Under the Hood

Doing a little bit of under hood/bonnet painting before the weather gets too cold to get outside. Not exactly concours but looks a bit better. Much more left to do, but as you can see we’ve come quite a way!

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Model “A” Ford Refilled with STOPNOX at 17 Cents a Gallon – From “The Old Motor”

The Old Motor

1930 Model “A” Ford Refilled with STOPNOX at 17 Cents a Gallon

Interesting article from The Old Motor about the issues with spark knock, pinging and detonation back in the day.

Fuel with tetraethyllead additive names like STOPNOX and other references to either ethyl or  nox in the name was common back in the day.

You can read the full article here

 

Shay, Pray and the Replica Car Movement Part 1

Back in the late 70’s and early 80’s replicas of famous classics became popular for a brief period in the States

Two of the prime movers were Harry Shay and Glenn Pray.

Harry’s company created replicas of the Ford Model A and Thunderbird under licence from Ford and sold via the Ford dealer network.

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Between 1979 and 1980 Harry’s company produced 2000 Shay Roadsters, by 1982 Harry’s company had filed for bankruptcy when it was declared that 5000 Roadsters and 200 Thunderbirds had been produced.

After the bankruptcy a company named Camelot took over the production of the former Shay models, however they too eventually went out of business.

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Between 1982 until 1993 Speedway Motors sold an identical product in kit form called the Modern A

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You can read the full story in more detail here

 

A little Roadster update…

Reblog from Cool McCool’s Garage

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Once again, I’m not as far along as I’d hoped, but I’m making steady, if slow, progress on the ’34.  I’v gotten a big chunk of the final body prep done, it’s almost ready for primer.  Next week is another camping outing with the Spartan, so no work on the car next week,  but, it’s all fun, right?

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I cleaned, detailed and blocked of the breathers on the old Cal-Custom valve cleaners I scored a couple weeks ago, the engine looks, I think, pretty dramatic and period perfect.  If it runs OK with those two carbs I’ll be even happier.  If it’s too much carburetor, I’ll pull the dual quad intake and put the single back on with just one carb and it’ll still look OK.  I have friends who can help me sort out the bugs if it ends up being beyond my skill set.

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The crowing touch on…

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Straightening the Front Bumper on the 1929 Ford Model Sport Coupe

The front bumper on the Model A had been bent since I got the car so we decided to have a try and straightening the bar and see how it looks.

As you see after a bit of a wood issue the bumper is now pretty straight.

Once we got the wood situation sorted out we got the bumper back in pretty good shape,

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1929 Model A Ford Sport Coupe Rumble Seat Clearance Fix

When my trunk/boot/rumble seat lid is open it leans on the spare wheel, which in turn is leading to some marking of the paint. It’s been an issue that has been hanging around for quite a while after being kindly pointed out to me by John Cochran who also provided the kit of brackets to remedy the issue.

When we started to investigate the fitting of the afore mentioned kit it was clear that all was not standard, (nothing new on this vehicle), and that a bar had been fitted across the rear of the compartment right where we would need to fit the brackets. The bar in fact worked to our advantage and we were able to secure the bump rubbers from the kit to achieve the same effect as fitting the brackets!

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The Jobsworth

Reblog From Mustang Maniac

Mustang Maniac

We have been asked about a car we had with us at a recent car show, but we will get to that a little later along with a story about a “Jobsworth”, in other words, a somebody who had nothing better to do with their time other than enforce a petty rule. But we start again this week with the Park & Ride car on the post.

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Derek has owned the car for a while now and has been gradually doing little jobs here and there on her. But after a look at the quality of work we do here, the car has been booked in with us to complete an ever extending list of upgrades and bit of under hood bling.

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The Grinch:

This car is a real like it or loath it restoration or “Restomod” that took six years to complete by our very own…

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A Hot Rods Progress.

Reblog from COOL MCCOOL’S GARAGE

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I’ve made some real progress on the ’34, since I missed my “deadline” to have it at this years “Relix Riot” car show last weekend at the Gilmore Car Museum.  After a summer of having fun (which is what summer is supposed to be about), I’ve gotten busy on the car.  The brake lines and fuel lines are done.  I bought another Buick brake drum to replace the junk one (the lining was worn down too thin to be turned), and have that at my friend Jake’s where he’s turning the Ford hub down to fit the pilot hole in the Buick drum and re-drilling the bolt pattern.

I spent yesterday afternoon with a pan of CLR and a scuffy pad getting the surface rust off the Rootlieb hood, and when that was done, another couple of hours re-fitting the radiator/grill shell and hood gaps.  That involved welding the holes…

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