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Old 04-04-2010, 09:52 AM   #61
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Saturday April 3, 2010 Hours: ~3, Expenses: $60

Well, got the rods back. They look good, but I had to clean out all the shavings. About halfway through:



Put the pistons together.



Started putting the block together, but the more I saw, the more I didn't believe the last guy when he said that it's ready for reassembly. There were chips/shavings/grit in every nook and cranny. So, I gave the block a long bath.

After I cleaned it up, and killed some time, I got the pistons in.



Then, it was time to look into the valves. They actually cleaned up pretty well.



..and I let the guides soak, just to see what they'll look like cleaned up. I haven't decided yet what all needs replacing on this end.

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Old 04-05-2010, 01:19 AM   #62
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Your lucky to find such a nice Model A to restore. So many people would kill to have something that good to start with. Keep going.
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Old 04-05-2010, 05:25 AM   #63
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What a cool project, restoring a nice Model A like this. If I had one that nice, I would use it as a daily-driver!

One question, how do those valves fit in and seal with that mushroomed head???
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Old 04-05-2010, 07:09 AM   #64
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What a cool project, restoring a nice Model A like this. If I had one that nice, I would use it as a daily-driver!

One question, how do those valves fit in and seal with that mushroomed head???
Thanks.

It's a two-piece guide. Put the valve in, put the two guide halves in from below, spring, and spring retainer.

Modern guides are one piece, so I assume the modern valves don't have the mushroomed head.

If everything measures up ok, I'll just re-use all of the above.
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Old 04-05-2010, 11:38 AM   #65
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I had to do a little reading to learn what RE-Babbitizing is. Pretty interesting actually.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babbit_bearing

Did they "pore" in your bearings? I had never heard of such a thing. Now that is old school.
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Old 04-05-2010, 11:58 AM   #66
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I had to do a little reading to learn what RE-Babbitizing is. Pretty interesting actually.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babbit_bearing

Did they "pore" in your bearings? I had never heard of such a thing. Now that is old school.
Yes, the main bearings and connecting rod caps were poured.
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Old 04-10-2010, 09:03 PM   #67
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Measured up the valves. They actually look aftermarket, and pretty nice. They'll be reused.

Measured up the guides.. wow. WAY off. What's supposed to be a .001" to .0015" clearance is more like .010". So, new guides (and springs are in order).

The lifters, I'm not sure about. Stay old skool and grind the valves, or get adjustable? Hmm...

Camshaft, I haven't looked at since I took it out of the engine. But, I'm almost there.

You guys who live with your shop in your back yard or garage.. are lucky. While away at school, I have to drive 120 miles to get to mine.
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Old 04-11-2010, 03:53 PM   #68
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I love it.
My grandfather has been gone for 10 years now. He used to tell me all kinds of stories involving these cars. One time they had to replace a rod bearing with a piece of leather. Alot of people died in these things too. I guess people were pretty darn reckless back then.
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:40 PM   #69
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So any updates my friend?? Hopefully you have been putting around on it by now??
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Old 11-24-2010, 08:51 PM   #70
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Just saw this at the top of the list....good read so far
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Old 11-24-2010, 09:49 PM   #71
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So any updates my friend?? Hopefully you have been putting around on it by now??
I have too many cool projects. Life is good.

I just wish there was more time to work on 'em.

All the engine needs to be complete is a regrind on the camshaft. I don't remember if I listed all the parts I recently got, but it should be ready to go after that. Transmission should be good to go right now, too.

My uncle (technically the real owner of it) has been inspired by my effort/interest. I wish I could say progress, too, but it's been slow. He has a shed and as of last night when I talked to my aunt, he is ready to accept the Model A and begin the aesthetic restoration. He is a perfectionist. He does amazing work. I am excited to see what he does with the car; but also I can guarantee that I wouldn't do nearly as much as I know he will.

Tonight, my brother and I started re-arranging for the Model A's departure and a new vertical mills arrival. Winter break will be very good.. and it looks like I'll have a job over it to fund some of my projects!

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Just saw this at the top of the list....good read so far
Thanks! By the way, I saw your pics in the before/after thread. Good job, man!
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Old 11-28-2010, 06:15 PM   #72
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My uncle (technically the real owner of it) has been inspired by my effort/interest. I wish I could say progress, too, but it's been slow. He has a shed and as of last night when I talked to my aunt, he is ready to accept the Model A and begin the aesthetic restoration. He is a perfectionist. He does amazing work. I am excited to see what he does with the car; but also I can guarantee that I wouldn't do nearly as much as I know he will.
Saturday November 27, 2010 Hours: ~3, Expenses: $0

Well, for the first time in 20+ years, the car has been outside the shop.



..and moved to its new home.



..with everything but the engine and transmission.



I'm excited. My uncle does phenomenal work, for instance, one building over:





He saw me taking pictures of his plane, and said, "The Model A's going to look 20 times nicer."



Awesome.

He told me that my grandpa got this '29 Model A in ~1964 because he was nostalgic for the '29 A he had before WWII (in which he served at Iwo Jima, among other places). Didn't know that's why he got it.

He then showed me the basics of riveting, since that's something I've never done before. As I left, he extended an open invitation to come work on it any time. Can't wait for winter break.
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Old 11-28-2010, 06:23 PM   #73
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too cool! Love that little cessna taildragger... wowza!
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Old 11-28-2010, 06:29 PM   #74
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Love that little cessna taildragger... wowza!
You should see his '69 Camaro, too! He is talented.

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Old 11-28-2010, 06:39 PM   #75
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my dad is restoring a 29 model A roadster truck. he paid 6 grand for a rolling and running chassis
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