The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by TraditionalToolworks, Jan 28, 2019.
I have that stuff, wheel cylinders I mean. It's yours for the shipping.
I'd take pistons mostly. I have 3 cylinders that don't look too bad, but I would take them if you just want to get rid of them. I need 1-1/4", so would take anything from pistons up to a pair of 1-1/4" cylinders. I have rebuild kits without the pistons.
I'll send you a PM.
Well, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do...took a break from doing my taxes to turn this piston. I have a small amount of cleanup work to do, but got 'er done.
I only had a square bar of cast iron, so I dialed it in on the lathe in the 4-jaw.
Then I proceeded to turn it down to 1.2465 (approx what other piston is).
And I ended up with this. Left one I turned, the right one is an original. I'll chamfer the edges and do a tad of cleanup and it will be good to go.
The cylinder seems happy, so I'm not gonna tell it any different.
Thanks so much Cosmo, you even included the rubber covers for the sprocket adjustment. I don't think I had any of those on my fronts.
I have plenty of Huck parts now, these 2 cylinders have 4 decent pistons and the cylinders look good. I'll dump these in some purple zep and let them soak.
Thanks so much Cosmo!
Alan, sorry they were so dirty but I wanted to get them out as I was headed into town. I used that blue caliper grease at the pivot points which was a good idea at the time but over time it sets up and becomes sticky.
No worries whatsoever! I have them soaking in purple zep as I type, and with those 2 calipers I have all the parts I need, AFAICT. I really appreciate it.
However, I owe you some postage, so let me know how to take care of it. I sent you a PM.
Seeking some advice, I've had the brakes apart so long and don't seem to have a good picture.
In this pic you can see the 3 large pins, the center which pivots and one each on the shoes.
Here's a side view with the pin in the articulating arm and shoe, but look how long it is, seems it's missing something...
And of course now that it's dried up, look what surfaced in the yard! Nope, not a golden goose egg, but the lost piston, I guess there was 4 after all. LOL I have to use the piston I turned though, just because...
Hah! must be springs! short stubby springs! I think I see them in a pic on the web... Lock washer clip goes on the rear.
Yes , two short springs . pic for reference . (my '37)
Dusty, have a question for you, what are those top pins on yours? Next to the cylinder screws? Some seem to have them, and some don't...I don't think that mine does, but the holes are there in the shoes.
Ah, wait, maybe that is used on the rears...I'm doing fronts. Do fronts not have those pins?
Damn your truck is cool, your doors look nice. I have a guy that is going to add some distressed lettering to mine soon with my biz name on it.
Yeah , sorry , that's the rears , those are the park brake bits . But the springs are the same .
Yes, that makes sense. Thanks!
Always good to learn these little differences...I have a lot to learn on the 'ol gal!
Getting some things cleared up and trying to get back to the brakes on my 'ol '46, only to find out that I'm short one of those short stubby springs. Sent a PM to Cosmo to see if he has one. I can't seem to find those online ANYWERE...do you have any of those?
I can substitute a spring for it, but those are some heft little shorties...I'm pretty sure it's laying in the weeds at my yard somewhere, just like the piston was...
Yes TT , I will have the springs , postage from New Zealand will be a bit rough , best wait for Cosmo first .
I will do, he had a bunch of Huck parts, hopefully he has one.
Back together and hope to get the bearings and wheels back on tomorrow and hopefully get this beast rolling again!
No good deed goes unpunished!
Got the brakes wrapped up finally...got them together, bled, wheels back on...lowered off stands, and went to go start it and battery was not dead, but couldn't crank it over...
So no problem, get the charger out and hook it up...that is until I broke the selector switch off, a crappy piece of plastic none the less...Luckily I was able to buy the switch from Century Tool, who sold and/or manufactured it. In my infinite wisdom I tried to take the nut holding the broken switch off and it dropped inside... I knew I would have to open it anyway though.
(with broken switch inside) It sat like this while I waited for the new switch. Quite a ripoff at $40, but I knew it was the right replacement.
For the new switch, I had to drill 2 holes but they provide a template. This is a much better mount, 2 screws going through the plate, screwing into the steel case of the switch, and the shaft is also steel as well, the old one was plastic and what broke. The old case was plastic also, so this is just a better switch.
This is what I get when I have it set on 6 volts 60 amps, and this seems correct as I have heard the generator/alternator can produce up to 8 volts when charging.
I need to get back down and fire the 'ol '46 up so I can give it a test drive. Most likely tomorrow.
I think I may have found my start issue. The starter switch seems it might be intermittent. I took the starter off and hooked it up to my battery charger, when I push the button it starts, seemed pretty reliable. The strap around the starter was kind of coming off so I bent it and it's staying on now, I put the starter back, but when I was doing so the threaded bolt that holds the positive on to the top of the starter switch (floor style), it was loose inside and the spring is very old, etc...I ordered a new switch from Jim Carter and will proceed when I get it. Pretty sure the brakes are ok to drive, but still need to get it started so I can test them.
EDIT: sure enough I found this one with a bunch of old parts, this is not the bad one on it now, this is and old one in the glove box. AFAICT there is no way to tighten up the threaded post. I'm hoping this fixes the intermittent start issue.
Finally I got my title, registration and these tags from the California DMV.
I had to get it weighed at a certified scale and get the VIN verified at the DMV.
The State sent me these tag plates to go on top of the license plate.
This plate originally was issued to the Board of Equalization.
Good work! Those are neat plates....
I like this one, although it's kind of beat up, I like the number as it's easy to remember.
My title uses the BB on it (i.e., BB 5157)
I was thinking to just cut a piece of metal to put on the back, tack weld it on there, as I like the patina it has.
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