I purchased the car in February of 2016. I am the third owner. The first owner was doctor who drove the car and then parked it in a barn sometime in the 50s. The prior owner was an older gentleman who disassembled the car and had it painted. Before he could get it put back together, he passed away. His son-in-law did not like or want the car so he rushed to put her back together (I learned this later) and I bought it.
It ran but had pistons from 1926 and I found a keeper screw for the mag ring in the oil. The mag was not working. I decided to go with an engine rebuild along with the transmission, rearend, generator, and starter. The fella doing the transmission fell ill and this delayed everything for almost a year and a half.
I used this time to learn from the forum and go through the car assuring it was safe. I found many missing cotter pins, a dry universal joint, incorrect and unsafe bolts, missing parts, brakes disconnected, etc.
While I don't have the skill many of you all do to do all of the work myself, I'm happy I was able to re-install the engine, rear, etc., time the engine, get the electrical system upgraded etc. It's been a true labor of love. I'm amazed at the clever engineering of 100 years ago.
Thank you all for your quick and accurate advice when it was needed! Next step is to replace the leaking gas valve that revealed itself yesterday and then see if she moves forward! Link to the first start: I'm the guy in the car, my friend is working the carb. My seven year old who's been there every step of the way is recording.
Congratulations! That engine sounds good!
Nice job Rick you will feel the reward once you start driving it
Awesome sauce. Congratulations !
She sounds sweet! Good memories and experience for your seven year old too. I remember helping my dad when I was about that age and by fetching wrenches I had a good handle on fractions before we even started learning about them in school.
Congrats! Engine sounds great. Nice even beat.
Nothing like that 1st roar to life engine sound.
Congrats. Drive the wheels off now.