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Old 02-01-2020, 07:01 PM
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This past week and a half has been a mixture of good and terrible. The good has been footers dug, forms set, inspections passed, and concrete poured. My garage is scheduled to be erected on Monday. The terrible involves CPR, ambulances, an ICU, and the loss of my dad. He was 76.

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Old 02-01-2020, 07:08 PM
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Rip, your guy's divining rod must just not be from the right tree, or maybe cut in the wrong moon phase.



This is the kind of impervious individual needed for that kind of job-

I think my guys problem was maybe a wooden leg throwing an unbalance in the whole mess. Hmmmm Maybe he was completely wooden. Now that wouldn't fly in this case..
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A couple Junes ago, God located my water line for me by pointing it out with a lightning bolt. Not sure if he was pointing at the tree or water line, just glad I was a few yards away and the sewer a few feet. The city's water line busted in the yard months later.

I keep seeing 70+ for Sunday afternoon (please only throw soft things) so I raised hoods today. Checked alt and bat connections on the GTP, took belt loose and spun alternator, tried OBD adapter and tablet app to see voltage but that setup wasn't connecting today and those are kind of like that.

So I got the trusty HP scan tool out. Doesn't have voltage. Really?

Meter (handheld cheapie) shows the alternator and regulator doing straight business. Checked and topped fluids and air, cleaned headlights, did errands with it. All good. I wondered if washing off crap got something wet but no, caught a glimpse of the light on before that. So it WAS poop causing the trouble and once it was rinsed and dried, that fixed it. I was gonna temporarily swap alternators with the GT but no need, it seems. Thats a good cue to swap the younger alt on though, off the 02 engine.
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I think my guys problem was maybe a wooden leg throwing an unbalance in the whole mess. Hmmmm Maybe he was completely wooden. Now that wouldn't fly in this case..
Wooden fly? What izzat, some kinda fancy special fishin lure in yer neck o the woods?

Let poor old Kaw-Liga be, now.
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Old 02-01-2020, 07:48 PM
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IDJ,

What you describe with the alt only blinking a light once in a while I will give you a thought.

I have seen that happen many times with Alternators. It is a sign from the electron Gods that the brushes on the slip rings are just about done. when the brushes are worn past replacement limits they also loose spring tension on the slip ring because they are so much shorter now there isn't a lot of tension left in the spring. The slip rings will likely have crud buildup and probably pit marks from sparking built up on the surface. Just grab some 800 to 1000 grit and wrap the slip rings with the sand paper and rotate the armature.

Hey the good thing is this is a really easy fix just get a brush replacement kit at yer local jobber. The replacement is real easy to do and while your at it pick up a bearing kit and your be flying in voltage and Mr Electron will be happy with you.
Oh don't sweat putting new brushes, There is usually a hole to put a wire in to hold back the brushes while you assemble it then pull the wire and your ready to make some volts and amps.
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Picked up this stock '39 license plate light for my trunk lid!



And yesterday I got out the markers and my cutoff disc and chopped up my fiberglass frontend for the'39. I'm eliminating the side panels, and making the hood part removable so it will still tilt with grille and fenders, but I can run with or without the hood.





This is just rugh cut slightly large, and I'll block the edges down to the final line by hand for a clean edge.
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IDJ,

What you describe with the alt only blinking a light once in a while I will give you a thought.

I have seen that happen many times with Alternators. It is a sign from the electron Gods that the brushes on the slip rings are just about done. when the brushes are worn past replacement limits they also loose spring tension on the slip ring because they are so much shorter now there isn't a lot of tension left in the spring. The slip rings will likely have crud buildup and probably pit marks from sparking built up on the surface. Just grab some 800 to 1000 grit and wrap the slip rings with the sand paper and rotate the armature.

Hey the good thing is this is a really easy fix just get a brush replacement kit at yer local jobber. The replacement is real easy to do and while your at it pick up a bearing kit and your be flying in voltage and Mr Electron will be happy with you.
Oh don't sweat putting new brushes, There is usually a hole to put a wire in to hold back the brushes while you assemble it then pull the wire and your ready to make some volts and amps.
Yessir, theres that. And I have rodeoe-ed with having alternators apart afore. Not the 1999 style though. It has been real gradual but over time, load changes affect RPM more and more. When I spun it by hand awhile ago, it felt like yep what you describe. I wanted to eyeball things because of recent work where I just sat the alternator aside connected.

Situation is, up at work is where I keep the spare engine and theres been a perfectly good 135K miled original unit been sitting on top doing nothing five years while I wore the 278K miled one out. The only way to get the transportation value out of junk is to drive it out. I need it to go a hundred more miles or so without a gone brush chunking and stopping the works. Might not be a bad idea to borrow the good one off the 180K backup car and have it with until I swap.

But I'm a long way from needing to walk into a parts store. Did that last weekend for a $20 pulley. Thats probably $4.99 shipped, off Amazon or whatever. I still got half my gift card left.
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A couple Junes ago, God located my water line for me by pointing it out with a lightning bolt. Not sure if he was pointing at the tree or water line, just glad I was a few yards away and the sewer a few feet. The city's water line busted in the yard months later.

I keep seeing 70+ for Sunday afternoon (please only throw soft things) so I raised hoods today. Checked alt and bat connections on the GTP, took belt loose and spun alternator, tried OBD adapter and tablet app to see voltage but that setup wasn't connecting today and those are kind of like that.

So I got the trusty HP scan tool out. Doesn't have voltage. Really?

Meter (handheld cheapie) shows the alternator and regulator doing straight business. Checked and topped fluids and air, cleaned headlights, did errands with it. All good. I wondered if washing off crap got something wet but no, caught a glimpse of the light on before that. So it WAS poop causing the trouble and once it was rinsed and dried, that fixed it. I was gonna temporarily swap alternators with the GT but no need, it seems. Thats a good cue to swap the younger alt on though, off the 02 engine.

70? Man, did my old man go to the wrong country.
Have a nice rip-snort.
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I had a fella come by for some hands on metal shaping training. Got me a free lunch....


I have no ewheel in the garage. He did quite well using only hand tools.









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I love the front end on that '39. It's going to be a beautiful car.
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And yesterday I got out the markers and my cutoff disc and chopped up my fiberglass frontend for the'39. I'm eliminating the side panels, and making the hood part removable so it will still tilt with grille and fenders, but I can run with or without the hood.




This is just rugh cut slightly large, and I'll block the edges down to the final line by hand for a clean edge.
It looks like you have done a good job making that grill fit too!

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I have no ewheel in the garage. He did quite well using only hand tools.












That is amazing for a beginner using only hand tools. The instructor should be very proud of himself.
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I love the front end on that '39. It's going to be a beautiful car.
I think the '39 front end is one of the best designs Chevy came up with in the 1930's. When I owned my '40 Chev back in the 1960's I always wished it had a '39 grille! Never could find the front clip for a '39 to swap on it.
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I have no ewheel in the garage. He did quite well using only hand tools.









Forget how nice the part looks, I am still ogling just the buck in awe.
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I think the '39 front end is one of the best designs Chevy came up with in the 1930's. When I owned my '40 Chev back in the 1960's I always wished it had a '39 grille! Never could find the front clip for a '39 to swap on it.
Looks like you have that front end going in the right direction. Nice! I have never messed with tilt front ends but do have a thought which might be relevant. On a 41 Ford pickup we did which was all gennie steel fenders, I made the front fenders and inner fenders one piece. Mostly just welding where they originally bolted.

The fenders were so fragile before that I did not think they would live past handling for the paint process. Doing something like that might apply to your rod, too. Might be that you could glass a metal flange onto the backside of the fender to bolt an inner to. 40s fenders are just mighty big. Have fun and stay out of the itching powder cloud (cutting fiberglass).
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