Well it has been a while. With the move going on and me getting ready to build my own shop and turn home garage into my machine shop. There hasn't been time for us to work on Nuthin Special for awhile. Bought time for a quick update.
1. Made a simple plate for ammeter and headlight switch.
2. Door was just held on by a vice grip. Finally got around to bolting it in place next isn't to frame and build a simple door latch.
3. Had to make floorboards so tonight Melissa my beautiful wife helped me make patternswhich suck at making
Next step make them out of an old oak desk top we found.
Look forward to meeting you Saturday.
Always two thumbs up for all these posts. I really enjoy this build. I wish I had this going on when I was that age.
good stuff going on there....keep it up
Jim me too. Had to make floorboards for ya so your shoes don't melt on the exhaust pipe.
Chad , James and Don thanks for the positive feedback we look forward to working on this project more. Hope to start sanding the body and get it painted soon.
What IS SPECIAL is seeing young kids getting involved! Way to go!
Yup we have a lot of fun working on it together. Any of guys know how to post links to my last three updates so anyone new here can follow along one our story with Carston's Nuthin' Special?
WELCOME BACK CARSTON, I missed your adventures,you are one lucky young fella.what you are up to with your dad reminds me of my youth,all the men in my early life were into something ,were it motorcycles old cars or finding a hunk of junque and make it work again.I would rather have been doing that than going to school.[mom saw to it there was time for school]some times my hands look kinda bad and grampa would say those hands are to be proud of,there working hands.I lived close to all my uncles and grandfather,they all had a place where they would have something they would be tinkering. thank you for sharing with us.it means a lot.
Thanks Richard we always have some thing around to tinker on.carston has been helping us with the family collection since he was five or six. We can't start a car up without him come running up for a ride.
seats look good.
Thanks for the update!
Thanks Tim you going to coming over and take Nuthin' for a spin? We will be at the shop Saturday afternoon. Hope to see you and T-bone on Friday afternoon.
Hey Duey, no problem mate. Hopefully get the floorboards roughed in this weekend.
I am trying to make it tomorrow afternoon. Put T bone battery on charge tonight
Well finally at long last we can make a quick update. Our move to another shop is slowing us down more then I like but oh well. We were out at the shop last night and had some extra time so we re chopped the windsheild as the there was to much gap between the cowl and the windsheild itself and also made it functional.
Also roughed in patterns for the floorboards out of 1/2 inch ply wood now to get some time to make proper ones.
Pleasure meeting you - Melissa & The Great Carston ....
Pleasure to meet ya to Jim give us a holler when you are through next time and we will give ya a ride in Nuthin Special.
Added our red spot light to the windsheild tonight and took it for 5 mile drive. We got it liecenced for the road and she ran great. Going to change the oil and take Nuthin Special to a cruise-in Friday night.
I love that the three of you have exactly the same smile .. and facial expression!
That's awesome Chris. What a cool car....and it's great that your family is involved.
Mark - oh my god I live in a household of clones!!
Don - it been a fun project I like working on it with the family.
Great to see this thread again.
Did you say clones or clowns?
Could be both !! Denny
Took Nuthin' Special up to Pacific NW tool collectors club we belong to and she was the center of a lot of bench racing sessions!brought her home and did some more tweaking. Took the inspection pan down and found out I had a 4 dip pan and not a 3 dip pan which was nice. We did find all the rod bearings loose. The mains are nice and tight though. Took one rod cap down and the babbit is still good. We need to make some adjustments and we are good to go. Will do it this Sunday after work. What should we use for tour we spec and clearances on rods for a worn engine?
Tourqe specs and clearances....
Mike the journals to make sure they are round. If you are lucky, go for 1.5 thousandths. I check with plastigauge but the old time trick of slight drag when there is a strip of newspaper works great too. I torque to 35 on good bolts and nuts. If the journals aren't round, no adjustment will last long.
Thanks Walt I will mic the journals and report back.
Carston and I got together with Rich and Tim and played on Model T's on Father's Day. We were in the process of taking up the rod bearings last Sunday but ran out of time due to me having to go to bed early as I get up about 1:30am and head to for my early morning run to Seattle and back to Portland. Tim brought T-bone by today. It is a nice running T speedster. I tried talking Rich into bring his Roadster but no go maybe next time. Was a nice day for ride.
Carston's attention span was elsewhere today. He helped with one rod and then ran and did something else. So the rest of us continued on taking the rods up. Rods 2 and 3 had no shims left so we had to file some off of the caps and add shims back in. Rods 1 and 4 had shims still present so we removed some and made them tight again. I measured the rod journals and they are .010 undersized. Also checked roundness and got a reading of .001-.002 where ever I checked so good enough for government work.
We then test drive Nuthin' Special a couple of times down the street and back about 10-15 miles and it ran great no strange noises. We cruise along nicely about 37mph but got it up to 42 mph at one point. We need to get some fresh gas for it now and change the oil in it again.
Thanks Tim and Rich had a fun Father's Day with you and the rest of you did as well.
I had fun too.
So very cool...that's all that needs saying.
So we will make it official now we have license plate now so we are legal to drive it on the road. Got to get some tail lights and wiring done. Tim it was fun planning on seeing ya on Friday for the cruis-in. I might have Chris Otto from the forum riding with me and Carston. Don we are having fun with Nuthin Special hopefully get to drive it more this summer.
So tonight we added tail lights. Getting closer. Goal drive it too work early in the morning. keep posting your comments we love the feedback pro or con.
I am con-vinced you are a WONDERFUL DAD!
Thanks Wayne we are having fun for sure.
Great project, I hope that a new laminated glass windshield is on the short list for improvements.
Mark it is just haven't got there yet.Need to drive it there and have it done.
Chris,does the crank handle hit the axle at all? Iím building a speedster and Iím dropping the front the same way you did on the Becker special. I have about half an inch between crank handle and top of axle
Keep up the great work
Daniel, Chris's crank handle does hit the axle when it flexes going over bumps, we were just looking at the tonight
Daniel it does hit on Nuthin Special. The Becker Special has no hand crank, yet.
Wells we met with Tim Williams and Chris Otto was in town from Virginia and he rode me and Carston on Nuthin Special maiden voyage to is first car show. Others loosing one bolt it ran great. We got all kinds of questions and comments.
ThanksChrisfor hanging with us this evening
Tim it was good to see Tbone and Nuthin Special together. Did ya get a pic of the two togethe?
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Well last weeks been exciting we have put 100 miles on Nuthin Special. She runs real good aver about 38mph. Tee took over to the new shop in Hillsboro on the 4th and gave a bunch of rides. So we have been having a lot of fun. Still need to get the windsheild fixed. Tomorrow rich and I are getting together and making a wiring harnes up so we will have lights.
Keep in touch.