boards, side lights ... it would be heavier.
After I removed it from the frame back in November the fellow in the yellow T shirt and I lifted it up into the rafters of my cir 1919 garage so it would be out of the way while I worked on the chassis over the winter. I had the body bolted to two 2x4s and hanging by four loops of nylon rope. I hit my head on that nearly every day I went in there to work.
Very interesting Mark! I appreciate it.
Looks great! Always nice to have a good pit crew!
I'm going to be doing the same thing in a few weeks. I've got three more tires to mount first, so I can roll it around.