February 29, 2012

Back to the fun!!

Finally got some time to work on the Galaxie again and broke thorugh the worst part, that of rebuilding the torque boxes. This right rear wasthe last one to be done:

Once that was all done (phew!), I started the mock up of the exhaust. I still haven't decided whether to try and remove the stock exhaust manifolds, which makes a difference in both the manifold end and the overall length of pipe required.

The 2 1/2" pipe looks massive and is going to make a huge difference. I've been told it could make a 30-50HP difference....I doubt it'll be that much, but we'll see.

Next up is getting the real control/trailing arms back in. I tried everthing I could using my makeshift press but couldn't get the bushings to seat, so I'll take them to a shop tomorrow.  At the same time I'll buy some extra 2 1/2" tubing.

Don't forget to check out the website at www.E-tekRestorations.com ! Special thanks to www.Eastwood.com and www.CarCraft.com !

February 28, 2012

The Michelin Man - History

Andre Michelin was the marketing genius, speaking as early as the 1890s, that reliable, inflatable tires would be essential to the acceptance of automobiles. He also created Bibendum, the Michelin Man, in 1898, inspired by a sketch of Gambrinus, the Gallic god of beer.

Ya think he was drinking while thinking about driving?!

Been away a while - here's where!

Back to the shop tomorrow!!

February 15, 2012

Motels on the move!

Ever see an entire MOTEL going down the highway? 

It's actually fairly common to see homes, offices and even MOTELS being moved down the highway in Saskatchewan! This one was split into 3 and passed me as I was working my way down south this week.

As for me, I'm off to Barbados for a little Restoration myself - see ya in a couple weeks!!

February 11, 2012

Tying up some loose ends

Finished up the Left Rear Torque Box and put some RustBullet on it. I may put a skiff of fiberglass over the rail repair - just for aesthetics, but that's about all it needs. Can't imagine too many people are ever gonna see the inside of this rear frame rail - but it's the way I roll. ;)

Also today, the '56 Chevrolet Pickup left today on the flat bed. Drove it out of the shop and everything seemed to be working, but I'll get it back in the spring to do a few things, not the least of which is an antifreeze leak that started at the heater core as I drove it up onto the deck - ARRG!

The operator was about to winch it up onto the deck, but I had enough confidence in it to take a run at it and hold the brakes while he evened it out. First run didn't take as the rear tires spun in the ice - so, against my own better judgement I backed it up about 20 feet and took a run at it! Up she went and thank GOD the brakes worked! LOL!!

She Shore looked PRETTY in the sunlight - didn't She?!  Good-bye sweetheart....but we'll have her back in the spring for road testing, a few final things that I'm sure will come up...not the least of which will be an antifreeze leak I saw at the heater box as I drove it up the ramp. Although it's been running quite a bit in the shop, it hadn't really produced any pressure until just now. Figures.

Don't forget how it showed up:

NB - Just want to say that this is the "template" I want all my future restorations (for others) to take. The family was into it, the owner was thrilled with it and visited often, the Son and Son-in-Law came out to help a few times,  and the bills where paid all the way along! I actually spent $200 and 18 hours of my own after the last payment and didn't even care - because the entire project was enjoyable for me too.

Good luck to the Crozon's and their "re-NEWed" truck - enjoy the attention it brings!

Don't forget to check out the website at www.E-tekRestorations.com !

February 10, 2012

Do you REALLY think you can save him Doc??

It doesn't look good.....but I'll try my best -  with these hands and Gods will.....

We have the technology to make it faster, better, stronger than it was before.
You MUST SAVE the patient doctor!

In some spots, I like to drill holes in order to spot weld a new piece to a repair panel:

Like this:

Damn it Jim - I'm a mechanic, not a doctor!

IT's ALIVE!!  I little make-up and.....this pig will LIVE!!!

One more and we're done!! Then I can get to the fun stuff - dual exhaust and flame throwers!!

Don't forget to check out the website at www.E-tekRestorations.com ! 
Special thanks to www.Eastwood.com   www.RustBullet  and  www.CarCraft.com !

February 9, 2012

After getting those control arms out, the next step was to remove the bushings. Ironically, I was just saying that a press was one tool I've never had much use for and hence, do not have. This would have been a good excuse to buy - or better make - one, but then I notices how the stand I made for the brake would do the job perfectly - and mean I wouldn't have to try and squeeze another piece of equipment into my already CROWDED shop!

 They came out very easily!

Now that they're out of the way, I can do the repairs to the rear frame rails:

Here's just some of what was hiding inside. All in all it about 10X that came out....

I've ordered new bushings from RockAuto.com, Front and Rear Sway Bars with poly bushings from PST, shocks, brakes, strut rod bushings and some seals and stuff for the top-side from Dearborn, not to mention headers and dual 2 1/2" exhaust from SUMMIT.

Of course the left rear was MUCH worse than It looked. I cut off the bottom and then saw that I had to also cut at least 1/3 up each side:

Here is is with a little more cut out. I like to cut a bit at a time, in order to make templates from the original pieces. Then I remove that section and make the inner accessible to make templates for the inner pieces.

Once all the parts that are being replaced are cut out, I soaked the rest down in a Phosphoric acid solution. This will make the remaining surface and any hidden rust inert and make for a better surface to both weld to and apply a rust paint like RUST BULLET to.

Here are the template pieces made from scrap paper and laid out on the sheet of 14 gauge steel plate:

Stay tuned for fitting, welding and finishing!

Don't forget to check out the website at www.E-tekRestorations.com ! Special thanks to www.Eastwood.com,  www.RustBullet.com and  www.CarCraft.com  !

February 5, 2012

A break in the action.

Since I took today (Sunday) off, I thought I'd update y'all on my 46 MERC. In this mild winter we;ve been having, I've left it outside and have even started it a couple times! I have a thermostatically-controlled blocks-heater (magnetic) and battery charger on it. It was out front for a few months with Christmas lights on it - neighbours LOVED it. I just moved it to the back.

As you can see I had the doors lettered this spring - whole nuther story there.... and it's still getting used as it should be!  Was going to do the lettering myself - and as usual - I should have! But decided to take it to an old-time sign painter, told him what I wanted - even (tried to ) confirm he knew what I meant....

Insread, he just thinned out the paint a little and painted away! When I got it home I burnished it best I could, but it was dry - and tough!  NExt spring I'll rub it out some more.

Here's me taking some engine blocks to the recyclers. They sucked them out of the truck with the giant magnet!

I like this shot - 2 FORD products, 50+ years apart. They don't make 'em like they used to...GOOD or BAD??  Less style, better made!

This spring the Old Man is getting new tires  - full WhiteWalls -  and I'll paint the rims a cream color. I've been considering finally switching over to 12V as well. As much as I like the kitchiness and old-school flavour of 6V, it sometimes strands me as it turns over soooo slowly. Everything else remains the same.

Don't forget to check out the website at www.E-tekRestorations.com !

Special thanks:   www.Eastwood.com  www.CarCraft.com  www.RustBullet.com

February 4, 2012

Before the Cougar comes in I'm trying to finish up my Galaxie. Every year it's the same - I want to go a bunch of stuff, but other projects get all my attention - and I want to drive the Gal!!

Today I removed the rear lower control arms - of course what should take an hour, took three! The bolts where seized through the bushings and had to be coerced out....

First up, getting the bolts apart. I used my half inch ratchet and a 3 foot extension tube and barely got the front ones out. On the rear ones, the nut came off, but not the bolt.

Screw it, lets cut 'em off!

 To get these gall-darned control arms out I had to use every high-persuasion tool I have! The bolts where seized, so I cut the ends off, but the brackets wouldn't spread enough to go over the stubs still left, so I had to cut inside the brackets (which you can see me doing above).        
After that, they STILL wouldn't budge, so I heated up the brackets and tried to pry them apart and BEAT them out with the sledge! With all that beating and prying I had the lift wobbling pretty good a couple times - scary!

They finally came out, but not unscathed. I still need to get the seized bushings out too! Believe it or not, I've rarely ever needed a press, so here's a great excuse to build one - which I would love to do - if it weren't for the day it would take that I could be doing something "more productive". Of course I like fabricating stuff so much I'll likely buy the metal Monday and get 'er made one night next week!

Now that they're out of the way, I can do the repairs to the frame rails. This is where the rails go up and over the rear end - so a very important junction, taking a lot of torque from holding up the entire rear end - it HAS to be strong. Likely, once I make the basic repair, I'll add plates to either side to add even more strength and rigidity to the entire rear section.

Here's just some of what was hiding inside. It's what causes all that rust!

This baby is going to be a completely different animal after all this work: I've ordered new bushings from Rock Auto, Front and Rear Sway Bars with poly bushings from PST, shocks, brakes, strut rod bushings (as well as some seals and stuff for the top-side) from Dearborn, not to mention headers and dual 2 1/2" exhaust and full-flow mufflers from SUMMIT RACING (along with my flame-thrower idea!), so it's going to be an AWESOME summer for "OUR GAL"!!!!

I know a lot goes on here at E-tek, so tell me if I'm moving too fast!! HAHa!!:lol:

Don't forget to check out the website at www.E-tekRestorations.com!

Special thanks to www.RUSTBULLET.com and www.CarCraft.com!