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Old 01-01-2010, 05:59 PM   #46
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I'm still not sure about the connecting rods, but he's going to clean up the crank, pour the bearings, and it'll be ready for me/reassembly.
I asked him like 10 times, "Do you want my connecting rods?" "Should I bring my connecting rods?" He kept saying no, and that he'd give me a number of a guy I'd send mine to, and get re-babbitted ones in return.

Of course, after I got home from the journey (120 miles one way), he left me a voicemail saying "Oh yeah, I could do your rods, too."



He has some there that he'll hook me up with, in exchange for my old ones and some $$. I guess this is ok, but, man! ...

Wednesday December 30, 2009 Hours: ~3, Expenses: $0
So, now with the engine almost ready for reassembly, I better get to work on some of the parts I put up on a shelf. Transmission's rebuilt/repainted, engine will be the same. Time to clean up the in-between pieces.

Took the bell housing down and continued scraping. I'd say all of the 80 year old grease has evaporated, and left being all the gunk. I figured I'd scrape off a lot of it, so I don't waste time with the sand-blaster. This is because out of all the tools we have in the shop, our sandblaster is a total-loss system. Gotta get a cabinet.

This rod, which is supposed to hold the bolts on the bottom of the bell housing (in which the front suspension "A" member connects), is bent. This made it confusing as I was digging in, and tearing apart.



All the pedals/shafts were pinned, a few of which were peened. Such as:



Haven't been able to get the pedal shaft off;



It has more of a pressed rivet, than a peened pin.

..and I kind-of don't want to paint it. Ha. It looks too cool like this. But, it would be dumb not to at this point. I think my grandpa would have, and I know my uncle would. So, I will. I also cleaned off the piece that physically connects the bell housing to the engine. My uncle (the owner) gave me a few more bucks to spend on it, so work continues..
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Old 01-01-2010, 06:48 PM   #47
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This is an awesome thread. If it really bothers you that it's in the "wrong" place, KILL yourself!
What a fucking jackass. Grow up dude.
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Old 01-07-2010, 12:39 PM   #48
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We're all here for the wrenchin', let's play nice..

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Wednesday January 6, 2010 Hours: ~3, Expenses: $0
Got the clutch bell housing and flywheel housing scraped down as good as I'm going to get it before sandblasting (remember, total loss system). That was the part I was looking forward to the least of this stage. Same for the transmission top. I still have to take it apart, though. (Note to self; Safety glasses!) Took the throw out bearing off the throw out.. hub, and it's now soaking in the parts washer with the pedals/whatnot.

By the way, I'm surprised the pedals didn't have grease fittings. The pedal shaft was worn considerably.

Thursday January 7, 2010 Hours: 0, Expenses: ~$400
Just bought:
A12275A "Spark Plug Connectors, Straight"
A6008CLH Gasket Set less Head Gasket
A6051M Premium Head Gasket
A6335 Rear Main Oil Seal
A8620A "Fan Belts, Black, 43 inch"
M200 Engine Paint
A9433 Manifold Gasket - 2 Piece
A9447 "Carb Gasket, Paper"
A12405RE Spark Plugs
A750609 Brake and Clutch Pedal Shaft Set - A7506/09
A8591SSB Stainless/Leakless Pump Kit - Brass
BB009 Black Radiator Hose with Red Strip - 28-29
A11450G "Starter Switch Gasket, Made in USA"
A11450 Starter Switch
A1216 Front Wheel Outer Bearing
A6149-080 Piston Rings - .080
A7580 Clutch Throw-Out Bearing
A7600 Flywheel Pilot Bearing

If I had $400 more, I would have bought the .080 over pistons.

Edit: Whoops, haha.. I'm dumb. It's $100 for the set of 4, not for just one. Consider them ordered as well!

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Old 03-19-2010, 08:27 PM   #49
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Great thread. I remember driving a model A once about 25 years ago. It was a fun experience.


Oh and you babies go cry in your pablum. This is Old Skool.



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Old 03-19-2010, 08:35 PM   #50
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Great thread. I remember driving a model A once about 25 years ago. It was a fun experience.
25 years ago, I was -1 years old.

But, since we've bumped this thread, I'll give a little update:
Parts are in.
Engine's back.
Connecting rods are in.

Apart from the head studs (), everything I could think of (from the transmission forward) is sitting in my shop, waiting to be put together.

In the mean time, I bought a sand blasting cabinet, too.

The block and rods were re-babbited and look great. I'm going to call up the local shop tomorrow (as advised) and see if the small end of the rods can be machined out to match the piston pins. I'll be "out of town" for another week, but spring break's coming up.

Expect some "shiny" () updates coming shortly.

I'm excited.

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Old 03-19-2010, 08:43 PM   #51
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25 years ago, I was -1 years old.
Thanks I turned 47 today.
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Old 03-19-2010, 08:49 PM   #52
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Thanks I turned 47 today.
Hey, it's my mom's birthday, too!

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Old 03-27-2010, 10:17 PM   #53
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Expect some "shiny" () updates coming shortly
Re-babbit-ed, new timing gear installed, ground crank, and larger oil return line:



and shimmed accordingly:



I got re-babbit-ed and re-bushing-ed vintage connecting rods, and they're currently getting fitted to the piston pins. Monday or Tuesday, they'll be back, and the engine reassembly will begin.

Also, tonight, I tried out my new-to-me sand blasting cabinet on a few engine pieces, and primed them up. Spring break started yesterday evening. I'm excited.
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Old 03-27-2010, 10:31 PM   #54
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I love this thread, thanks for sharing.
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Old 03-28-2010, 10:46 PM   #55
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I love this thread, thanks for sharing.


Sunday March 28,2010 Hours: ~4, Expenses: $0

It gets to a point where you start fumbling around too much and have to call it quits. Although it doesn't look like much, today I:

Blasted some parts (thank God for my birthday present to myself):



Primed some parts (the water line needs some pinholes brazed):



Installed the piston rings:



Rebuilt the actual transmission from the car:



..and rebuilt the clutch actuator mechanism:



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Old 03-29-2010, 09:59 AM   #56
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Awesome...Keep it coming...
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:57 PM   #57
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That picture of those pistons kind of surprised me. I guess with those side-valve combustion chambers, I expected to see a more domed piston.
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Old 03-29-2010, 03:08 PM   #58
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Re-babbit-ed,
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Being in MO where did you get it Re-babbit-ed? Bob's?

Great project
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:30 PM   #59
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Being in MO where did you get it Re-babbit-ed? Bob's?

Great project
Nope. I took it to a guy in central IL. He's about the definition of Old Skool.

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Monday, March 29, 2010 Hours: ~2, Expenses: $0

The top of the transmission, like the bell housing, I had been putting off and putting off. The amount of dirt and grease caked on really was uninteresting to me.



Well, I dug in.



I wonder what the part with the teeth on it is..

I was going to rebuild the water pump tonight, too, but I can't get the pulley (already warped) or fan (cracked in a couple places) to budge.



I'll try again tomorrow.
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