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Old 06-03-2012, 07:40 PM   #26
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Another update to come shortly. We decided to use the rest of our day to work on it
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:09 PM   #27
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Where at in Nebraska if you don't mind me asking?
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:28 PM   #28
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Where at in Nebraska if you don't mind me asking?
It's been in Elk City since 1967
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:00 PM   #29
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Time for another update already!

Dad and I decided to end the day working on the car. Started out with cleaning up the roof. This has been a worry of ours because the roof is VERY brittle and made from some material that is sort of like vinyl but not as tough...very very thin and has some slight cracking. We used some Armor All cleaning wipes to get the dirt and stuff off to see what we were dealing with. Then we decided to use some trim restorer on it that protects against UV damage (which this top needs desperately) and it worked perfectly.

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After:




Then we cleaned up and protected the running boards using Back to Black.

Before:


After:
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:11 PM   #30
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Next we decided to start on what was keeping us from putting a battery in the car. The previous owner (before my grandfather) had put something on the wires surrounding a section of wire that passes the battery. It looked absolutely terrible and we couldn't tell if there was potential for a short or not. So we jumped in.

First we took out the front floorboard (all of the floor in the car is made from wood, btw)


This is the problem




So we put the car up on jackstands and got to work


It took a while but we eventually got the crap off. You're probably wondering what it is. It ended up being some sort of rubber shrink wrap that the PO wrapped around the wires, using little wire ties to secure before he applied the heat. It appears that he applied too much heat and caught the stuff on fire and melted it all up.




We got it all off and found a few sections of exposed wire under there. Back when these were made, they didn't have plastic-enclosed wiring, so they used fabric to insulate wires. This makes working with the stuff kind of scary haha. We decided to pretty much end work for the day after we got all of that done and cleaned up the garage. I did get some more random photos of stuff though.

DO NOT touch those while the car is running...


The differential and rear transverse leaf spring


And the muffler. The exhaust has all been replaced except for the muffler which is still in pretty good condition. So that's one job that we don't have to do.
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:13 PM   #31
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Looks good buddy.
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:19 PM   #32
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Looks good buddy.
Thanks man! I get more excited about it every time I work on it
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:59 PM   #33
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One of the coolest projects on Nasioc! Keep those photos coming.

Glad to see that you're sympathetically refurbishing, rather than restoring this ride. It sounds like there's a ton of character under that grime.
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:11 PM   #34
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One of the coolest projects on Nasioc! Keep those photos coming.

Glad to see that you're sympathetically refurbishing, rather than restoring this ride. It sounds like there's a ton of character under that grime.
Thanks so much! That's exactly what we are finding out haha. I'll keep the updates coming whenever anything gets done.

I'm so excited for the first startup
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:02 AM   #35
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Nice! Excited to see it when finished.
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:42 AM   #36
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Very nice man, the coolest car I've ever driven was a 1928 Model A. No doubt you are going to love this car when you are finished!
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:49 AM   #37
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Wow you got a lot done since Saturday.

It's looking pretty good! Im excited too.
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:38 AM   #38
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Very nice man, the coolest car I've ever driven was a 1928 Model A. No doubt you are going to love this car when you are finished!
Haha I love it already and I'm not even finished with it

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Wow you got a lot done since Saturday.

It's looking pretty good! Im excited too.
Yeah, we have to do what we can on weekends because work keeps us covered up during the week
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:34 PM   #39
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I took some more photos of neat stuff this afternoon.

Duolamp tail lamp


Cool defrost switch


Really REALLY old registration card. I forgot the date on it, but I'll find out again.


The mirror has aged to a sepia-toned finish


ORIGINAL Ford head lamps


Some stickers




Look at that chrome!!!
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:38 PM   #40
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The only rust hole


The only major dent


Considering its age, the body is in FANTASTIC condition. As I said earlier, some light surface rust here and there but not really any major damage anywhere. So cool!
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:55 PM   #41
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that is truly awesome. i'm actually glad you're keeping it oem, looks like the perfect cruising car for a nice afternoon. i like the seafoam colored wheels
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:10 AM   #42
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that is truly awesome. i'm actually glad you're keeping it oem, looks like the perfect cruising car for a nice afternoon. i like the seafoam colored wheels
Haha thanks! I LOVE the wheel color. We're going to replace them because these are all rusty and scary but the new ones will definitely be the same color. I see a lot of reds and blacks but there's just something that the seafoam color gives the car. Gah I can't wait to drive it
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Old 06-05-2012, 08:33 PM   #43
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For Jive


We think the first owner had it pinstriped with a color that was sort of close to the color of the wheels. There's a little bit still left here and there but nothing very continuous.




What it looks like with no front floorboard


Cool windshield hinges


The awesome styling on the window cranks and door handles




And one of our jobs before we drive it. There's grime and built up...uh, crap I guess, everywhere. Especially bad in the brakes and front suspension.


And that's it for today! There might be an update this weekend....possibly haha
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Old 06-05-2012, 08:51 PM   #44
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She is looking good. I'm looking forward to seeing how this turns out!
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:02 PM   #45
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She is looking good. I'm looking forward to seeing how this turns out!
Thank you! We are too haha
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Old 06-05-2012, 11:04 PM   #46
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You know what this made me think of?

Imagine one of us left our current cars out for as long a period of time as that car was out there, it would have decomposed to nothing.

Seriously, consumer goods are not what they use to be.
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Old 06-05-2012, 11:20 PM   #47
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You know what this made me think of?

Imagine one of us left our current cars out for as long a period of time as that car was out there, it would have decomposed to nothing.

Seriously, consumer goods are not what they use to be.
Basically haha. The surface rust on some parts of the body tell stories of holes in the roof of the garage allowing water to leak through, cats being on the hood, and exactly where airflow pushes any weather that may see the car along the curves of the body. It really is something special that it was preserved so remarkably
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:17 PM   #48
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Sorry for the lack of updates guys. Work has kept me pretty pinned down. But hopefully I'll have another update coming soon!
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:28 PM   #49
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i love this! im glad its not getting chopped/dropped, there are many not so nice ones for that. this is truely special because of the family history ect.

which control is the a/f controller?
and the spark advance?

excited for you to get it running/driving
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:28 PM   #50
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i love this! im glad its not getting chopped/dropped, there are many not so nice ones for that. this is truely special because of the family history ect.

which control is the a/f controller?
and the spark advance?

excited for you to get it running/driving
Thanks so much! The a/f is that stick coming out of the passenger floorboard (it has a little knob on the end) and the spark advance is a lever on the left side of the steering wheel...similar to a turn signal stalk, only not.
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