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General Discussion / Re: I need some advise...
« on: March 10, 2013, 04:45:15 AM »
Hi all.  Sorry for the wife and I took off on a little vacation for a couple of weeks.  For the 'old man', yes, I do use wood glue whenever I can.  I'm a believer!  Presently I use Titebond II or III...the latter on this project.  First I dry fit the break to see if I can get it close to an acceptable fit, then I use the glue liberally, get it into all the crevices, then fit the pieces back together exactly, then clamp everything for at least several hours (generally much longer than necessary...that's just to make me more comfortable with the repair).  I'm sure many of you have done similar work...nothing new here.  Generally the repairs come out real good.  But I plan to glue strips of wood along both sides of each top bow in order to reinforce the wood.  The bows are especially vulnerable at their ends because half of the bow was cut away for the lap joint with the side wood beams.  There are several breaks in the bows at this location; the pictures show repair of one.  So, the wood work continues a little bit at a time.  Kim

General Discussion / Re: an engine question...
« on: February 24, 2013, 07:59:45 PM »
Hi 1930.  I just searched "inserts" on this forum.  There are a couple of different threads of discussion about the pros and cons of converting the engine to inserts.  Generally, the consensus seemed to be to retain the babbitts for cars that will just be driven occasionally for pleasure.  At least that's what i got out it.  Check it out.

General Discussion / Re: an engine question...
« on: February 24, 2013, 03:36:35 AM »
Hi Rich.  I am hoping for the best when I get into the engine.  But that won't happen for at least 2+ weeks.  I don't want to get too many projects going at once.  That said however, I would like to make progress on several things at a time; while something may have to sit and wait for whatever reason, I'd like to still be making progress somewhere else.  I don't have forever to complete this adventure!  Thanks for the post.  Kim

General Discussion / Re: an engine question...
« on: February 23, 2013, 07:10:55 PM »
Hi Frank.  Yeah, I was looking around the internet for engine dollies; some you build and some you buy.  I wanted something cheap with casters; seems I'm always re-arranging things in the shop so I didn't want an engine on a stand I couldn't move.  I was going to build one but then looked at my plan and thought "I've seen those!"  At Harbor Freight they sell furniture dollies like the one in the picture for about $20.  I've got V8s and transmissions on them.  I've only had one that had some weak wood that I reinforced.  And you can't beat the price.  Thanks for the feedback.  Kim

General Discussion / Re: I need some advise...
« on: February 23, 2013, 07:02:30 PM »
Hi Frank and SDGlenn.  Yeah, Frank, I wish you were here to help, too.  Stuff always seems to go more than twice as fast with 2 people working on it.  And yes, Glenn, dowels were my thought too.  I'm going to make new pieces without the mortise and tenon and use dowels and glue to pin everything back together.  At least that's the plan.  Making the pieces to get a nice tight dry fit will be the challenge.  I want to get the wood work repair done, hopefully during the next month, so I can get on with some new and different (like axels, suspension, seals, and brakes).  I'm thinking about dropping both front and rear axels and springs off the frame to work on them.  What do you guys think?  That should make it easier to finish cleaning up the frame and painting it too. 

General Discussion / Re: an engine question...
« on: February 23, 2013, 09:22:53 AM »
My '29 engine is back work done to it.  I'll start on it myself with help from some friends.  I think we will be able to figure out what needs to be done.  I am hoping that everything is good.  It was last run in 1957.  But it been kept lubricated so it turns over freely.  Still, I have my fingers crossed.

General Discussion / Re: I need some advise...
« on: February 23, 2013, 04:39:46 AM »
Well, the top wood repair continues.  Pretty much have the top bows done but have to do some work on the slats probably replacing some.  The top right rear corner (behind the passenger seat) is pretty much gone.  There are 5 separate pieces involved and 3 of those cannot be removed. Two of the 5 pieces will need to be completely remanufactured; the other 3 will need serious rebuilding.  So, repair and replacement will be challenging; I've been studying the parts and I think I have a preliminary idea how I will make an attempt at repair.  But it won't happen real will take time...if it all works.  We'll see.  Following are a few pics for your viewing pleasure!  Aren't you glad this isn't yours! :)  Kim

General Discussion / Re: an engine question...
« on: February 22, 2013, 08:09:02 AM »
Yes, Gary.  This is what I am hearing and reading...stick with the babbitts.  I was nervous about doing something irreversible to the engine.  At this point I don't know if it even needs to be re-babbitted.  So I need to check that out first.  I picked up the engine this afternoon and it is tucked away in the shop.  Thanks for the reply.  Kim

General Discussion / Re: an engine question...
« on: February 21, 2013, 11:38:37 PM »
Hi Rich.  I talked to the rebuilder today; I'm going to pick the engine up this afternoon and bring it home.  I can do the preliminary disassembly rather than pay for that.  And there are several "old timers" around my area that have offered to help me assess the engine, babbitts, block, head, valves, etc.  I will be more comfortable with the "go slow and let's check it out" approach.  Besides, I still like to learn from others with experience.  So, that is the new it up, check the condition of everything, and then decide what I need to do (and not do).  Thanks for the info in your post.  I will continue to post my progress with my engine.  Kim

General Discussion / an engine question...
« on: February 21, 2013, 08:08:02 PM »
I've taken my '29 engine (original) to a rebuilder.  I believe it to be in good condition (it still turns over easily), has about 60K miles on it, but hasn't been run since the 50's.  I was thinking about installing inserts until I read the two threads on this forum about babbitt vs. inserts.  Now I'm leaning towards staying with the babbitt.  And, maybe the babbitt bearings in it don't need replacement.  Anyhow, I'm looking for guidance from all of you with experience (or opinion) regarding rebuilding these early engines.  I just plan to drive mine occasionally just for the enjoyment; I'm not trying to build a show car or a daily driver.  Let me know what you think.  Thanks.  Kim

General Discussion / Re: I need some advise...
« on: February 19, 2013, 01:04:56 AM »
Thanks Frank.  I will be getting into the "cutting and shaping" real soon.  The top rear corner behind the passenger seat has some dry rot that I was just removing an hour ago.  It will be a challenging fix as the right rear corner sheet metal curves over the wood framing making it difficult to work.  Fortunately for me, my repair work will be hidden by the head liner and the fabric covering the rear corner and side.  I'll post some pics.  Fun, fun!!  

General Discussion / Re: I need some advise...
« on: February 17, 2013, 06:36:30 PM »
last picture...

General Discussion / Re: I need some advise...
« on: February 17, 2013, 06:35:14 PM »
two more pictures....

General Discussion / Re: I need some advise...
« on: February 17, 2013, 06:33:42 PM »
more pictures....

General Discussion / Re: I need some advise...
« on: February 17, 2013, 06:31:55 PM »
Well, after a break, I got back to working on the '29 coupe repairing and "restoring" the wood pieces of the top framing.  As I posted here previously, I used the product Poly-All, a 2-part polyurethane liquid that when mixed quickly sets up to a hard plastic.  I like working with it because as a liquid it can be poured into small spaces or voids to fill them completely.  After it sets (a matter of only minutes), the excess can be easily filed flush then sanded.  Previously, for large open holes, I mixed the Poly with sawdust to fill large open holes.  This time I was dealing with cracks and voids, some that went through the wood from top to bottom.  I wanted to fill these completely but was afraid the Poly-sawdust mixture would not flow into deep crevices and voids.  So, I just used the liquid with tape "dams" to keep the Poly liquid where I wanted it.  I tried different techniques using aluminum foil, tape and foil, and just tape and found the tape alone worked best for me.  One just has to make sure that all places where the liquid might escape from the "damed" area are completely sealed so the liquid doesn't run out.  One trick I learned here was that if a spot was particularly difficult to seal perfectly with tape and the liquid would run out, I would let the Poly mix get to the point of being viscous (like thick syrup), then pour it in where it would still fill but also "set" quickly.  I have selected a set of 7 pictures to show the process start to finish so I will have to do several posts in a row; sorry, but I have reduced the size of the pictures as much as my photo tool program will allow.  The restoration work isn't perfect but the wood is in much better condition now to receive a new top someday.  Now I've begun to work on the dry rot in top wood at rear corner on the passenger's side.  I will post my progress, but this project will be more difficult (I think I posted some pictures previously on this thread.)  Here's a list of the attached pictures (and for those in the following posts).

1)  voids in top wood above driver's door
2)  side view of taped void
3)  top view of toped void
4)  filling void
5)  filled void with solidified Poly
6)  bottom view showing how liquid Poly completely filled the void through the wood
7)  wood beam sanded

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