Starting into 2018 on this thread. If someone could post the link to the rest of the story that would be great."Martin Parry cab rebuild partII"
I have the cab ready for paint. Masked off for stripe. Paint is going on this weekend. Just a couple photos comming up.
Link to previous thread
Thank you Gary!
Dallas,Very Nice and i would say more but my spell check is sleaping! Again Very Nice and i can't waite to see the truck! Bud.
Well its primed! Saturday will be a lot of sanding. Color goes on next. Hope to post " in color" photos next time.
Wow! Just Wow!
Years from now you will look back and enjoy the pictures of the step by step.
Very nice work and a most impressive shop that you are working in. A finishing room with filters. wow
I started this project in June when I brought home the pile of lumber. Taking time to do research and find correct hardware and fasteners took a lot of time along with life happening but it is painted. Still a lot to do but this is a major hurdle for me.
The light in the paint booth and room really plays tricks on the eyes. This is more the color it will be.
Fantastic work. Its gonna be a beauty for sure.
Unmasked for the 1st time. One more coat on doors and paint on cab is finished.
Wow, looking good. I like clicking down thru this post and watching it change.
Oh man. :-)
Dallas, you have done a great job on the cab. It will be an awesome truck when you get it done.
I agree with Dan, it is turning out AWESOME. I hope to end up with similar results when I build ours. Yes, I will be referring to your posts and photos during my attempt.
Thank you for documenting your work for us.
Thanks guys. Next step is to put it all back together for the last time. I need to have a set of seat springs made for it and install some glass. I have the beadboard for top also. Rear roll up curtian and top covering. Just a couple things. I take it one thing at a time and then move on.
I cant believe its been two months since I worked on the cab. Today I installed the glass. The top boards are 1st tomorrow and the I can hang the doors and windows. I am ready to see it on the chassis.
We are all ready to see it on the chassis. Looking great!
Put it all together today. Its still dirty but the sun makes the color pop.
Wow! that looks great. Where can I get one.
Thanks for the update.
I have the original cab pieces Richard. That is the easy part. I had a buddy ask if I kept track of my hours. I told him I didnt want to know.The hardware is the tuff part. Tim Morsher has been a huge help with info.
Dallas, that thing ain't gonna know how to act with a cab on it!! Sweet !!! Dave
The problem with missing parts is, their still missing when your finished. Need to rebuild panel below windshield. Everything fit great but that. Easy fix just more time. I guess it waited this long a little longer wont matter.
I am impressed. Could you advise what you used to paint the wood, primer and finish. My cab is ready for paint but not sure what to use. My cab is almost the same with sliding doors.
Looks good Dallas. Looks real good.
Terry, i wouldn't want to hijack Dallas's thread, but I'd sure like to see pics of yours. Mine has sliding doors too. See my profile picture. I'm not sure who made mine. I wish I did. There's no tags on it that I have found. Could you post some pics? Maybe on a new thread?
Looking GREAT. A job to be proud of. Hope you're the one that is most satisfied with your labors.
I agree with Hal. Please post photos and your story in another thread. I have a MP type cab to build when I get more restoration completed. I haven't seen a sliding door rebuild and would love to.
Terry I. I will check on paint but all it is is good quality oil base primer and house paint. The metal panels are etching primer and automotive paint. Yes please post photos of your truck. My buddys tease me about driving a phone booth but I really fell in love with these wood cabs.
Thanks for the info. My cab is still in storage but I hope to get at it in June or so. Just completing a 33 Ford Cabriolet (Canadian).
My cab is ready for paint.
I get inspiration and nerve to tackle projects from others posting theirs. I know there are others that do the same. Post photos and details of what your working on so others get fired up on their own projects. Its funny I turned down a good deal on a 29 chevy pickup with all mechanical work done engine rebuilt and all wood and metal work done. Needed paint and assembled. I thought it was more than I wanted to tackle. Good thing this one didn't need much? "Tounge planted firmly in cheek!"
That job is beautiful and gives me inspiration.
How is this for inspiration? This is the 8in1 convertible truck body that goes behind that cab. Needs paint or something to dress it up a bit but its not bent up or broken anywhere so after removing 108 bolts so I can replace the floor and unknown number to replace a couple side pieces it should look pretty nice.
Restoration of a similar piece, but this one is horse drawn:
Great info Mark. I discovered the same thing , the wood is unpainted under iron work. The simlarity to wagon and truck bed design and construction is identical. The metal strips on top boards and any exposed edges is why they lasted . I came up with the color for my cab when I removed the plate glass windshield. The cab was painted black and painted red after that. The paint that seeped in around glass was a hint. At the bottom of all the colors was this green. It was very close to color in the Martin Parry sales brochure catologs posted on Martin Parry web site.
Well the new piece is installed in the cab front. Cab is bolted down and firewall and coil box mounted.It was 65 degrees today and I worked in the shop in a T shirt. Time to get the seat base in.
Seat base is sitting in place,floor is made, dash is in, side lights fit fine.
As I posted on the TT photo thread, I really think we missed the boat not having a TT in the bunch. I agree with your sentiment that the wood cabs add an enormous amount of charm. Great job Dallas
Gary its never too late. Its Still in mach up stage. Lots of bits to remove and paint.
Very Nice Work!
Dallas, how about a few more photos of the bed. It's unusual and will look perfect on your truck.
Dan I will do that. May take a few days. I plan on a thread on the 8in1 bed when I get started. Wont be a total rebuild, just repair as needed.
Dallas, I will look forward to your thread. I'm glad you are going to just repair as needed.
Dan, I think I counted 112 bolts that need to be removed just to replace wood in the floor. All will probably have to be cut off. The sides are in good condition except a couple close to the bottom.
Dallas, if possible I would try to save them, maybe a little penetrating oil or very carefully a little heat. Of course I'm a little crazy, I go to extremes to save anything original even the hardware.
On the wood cook stove we use all the time, I had to remove the oven door hinge panel to weld cracks. The whole stove had to come apart to get that panel off. A major job to say the least, so I know the feeling. Good luck.
Of course I will try but some are rusted to about an 1/8 thick in the shank. Problem is in rotten wood with elevator bolts it messes up the head trying to get a grip.. I will chisel wood away to get a hold of the shank and save what I can. Too hard to find period hardware as I found out on the cab.
That's some nice work !! Looks great!
This looks great! The 8 in 1 bed is a really neat item too.
If it is not too late I might suggest spacing the cab 1/2-3/4" from the firewall and hood. My hood is a pain to open, it can scrape the front of the cab and has to scrape the little metal molding used to deflect rain on the windshield as it is opened.
Zachary, I think that is the nature of the beast. I know I will scratch mine soon. The hood is close to wood. I have looked at several original photos and that is the way they were.
Just acquired a Martin Parry bodied T that has been disassembled since 1963 - West Hurley NY Fire Dept transporter - 26 frame/engine - cab looks like a 25 with the roller doors that slide backwards,split windshield - all the wood has been remade years ago fortunately. front fenders 17-23 and rear fenders pre 15. See pics.
Need help with the rollers - 2 are missing - any source would be appreciated.
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Bron, that is too cool! The Martin Parry web site may put you in touch with the right person to find rollers. If you have some rollers its possible to make the missing ones patterened off originals. Looks like you have alot more to start with than I did. More photos please. You may post add on classifieds for parts you need. I made alot of hardware for mine from photos and dimensions provided from other MTFCA members on this site.
Dallas thanks for response - do have rollers for a pattern but piece parts/or source of equivalent roller for example welcome. You asked for more photos so attached - cab looks like it was canvas covered due to hidem on upper parts of cab. Been an interesting effort since getting it 3 weeks ago. Not new to the T (started in mid 50s)but getting into the extent of the cab business most exciting.
Bron, when assembling the cab, pay special attension to screw location. On mine I noticed the screws were in the center of mortis and tenon. I believe it was so the cab could flex without splitting the wood at the joint.
Good Suggestion - that and putting some candle wax on the threads. On the rollers looks like Barton Kramer and Prime Line have a lot of sliding door assemblies with 1 1/4 steel rollers that would provide the basics. That and some angle prefab and heat dimpling might do the trick. Won't get to this for a couple of months so maybe somebody may have a box-load of the originals. One can only ask
For the sliding doors - Rollers are Prime-Line Patio Door Roller Kit D1796, Steel Ball Bearing Wheel 1 1/4 OD
Kit has 2 rollers plus rivets etc. at Lowes this day for slightly less than $6