Good Morning all. I've been incredibly busy. My summer and fall have been filled with trips, projects, visits, repairs and it doesn't seem to end.
I've finally got the 1964 TBird repaired and back on the road, so I can sell it to a friend, he says his wife likes the looks of the car, and thinks she wants it, so if she likes it on the test drive, it's sold, actually traded for a '41 pickup truck for the farm.
I was out west for almost 3 weeks on a Pierce Arrow help/prepare/fix/drive mission. My west coast buddy, one of his neighbors and I took 3 cars from Oakland east to Minden Nevada, toured around Tahoe, Virginia City, and Carson City for a week, then drove them back. Two, a 1925, and 1930 were in trailers, but I drove a 1934 the 500mile round trip.. The mountain pass south of Lake Tahoe on Ca Rt 88 is steep and high.. tops at 8597'.
We had a great time, I had a nice conversation with the rancher who puts on a fall tour in extreme NE California, the tour I went on last fall. I asked him if he'd found the problem causing the vibration and shimmy in the steering of his recently aquired Deusengerb Model J. He said no, that he and his men have been really busy with farm work and repairing tractors and equipment.
So my buddy from Oakland was listening, and he says: Greg, didn't you have a similar problem on your 1933 Pierce club sedan?? I said yes, and said what I'd had to do to finally find and fix the causes of the shimmy.. So the Rancher says are you coming to my tour this fall? I asked the dates, and said if I can I will be there with George,,I was asked for my address and now I'm on the mailing list for this very special tour..
Then came the comment from the Rancher, do you think the problem in my Deusenberg is similar to what you found on your Pierce?.. I said that there were only so many things that can cause shimmy and vibration, and the type of front suspension and steering were the same or very similar..
I told the Rancher that If he would like, I'd be glad to spend a few hours checking over the car and see if it was something simple or obvious. He looked real close, eye to eye, and asks: can you fix a haybine or a baler?? I laughed and said yeah I've fixed those too..
So I got an invite to take the Deusenberg for a drive, and to spend some time checking out the steering and front end to find the shimmy... WHOOHOO ! That's an item on just about every GearHead's 'bucket list' !! So in September, I'm heading west again..
And while I'm in the same area, one of our guys in the Pierce Arrow 'club' asked me to stop by and check out a few problems he has on a few of his older cars.. A 1910 White, a 1912 Marmon, and a 1911 Rambler... as well some more help on his 1912 Pierce arrow.. Whew !! that's a nice collection !! He's not very mechanically adept, so from what I saw on his 1912 Pierce arrow at the Minden show, there should be a few tweaks and adjustments needed to help the cars.
In two weeks I head to western Michigan for our Fall Regional meet, that should be a lot of fun again,, hopefully the weather will yet again cooperate.
OK, I've got several things to do, and the coffee cup is empty..
I heard a rumor that natural gas is coming down our road soon... now that will be interesting.. we'll see.
Freddie, that 'cabin' view is priceless ! Michael: your skills as a chef sound like i need to make a trip to Millnocket !! Ok gotta run.. Greg L
Good afternoon folks how's things? well real good for me the weather has been good for camping only a couple of days of rain and cool weather so far I'm liking this summer but I'm just wondering about the winter,do any of you have some predictions for this winter? Sorry I missed breakfast Freddy I had a 9:30 start time for the Warrior Dash this morning and for a not in shape mid 40's with a bad back I did it in 40 Min, I'm happy with that and I had a blast raising money for ST.Jude's children's hospital. Before and after pics
My daughter was bumming because she's not old enough to run but I made her part of it at the end and that made her day to get a shower from a water truck with the rest of the runners.Ok friends take care and be safe .Keepaeyeonit
P.S. I'm on fire,nice looking truck and keep us posted on how that Ecoboost does.
Late coffee for me...taking a break from a painting job, then right back at it. Anyone know a trick for painting over silicone? It is driving me nuts...shellac primer is my next and final attempt.
IOF, that truck is a beauty. Fancy stuff falling apart? That is what many people said when fuel injection became common...now those same people are driving 20 yr old vehicles with fuel injection and still bitching about the new stuff.
That Ecoboost is one hell of an engine. 420 ft.lbs. out of that bad boy - lots of fun to drive! That thing also has the best suspension of ANY truck on the road today, bar none. I've got a $300+ set of Bilsteins on my Chevy, and a stock F-150 STILL rides 100x better ... So done with GM ... Nice choice, IOF! But ... I'm glad I'm not paying YOUR bills!
I've already got my eye on my next new truck ....
Everyone that sends me pics from those fancy computer phones always comes in sideways, or upside down. I don't get it ...
Rob, silicone and paint are like me and progressives - we will never mix. It's a bitch to get that crap off. Fisheye central. I'll bet Rick has dealt with that one before. Definitely not fun. I'd just go at it with the harshest chemicals you can get. Methyl ethyl ketone ... Xylol ... toluene .... etc. Can't get any of that in MA anymore ...
Wow Greg some SWEET cars you get to play with there! I just discovered a Model A pickup in MINT condition in the neighborhood. Trying to see if I can convince the owner to get that baby running again. Headlights all still intact! Running boards are solid! I almost fell over when I saw it! BEAUTIFUL piece of history there. Cranked it over too - it's free! Would run without too much effort. Want to drive that thing bad!!
Finally finished the 2 month project of semi-restoring that Toro Powershift 828 my buddy gave me last February. Was free, so I didn't mind sinking some serious cash & labor into it. Tore the auger assembly off and down, cleaned, wire wheeled, and spray bombed, then let bake in the greenhouse while I waited for parts. Got into the auger gearbox to replace seals and bushings, only to find razor thin teeth on the helical gear, and a shaft so rusted it would've destroyed my new seals just by trying to install them over this rough, pitted thing. Worm gear wasn't looking too good either ... AND, I had to heat the impeller red hot, then go at it with the 20 ton press to push that rusted shaft out of the impeller! Thought my Harbor Fright press would twist in two ...
So back on the computer for more part #'s. 2 weeks later, I've got a new auger shaft, helical gear, and impeller shaft with worm gear.Threw in all new bushings and a new thrust washer for good measure. Basically the gearbox is now brand new. Replaced the impeller bushing, and auger bushings, and gave everything a healthy dose of Amsoil waterproof grease - the blue stuff. After assembling, I filled the gearcase with John Deere corn head grease - it's NLGI #0 & thixotropic - perfect for this application as far as I'm concerned. Trying to get that stuff into the gearcase was a pain in the ass though. Used my 2oz. plastic syringe I normally use for injecting oil or dye in automotive A/C systems. The first 2 oz went in ok ... but the next 4 was a pain in the ass! There's no place for air to escape, so just when you remove the hose from the case, i half of it would fart back out all over the place! Very aggravating. But managed to squeeze about 6oz. in there give or take ... and judging from the pressure I was able to build up, my new seals will NEVER leak again - at least not anytime soon anyway.
Hey nice work SMITTY, you are with out a doubt the man people talk about when someone breaks, finds, or buys something cheap that needs who knows what......and someone perks up and say's, "hey I know a guy that can fix that."