Weather, swap meet, working on the chicken coop. working on the trailer. Wondered if I would ever work on the car again.
Friday night I dropped the engine in. Saturday I put the car back together (sort of anyway - what wasn't bolted in was set in). Put the front tires on car ramps. Put the rear end on jack stands measuring so the axle center lines were about where they will be with the tires I hope to run. Put 20 gallons of gas in the trunk.
Measured the trans shaft angle. Pointing down about 3 deg. Then I measured the pinion angle. Also pointing down, only 7 deg.! Running it should be up 3 deg. which means at rest it should be about 1 down to 1 up. Need to put new pads on anyway.
Pulled the rear. Used a tape measure tire to tire with the tires chocked. Rotated the rear housing to check the toe change. I was concerned the PO might have warped the housing cutting off the lower trailing link mounts and welding on the leaf pads. Less than 1/16th. So far so good.
Cut the upper trailing link mounts off and ground smooth. An 8.5" leaf spring rear end the hard way.
Set the rear on jack stands and used an adjustable stand to set the pinion so the pads were level. Sort of anyway. Turns out that the pads are about 2 deg. off side to side! Anyway, going to cut off the existing pads and set the new ones so that hopefully the pinion angle will be close to zero. Tack, check the rear in the car, pull, have Don weld, and then check the toe one last time. Hope to get that all done this week so next Sat. I can clean and primer the interior.
The opening around the gas filler was rough. It will still need some plastic filler but a much thinner coat thanks to the lead.
The cowl had a serious ''dip'' just past the leading edge. Filing the lead showed that the cowl was a lot more warped than I thought. Great thing about lead. I was able to hammer and dolly some low spots up with the lead in place.
The lower cowl had a few issues which I had originally planned on fixing with plastic. There was a crevice at the gap. Since I had everything out, I decided to lead it. This also allowed building up the area where the front fender meets is in an attempt to eliminate the need to modify the fender.
Hard to believe it has been 2 months since I have been able to do anything. Weather and holidays. We did take the trailer to Kansas to pick up a mower and some other items. But, today it warmed up enough to do some work.
I wanted to add support to the fuel filler to prevent it from bending the fender and cracking the paint. I fabbed up a couple of supports and welded them in. In addition to the welds, the fender bolts will provide mechanical connection. The hardest part was cleaning the fender. The underneath side has a combination of paint, rust, dirt, and something like a very thin undercoating. What a mess. Anyway, got it done. Next warm day the filler area will get lead.
The PO had cut a hole in the side of the trailer just behind the side door for RV park electrical hook-up. I looked into finishing it as he had planned but could not find a box to install that was within the realm of a reasonable price. I have another connection plan, so the hole had to go. There was some leftover aluminum from the door window fix, so a patch was cut out. It was then glued and riveted to the side. Once again, if the urge hits me it will be painted in the spring.
The existing D-rings were about 10 ft. apart in the middle of the trailer. Maybe hauling go-karts? I started last Monday on vaca day installing 4 new D-rings by welding the reinforcing plate to the frame main rails and cross member. Due to running out of wire, I had to finish up on Saturday.
The trailer is ready to haul. I still have a few things to do, but they are niceties, not necessities.
The PO cut a hole in the door with squared corners for a window which has rounded corners. Result? Four triangular shaped holes for flies, wasps, and other vermin to enter at will. After looking into re-skinning the door, I decided the best fix was a patch.
A ''rim'' was cut out of oh-2-thin aluminum. The landau top adhesive I bought for the 41's interior was used to glue the rim to the door. After some putty tape and double stick foam tape, the holes are gone. For now I am going to leave it unfinished. I may mask it off and paint it in the spring.
All that is left to do is install the d-rings and I am ready to tow.