|Today 03:54 AM|
I'm jealous but excited to see you back on it.
|Yesterday 10:37 PM|
I got my brace built and installed to tie the fenders together today. Took no time at all to build it, but a lot more time to take everything apart to sandwich it into the fenders and my other braces. It stiffened things up so much I bet I could stand on those fenders now! The U shape will give me plenty of clearance for the fan.
I also made up my 3/8 radiator support rods. That took way more to thread than I ever guessed! I figured it's aluminum, so couldn't be that hard? But the short threads at the radiator end were brutal to get done. A 1/4 turn at a time or the die stuck to the rod! I decided the other end's 2" of threads would be impossible at this rate, so I turned the rod down on my 1" belt sander to reduce diameter. I think the 3/8" size they call it was much larger! Even after reducing it was tough, but not nearly like before!
After threading both ends I bent the offsets to get them widened, and drilled holes at both ends. They went in great, and the radiator is also really solid now.
Next I bent up some 1/8" x 1" steel flat bar and drilled two holes in it for my hidden hood pins. I drilled two pilot holes first, and laid it on my grille top plate and then opened all the holes up to 1/2". I bent up the flat bar so it contoured to the inside of the hood. Then spaced it up and put it over the hood pins so I could bond it to the hood. At this point things went a bit sideways as they sometimes do. I set up the 3M panel bond in the double caulk gun, but no matter how hard I squeezed only the gray half moved! The cream colored half wouldn't budge at all, and eventually it started bending the caulk gun. So I stopped and removed the tubes from the gun. I grabbed my band saw and cut the ends off of both tubes, and used a paint stir stick to dig it out of the tubes. I mixed it together on a pallet, and applied it to the inside of the hood where I'd pre marked it. Then sat the hood in place over my bracket and let it set up. It worked fine, and the bracket is extremely solid. I'll need to open up the holes in the bracket slightly so the bracket slides over the hood pins easier, but not much. Maybe 9/16" should do it.
Stripped both headlights, and shot them with primer. I need to weld these holes up on the side, so didn't bolt them down yet. There's one hole per light, but both on the right side, so maybe these were off two different cars and both from the same side?
|Yesterday 09:56 PM|
I feel like I went to a therapist tonight, I got out in the garage and put my "five minutes" in on my truck! Damn did I miss doing that! Stopped on the way home from work and got some metal. Made a template of the shim for the cab mounts and marked off my metal and drilled holes. Damn, I feel like a man again!
|Yesterday 07:31 PM|
Replaced the pair of bad 1141 bulbs in the GT third brake light but that didn't fix the cruise control. Shucks. Hmm, I wonder what the next step is. Maybe fuse, I should look. Think I have the underhood components, off the 02. Seems like if I find that it has juice it's time to start swapping junk. Hope it ain't the combo switch, no spare that.
It was a fairly calm, serene, placid ride today and so far showing 20 MPG. The thing seems so smooth and quiet. And it vrooms instead of yanking and jolting. I remember now that it has fullblown stock exhaust including cat and the maniacal U-bend at the rear O2 sensor. And needs the new downpipe gaskets sitting in the garage since way back when.
Now what to do with the cadaver in the street.
|Yesterday 09:23 AM|
|02-16-2020 10:08 PM|
I got out and worked on my truck, WHOOOO HOOOOO!
I noticed that the cab was lower in the rear, then I noticed that the frigging cab is hitting the running board apron and dented it! Man am I glad it's not painted, that would SUCK. Anyway, I removed the bolts and jacked up the cab to proper height and it needs a friggin half inch spacer on the shackle to the cab.
I don't get it, as far as I know these bolt in like I had it. They "settled" I guess but how in the world can I make up for that half inch without making a spacer. Which isn't a big deal, I just don't get why I would need to.
I also got my kitty stairs made from stratch, including going and getting the materials, did the whole thing, I am apparently better at making kitty stairs than custom trucks.
|02-16-2020 10:04 PM|
|02-16-2020 07:11 PM|
Taillight circuit boards on the 94 K1500 are bad so I decided to move to LED for twice the price of replacing the boards with ones that will probably go out again.
My reverse switch on the nv3500 is junk and I like to use the reverse lights as work lights anyway so I ran an On, Off, On 30 amp switch. While I was there I also ran a couple extra lighters so I do not need to pull one thing to plug in another.
|02-16-2020 06:01 PM|
Thats one thing about where I'm at... if you don't like the weather just wait five minutes.
It has been a total grey day. Let me see, swapped over my ventshade and headlights, cleaned battery terminals then removed the passenger seat. On the GT. Grape went through the paces with me and I feel prepared. Boy there sure is a lot more room up in front of the N/A engine with just one belt, and mid grade gas is cheaper.
It just so happened that I watched a P-38 documentary yesterday by random hey that sounds good. Part of the story was something I could relate to and I got a chuckle off it. The design was, not unlike GPs, an operator's dream. Said to be like flying a Cadillac. First prototype got wrecked, it had twin engine issues, etc. The British ordered 600 but without the superchargers. Then cancelled the order after recieving three. Gutless junk. Ha!
Some of you may know how influential it ended up being, with the ability to chop zeros in half in one pass. Lindbergh couldn't resist doing it once as a civilian but got only a wrist slap because he figured out the sweet timing settings for range of the plane. But I thought the blower thing was ironic in a coincidental, timely sort of way.
|02-16-2020 03:47 PM|
|Too Many Projects||
Nice sunset pics. We don't get many around here...it's ALWAYS cloudy...complete grey overcast, again, today.
REALLY miss the AZ sun...
|02-15-2020 07:25 PM|
Thats cool I made some tubular fender brackets for the model A job, too.
Grape kept tugging at my right shoe impatiently after groceries so I figured I would entertain her wishes and she led me to her curvy place again. After last week's encounter I was a little leery but she seemed to want to show me something. Turns out she smelled another purple thing and wanted to chase it. I just worked the pedals and watched the Art show trying to catch it. Passed it with flying colors and my favorite was the red part at the end. The end.
|02-15-2020 06:37 PM|
Fired up the heater and went to work building braces today so I could get the jackstands out from under the front fenders. I have no idea how the fenders were supported, but I've got none of those parts, so this was my plan. I made up these vertical braces to hold it up.
Once bolted on it felt really solid. But then I grabbed the fenders and wiggled them laterally and they moved quite a bit. There's a lot of tin hanging out there, so I made lateral braces from the frame out to existing holes in the lower fender lip. I couldn't find any info on lower braces either, but found holes on either side of the bumper bracket reliefs in the fenders. So attached to those holes, and they worked great to tighten it up.
I grabbed my nutsert tool and installed nuts into a bunch of existing holes, which saved a lot of time, and let me use blind holes. The more I use the nutserts, the more I love them. Used up all my 5/16 nutserts, so need to order more soon!
After that I got out the '32 Ford radiator, and built a pair of bottom brackets to hold it. The mounts were 1.5" narrower than my frame rail width, so I added 2.5" to the bottom of each frame rail with plates, and bolted them in to the frame lip. One hole was there, so only needed to add a 2nd to each side. Then a single bolt through the radiator mount, and some rubber under it to isolate it.
Radiator is REALLY close fitting! The brackets on the upper sides are less than 1/4" from the fenders, and that's moving it back close to the fan to get to a wider area.
I still have to fabricate upper mounts from some point to the two side brackets. There's also a center top plate that could be used, but I'd like to not use the two stock rods back to the firewall. If I can locate some nice chrome, or polished aluminum 3/8"rods I'd use them, but otherwise I make a bracket to tie the radiator into the grille top.
Top hose is a gimme to find and install. Bottom is a very short 90 degree hose that isn't maybe 12" total. Might be interesting to see what i can find in a 1.75" hose that's a short 90!
My mechanical fan sits low to the radiator, and the top 1/4 of the core wont get air pulled through it. I may build a shroud to take care of that, and I might also install a pusher style electric fan on the top front to come on if it does run a little warm.
|02-15-2020 05:11 PM|
Roundabouts are fairly new here, I bet the one by the interstate was a circus the other morning. Traffic was pretty threatening for some scary wrecking years but infrastructure has caught up a little. A little. They are scrambling to build. Half the commute traffic is fullsize four door trucks towing all they can, an alarming number of dump trucks, and semis a'plenty. When it rains, everyone is either Mario or Magoo I swear. But a gallon of milk is 15 minutes done, with 5 choices.
I sure am feeling more square to the world... got the wheels swapped around on my junk and trimmed the rear brake pad squealers on the GT. I'm all set and she is lookin hot to trot.
Even primed the Grape carb without spilling a drop. Maybe Mo and Jo felt merciful, no injuries but I bet it was funny to watch me working around the curb to shuck wheels off the GTP. There was a moment when I was getting a stock jack out of the trunk and forgot to remember the angle I was on in the driveway and got clobbered mid-spine by the falling trunk latch. Never felt it or cussed.
Sun is almost treetopping, I better get to getting my sanity preservation cruise. It was Pontiac time when I started typing. (4:55)
|02-15-2020 04:26 PM|
Ahhh rush hour! I got caught in the worst one yet here on the coast the other day. I be darned if there weren't two other cars in the round a bout in the town center!! That was Killer.... That's one thing I don't miss out here in the Sticks, is traffic!
In Seattle It was Traffic MAD! It will drive you nuts. by the time you get where you are going you are angry enough to spit nails all the time as it's 24 7. If I wanted anything I had to deal with traffic Jam central just to go get a gallon of milk. That is one reason I left Seattle. Traffic Sucks There!
Here, If I go into Aberdeen, it is about a 40 minute drive from the house. Sometimes the traffic in Aberdeen might get a little bottle necked because of a freight train but mostly just speed limit all the way.
I am digging it!
|02-15-2020 04:04 PM|
|Too Many Projects||I've driven Maliblu about 140 miles with no issues, other than the rear brakes sticking from rust from sitting. I have it on stands now and freed up the rear caliper guide pins. I ran the 14 month old gas down and topped it off with fresh stuff Thursday and ran it for 60 miles on the fresh gas and it is running smoother. I'm now waiting on our son to show up with the "temporary" car I bought 14 months ago. We will swap the snow tires onto Maliblu and he will take that again. It got transferred into his name now, as we no longer live in the same state for us to carry him on our policy. We DO, however, get to keep paying the premium, while he is trying to complete a degree in IT...|
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