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Projects the '27 Roadster saga

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Paul, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. Paul
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    Before and during surgery put the donor bulb in ice and keep it as low below the splice as possible.
    don't use the tubing cutter, it will crush the tube closed.
    I used a cut off wheel to make the cut
    and make sure the tubes are open and clear,
    I used a welding torch round file to clear the tubes.
    Be very careful not to use too much solder as it can run in and fill the tubes.
    test the gauge in boiling water,
    It won't ever get over boiling temperature,
    And go though heat cool cycles a few times dunking it the boiling water and ice water to make sure it doesn't bleed down from leakage.

    yes it can be done.
     
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  2. Paul
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    got more lights hooked up,
    headlights high and low beams,
    no room for the dimmer switch to the left so it went center between brake and clutch,
    tail lights, rear tag light.
    dash lights including the two in the firewall.
    they all look better in person than they do in these shitty pictures.

    'still need to hook up the turn signals
    but I will wait 'till I have signal lights for the front.
    not sure what to use there yet, small bullets likely.

    and still no light for the dash clock,
    when I converted it to quarts movement it left no provision for a light
    will either leave it unlit or have to get creative.

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  3. falcongeorge
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    I REALLY like those Chevy truck gauges.
     
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  4. Paul
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    tough to get a decent shot of them..

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  5. F&J
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    Have you seen the tiny prewired grain-of-wheat bulbs used in some cheapy gauges some decades ago? Is there any room at all? These were meant to be held in place with the elongated thin bulb held by a small rubber grommet. I think the bulbs were 1/8" diameter, no sockets, just a super thin pair of integral wires, hot and ground.


    The firewall illuminated gauges are hard core :)

    I could not get a dimmer where yours is, due to the 32 floor and my pedals
     
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  6. greaser
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    Another alternative is the 4 position light switch. (Though it will require personal reprogramming);
     
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  7. Paul
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    my light switch is a two position, well three if you count off,
    first indent is low beam, second (all the way out) is high
    I prefer the foot switch so that is why it's there.
     
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  8. Paul
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    must be getting close to being done, I find myself fixing what aint broke..
    swapped out the black magneto cap for a brown one,
    and the 8mm wires for 7mm wires with Rajah wire ends to go with the AC-44 plugs
    had all that stuff except the wires,
    was looking for 7mm magneto wires
    and ended up just going with Standard tin coated copper 7mm
    from the old parts store around the corner.
    seems to run just fine

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  9. Paul
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    Took the roadster on a run of about 285 miles Saturday and had no issues at all.
    still a few things to finish up, next will likely be turn signals and I want to hide a dual port USB dock somewhere.
    The rest is just cosmetic, the biggest being getting it to paint and upholstery.

    here's a snapshot from the 17th Annual Swindlers Poker Run Saturday

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  10. 51box
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    Looking really good man. Is that mag locked down or does it have advance?
     
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  11. Paul
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    it has advance, but I couldn't swear to exactly how much, 12 degrees?
    it's been a few years since I had it on the machine.
     
  12. Old-Soul
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    As always, fine work. Really appreciate the small details like those AC spark bolts and wire ends.
     
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  13. RussTee
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    Very very nice build andreport on how you did it to me one of the great things were your vidios not only showing your car and how it preforms but also the countryside great when you live overseas and would also like to see a bit of the area in which you live thankyou.
     
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  14. Paul
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    I ordered a set of wood tack rail pieces for around the back panel.
    they looked fine but after holding them in place I decided to make my own
    using maple to match the Kevin Lee steering wheel, the ordered ones are oak.
    I had some scrap pieces left over from a table I tore apart years ago.
    I made paper patterns and cut three pieces on the band saw.
    one for each side and one long one across the back.

    screwed them in place,
    sanded them roughly to shape with a 5" grinder with a very aggressive sanding disc.
    and fine tuned them by hand with gradually finer paper.
    mixed up some stain to approximate the tone of the wheel,
    and put a couple three coats on.
    'just gave it a coat of tongue oil,
    will let it sit over night and give it a second coat tomorrow...

    and of course ya gotta have pictures..

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  15. The37Kid
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    VERY NICE! They look great, and you can feed the wood stove with the leftovers. Bob
     
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  16. Paul
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    A dry moment yesterday..

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  18. 340HilbornDuster
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    Killer job with those wood pieces...!
    Killer T Roadster!
     
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  19. Thanks for doing that, I need to do it on mine........... now I see how.:cool::) JW
     
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  20. Atwater Mike
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    Just hunky dory. I had a steel '27 on '32 rails I had lots of time in...
    Now I have a steel '27 tub on '32 rails...or my prized '28 Chevy rails.

    Your roadster turned out so sanitary in stance, engineering, and simplicity.
    I thought I was the only one left with LaSalle boxes! (and have International clutch disc and cover to go on my Dodge truck flywheel! '55 Chrysler Hemi...Olds fork, Olds T.O. bearing? I read you used Cad.) McBar adaptor

    Great '27T, Paul. Thread was great, too. Thanks...
     
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  21. Nailhead A-V8
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    Mike you seem to know alot about mixing and matching old trans. parts... have you ever seen a '57 chev 3spd mated to a buick 322 stock bellhousing?
     
  22. Paul
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    Gauges are '37 Chevrolet truck,
    clock is '35 Chevrolet car.
     
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  23. Very impressive wood work Paul! Another one of your hidden talents for sure. Love that '27!
     
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  24. Paul
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    Thanks, I know it's just something to nail upholstery to but, since it may be exposed for a while it may as well look nice.
     
  25. ^^^^^^^^gee you are up early this morning Paul!:D:D:D
     
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  26. Paul
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    Ha!
    Restless I guess..
     
  27. 51box
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    Very nice job, that car is so cool
     
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  28. Very sharp looking!
     
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  29. -Brent-
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    Looking fantastic, Paul. What a ton of waste on that tack strip. I wouldn't have guessed it. You are a craftsman, for sure.
     
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  30. Paul
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    Thanks
    Like whittling down a tree to make a toothpick.

    I suppose it could be done with a lot less, maybe steamed and bent, or laid up and glued using thin strips..
    I just used what tools and materials I already had.
     

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