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08-28-2006 05:49 AM 1949 Olds -- Heater
Photo 1 -- This shot was taken after the temperature control knob and
thermostat were removed from the dash. The heater is upside down, with
the face that was against the firewall showing.

Photo 2 -- Front of the heater, right side up. The instructions decal on
the little door says, "Open for summer ventilation -- close for winter

Photo 3 -- Close-up of the nameplate:
I don't know why "HARRISON" is split in two places by the logo design.

I hope the heater core can be re-used. It looks to be in good enough
shape, but flushing it may reveal problems.

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  [Entry #93]

08-28-2006 05:44 AM 1949 Olds -- Headliner
Photo 1 -- First, a photo of the nameplate on the radio, since I forgot
to include that with the last entry. It reads: "MADE IN UNITED STATES OF
AMERICA", "DATE OF SALE [blank]", "SERIAL NUMBER 2176579".

Photo 2 -- There were 4 wire roof bows in the back. These bows hooked on
the driver's side, passed through sewn pockets on the backside of the
headliner, and attached to the passenger's side by means of the screws
seen in this photo.

Photo 3 -- There were 2 roof bows in front. That shiney strip with all
the teeth is one of many such contraptions that held the interior
upholstery. I hate those things and will redesign the interior, without
GM's apparent fear of showing fasteners. The black areas are the
remnants of the glue that held the insulation above the headliner.

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  [Entry #92]

08-27-2006 09:15 AM 1949 Olds -- Re-uncluttering interior
Uncluttering the firewall resulted in cluttering the interior, again.

Photo 1 -- Here's the mess: wires, vent controls, vent door, heater core
and fan motor, oil pressure line, various and sundry fasteners and
vacuum lines. In order to get to the heater control knob to get the
heater control valve out, the last thing protruding through the
firewall, I had to take out the big radio.

Photo 2 -- I pulled on the radio knobs and when they didn't come off, I
found setscrews. Surprisingly, each setscrew loosened easily. This is on
top of the dash. You can see the clock at the extreme right of the
photo. The big brass nuts (5/8 in. wrench size) behind those knobs
looked like plumbing couplings, each about an inch long.

Photo 3 -- You wouldn't want to lug that radio around, even if it didn't
require a big 6V lead-acid battery. It filled the center of the dash
from top to bottom. It was supported on the sides by two thick metal
straps and the bottom rested on a brace attached to the bottom of the
dash. That black gunk on the face is the remains of a natural rubber
sealing strip that melted over the years. It didn't want to let go. The
heavy, chrome plated pot metal grill in the front of the dash held a
sheet metal frame that was sealed to the front of the radio. The speaker
is behind those perforations.

The empty CD/DVD jewel case and the 5 quart oil jug are there to give an
idea of scale. I couldn't find a slot in the big boom box to insert a CD.

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  [Entry #91]

08-27-2006 08:45 AM 1949 Olds - Strange frame
Photo 1 -- The red arrow points to the main, perimeter frame rail for
the driver's side. The blue arrow points to the end of the big X frame.
The under floor master cylinder is attached to a short frame rail that
runs from the X, merges with the outer frame rail where the steering box
attaches, then forks right at the front suspension.

Photo 2 -- On the right you can see a little of the steering gear box
where the extra frame rail from photo 1 begins to fork from the main
frame rail. Note the big bulge in the outer frame rail where that
knee-action shock is mounted. That's the aggravating part that
complicates adding a front suspension from a kit or donor.

Photo 3 -- This shot was taken from the front on the driver's side,
looking back toward the firewall. There is the bulge in the frame,
acting as the 'hat' for the coil spring, with an additional bulge
riveted onto the frame to hold the shock travel limit bumper.

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  [Entry #90]

08-27-2006 08:14 AM 1949 Olds -- Front clutter
Photo 1 -- I was trying to get a good overhead shot of the front
suspension in order to get some ideas from the people in the Suspension
- Brakes - Steering forum. There is just too much clutter even if you
ignore the dirt floor. (In the far left of the photo, you can see the
crude engine stand I rigged up for the Big Six, from scrap 'angle iron'
laying around. It will do for now. I'll add wheels later).

Photo 2 -- This is a shot of the firewall with all of its clutter
interfering with that overhead shot.

Photo 3 -- This is a shot of the firewall with everything removed except
the heater control valve, that right-angle piece in the upper right
corner of the deep indentation of the firewall. After tossing all the
hoses and clamps, there was half a zip-lock baggie filled with screws,
bolts, nuts, grommets (all will need to be replaced), brackets and
assorted clamps. The two air intake ducts can be seen resting on the

Uncluttering the firewall resulted in the interior becoming cluttered, again.

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  [Entry #89]

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