Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Fuel Tank Restoration

A local radiator shop restored my gas tank but it turned out just "okay".  I'm sure they will stand behind their work so I'll just go on with it.  The nice thing is it's pretty well hidden behind a heat shield and the wheelhouse.

Inside the tank.  

Outside, showing the area that was brazed.  It looks like it was heavily brazed to me.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Half-shafts Part V (almost done)

I finally had some time to start assembly of the half-shafts.  The process seems easy but getting the caps to go in straight was a challenge.  I used the press to help straighten when needed but it still took some time.  Once the caps were straight, they seemed to be very easy to press on.  One u-joint in an outer yoke ended up very tight which means some extra work on my part to free it up.  I hope I don't have to pull it apart as that could ruin the caps.  I was told that the u-joint crosses fit badly and that the joints weren't long enough to avoid excessive play in the cross.  I have to say that for the most part, that wasn't the issue in my case.  If anything, they are a little too tight in two instances.

My efforts to index each one to their respective piece paid off in that assembly was easy.  Each male or female half was indexed to its respective mate and also to the side as a whole as seen here.  I did this by grinding small indentations in the outer ends and also at corresponding locations on the male or female splined ends.  

 Here's the first cross caps being pressed into the outer yoke.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

License Plate Light Restoration Part I

I've started restoration on the license plate light.  It's a brass outside housing with two small plastic clear light windows.  The actual frame is a pot metal lamp holder with two small lamps.

There are a ton of unfinished project pieces that will start to wrap up in the next few months so stay tuned.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Gas Tank Update and Fuel Pickup

I found a radiator shop that was willing to braze up the holes in the gas tank, clean out the rust, and seal it up for about $125.  I think the price is a good deal and I wonder if they're just slow.  Hopefully everything turns out good.  I'll pick it up soon.